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10 February 1963

Candan Erçetin was born in Kırklareli. She studied at Lycée de Galatasaray, and completed Istanbul University with a degree in Archaeology. In 1991, she graduated from Istanbul Municipal Music School where she studied classical opera. She represented Turkey in the 1986 in the Eurovision songcontest in Bergen, Norway as a substitute for singer Seden Kutlubay (who refused to go due to school exams) with the band Klips ve Onlar singing ‘Halley’. It ended in 9th place.

In 1994 Candan would return to the public eye but not as a singer but as a tv presenter. In 1994, she hosted a tv magazine programme called 'Kol Düğmeleri' on Kanal D which ran for 17 weeks. Her next production came in 1995, when she hosted a talk show called 'Randevu' for the music channel Number One. In 1996 Candan would return as a singer with the release of her debut ‘Hazırım’ ('I am ready') filled with Thracian and Macedonian themes, the singer's origin. In the same year, she received an award from Alem FM music radio for her album being one of the best selling Turkish pop albums of the year. Due to this success Candan felt certain enough to start writing her own material with the first results were released in 1997 on ‘Çapkın’. The song ‘Yalan’ from this album won the İstanbul FM 'The most requested song' award. After this Candan slowed down in writing her third album ‘Elbette’ that came out in 2000. In August 2001 she released a limited edition remix album titled 'Unut sevme' with artist's autograph on each cover.

Her fourth album ‘Neden’ contained almost only her own compositions and lyrics. She followed this album with an album on which she sang French chansons with new musical arrangements - ‘Candan chante hier pour aujourd'hui’ (March 2003). During the same year, she released a remix album including remix versions of the songs ‘Neden’ and a new song named ‘Yazık Oldu’. The song was included in the soundtrack of a Gori Varta movie jointly produced by Bosnia, Serbia, Austria, and Turkey. In the first half of the year 2005 she played in a musical called ‘Yıldızların Altında’ which was about old Turkish movies,. In 2006 she released ‘Aman Doktor’ an album containing Turkish-Greek common old melodies, sang in both languages.

Since March 2007 she has been presenting her own music programme called 'Candan Erçetin'le Beraber ve Solo Şarkılar' in which she hosts a singer and performs both by herself and together with the guest singer.

On the web:

- Candan's official website: http://www.candanercetin.com.tr

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What do we think:

PR: Candan is a strong and intelligent female singer who follows the path laid out by female Turkish music legend, Sezen Aksu. She takes her career in her own hands. She is a very succesful singer, she writes much of her own material and is a respected tv personality as well. She is living proof that Turkish female singers do not need platinum blond hair and cheap disco beats to be succesful. Candan reached a diva status in Turkey and that is well deserved. Her albums 'Elbete' and 'Neden' are great introductions that will definitely not disappoint you.

DB: Candan’s song ‘Yüksek Yüksek Tepelere’ (which means 'To the hills') from the Neden album is one of my favourite Turkish popsongs of all time. Although pop is maybe a bit downgrading of this majestic anthem. Candan is one of the better singers and performers in the Turkish pop spectrum with some very good albums. Great music.

Recommended albums :

♪♪♪ - Hazırım (I'm ready) - 1995

♪♪♪ - Çapkın - 1997 

♪♪♪♪♪ - Elbette (Of course) - 2000

♪♪♪♪ - Neden (Why) - 2002

♪♪ - Chante hier pour aujourd'hui - 2003

♪♪♪♪ - Melek (Angel) - 2004

♪♪♪♪ - Aman Doktor - 2005

♪♪♪♪ - Kırık kalpler durağında - 2009

♪♪♪ - Aranjman 2011 - 2011

♪♪♪♪ - Milyonlarca kuştuk… - 2013

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided