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2 April 1964

Born in Belgrade, Serbia Goran moves to Croatia in the seventies and starts playing in bands called Epicentar and Zippo. At the start of the Eighties he comes in contact with Dubrovnik based guitarist Zvonko Kaitner who asks Karan to join his rockband Crna udovica (Black Widow). The group releases one album, ‘Sudbina’, in 1987 (featuring the hitsingle ‘Obala tuge’). But artistic differences with lead vocalist Davor Erceg lead to a break up in 1990 after which Karan and Kaitner continue under the name Big Blue. This band incorporates much more traditional folkmusic in rock. This results in a selftitled debut album in 1995 of which the song ‘Priznaj mi’ gets awarded. Continuation is stalled when Goran takes the leading role in the musical "Sarajevo Circle". In 1998 he performs and wins at Zadar-fest with the solo performance of the song ‘Kazna mi je što te ljubim’. It means the end of Big Blue and the start of Karan’s solo career. Later that year he stars in the musical ‘Rock It’ which is a compilation of hits from ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Hair’,’Tommy’, etc. He comes in contact with Split songwriter Zdenko Runjić which is the start of a longlasting relationship. The result is his 1999 debut ‘Kao da te ne volim’ (Like I Don't Love You). It is a platinum selling succes and the song ‘Prozor kraj đardina’ (The end of the garden) wins the Melodije Jadrana festival. A tour that even leads him to the US ends at the Ban Jelacic Square in Zagreb and is broadcasted live in TV. 

In 2000 he represents Croatia at Eurovision Song Contest, after winning the Croatian pre-selection Dora. The song ‘Ostani’ ends ninth. The song is also featured on his second album ‘Vagabundo’. An English version of ‘Ostani’ (Stay with me) becames an unexpected big hit in Turkey in 2001. And this leads to interest from countries like South Korea and Germany. Hastily a compilation album ‘Dalmatinske suze’ with two new songs is released in these markets. In 2003 he returns with a new album and he also starts working with Runjić on a musical called ‘Grgur’. In 2005 he was one of the judges in Hrvatski idol, Croatian version of Pop Idol. Karan's song ‘Ružo moja bila’ won the Split Festival song competition. He also signs with Croatia records for the album ‘Od srca do usana’ (From the Heart to the Lips). In summer 2007, moved by the Kornati fire tragedy, in which 13 volunteer firemen perished, he composes the song ‘Ovo nije kraj’ (This Is Not the End). The charity single is recorded with several artists a.o. Oliver Dragojević, Thompson, Dražen Zečić, Giuliano and Hari Rončević. Later that year he also performs with the Tamburškim Orchestra & Choir the song ‘Daleko je more’ for their 30th anniversary. In 2008 his fifth solo album is released but he also commemorates the 25th anniversary of Crna udovica with two suprise reunion concerts

On the web:

- Goran's website: http://www.gorankaran.hr/

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Enrico Ruggeri (Italy)

What do we think:

DB: Goran’s ESC song from 2000 is one of my favourite Eurovision contributions of all time. If you liked that performance you hardly can go wrong with his other solo-albums. The dark bronze tenor is omnipresent and musically it is all of high quality. He has a tendency to lean towards balladry so a whole album might get a bit soft. Still one of the more serious artists coming from the southern region of Central Europe.

Recommended albums:

- Sudbina (with Crna udovica) - 1987

- Big Blue (with Big Blue) - 1995

♪♪♪♪ - Kao da te ne volim  - 1999

♪♪♪ - Vagabundo - 2000

♪♪ - Ahoj! - 2003

- Od srca do usana  - 2005

♪♪♪ - Dite Ljubavi - 2008

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


 

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