Eshtar is a half Ukrainian and half Iraqi singer who creates a mixture of upbeat, high energy pop and emotionally charged, heartfelt music that draws on her challenging life. She was born on the 30th of June 1991 and named after the mighty Babylonian Goddess of love and war. Her music comes from the heart with all the power and passion of a woman determined to make her mark on the world.Read more...
Growing up in Kiev, she discovered her love for melody and rhythm at an early age and attended music school where she learned the piano and developed her singing voice. Joining a children's orchestra meant that Eshtar appeared at her first festival at a very young age, giving her the experience of performing for a large crowd before she had even left school. An incredible achievement that would ignite her passion for a career in the music industry. Eshtar is a diverse and talented singer who can create music with a powerful message as well as songs that are just fantastic fun.
What makes Eshtar's story so unique is her parent's incredible determination to overcome hardship. Her father, a theater director from Iraq, was imprisoned numerous times after being born behind bars to his mother, one of the first female activists for the communist party in Baghdad. Experiencing and witnessing the kind of atrocities that most of the world will never have to suffer was like a living nightmare and by the time the repression happened, Eshtar's father was on a wanted list, leaving him no choice but to escape his home country. Unfortunately, his brother was killed by the authorities as a response to this; they even delivered the blood stained corpse to his front door. These tragic and brutal events are something Eshtar and her family will never forget, but in surviving them, they have displayed the kind of strength that most of us can only imagine.
What make's Eshtar's story so remarkable, is her resilience and strength. Her family have been through hell and she has also suffered deplorable racist abuse and negativity from her classmates, teachers and even ignorant strangers on the street. Although she often wishes things could have been easier, fighting against ignorance, intolerance and discouragement for so long has made her strong, resilient and driven to succeed in a career that she believes in. Her music is now her number one priority and although she is a newcomer to the industry, she has the diversity, talent and passion needed to spread her sound around the world.
Despite being discouraged by teachers and jealous, negative classmates, Eshtar persevered and has established an incredible start to her career in music. Since falling in love with the melodies she heard while learning music at school, she has developed a real passion for creating and controlling every aspect of her musical output. Using music to express herself is a way for Eshtar to create something unique that represents her as a person and an artist. She is now dedicated to creating music that crosses boundaries and reaches out to a wide range of different audiences. Although she is only at the start of her career, this artist has the kind of insight and emotional maturity that you would expect from an experienced performer of twice her age.
Having already been in three bands so far, Eshtar is an experienced and versatile performer. Using her adaptable vocal range, she has performed cover songs at a variety of different events that range from small, intimate gatherings to large scale festivals and concerts. After having a difficult time in the Ukraine, she discovered the complex world of music production while studying at college. Refining her singing skills as well as her knowledge and skill in using different types of production programs, Eshtar now creates her own music using different types of software; programming and arranging tracks herself so that she can have total creative control over every element of the process. This freedom to build songs from scratch has opened up a world of new possibilities for Eshtar, one that allows her to be the producer, sound engineer and vocalist on every project she works with. As one of the most exciting and versatile new performers of the last decade, Eshtar is an artist you need to hear.