Kenan Doğulu

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Kenan Doğulu
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Kenan Doğulu in concert, 2013
Born Kenan Cihan Doğulu
(1974-05-31) 31 May 1974 (age 43)
İstanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Singer-songwriter, composer, producer
Spouse(s) Beren Saat (m. 2014)
Website kenandogulu.com.tr
Musical career
Genres Pop, pop rock, dance-pop, R&B, jazz, acoustic music
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums, keyboard, bass, piano, flute, saxophone
Years active 1993–present
Labels Dogulu Production, DMC
Associated acts Sezen Aksu, Ozan Doğulu, Ajda Pekkan, Sıla, Radio Killer

Kenan Cihan Doğulu (Turkish pronunciation: [ceˈnan doːuˈɫu]) (born 31 May 1974, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish pop musician. He represented Turkey at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, where he was placed fourth, with 163 points.

Early years[edit]

He is second son of Yurdaer Doğulu (1941–87), his father was also a musician and released four albums.[citation needed] At the early age of five, he enrolled into the piano class of the School of Music.[citation needed] Having completed six years of education in the piano class, he started flute classes from Erkan Alpay, his instructor, and continued with guitar classes from Erdem Sökmen.[citation needed] In the meantime, he continued his education in drama and rhythmic instruments, and he carried on singing as a soloist in the children's chorus.[citation needed] Later, he successfully graduated from Kültür Koleji and completed the Communications certificate program at Hesser College.[citation needed]

Rise[edit]

His first album, Yaparım Bilirsin was released in August 1993.[citation needed] His second album Sımsıkı Sıkı Sıkı was released in December 1994.[citation needed] The album Kenan Doğulu 3 was released in August 1996.[citation needed]

After a two-year hiatus, he released the album Ex Aşkım in 2001.[citation needed] In 2002, Kenan Doğulu 5.5, the unplugged version of Ex Aşkım was released.[citation needed] He followed this up in 2003 with the album Demedi Deme.[citation needed] In the summer of 2006, Doğulu released the album Festival, containing the hit single Çakkıdı,[1] in collaboration with Sezen Aksu.

Eurovision[edit]

Kenan Doğulu in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

He represented Turkey at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki with Shake It Up Şekerim. Owing to his third position in the semi-final, he passed to the final where he placed fourth with 163 points.

Personal life[edit]

Kenan Doğulu began dating actress Beren Saat in February 2012.[2] Doğulu and Saat became engaged on 23 February 2014 in Istanbul[3] and were married on 29 July 2014 in a private Nikah ceremony in Los Angeles, United States.[4]

Group members[edit]

Kenan Dogulu and his team members, 2014 İstanbul Concert
  • Kenan Doğulu (Lead vocal)
  • Ozan Dogulu (Keyboards)
  • Tahsin Endersoy (Electronic guitar)
  • Hami Barutçu (Bass guitar)
  • Tarik Sezer (Keyboards)
  • Murat Yeter (Drums)
  • Aydin Karabulut (Percussion)
  • Murat Cekem (Guitar, Back Vocal)
  • Toygun Sözen (Saxophone, Back Vocal)
  • Duygu Soylu (Back Vocal)
  • Sinem Yalçınkaya (Back Vocal)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title English Translation Sales
1993 Yaparım Bilirsin (You Know I'll Do It)
1995 Sımsıkı Sıkı Sıkı (Tight, Very Tight)
1996 Kenan Doğulu 3 (Kenan Doğulu 3)
1997 Kenan Doğulu 3,5 (Kenan Doğulu 3,5)
1999 Ben Senin Her Şeyinim (I am Your Everything)
2001 Ex-Aşkım (My Ex-Lover)
2002 Kenan Doğulu 5,5 (Kenan Doğulu 5,5)
2003 Demedi Deme (Don't Tell Me I Didn't Tell You) Turkey: 300,000
2004 Kenan Doğulu 6,5 (Kenan Doğulu 6,5)
2006 Festival (Festival) Turkey: 270.931
2007 Kenan Doğulu 7,5 (Kenan Doğulu 7,5)
2009 Patron (Boss)
2012 Aşka Türlü Şeyler (Aşka Türlü Şeyler)
2016 İhtimaller (Possibilities)

Remix albums[edit]

Year Title Sales
1996 Kenan Doğulu 3.5
2002 Kenan Doğulu 5.5
2004 Kenan Doğulu 6.5 Turkey: 45,000
2007 Kenan Doğulu 7.5

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Sales
2009 The King of Turkish Pop

Singles[edit]

Year Title English Translation
1999 Gençlik Marşı (March of Youth)
2007 Shake It Up Şekerim – Promo Kit (Shake it up, Sweetheart)
2007 ...Dan Sonra (feat Sıla)
2008 Hayal Kahramanım (For Turkcell Subscribers – Not For Sale) (My Imaginary Hero)
2011 Şans Meleğim (My Angel of Fortune)
2013 Kız Sana Hayran (The Girl Admires You)
2015 Aşk İle Yap (Do It With Love)

Tours[edit]

  • 2006: "FANTA" Youth Festival
  • 2007: "GNCTRKCLL" 40 Partileri Tour
  • 2009: "FANTA" Youth Festival
  • 2010: "GNCTRKCLL"Kenan Dogulu Tour
  • 2013: "FANTA" Youth Festival

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceminay, Cem (22 July 2006). "Yaza damga vuranlar". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 2008-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Kenan Doğulu and Beren Saat, imaged for the first time.". 10 March 2012. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kenan Dogulu and Beren Saat got engaged.". Hürriyet. 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kenan Doğulu and Beren Saat married.". Hürriyet. 30 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sibel Tüzün
with "Süper Star"
Turkey in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
Mor ve Ötesi
with "Deli"