Sara Jovanović

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Sara Jovanović
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Sara Jo in 2016
Background information
Birth name Sara Jovanović
Also known as Sara Jo
Born (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 24)
Rome, Italy
Origin Belgrade, Serbia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Recording artist
  • dancer
Years active 2012–present
Labels Prva Records
Lampshade Media
Bassivity Music
Associated acts Moje 3, Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović, MCN, Marko Mandić

Sara Jovanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Сара Јовановић; pronounced [ˈsǎː.ra jo.ˈʋǎː.no.ʋit͡ɕ]; born 28 October 1993), also known under stage name Sara Jo (Serbian Cyrillic: Сара Јо; pronounced [ˈsǎː.ra jôː], not [d͡ʒoː]), is an Italian-born Serbian singer.

She rose to national media prominence as a contestant on the second season of Prvi glas Srbije, as a part of the girl group Moje 3, along with Nevena Božović and Mirna Radulović, also Prvi glas Srbije finalists, Jovanović represented Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the song "Ljubav je svuda", but failed to qualify for the final. In 2013 she also competed in Tvoje lice zvuči poznato.

She was nominated for 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Adria Act, her best known songs are Ujutru feat. Marko Mandić (2013); Ko je ovde ko (2014); Nemam vremena za to (2017) and Lava (2018).

Early and personal life[edit]

Sara Jovanović was born on 29 October 1993 in Rome, Italy, to Serbian parents Saša and Jasna, and was raised bilingually in Serbian and Italian. Her family moved back to Belgrade, Serbia, when she was fifteen years old.[1] Jovanović cites Britney Spears, Jessie J, Rihanna, Ciara, Amy Winehouse and Christina Aguilera as her strongest musical influences.[2] She also trained in classical ballet, modern ballet and hip-hop dance.[3]

Jovanović has a degree in Italian language at the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology,[4] from July 2013 to early 2014, she dated Serbian volleyball player Aleksandar Atanasijević. In 2015 she dated Serbian actor Viktor Savić.[5][6]

Career[edit]

2011/2012: Zauvek[edit]

In early 2011, Jovanović posted her cover versions of various songs, such as "Halo" by Beyoncé Knowles and "Hold It Against Me" by Britney Spears, on her official YouTube channel in order to take part in a musical contest organized by Serbian magazine Story.[7] She subsequently won the competition[8][9] and, as a reward, recorded her debut single "Zauvek" (English: Forever).[10] Jovanović promoted the song on Veče sa Ivanom Ivanovićem (An Evening with Ivan Ivanović), a popular Serbian talk show.[11]

In 2012, Jovanović was featured in four songs released by rapper MCN from his self-titled debut album, "Ona" (She), "Momenat" (Moment), "Ti i ja" (You And I) and "Neka ti lice prekrije smeh" (Let a Smile Cover Your Face). The official music video for "Ti i ja" was released on 23 August 2013 on YouTube.[12]

2012/13: Prvi glas Srbije and ESC[edit]

Jovanović became known to wider audience in Serbia as the contestant and the second runner-up of the second season of Prvi glas Srbije, a Serbian music talent show similar to The Voice. She successfully went through the audition and the battle phase to progress to the live performances, during her participation in Prvi glas Srbije, Jovanović became well known for her fierce performances and dance routines.[4][13] She was nominated for elimination once, in the semifinal episode on 12 January 2013, but was saved by the judges and progressed to the final,[14] where she placed the third.[15]

Jovanović performed live the following songs:

On 31 January 2013, Jovanović and her Prvi glas Srbije colleagues Nevena Božović and Mirna Radulović participated in charity cooking at the Drinka Pavlović Orphanage in Belgrade.[25] The following day, Jovanović and other finalists of the second season of Prvi glas Srbije held a concert in Podgorica, Montenegro, in front of several thousand people.[26] Later in February, Jovanović appeared on the cover the Serbian edition of Cosmopolitan.[27]

Moje 3 performing at the first dress rehearsal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013; left to right: Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović and Sara Jovanović

In February 2013, it was announced that Jovanović, Nevena Božović and Mirna Radulović would take part in Beosong 2013, Serbian national election for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, under the name of Moje 3 with the song "Ljubav je svuda" (Love Is Everywhere); their song was written by Saša Milošević Mare, who was part of the songwriting duo that wrote "Molitva", the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007.[28][29] Radulović, Božović and Jovanović explained that they would not be forming a band and that they would perform as a trio only for Beosong.[30] Eventually, Moje 3 convincingly won Beosong, receiving 10,994 votes in the semifinal[31] and 25,959 votes in the final,[32][33] it was subsequently announced that Moje 3 would perform the last in the first semifinal event, which would be held on 14 May 2013 at Malmö Arena.[34]

Moje 3 went on to perform at the Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam on 13 April 2013[35] and release several different versions of "Ljubav je svuda" in both Serbian and English to promote the song.[36][37] Moje 3 performed at the first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 that was held on 14 May 2013 and failed to qualify for the final, placing 11th in the semi-final and scoring 46 points,[38][39] the girls subsequently won the Barbara Dex Award, a humorous award given to the worst dressed artist each year in the contest.[40]

Shortly after the Eurovision Song Contest, Moje 3 announced their disbandment as the members continued working on their solo careers.[41]

2013-present[edit]

In June 2013, Jovanović and her friend Marko Mandić released a duet song "Ujutru" (In the Morning).[42] A month later, in July, Jovanović made her debut as a fashion designer when she released her collection of shirts, Sara Jo by Philosophy, through Serbian fashion brand Philosophy.[43]

From September to December 2013, Jovanović was a participant in Tvoje lice zvuči poznato, a Serbian version of Your Face Sounds Familiar,[44] in which she finished as the runner-up. During the show, she impersonated the following artists and their songs:

In the meantime, Jovanović, along with Tropico Band, Dženan Lončarević and Andrej Ilić, recorded the charity single "Molio sam anđele" (I Prayed to the Angels);[45] in early 2014, she became a spokesperson for Rosal, a line of lip balms.[46] On 19 June 2014, Jovanović released her first solo single since her participation in Prvi glas Srbije, "Ko je ovde ko" (Who Is Who Here),[47] she also covered Boban Rajović's song "Provokacija" (Provocation) for the film Mali Budo (Little Budo).[48] In December, Jovanović released her new single, "Mahovina" (Moss).[49]

In July 2016, she released song "Probaj" (Try);[50] it was somewhat controversial because some people thought lyrics – together with music video – were implicating 'trying drugs' or illegal substances, what Sara explicitly refuted in YouTube video description.[50] In October 2016, she released single "Troje" (The Three) – duet with Marko Mandić for film Jesen samuraja (The Samurai in Autumn).[51]

She collaborated with Belgrade record label Lampshade Media (sr),[52] and on 30 May 2017 the MTV-featured[53] song was released – "Nemam vremena za to" ([I] Don't Have Time for That);[54] during the night of 16/17 June it has been shortly taken down from YouTube due to alleged copyright violation but it has become available till the morning. On 22 June 2017, music video for the TbrgOpen-featured song entitled "Samo ti" (Only You) was released; it was produced by Universal Music Serbia and contains a sample of Major Lazer 'Tuborg Beat' courtesy of Mad Decent.[55]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As a leading artist
  • "Zauvek" (2011)
  • "Ko je ovde ko" (2014)
  • "Mahovina" (2014)
  • "Probaj" (2016)
  • "Nemam vremena za to" (2017)
  • "Samo to" (2017)
  • "Lava" (2018)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ a b Sara Jo - Probaj. Sara Jo. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2017. Ljudi, "Probaj" može da vam se dopadne ili ne, kao i svaka pesma, ali sa svoje strane stvarno moram da se izjasnim: to nije pesma o bilo kakvim ilegalnim supstancama (apsurdno mi je što ovo uopšte pišem :'D), čak ni između redova. To je pesma za đusku, da se opustiš i ostaviš po strani svoje nesigurnosti, a oglašavam se tek sada jer je to toliko BESMISLENO da do poslednjeg trenutka nisam verovala da bi nekome palo na pamet. Pozdrav! :) [People, you can like "Try" or not, as every song, but from my side I really have to declare: this is not a song about any illegal substances (it's absurd to me that I even write this :'D), not even between the lines. It's a song for dance, to relax and leave aside your incertitudes, and I'm talking only now because it's so PREPOSTEROUS that until the last moment I did not believe that someone would think of [something like this]. Greeting! :)] 
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  54. ^ Sara Jo - Nemam vremena za to. Sara Jo. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  55. ^ #TBRGOPEN Sara Jo – Samo Ti. Tuborg Open. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
2012: Željko Joksimović
with "Nije ljubav stvar"
Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2013: Moje 3
with "Ljubav je svuda"
Succeeded by
2015: Bojana Stamenov
with "Beauty Never Lies"