Published 29 Mar 09:13
The Czech Republic Eurovision 2017 national selection had a pretty surprising result, as Martina Bárta, a jazz singer who was hardly known by anyone even in her home country, managed to get qualified for the Ukraine competition. A jazz piece at the Eurovision is not something you get to hear often, which is why Martina may just as well excel at originality with her single “My Turn”.
Born in the capital city of Prague, Martina Bárta is a professional singer for whom music represents the most important thing in life. The young artist completed her studies in Germany, at the Jazz Institute Berlin, and is madly in love with jazz music. She is particularly passionate about playing the French horn.
Just because Martina Bárta was not popular prior to her selection for Eurovision 2017 doesn’t mean her career is not filled with fantastic achievements. During her time at the Jazz Institute Berlin, she founded her very own jazz orchestra, which she named Martina Bárta & Her Jazz Orchestra. This is a pretty amazing step for a young jazz student, so Marta definitely deserves being a Czech Republic Eurovision representative this year.
The artist became known in jazz circles in 2010 when she started performing as a soloist with the celebrated Czech Radio Big Band, led by none other than the esteemed reed player Felix Slováček. Martina also works alongside her sister, Kristina Bárta, who shares her passion for jazz and is a gifted pianist. The debut single of the two sisters, “Find peace of mind”, won the title of Best Jazz Song at the 2016 Bohemia Jazz Festival. At the moment, Martina and Kristina are also working on releasing a debut CD.
In spite of her lack of popularity, Martina Bárta managed to fascinate the entire Czech Republic with her soothing and smooth jazz ballad. “My Turn” is a charming and soulful song, featuring a romantic theme. It talks about the intimacy of a relationship and what it means to be able to rely on your partner’s support. The Martina Bárta Eurovision song will be performed live on the stage in Kyiv on 9 May, during the first semi-final. While jazz is generally not very popular at the Eurovision, the singer hopes her unique performance will touch the hearts of the jury and the public.
Be sure to check our website constantly for the latest developments on Eurovision 2017 contestants. We will keep you well informed about everything that happens with Martina Bárta and her rivals. Don’t miss out on the jazz artist’s riveting performance on 9 May!