|Birth name||Fatma Sezen Yıldırım|
|Also known as||Sezen Aksu|
|Born||July 13, 1954|
Sezen Aksu (born: Fatma Sezen Yıldırım) (born July 13, 1954 in Denizli) is a Turkish pop music singer, song-writer and producer popular at home and abroad. Events 1174 - William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) Sarayköy is a town and district of Denizli Province in Turkey, 20 km west of the city of Denizli, on a plain between mountains and watered by the Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Turkish pop music had its humble beginnings in the late 1950s with Turkish cover versions of a wide range of imported popular styles including Rock and roll, tango Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to Performers who write, compose and sing their own material including Lyrics Events 1174 - William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) Denizli is a growing industrial city in the eastern end of the alluvial valley formed by the river Büyük Menderes, where the plain reaches an elevation of about a hundred The Turkish people (Türk Halkı also known as " Turks " ( Türkler) are defined mainly as being speakers of Turkish as a First language Turkish pop music had its humble beginnings in the late 1950s with Turkish cover versions of a wide range of imported popular styles including Rock and roll, tango She has sold over 40 million albums.  Her nicknames include the "Queen of Turkish Pop" and Minik Serçe ("Little Sparrow").
Aksu's influence on Turkish pop and world music has continued since her debut in 1975, and has been reinforced by her patronage of and collaboration with many other musicians, including Sertab Erener, Şebnem Ferah, Aşkın Nur Yengi, Hande Yener, and Levent Yüksel. Turkish pop music had its humble beginnings in the late 1950s with Turkish cover versions of a wide range of imported popular styles including Rock and roll, tango The term world music includes Traditional music (sometimes called Folk music or roots music of any culture that are created and played by indigenous musicians Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964) is a Turkish Pop star and also a cross-over soprano with a register as high as High-F Şebnem Ferah (born April 12, 1972 in Yalova, Turkey) is a Turkish singer and song-writer Hande Yener (born January 12, 1973 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish pop superstar Levent Yüksel (born 21 October, 1964; Antalya) is a bassist, Pop music singer and composer in Turkey  Her work with Tarkan resulted in continental hits like "Şımarık" and "Şıkıdım," and her collaboration with Goran Bregović widened her international audience. Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972) popularly known as Tarkan, is a World Music award winning German-born Turkish "Şımarık" ("Spoiled" in Turkish is a 1997 song by Tarkan. " Şıkıdım " ("Shake" was originally from Tarkan 's 1994 album lending its title to the album's name A-Acayipsin (Hepsi Goran Bregović ( Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић (born March 22, 1950) is a Yugoslav Musician from Bosnia and
Sezen Aksu was born Fatma Sezen Yıldırım in Sarayköy, Turkey. Sarayköy is a town and district of Denizli Province in Turkey, 20 km west of the city of Denizli, on a plain between mountains and watered by the Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches Her family moved to İzmir when she was 3 years old and she spent her childhood and early youth there. İzmir, historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country's largest port after İstanbul. After finishing high school, she began studying at the local agricultural institute, but left college to concentrate on music.
Along with her close friend Ajda Pekkan, Aksu is credited with laying the foundations of Turkish pop music in the 1970s. Ayşe Ajda Pekkan (born February 12, 1946 in Istanbul, Turkey) is a Turkish Pop music Singer and Actress  Her sound has also spread across the Balkans and Greece. Greece (Ελλάδα transliterated: Elláda, historically, Ellás,) officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία  It was this sound that changed the face of the Eurovision song contest when her protegé Sertab Erener won in 2003. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Aksu has also toured in Europe and the U. S to critical appraise. 
She has championed a variety of causes, including women's rights, the environment, and educational reform in Turkey.  Aksu has been married and divorced four times, but kept the name from her first marriage to Ali Engin Aksu, a doctor of geology who currently resides in Canada. She has a son with Sinan Özer.
Sezen Aksu released her first single, Haydi Şansım/Gel Bana (Come on My Luck/Come to Me) in 1975 under the name of Sezen Seley. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. However, she remained undiscovered until her 1976 single Olmaz Olsun/Vurdumduymaz (Wish It Never Happened/Insensitive) reached number one in the Turkish charts. Year 1976 ( MCMLXXVI) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Her first album was 1978's Serçe (Sparrow), which was to give her the nickname, penned by a Turkish journalist. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar)
An Aksu drive finally got Turkey to apply for the Eurovision Song contest in the mid-70s. Ironically however, even though she competed in the national finals for the competition three times - "Küçük Bir Aşk Masalı" (A Little Love Tale) was a duet with Özdemir Erdoğan, "Heyamola" was performed as a trio with Coşkun Demir and Ali Kocatepe and "1945" was her solo performance - none got the chance to represent Turkey abroad. It was to be left to her pupil Erener to win the Eurovision and realise Aksu's dream to push her musical vision further into Europe.
In the 80's, Aksu had a relationship with producer Onno Tunç that was both romantic and professional. Onno Tunç (full name Ohannes Tunçboyacıyan, Օհաննես Թունչբոյաջյան) was a leading Turkish-Armenian musician working mainly as The couple put their signatures to works that broke new ground in Turkish pop music, such as Sen Ağlama (Don't Cry), Git (Go), Sezen Aksu'88 and Sezen Aksu Söylüyor (Sezen Aksu Sings). Her music matured in the 90's, when she co-produced her best selling album to-date Gülümse (Smile) with Tunç. The A-1 track from the album called Hadi Bakalım (Come On Now) was a hit in Turkey and Europe, and was published as a single in Germany. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. It was to be later rediscovered in Europop by singer Loona as Rhythm of the Night. Marie-Jose van der Kolk (born September 16, 1974 in IJmuiden, Netherlands) also known by her stage names Loona and Carisma She also began to produce albums for her vocalists, notably producing Aşkın Nur Yengi's debut album Sevgiliye (To the One I Love) again with Tunç. She was to repeat this successfully with artists Erener and Yüksel.
Parting ways with Tunç, in 1995, Aksu branched out with the experimental album Işık Doğudan Yükselir (Light Rises From the East), drawing both on western classical and regional Turkish musical traditions. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 This album made her name outside Turkey and gave her a world music following across Europe. In 1996, she released Düş Bahçeleri (Dream Gardens) as a tribute to Tunç, who died that same year tragically when his private plane crashed. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) In 1997, she released Düğün ve Cenaze (The Wedding And The Funeral), this time collaborating with Goran Bregović. Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar Goran Bregović ( Serbian Cyrillic: Горан Бреговић (born March 22, 1950) is a Yugoslav Musician from Bosnia and
She returned to her roots with Adı Bende Saklı (Its Name Is Hidden In Me), which was released in 1998. Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar) She began to use experimental sounds and was once again pushing Turkish pop into the future. Aksu continued with this trend with her subsequent albums Deliveren (Crazymaker), Şarkı Söylemek Lazım (Gotta Sing), Yaz Bitmeden (Before The Summer Ends) between the years 2000 - 2003. 2000 ( MM) was a Leap year that started on Saturday of the Common Era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. After a two year hiatus, she returned with Bahane (Excuse) in 2005. That same year she released Kardelen (Snowdrop) where all proceeds went to charity, and before the end of 2005 released a Bahane/Remixes (Excuse/Remixes) double-CD album which contained the original Bahane album in disc one and the remixes of songs in Bahane in disc two. Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. At the end of the year her albums Bahane, Kardelen and the re-released album Şarkı Söylemek Lazım were the three best-selling albums in the country.
In 2005 she was featured in Fatih Akin's documentary film "Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul" with a performance of the song "Istanbul Hatirasi. Fatih Akın ( August 25, 1973 in Hamburg, Germany) is a German film director For the American film see Crossing the Bridge. Crossing the Bridge The Sound of Istanbul is a 2005 Film / documentary " Aksu has recently been re-releasing all her old classics digitally remastered and with specially designed new sleeves. After her concert tour in summer 2006, she will record a new album in the USA.
Sezen Aksu performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on 7th October 2007. After Zeki Muren, she is the second Turkish artist to have performed at RAH, London.
New York City based label Breaking Records released Karine Hannah’s debut CD "I'll Be Alright" on July 31, 2007. Hannah collaborated with producers Eve Nelson (Hayley Westenra, Laura Branigan, Chaka Kahn) and Ayhan Sahin (Sandra Bernhard, Beu Sisters, Vonzell Solomon) on an album of English-language covers originally recorded by Turkey’s most-acclaimed female singer/songwriter Sezen Aksu. Recorded in New York, “I’ll Be Alright” recasts some of Turkey’s most memorable songs with English lyrics and contemporary arrangements, conceived, arranged and produced by Nelson and Sahin. Standouts on Hannah’s album include “I’ll Be Alright” inspired by the Vanity Fair article on Jennifer Aniston after the split, “Drink” sure to be a juke box favorite, “Crash & Burn” about where the planet is going if we don’t wake up, and the beautiful “Someday”.
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Yıldırım, Fatma Sezen|
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||Turkish singer-songwriter. The music of Turkey includes diverse elements ranging from Central Asian folk music and music from Ottoman Empire dominions such as Persian music, Turkish pop music had its humble beginnings in the late 1950s with Turkish cover versions of a wide range of imported popular styles including Rock and roll, tango Tarkan Tevetoğlu (born October 17, 1972) popularly known as Tarkan, is a World Music award winning German-born Turkish Sertab Erener (born December 4, 1964) is a Turkish Pop star and also a cross-over soprano with a register as high as High-F|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 13, 1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Denizli, Turkey|
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