Alanas Chošnau

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Alanas Chošnau
Birth nameAlanas Ibrahimas Chošnau
Born (1974-07-11) July 11, 1974 (age 45)
Vilnius, Lithuania
OriginLithuanian
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1992–present
LabelsMonaco Production, Melodija
Associated acts Naktinės personos
Website http://www.alanaschosnau.com/

Alanas Chošnau (born July 11, 1974) is a Lithuanian singer and songwriter of Lithuanian and Iraqi Kurdish origin. [1] In 1992 – 2001 and 2014 – 2018 he was the frontman of the band Naktinės Personos. In 2001 – 2009 and since 2019 Chošnau successfully develops solo career. He owns the 'Best Performer of the Year' , 'Best Song', 'Best Video', 'Golden Disc' national awards. [2] [3] Chošnau is continuously named as one of the most played and most performing artists of Lithuania.

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Biography

Chošnau was born to a Lithuanian mother and Iraqi Kurdish father [1] in Vilnius, Lithuania. The family—Chošnau with his parents and sister Greta—lived in Baghdad, Iraq until Chošnau's mother died in 1983. [4] The 8-year-old Chošnau returned to Lithuania and was raised by his grandparents. However, his then teenaged sister was left in Baghdad with their father. [4] Thus Chošnau grew up speaking the Arabic language and only later learned the Lithuanian language. [5] Tragic family split was not enough for the destiny. The long lasting Iraq–Iran war separated Chošnau from his father and sister for a long time.

Despite all of the difficult times and severe emotions, Chošnau established the pop music group Naktinės Personos along with Aras Vėberis in 1992. Chošnau performed as the frontman singer of Naktinės Personos over 10 years until the group split in 2001. During the Naktinės Personos national tour in 1997, Chošnau together with Aras and their manager got into road accident crashing his car and severely injuring the neck, which temporally paralysed both legs. [6] Fortunately, after a long treatment and rehabilitation Chošnau fully recovered and returned back to the music. In 1992 – 2001 Naktinės Personos released 10 albums and 2 singles with multiple national awards the 'Band of the Year' and 'Album of the Year'. It was a truly successful band attracting up to 30,000 fans at their live concerts (Vingis Park, 1998).

Since 2001 Chošnau continues releasing new style music and performing live as a solo artist proving another level of success. Chošnau released 7 solo albums until 2009 and then he made a break travelling to his fatherland Baghdad (Iraq) and Amman (Jordan) for creative and personal recharge.

During his solo period, in 2003, Chošnau released his debut solo album Pusiau atmerktos akys, which was sold in a more than 10,000 copies in 3 months and was announced 'Golden', [7] . In the same year, it was immediately followed by another solo album Mintimis su tavimi, which became 'Golden' again. [8] In 2003 Chošnau was nominated by the national "Bravo Awards" as the "Male Singer of the Year". [9]

In 2004 Chošnau participated in a reality show Džiunglės [10] a survival competition in Malaysian jungles organised by TV3 television channel TV3. In 2007 Chošnau took part in another TV projects such as Šok su žvaigžde!(Lithuanian installment of Dancing with the Stars ) [11] and Žvaigždžių duetai on LNK (singing competition of celebrity duos) in 2008. [12] . Chošnau song Kur gimsta lašai, released within the third solo album, became the theme song of the project Džiunglės. [13] In 2008, Chošnau played the artist's role in a Lithuanian movie 5 dienų avantiūra ('Five Days Affair'). [14]

With respect to the fact that Naktinės Personos split in 2001 without the farewell concert tour, Chošnau and Aras Vėberis decided to recover the band in 2014 with a grand touring project 'After 20 Years'. The tour was a great success, therefore Naktinės Personos continued releasing new singles, including digital album "Pasaulis toks yra" and widely performing live in public and private concerts, also two more band tours in 2015 – 2018. However, at the end of 2018 Naktinės Personos announced of a final and irreversible split.

Since 2019, Chošnau continues his solo career releasing new singles and remixing golden hits of 2001 – 2009. In 2020 January Chošnau publicly announced of the beginning of the new music project uniting creating powers with an outstanding Lithuanian DJ and music producer Leon Somov releasing their first common single "Laukiau ilgai".

In 2011 Chošnau married Valda Rukstelyte (now Valda Chosnau), they have two children.

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