Edward Maya

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Edward Maya
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Background information
Birth nameEduard Marian Ilie
Born (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 34) [1]
Bucharest, Romania
Origin Bucharest, Romania
Genres House, electronic, deep house, electro house
Occupation(s)Musician, DJ, record producer, performer, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsAccordion, guitar, flute, piano, bagpipes, vocals
Years active2006–present
LabelsMayavin Records
Associated acts Vika Jigulina, Costi Ioniţă, Andrea
Website www.edwardmaya.com

Eduard Marian Ilie (Romanian pronunciation:  [ˈedu.ard mariˈan iˈli.e] ; born 29 June 1986), better known by his stage name Edward Maya, is a Romanian DJ, musician, record producer, performer, singer and songwriter, most famous for his 2009 smash hit single "Stereo Love".



In and around 2006, Maya worked with many other Romanian artists such as Akcent and Vika Jigulina. He also worked on the song Tornerò, which was performed by Mihai Trăistariu in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He added in an interview on Beat-Town.com that this song "was the beginning of my career" [2]

In the summer of 2009, Maya launched his first song as an artist, "Stereo Love", reaching No. 2 in the Romanian singles charts. Later that year, "Stereo Love" became an international hit in clubs. [3] While this success was followed by concerts worldwide, the song entered the top-5 singles charts in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. [4] [5] [6] [7] "Stereo Love" has received over 455 million YouTube views as of January 2021. [8]

On 13 May 2010, Maya released his second single "This Is My Life". To help maintain control of his career and provide opportunities for other artists, Maya has formed his own record label, Mayavin Records. [9]

Maya released the song and video for his third single "Desert Rain" on Christmas night worldwide. [10] In an interview Edward Maya talked about his Desert Rain tour he mentions he'll start off with India and later he will be touring Europe, US, South Africa and Pakistan. [11] His fourth single 'Mono in Love' was released on 29 November 2012 also featuring Vika Jigulina.

He graduated from George Enescu Music High School in Bucharest and is currently[ when? ] a final year student at the Bucharest Conservatory.

Maya was chosen to dub Grug voice in the animated movie Onward. [12]


Studio albums

List of studio albums
TitleAlbum details
The Stereo Love Show
  • Released: 3 December 2013
  • Label: Mayavin Records
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: 4 November 2014
  • Label: Mayavin Records
  • Formats: Digital download


As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
"Stereo Love"
(with Vika Jigulina)
20092191411112416The Stereo Love Show
"This Is My Life"
(featuring Vika Jigulina)
"Stereo Love"
(with Mia Martina)
10 Devotion
"Desert Rain"
(featuring Vika Jigulina)
2011Non-album single
"Mono in Love"
(featuring Vika Jigulina)
2012The Stereo Love Show
"Feeling"2013Non-album singles
"Colombian Girl"2014
"Love of My Life"
(with Vika Jigulina)
"Historia de Amor"
"Universal Love"
(featuring Andrea and Costi Ioniţă)
"Harem" [33]
(featuring Emilia and Costi Ioniţă)
"Sunny Days" [34]
(featuring United People)
"Holding On" [35]
(featuring Sleeping Muse and Violet Light)
"Be Free" [36]
(featuring Vika Jigulina)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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