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Vitas in 2011
Background information
Birth nameVitáliy Vladasovich Grachyov
Born (1979-02-19) 19 February 1979 (age 40)
Daugavpils, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Origin Odessa, Ukraine
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals (countertenor), keyboards, accordion
Years active2000–present
Associated actsDIVA (ДИВА)
Autograph Avtograf Vitasa.jpg

Vitáliy Vladasovich Grachyov (Russian :Вита́лий Владасович Грачёв, tr. Vitály Vladasovich Grachyov; born 19 February 1979), known professionally as Vitas (Russian :Ви́тас, tr. Vitas,IPA:  [ˈvʲitəs] ) is a Russian singer. He is known for his unique falsetto and for possessing a near five-octave vocal range, which he displays when performing his "turkey call" in "The 7th Element" and his trademark falsetto choruses. His eclectic musical style incorporates elements of techno, dance, classical, jazz, and folk music. His song "Opera 2" and the music video for "The 7th Element" [1] went viral across various social networks frequently, accounting for much of his worldwide recognition.

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although nearly three decades have passed since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia.

Romanization of Russian Romanization of the Russian alphabet

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Falsetto is the vocal register occupying the frequency range just above the modal voice register and overlapping with it by approximately one octave.


Vitas designs his own stage costumes. [2] DIVA (ДИВА) is the name of the band that accompanies Vitas during his concerts. [3] He has achieved notability through Russian television, and since 2005 his career has advanced into Asian markets. [4]

He has sung with entertainment labels such as Universal, which distributes his music in Taiwan, and he has toured extensively in China [5] and several other countries. [4]

Universal Music Group American music corporation

Universal Music Group is an American global music corporation that is a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi. UMG's global corporate headquarters are located in Santa Monica, California. It is considered one of the "Big Three" record labels, along with Sony Music and Warner Music Group. Since 2004, the corporation is no longer related to the film studio Universal Studios.

Taiwan state in East Asia

Taiwan, officially the Republic of China (ROC), is a state in East Asia. Neighbouring states include the People's Republic of China (PRC) to the west, Japan to the northeast, and the Philippines to the south. Taiwan is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations (UN).

China Country in East Asia

China, officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia and the world's most populous country, with a population of around 1.404 billion. Covering approximately 9,600,000 square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the third- or fourth-largest country by total area. Governed by the Communist Party of China, the state exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau.


Early life

Vitas was born in Daugavpils, a city in south-east Latvia, USSR. He showed an interest in music from an early age. He was raised in Odessa, where he attended an art school, and appeared in various theatrical productions as a teenager.[ citation needed ]

Daugavpils City in Latvia

Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230 kilometres to its north-west.

Latvia republic in Northeastern Europe

Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Since its independence, Latvia has been referred to as one of the Baltic states. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, and Belarus to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west. Latvia has 1,957,200 inhabitants and a territory of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi). The country has a temperate seasonal climate.

Odessa Place in Odessa Oblast, Ukraine

Odessa is the third most populous city of Ukraine and a major tourism center, seaport and transport hub located on the north-western shore of the Black Sea. It is also the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast and a multi-ethnic cultural centre. Odessa is sometimes called the "pearl of the Black Sea", the "South Capital", and "Southern Palmyra". Before the Tsarist establishment of Odessa, an ancient Greek settlement existed at its location as elsewhere along the north-western Black Sea coast. A more recent Tatar settlement was also founded at the location by Hacı I Giray, the Khan of Crimea in 1440 that was named after him as "Hacıbey". After a period of Lithuanian Grand Duchy control, Hacibey and surroundings became part of the domain of the Ottomans in 1529 and remained there until the empire's defeat in the Russo-Turkish War of 1792.

Rise to fame and early career

Vitas came to public attention in Russia in December 2000 with the song "Opera #2", which was notable for his surprisingly high-pitched and energetic vocals. In the music video, Vitas portrays an eccentric lonely man with fish gills who lives in a bathtub with jars of fish and plays the accordion naked.

In February 2001, Vitas held his first concert "Opera #..." at the Concert Hall "Russia" in Moscow, and presented his first concert tour, Philosophy of Miracle, which ended in early 2003. [6]

Vitas received an invitation from Lucio Dalla, the composer who created "Caruso", to perform this song together with the author at the concert "San Remo in Moscow" held in the State Kremlin Palace in 2003. Mr. Dalla then invited Vitas to come to Rome to take part in the rehearsals of "Toska", the modern version of Puccini's opera.[ citation needed ]

Lucio Dalla Popular Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor

Lucio Dalla, OMRI was an Italian singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He also played clarinet and keyboards.

"Caruso" is a song written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla in 1986. It is dedicated to Enrico Caruso, an Italian tenor. Following Lucio Dalla's death, the song entered the Italian Singles Chart, peaking at number two for two consecutive weeks. The single was also certified platinum by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry.

In dedication to his mother who died in 2001, Vitas released two albums, The Songs of My Mother and Mama. The Songs of My Mother included classic Russian songs which are sometimes considered to be the "gold reserves" of Russian pop-music. In November 2003, Vitas presented his second tour program, The Songs of My Mother in the Russia Concert Hall, Moscow. Compared to the flamboyant nature of his previous Philosophy of Miracle tour, The Songs of My Mother was more conservative, drawing on classic Russian songs. From 2004 to 2006, Vitas' management, the Production Center "Pudovkin" continued "The Songs of My Mother" tour in Russia and the US, Germany, Kazakhstan, Israel and the Baltic States. [4]

In addition to his singing career, Vitas also starred in a murder mystery television series called "Сволочь ненаглядная" ("Beloved Scoundrel") in which he played a pop singer with an unusually high voice. [7] He also starred in a comedy called Crazy Day. [8]

Development of music and image

In June 2006, Vitas was invited by CCTV to take part in the grand event "The Year of Russia in China" in Beijing. Vitas performed two songs, "The Star" and "Opera #2", in that program. This marked the start of Vitas' popularity in China.[ citation needed ]

Vitas' "Return Home" tour started in 2006, which was similar to Songs of My Mother in its conservative atmosphere. The concert performed in Saint Petersburg on 4 March 2007 was later released on DVD on his website as well as officially in some countries, though many songs have been removed. The full concert in Moscow was later released on DVD.

In October 2007, Vitas was signed with now-defunct American label Gemini Sun Records. Gemini Sun has released the Audio Visual Connect Series Vitas compilation CD + DVD set featuring 8 music videos with the corresponding songs also on audio CD, plus a bonus audio track. [9] In 2008, he also released Light of A New Day, a 40-minute track of non-lyrical vocalization and instrumentation. The song is available as a free download on his website.

The "Sleepless Night" tour includes concerts in China and has a more elaborate presentation than the more conservative "Return Home" programme. Vitas performed his "Return Home" concert in Bucharest, Romania on 25 February 2009. This concert was broadcast on Romanian television networks TVR2 and TVRi, achieving their highest ratings in twelve months. [10] Also, a benefit concert, with Vitas performing "The Star" was held on 12 May 2009 in Sichuan province in memory of the victims of the earthquake that occurred the previous year; a song known as "Mommy and Son" was released in late October 2009 in remembrance of earthquake victims. This is the very first title track of the new album "Mommy and Son" (released on 1 September 2011), which includes new songs, such as "C'est La Vie" (French for "Such is life"), "Once More", "Let the Father Teach!", "Young Rook" and others. [1]

Vitas played the role of Gude in the Chinese film Mulan , which premiered in Beijing on 16 November 2009. [11] He has recorded music for the film's soundtrack. [4] [12]

In early 2011, Vitas performed a series of seven Sleepless Night concerts in North America. Concerts were held in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Miami, Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Vitas also appeared in the 2011 Chinese film The Founding of a Party , playing the role of Grigori Voitinsky. He also starred with Huang Shengyi in the musical One Night To Be Star.[ citation needed ]

In June 2015, Vitas' 2001 music video "The 7th Element" went viral after it was posted on Reddit. [13]

In 2017, Vitas became viral again with the song "Smile", especially in Brazil, where Facebook pages such as "South America Memes" were responsible for memes using footages from his performance of the song at the Songs of My Mother tour. On October 5, he thanked the pages for his popularity. [14]

Personal life

Vitas has been known to be secretive about his personal life and has frequently declined interviews about it. He married his wife, Svetlana, in 2006.[ citation needed ] They have a daughter and a son.

In February 2010, during a concert in Saint Petersburg, Vitas sang the song "Lullaby" for his daughter.[ citation needed ]

In January 2012, Vitas and his family were interviewed on the talk show "Let Them Talk", also in 2007 being interviewed by Russian interviewer TV show Everybody Is At Home where he discussed his personal history as well as his development as an artist. In March of that year, a distraught Vitas appeared on the talk show again to confront the allegations of a man who claimed that he was Vitas' biological father. After much backlash from Vitas' friends and family, and the man's admission of lying, the DNA results proved he was not Vitas' father even though Vitas claimed it. As a show of forgiveness to the man's family, Vitas sang and danced with the man's mother.[ citation needed ]

Vitas was arrested on 10 May 2013 for hitting a cyclist with his car. Russian TV channels Russia-1 [15] and Channel One Russia [16] reported widely on the accident. These and other TV channels displayed Vitas' driving license with his personal data, which had been presented to journalists by a police officer. [17] [18] The incident took place just northeast of Moscow, near the VVC Exhibition Centre. The cyclist was not hurt and proceeded to film the situation that took place with the police afterward. The video depicts an unshaven and swaying Vitas being held by authorities; concerts planned in China that year were canceled.


Studio albums

Russian [19] English [1] Year
Философия чуда Philosophy of Miracle 2001
Улыбнись Smile! 2002
Мама Mama 2003
Песни моей мамы The Songs of My Mother 2003
Поцелуй длиною в вечность A Kiss as Long as Eternity 2004
Возвращение домойReturn Home2006
Криком журавлиным: Возвращение домой IICrane's Crying: Return Home 22007
Хиты ХХ века20th Century Hits2008
**Audio Visual Connect Series: Vitas (CD + DVD) [5] 2008
Скажи, что ты любишьSay You Love2009
Шедевры трех вековMasterpieces of Three Centuries2010
Мама и СынMother and Son2011
Только ты. История моей любви, Часть 1Only You - My Love Story Part I2013
Я подарю тебе весь мир. История моей любви, Часть 2I'll Give You the World - My Love Story Part II2014
**Come Just For You!2016
**Made in China2016
20 [20] 20Coming soon


Russian [19] English [1] Year
Витас в КремлеVitas at the Kremlin2002
Песни моей мамыThe Songs Of My Mother2003
Лучшее от Витаса на DVDThe Best from Vitas on DVD2007
Возвращение Домой в Санкт-ПетербургеReturn Home in Saint Petersburg2007
Возвращение домой в МоскваReturn Home in Moscow2007
Бессонная ночь ПетербургSleepless Night in Saint Petersburg2010
Две столицыTwo Capitals2011
Лучшее от Витаса на DVD (2)The Best from Vitas on DVD (2)2011
Мама и сынMommy and Son2013
Лучшее от Витаса на DVD (3)The Best from Vitas on DVD (3)2014


Original [19] English [1] Year
Опера #2Opera #22001
Good Bye**2001
Свет Нового ДняLight of a New Day2008
真童话Fairy Tale2010
That Song (Remix of 7th Element by Drangabeats)**2015
Делю любовь на долиI Divide Love Into Shares2015
Roll With The Beat**2018
Opera #2 (HD)**2018


Original [21] English [22] Year
Опера №2Opera #22000
Опера №1Opera #12001
Блаженный ГуруBlessed Guru2001
Птица счастья The Bird of Happiness 2004
Поцелуй длиною в вечностьKiss As Long As Eternity2004
Берега РоссииShores of Russia2005
Lucia Di Lammermoor Lucia Di Lammermoor 2006
Криком журавлинымCrane's Crying2006
Ямайка Jamaica 2007
La Donna è Mobile [23] The woman is fickle2009
Люби меняLove Me2010
Раз, два, триOne, Two, Three2011
ФронтовикиWar Veterans2012
Мне бы в небо (Дуэт с Ксеноной)I'd Like To Go Up To Sky (duet with Ksenona Ksenia)2012
Я подарю тебе мирI'll Give You The World2013
Делю любовь на долиI Divide Love Into Shares2015
Made in China (ft. Sergey Pudovkin)**2016
Roll With The Beat (ft. Nappy Roots)**2018
ДелалаDelala [literally translated as "Did"]2019

Concert programs

Опера №...Opera #...2001
Философия чуда или УлыбнисьPhilosophy of Miracle or Smile!2002–2003
Песни моей мамыThe Songs of My Mother2003–2006, 2019
Возвращение домойReturn Home2006–2009
**China Tour 20072007
**China Tour 2008
Бессонная ночьSleepless Night2009–2012
Мама и сынMommy and Son2011–2013
Скажи, что ты любишьSay You Love (China Tour 2011)2011
История моей любвиMy Love Story2014–2017
15 лет с вами15 Years With You (China Tour 2015)
**Come Just For You (China Tour 2016)2016
Я подарю тебе любовьI'll Give You Love2018–present

Awards and achievements

2001, 2002, 2003Best selling single Russian Record Prize"Opera #2"
2001 Komsomolskaya Pravda and Internet Survey "Forum 2001" Musical Discovery of the Year
2000, 2001, 2002Three-time-laureate of the festivals "The Song of the Year" (2000, 2001, 2002)
2001, 2002Two-time-laureate of the People Prize "Golden Gramophone""Opera #2", "Smile!"
2001, 2002, 2003Three-time-laureate of the Musical Prize "PODIUM" for the most stylish achievements in pop music
2001, 2002, 2003Russian "People's HIT" Prize"Opera #2", "Smile!", "The Star"
2001, 2003Radio station "HIT FM" Prize "100 Per Cent HIT"
2002National Musical Prize "Ovation" Soloist of the Year
2004Russian Internet portal AFISHA.COM
2007Order of Service to the Arts
2007Best Album – NewsMusic Poll [24] "Crane's Crying"
2011International Song Writers Contest Winner, 3rd place Music Video Category for "Opera #2". Also won second place in People's Choice vote. [25] "Opera #2"

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