singer's sixth new album "Friderika Gospel" has been released, which
is the first solo gospel album in Hungary. This is a popular style of music,
which became widespread and famous all over the world through black singers
wearing long dresses. In other context, gospel means good news, that Christ
became a human being, Jesus of Nazareth to pay the price for the freedom of
people. He died on the cross for this reason but He has risen from the death
and has proclaimed that there is life after death which lasts forever. Friderika
believes in this and that's why she gave the title "Friderika Gospel"
to her new album. This record is about the same wonderful thing in a different
"colour" which changed the singer's life too. Believing that Jesus
loves me, I don't have to be afraid of death, passing away and failure. I let
God change my destiny. I'm happy to sing about this amazing living person, about
God who can't be compared to anyone or anything. And there isn't enough song
to thank Him what he has done and praise Him for everything.
I have always wanted to become a singer and I am very thankful that my dream
finally came true. Let me give you a glimpse of my life-story up 'til now:
When, at six years of age, I had to appear for an entering exam before an
examination committee at an elementary school specialized in music, I couldn't
talk, let alone sing. I had a terrible sore throat, and I could hardly utter
a word. So all I had to do was clap to a given rythm. They enrolled me!
I first made a serious decision to become a singer when I was fourteen. My
mom (who at one time wanted to become a singer herself), took me to her one-time
phonation teacher, Anna Hajdú. She listened to me sing and agreed to teach me
- for free.
I studied hard, and, at the age of nineteen I went to take the state exams compulsory
for professional singers in Hungary. I got a straight "A".
I turned twenty one - this was a great year in my life... I was invited to
record 3 hits with Szilveszter Jenei for the Hungarian Radio. The name of the
program was "Sztárkereső" (Star Finder). At that time, I was not at all aware
of the implications.
At twenty two, my dream came true: I won first prize at a major national contest
for pop musicians (Táncdalfesztivál) organized by the Hungarian Television.
The song that won me the first prize was "Whom Shall I Tell My Sins?". Nobody
knew me at the time. It was an interesting show. I thought that I didn’t stand
a chance, that all the winners had been chosen in advance... And my song was
so out of place too, as I thought...
Two months later I faced a new challenge, this time on the international level.
In 1994 I was the first Hungarian ever to make it to the finals of the Eurovision
Festival, in Dublin. A childhood dream of mine came true then: I sang on the
stage I had watched on TV and longed to sing on for so long! Some six hundred
thousand people were watching me at that event! It was so exciting, I was overwhelmed
by Irish professionalism which was obvious from the way it was all organized.
With no commercial channels yet in Hungary, all those who wanted to watch TV
that Saturday had the choice of either watching me sing or watching the water-polo
team playing in the finals of an international competition. Either way they
saw success: our water-polo team won and i finished fourth.
Another month, another success: on the 30th of April, 1994 my first album came
out on CD and on audiocassette.The album needed only two months to reach the
gold-album level. And I am so grateful for everyone who bought that tape!
A sequence of prizes started to flow in: for the fourth place at the Eurovision
Festival I received the EMERTON proze of the Hungarian radio. Professionals
and the public both voted on me, so in 1994 I got the Golden Deer, a prize created
by AxelSpringer Publisher. I was also elected as the Pop-singer of The Year
by the readers of Youth Magazine. On the 25th of January, 1995 I received for
the second time the EMERTON prize that goes to the young star of the year (this
was broadcast by both radio and television). Then came the Golden Giraffe award
created by MAHASz, the Hungarian shipping office - for the same title.
In 1995, in August I won the second place at the 32nd festival of Sopot, in
Poland. On the gala I appeared on the same stage together with Annie Lennox
and Chuck Berry. The Hunagrian public is not particularly familiar with this
festival, although it is quite known abroad. The hall was filled to capacity
during the three days of the contest.
In the meantime we already started to record my second album with Peter Gerendas.
On the 24th of January, 1996 this album came out under the title Friderika II.,
a year and a half after the first one. A videoclip was also shot, directed by
Peter Timar for the song called "Late carneval". With this album I went on tour
in Hungary from September to November, subsidized by Unilever. I had concerts
in nine different cities and in Budapest. The scenery was designed with the
help of Sandor Sillo.
A year and a half passed by. The reason for this silence is simple: a third
record was on the ways, completely different from the previous two. Through
these songs a positive, smiling, happy Friderika unfolded for the audience.
I went through a great inward change. Suddenly I could see the sun shining on
me and life was wonderful!
I became a different person. The album was unexpectedly well received: the
first song became the favourite of the radio channels. In March 1998 "You dialed
up my heart" was the most played Hungarian hit in Danubius and Juventus, radio
channels specialized in contemporary music. This song was my biggest hit so
The cordility of the media went on. "The treasure I found", the song which
entitled the next album, the fourth one, was played again and again in Danubius
and Juventus. This means you could hear that song about 30-35 times a week.
These 13 brand new hits, the musicians and the composers carry on the spirit
of the previous album. In 2001 I had a wonderful chance to change publishers.
Along with that a new (at least for me) creative band of lovely people and talented
musicians gathered around me. Three gentlemen, József Borbély, Róbert kassai
and Szabolcs Varga orchestrated my latest album, the fifth, Homecoming. Most
of the songs were composed by the Varga-Kassai duo, and with them I could have
an insight into a new and exciting sounding. The record consists of nicely orchestrated,
melodious pop music, with a surprise! For example a hit originally composed
by Ferenc Demjén and István Lerch. I am so happy about this album and to have
all these wonderful people around me! I hope you love it, too. If you haven't
heard it yet, listen to the songs please, you will surely like it!
It is funny to remember that when I was small, music was my refuge against
the troubles at school and at home. When I went to shop, I would sway the basket
humming a little song. When people around me discerned that, I became very embarresed.
Do you see waht I mean?
Later I thought I could stand out from among the rest by singing. I wanted
people to love me, to admire me - and to remember me. But for some time I haven’t
been this way anymor. I sing to make you smile, to dislocate you a little bit
from ordinary life - I would like to make you believe there is always a reason
to be happy. Life is good.