Erkin Osmanli

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Erkin Osmanli (born 18 February 1989 in Baku, Azerbaijan), known by his stage name Erkin Love,[1] is a singer-songwriter, performing artist, poet, lyricist, and writer.

He started his singing career at the age of 17 in 2006, and is most famous as contestant of Akademiya reality show, aired on Lider TV, as well as Eurovision Song Contest National Finals in his home country.[2]

Musical artist

Akademiya Reality Show and Teenage Popularity

In September, 2006 Erkin successfully passed all three stages of Akademiya Reality Show to make it to the finals, hosted by national artist Brilliant Dadashova,[3] and including numerous celebrity guests as judges. Prior to finals Aygün Kazımova showed strong desire to work with Erkin, however he chose Elnarə Xəlilova instead. Though initially considered an outsider, due to his passion to rock music, which was not popular in Azerbaijan, eventually he finished 5th, leaving the project one week prior to the final. Nonetheless, despite being the youngest contestant, and representing underground music genre, he managed to be the most popular contestant, and quickly became the talk of the town.

Erkin Osmanli performing Good Charlotte's I Just Wanna Live on Akademiya Reality Show in 2007
Erkin Osmanli performing on Akademiya Reality Show in 2006.

His performances received huge acclaim by the audience, while some local pop singers recorded rock songs due to growth of popularity of the genre after Erkin's appearances.

Post-Akademiya Years and Eurovision National Finals

After leaving the project, Erkin Love suffered from post-show depression, escalated by cancellation of his promised record deal with SS Production. Later in 2007 he managed to become one of the 5 candidates to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 for the very first time.[4] However, by early 2008 he decided to withdraw from the contest. In 2011 Erkin Love made another try to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012,[5] only to be knocked out at the group stage by the eventual winner Sabina Babayeva. His final attempt to represent Azerbaijan in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 ended on 3 March 2014, when he lost the battle to Dilara Kazimova and finished 3rd on Böyük Səhnə show in Kiev, Ukraine.[6]

Erkin Osmanli performing on Eurovision Song Contest National Finals in Kiev, Ukraine.[7]

In 2012 Erkin Love had a joint gig with Azerbaijani-Jewish singer-songwriter Safael at Baku Jazz Center, performing his original songs for the first time in public.[8]

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Erkin Osmanli featured in Ok! Azerbaijan magazine in 2014.
Erkin Osmanli performing on 2014 Fete de la Musique at Baku Jazz Center.

In 2015 Erkin moved to New York City to pursue his career. His first EP Love Demonstration is due to be released later this year.

Music Style and Critical Reception

Though initially rising to fame as an alternative rock artist, Erkin broadened his musical tastes after Akademiya Reality Show. While mainly considered as pop rock artist, he also works with other genres, such as country, dance, RnB, alternative, etc. In his hometown he became famous as flamboyant, versatile, and charismatic performer, whose musical taste and personal style has always been appreciated by local journalists, celebrities, and fans.[9]

Other Activities

In addition to songwriting and singing, Erkin was also involved in advertising industry, where he served as a copywriter, creating numerous namings, slogans, and TV commercials for famous and new local brands.[10]

In 2014 he released a short film I Found You based on his poem, starring Dilara Kazimova and her partner.[11]

Songwriting and other appearances

Song Year Artist Album Contribution
"Earthquake On the Dancefloor"[12] 2011 ALIGEE feat. Azerilife Inc N/A Co-writer
"Yay"[13] 2012 Miri Yusif Nirvana Writer
"Feels So Right"[14] 2015 Elnur Memmedov N/A Co-writer and backing vocalist

References