Ebru Gündeş'in İngilizce Hayatı
Ebru Gündeş went to primary school in Ankara. Moving back to İstanbul with her family afterwards she had to discontinue her education due to financial hardship. She also spent a fair amount of her life in Izmir.
The quality of her voice was discovered at an early age when one of her relatives took her to Neşe Demirkat a partner of Raks Neşe Müzik a record label in Turkey. Neşe Demirkat was impressed with her voice and introduced her to music producers Koral Sarıtaş and Selçuk Tekay.
Ebru Gündeş sings the kind of desperately tragic arabesk love songs that are the core of Turkish popular music. Besides Turkey she is especially popular in Iran where she was voted among one of the favourite singers.
Her debut album Tanrı Misafiri was released in 1992. It proved to be a massive success and sold 1250000 copies. At this stage she was a very sweet and innocent-looking girl slim dressed in white and with an attractive way of raising one eyebrow. She was on billboards all over Istanbul. Coming as she did from one of Istanbul's less affluent districts with a rough manner and speaking voice in contrast to her beautiful singing voice she garnered lots of public support. Her subsequent albums have been hugely successful and are listed below.
Stardom has taken its toll on her health. She suffered from a brain haemorrhage in December 1999 while recording the album Dön Ne Olur which resulted in two very serious operations. She spent a lot of time away from the public eye recuperating and fortunately she returned to full health. Dön Ne Olur was one of the best selling albums ever in Turkey. In November 2001 she released the album Ahdım Olsun. This album embodied the pain of the experience she endured from December 1999 to November 2001. It also offered a clear story line for the events that took place in her life that year.
Her television career
Ebru Gündeş has made hundreds of television appearances in Turkey as a singer and recently as an actress in a situation comedy "İmkansız Aşk" (Impossible Love). She was also the host of her Mega Showone of the most watched television shows in Turkey. Every week Ebru was joined by a variety of other Turkish singers most notably her long time friends Serdar Ortaç and İbrahim Tatlıses. The show featured Ebru singing her own songs singing classic songs and singing duets with other singers. She then appeared in the hugely popular singing contest Popstar Alaturka as a guest judge along with Turkey's most popular singer the diva Bülent Ersoy and Orhan Gencebay and Armagan Çaglayan. Now Ebru Gundes is promoting her album.