“This is exactly what I always wanted to do. But I did not know how to achieve that, since my family had nothing to do with arts nor moved in prominent social circles. (…) When you love something, you always find a way to incorporate that into your life. Music was not my second choice, but a simultaneous choice ever since childhood, which I shared with nobody. I only pestered my parents: ‘I want a guitar, I want a guitar!’ Then, on a rainy day, they went to Pula and bought one for me. My first guitar with two printed palms. (…) I always make up new lyrics and melodies in my head and I live my own life with the guitar, a life made up of the speech that I ingested together with my mother’s milk while growing up by the sea in Rabac. That is where my songs in the čakavian dialect of Labin come from, the language simply poured out of me,” says singer-songwriter, actress and poet Elis Lovrić.
After graduating from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, she appeared in many lead roles in Croatian and Italian theatres, winning numerous awards. She is fluent in five languages, which gave her the opportunity to work in several international theatre productions. In 2014, she composed and produced her first musical Kolarići for the Istrian National Theatre in Pula. She was also selected to sing the Croatian anthem at the opening ceremony of the 59th Pula Film Festival due to her characteristic musical style. In 2017, she released the first album with her own works Merika.With her unique voice and composing style, Elis takes the listeners on a journey to discover their own America, through beautiful Istrian scenery as well as on an emotional journey inside themselves, a journey through their own souls... She has held numerous concerts in Croatia, Italy, Germany, and Poland. In 2018, she toured Brazil and presented her album O canto da Istria, sung entirely in Portuguese. This was the first time that songs originally written in the čakavian dialect of Labin were translated and sung in Portuguese. She also participated in the Dora competition for the 2019 Eurovision song. Elis is tireless in her efforts and is currently working on her new album Kanat od Mora, accompanied by a book of poetry with the same name. She has numerous tours scheduled, including a visit to Japan.
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