5 Songs, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a heart-stopping tenor that sounds as if it could touch the clouds, Albanian-born singer/songwriter Stanaj seems born for pop stardom. On “Changed," he evokes remorse and redemption with little more than a nylon-string guitar and some finger snaps. An emotional quiver makes the ballad “Find Me” resonate, but he’s also a sleek enough vocalist to find the heart amid the streamlined dance pop of “Romantic.” And even when he's in the grips of a “Bad Woman,” he finds a way to let his voice break free and soar higher.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a heart-stopping tenor that sounds as if it could touch the clouds, Albanian-born singer/songwriter Stanaj seems born for pop stardom. On “Changed," he evokes remorse and redemption with little more than a nylon-string guitar and some finger snaps. An emotional quiver makes the ballad “Find Me” resonate, but he’s also a sleek enough vocalist to find the heart amid the streamlined dance pop of “Romantic.” And even when he's in the grips of a “Bad Woman,” he finds a way to let his voice break free and soar higher.

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About Stanaj

Soulful pop singer and pianist Albert Stanaj was born in Albania and raised in New York City, a product of two cultures. As a child, he starred in Albanian music videos and performed at festivals in both the U.S. and in Europe, developing a comfort for the spotlight. In high school, he decided to start singing in English, inspired by major influences like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Maxwell, and Whitney Houston. Along with his brother/manager, he moved to California in 2014. Once there, he worked the scene and was noticed by a handful of influential celebrities, including Drake, who helped increase his social media presence. Stanaj signed with Lava Records in early 2016 and headed to England to record with Fraser T. Smith (Adele, Sam Smith) and others. The Preview EP showcased four of his songs, including "Romantic" and "Ain't Love Strange." In 2017, Stanaj further expanded his audience by landing an opening slot on a tour with JoJo. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

  • ORIGIN
    Albania
  • GENRE
    Pop
  • BORN
    February 12, 1994

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