Birthday: January 15, 1982
Age: 38 Years, 38 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Also Known As: Emina Jahović Sandal
Born in: Novi Pazar, Yugoslavia
Famous as: Singer-songwriter
Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Females
Spouse/Ex-: Mustafa Sandal
father: Nusret Jahović
mother: Senija Jahović
siblings: Mirsad Türkcan, Sabina Jahović
children: Yaman Sandal, Yavuz Sandal
education: Mokranjac Music School
Emina Jahović Sandal is a Serbian model, actress and singer-songwriter. She is very popular across the entire area of former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe for her multi-faceted persona. She is fluent in Serbian and English while she also speaks a bit of Turkish, Slovenian, and Bulgarian. She is one of the highest paid artists in the Balkans. Over the course of her career, she has produced four successful albums, over three dozen popular singles, and starred in various television shows and commercials. She is also the face of two fashion labels. She started off as a songwriter in the late 1990s, but came to prominence after winning several events. Her popularity has earned her various nicknames such as "Pop princeza" (Pop Princess), "Pop diva" and "Srpska diva" (Serbian Diva). Based on her album ‘Vila’, she was given the nickname of "Balkanska vila" (Fairy of the Balkans) by the Serbian media. She has been recognized and honored at several festivals, music award ceremonies, and competitions. Her music is available on ‘YouTube’, ‘iTunes’, and ‘Google Play’. She continues to break cultural divides and national borders through her music.
Childhood & Early Life
Emina Jahović was born on January 1st, 1982 in Novi Pazar, Serbia into a well-off family. Her mother, Senija Jahović, is a pediatrician while her father, Nusret Jahović, was a highly successful and prominent cardiothoracic surgeon.
She is the youngest of three children. Her elder sister, Sabina Jahović, is a child psychiatrist and lives in Belgrade, while her elder brother, Mirsad Türkcan, is the first Turkish basketball player to play in the NBA.
By the age of seven, she attended the ‘Meša Selimović’ primary school in Novi Pazar and also began taking guitar lessons at the ‘Mokranjac Music School’. Apart from music, she developed interest in basketball too as her brother Mirsad excelled in the sport and she began her training in basketball in the 6th grade.
When she was 13, her father passed away and after a couple of years, her mother asked her to stop playing basketball as she was physically weak. In high school, she participated in several performances including ‘Antigone’ and ‘Galeb’. Since some of her theater roles required her to sing, she came to realize that singing was her real passion.
She received her BA in management from the ‘Faculty of Management’ at ‘Braća Karić University’.
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Emina Jahović participated in several local and national festivals and these events played an important role in her early music career. This provided her chance to work in close association with reputed composers and managers. Dino Merlin, the famous Bosnian singer-songwriter, musician and producer, released her first album 'Osmi dan' in 2001.
After years of successful festival performances, she released ‘Radije ranije’, her second album in 2005. Her main hit, ‘Da I’ ona zna’ peaked at number one on Bosnia’s charts while in the rest of Europe, the song reached the top ten.
In 2008 she released an English single ‘Exhale’. The song was nominated for "World's Best Song" in Worldsings.com's music competition. The accompanying video for "Exhale" also premiered on the MTV Adria show TOP 20.
In 2009 her music career tasted success with the release of her third album, ‘Vila’. The song, ‘Med’, won the 'Best Song' award in the 1st Balkan Music Awards in which she was nominated for ‘Best Female Performer’ in the Balkans 2009.
From 2010 to 2011, she worked in the television soap opera ‘Lale Devri’ in the lead role. The TV show became very popular and aired in over 30 countries.
During 2011-12 she released several singles including ‘Gospodine’, ‘Posle mene’, ‘Broken’, and ‘Kimse Yok Mu?’, which further increased her popularity and fame. The first was purposefully released on ‘International Woman’s Day’, while ‘Broken’ was released on ‘Valentine’s Day’.
In 2013, she released her singles ‘Nedostaješ’ and ‘Žena zmaj’ and went on to perform on ‘Ami G Show’ on ‘RTV Pink’. She was also announced as a judge and coach of the popular TV show ‘X Factor Adria’.
Her single ‘Exhale’ helped her become popular in America and Europe. The song was nominated for ‘World’s Best Song’ in Worldsings.com’s competition in 2008. The video also premiered on the ‘MTV Adria’s Top 20’ in Europe. This song propelled her career further and brought more fans to her.
Awards & Achievements
In 2000, she participated in the youth festival ‘Zlatna staza’ in Montenegro. She won with her song ‘Samo ti, moja muziko’.
She participated in 2005 ‘Music Festival Budva’ with her song 'Nije više tvoja stvar’ and won the ‘Best Songwriter’ award.
In 2007, she featured in Flamingosi’s single ‘La gitana’, which was a commercially successful song. The music video was awarded the ‘Best Video Clip’ in the Prince Awards’ at the 'Sunčane skale’ festival in Montenegro.
On November 29, 2011 ‘HELLO! Srbija’ magazine named Jahovic ‘Person of the Year’.
Personal Life & Legacy
She married Mustafa Sandal in 2008. Her husband is a popular Turkish pop singer with over twenty million album sales.
She has two sons - Yaman (born in 2008) and Yavuz (born in 2012). The children speak both Turkish and Bosnian.
During her 2009 concert supporting the newly released album ‘Vila’, she wore 13 different costumes. The deputy prime minister of Serbia and the minister of foreign and domestic trade and telecommunications were also in attendance.
She is often referred to as the Turkish JLo for her artistic similarities to Jennifer Lopez. Her Turkish single ‘Kimse Yok Mu?’ further popularized this image.
She was once offered a modeling contract with a famous lingerie company in Turkey but she refused the offer as she felt it could tarnish his brother’s image in the country.