Susanna Alimovna Jamaldinova had Crimean Tatars origin and Armenian roots. Her father – Alim Ayarovych Jamaladinov, is Crimean Tatr and her mother – Galyna Mykhailivna Tumasova, is Armenian. Jamala was born on August 27, 1983 Osh (Kyrgyzstan) since her family was in deported there. Exactly this is main subject of Jamala’s song.
She spent her childhood in Crimea.
She has been studying music from the early childhood. Her first professional record was made when she was 9 years old. After the graduation from National Music Academy in Kyiv specializing in opera singing she planned to go to Teatro alla Scala in Milan. But her interest and passion for jazz and soul changed her plans.
During her carrier she participated in different music competitions and contest. One that made a massive impact on her future life was participation in New Wave in 2009. Jamala not just made it to the final and received a grand prize of the festival.
After the victory in New Wave Jamala graded into a Top performers rank. Cosmopolitan titles her as an Opening of the Year, she gets ELLE Style Award as the Singer of the Year and prize as the Person of the Year 2009 in nomination Ukrainian idol.
In November 2009 her debute video came along, a cover version of Propellerheads History Repeating.
“Downpoor”. The song was presented on the occasion of the anniversary of Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine in 2014.
After numerous achievements in Ukraine she participates in Eurovision 2016 and wins with song 1944.