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EDYTA BARTOSIEWICZ

Edyta Bartosiewicz

Birth name Edyta Małgorzata Bartosiewicz
Also known as Edzia, Eddie
Born January 11, 1965
Origin Warsaw, Poland
Genres pop rock, rock
Occupation(s) Composer, songwriter, singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar

Edyta Bartosiewicz (born January 11, 1965 in Warsaw) is a Polish rock singer, composer, and songwriter. In Poland, she’s known for her highly reflective and unusual lyrics. Sixteen of her singles reached the top of Polish Radio charts. Over the course of her musical career, she has received five Fryderyk Awards – the most important recognition in the Polish music industry.

Bartosiewicz learned to play guitar a ten. She studied at Nicolaus Copernicus High School in Warsaw (XXXIII L.O. im. Mikołaja Kopernika), and was interested in sports, and later attended SGPiS in Warsaw (now SGH, Warsaw School of Economics.)

Interested in music and having played in a few bands, she left for London in 1986 where she met The Blue Aeroplanes. After her return to Warsaw, having dropped out of college, she joined the Staff group. In 1989 she won Mokotowska Jesień Muzyczna. In the following year, she appeared on The Big Beat, an album by the band Halloee Poloy (formerly the Staff group). She received a number of awards and sang guest and backing vocals on various records.

Edyta quit Halloee Poloy due to, as she said herself, resistance to her composing and song writing style. At the end of 1991 she started recording the album Love in studio S-4 in Warsaw. Rafał Paczkowski was responsible for the production of that album. This time her album was successful. By 2001, sixty seven thousand copies had been sold and finally the album achieved Gold status. The most popular singles from this album were: “If”, “Goodbye to the Roman Candles,” “Blues for you”, “Have to Carry On”. The album was also released in Western Europe by Chrysalis Records but was not noticed in this market at all.

On May 18, 1994, the album “Dream” (Sen) was released by Izabelin Studio. It was recorded with a completely new band i.e. Michał Grymuza (guitars), Radosław Zagajewski (bass), Krzysztof Palczewski (keyboard). Leszek Kamiński ( Bartosiewicz’s husband as of 1990) was responsible for the production. This time her new album was sung mostly in Polish unlike the previous one “Love”, sung mostly in English. The music can be described as variable, including acoustic songs as well as hard rock songs such as cover of the song “Move Over” by Janis Joplin. Her songs: “Dream” (Sen), “Capricorn” (Koziorożec), “Tattoo” (Tatuaż), or “Joke at a Zoo” (Żart w zoo) were a huge success on the music charts.

In January 2001 the song “The Tale” appeared on the subsequent volume of the “Fridays for fives” medley by Radio ZET. The song became a hit. Beginning of 2001 also brought changes to Edyta’s group: drummer Krzysztof Poliński was replaced by Przemek Momot, who worked together, among others, with Kasia Nosowska, Robert Gawliński, groups Yugoton and Women; and bass player Radek Zagajewski was replaced by Michał Grott. In November 2001 Edyta published a re-release of her first solo album “Love”. The album was published in Universal’s series “Invincible”. Bartosiewicz was also asked to write a number of lyrics for Edyta Górniak’s album “The Pearl” (2002). The song “I don’t ask for more” became a second single from that album. Edyta is also an author of lyrics for the title song, which was released as a fourth single.

At the beginning of 2002 Edyta signed a contract with BMG Poland and from March 4 she started work on a new album. On June 17 the single “Innocence”, that was supposed to promote the new album, was released. On June 29 the video clip for that song was broadcast. The new album was supposed to be released in August 2002; however, for unknown reasons and despite the fact that the album was finished release-date had been postponed many times. After some time Edyta and BMG Poland declared the contract null and void, and until the present day the album has not been released.

In 2004, quite unexpectedly, Edyta performed in a duet with Krzysztof Krawczyk in a song “It’s hard for… (us to be together)”. That song became a second single from Krawczyk’s album “That which is important in life” and achieved a great commercial success on the market, becoming the biggest hit of 2004. In August, Edyta appeared together with Krzysztof Krawczyk during the Sopot music festival. Moreover, Edyta performed during 2004 New Year’s Eve concert organized by TVP (state-owned Polish Television). The year 2004 was extremely successful for Edyta Bartosiewicz. She managed a comeback in media and was on the covers of many popular magazines for a long time.

After a half year break Edyta returned exactly on June 5, 2005 when she performed on Cracowian Main Market Square during the Enchanted Song Festival. Edyta was among such stars as: Anna Maria Jopek, Sylwia Wiśniewska, Urszula, Andrzej Piaseczny, Grzegorz Turnau, Michał Wiśniewski, and Pawel Kukiz. She truly enchanted the crowd with her two hit-songs: “Jenny” and “The Last One”.

In September 2005, Edyta performed during the special 10-years-anniversary concert of Myslovitz; during which she performed the song “I would like to die of love” together with Myslovitz’s frontman, Artur Rojek.

Motivated by huge success of duet with Krzysztof Krawczyk, Edyta returned to work on her new album. She returned to Sony & BMG (formerly BMG Poland) and release of her new album was scheduled for spring 2006. Unfortunately, just when the album was about to be released a tragedy happened. Manager, concerts’ organizer and Edyta’s biggest friend – Jacek Nowakowski, died on March 9. He was only thirty-four. Edyta, lost in grief, cancelled the release of the new album.

On September 2, 2006 Edyta performed during a Tomasz Stanko, her last appearance for two years. She returned to the stage on July 5, 2008, at the TOPtrendy Festival in Sopot, on the occasion of Krzysztof Krawczyk’s 45th anniversary on stage. With Krawczyk, she performed “The Tale” and “It’s Hard For… (Us to Be Together).”

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
POL

Love
Released: 1992
Label: Izabelin Studio
Formats: CD, cassette, LP

Sen
Released: 1994
Label: Izabelin Studio
Formats: CD, cassette, digital download

POL: 600,000+
POL: 3x Platinum
Szok’n’Show
Released: 1995
Label: Izabelin Studio, PolyGram Poland
Formats: CD, cassette, digital download

POL: 400,000+
POL: 2x Platinum
Dziecko
Released: June 1, 1997
Label: Izabelin Studio, PolyGram Poland
Formats: CD, cassette, digital download

POL: 200,000+
POL: Platinum
Wodospady
Released: November 9, 1998
Label: Izabelin Studio, PolyGram Poland
Formats: CD, cassette, digital download

Renovatio
Released: October 1, 2013
Label: Parlophone Music Poland
Formats: CD, LP, digital download

POL: 30,000+
POL: Platinum
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.