Edyta Bartosiewicz (born January 11, 1965 in Warsaw) is a Polish rock singer, composer, and songwriter. Her career has been awarded by five Fryderyks. In Poland, she's known for her highly reflective and unusual lyrics.
When Edyta Bartosiewicz was ten years old she already learned how to play the guitar, which she received from her father for good grades. She composed simple lyrics, usually, with English texts, which were full of errors as she honestly admitted. Edyta Bartosiewicz once thought that music was restricted only for chosen people and she was convinced that she was not one of them. Soon she studied at Nicolaus Copernicus High School in Warsaw (XXXIII L.O. im. Mikołaja Kopernika). At that time, Bartosiewicz did not consider that her future career will be related to music and, what is interesting, she devoted herself to sport (firstly, she practiced speed skating and, then, volleyball for ten years). After graduating from high school, she began studying at SGPiS in Warsaw (now SGH, Warsaw School of Economics.)
By then, she already tried to make her dream about music career come true. This is why she started her first amateur band in Mińsk Mazowiecki. She tried to reconcile her affection to music with school duties. Unluckily, the band did not live up to her expectations. After ignoring suggestions from Walter Chełstowski that she should start professional recordings, she decided to leave for London in 1986. There, Bartosiewicz met The Blue Aeroplanes and during their concerts she participated in, she realized that music is an indispensable part of her life. She immediately met people, who agreed to gather funds for her first professional album recording. This is why, after six months she came back to Warsaw.
It was a breakthrough in her music career. After four years at the university, she dropped out and joined the Staff group. In 1989 she won Mokotowska Jesień Muzyczna. In the following year, she appeared on a first commercial music record with the band Halloee Poloy (formerly the Staff group.) The album was released under the title The Big Beat. It was hardly a commercial success, but it succeeded in catching the eye of music critics who noticed the singer's voice and charismatic position in the band. She received prestigious awards i.e. Wyspiański Young Artist Award and Mateusz Święcicki Award (Nagroda Artystyczna Młodych im. Wyspiańskiego and Nagroda im. Mateusza Święcickiego.) What is more, Bartosiewicz collaborated with such famous rock musicians as Wojciech Waglewski, Ziyo (1992 - singing in the album "Carols"; "Kolędy"), Róże Europy (1993 - backing vocals in song "Velvet"; "Jedwab"), Acid Drinkers (1993 - singing "Seek and Destroy"), Hey (1993 - vocal in 1990s super hit "Your Hope and Mine"; "Moja i twoja nadzieja"), Varius Manx (1993 - singing "Memphis"), Human (1993 - singing "Faith"), Kobranocka (1992, 1994 - backing vocals and singing), which sped up her future music career.
Edyta decided to quit the band Halloee Poloy having experienced - as she said herself - very heavy resistance to her composing and song writing style. She wanted to concentrate on her solo career. Even though the album The Big Beat did not turn out to be a commercial success, the music and vocals of charismatic singer attracted the attention of connoisseurs and demanding music listeners. In 1990 Bartosiewicz was declared the best singer by Music Magazine (Magazyn Muzyczny).
At the turn of 1991 and 1992, she started to record 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. As she said herself:
"Singles from "Love" were arranged at Rafał's home studio; thus, it was not a super production. This album did not completely resemble my music personality. I used to listen to hard rock i.e. Police, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and music composed by Rafał was more feminine and tranquil. Only the lyrics which appeared in the Polish version of that album remained unchanged. This is why I could not call this album fully mine."
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.
"After accusations that the "Love" album was too monotonous, I decided to compose simpler songs. Some of them are relatively comprehensible for the simple music listener and other resemble my favourite music genre. The keyboard does not dominate as it did in the album "Love"; on the contrary, Riff-laden guitar lines prevail. At the same time, most music compositions were influenced by musicians that I am working with. They played songs for sensitive souls; thus, most of them are moody and melancholic. Such songs interlace with those with hidden dynamics and tension so listeners have time to catch their breath. I believe that people can find inspiration in our music. I also admit that though, I still love old albums, I am strongly influenced by the current trends overseas. This is good old rock. Then I wonder who will go down in history, besides Led Zeppelin and The Beatles? Will it be Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine?"
In 1994, at the end of September, nine concerts were given in the nine biggest Polish cities. The tour ended with a huge success, as well as the album, which achieved Platinum status after selling over 300 thousand copies. Bartosiewicz herself was announced the best singer by the readers of the Polish magazine "Only Rock" ("Tylko Rock" - now known as "Teraz Rock" "Now Rock"), and the album's title song "Dream" ("Sen") is still one of her best known. The singer also received two 1995 Fryderyk Awards in the category: the Best Artist and the Best Pop/Rock Album.
By the beginning of 1995 a new single "Wonderful tonight" was realized. It was a cover of Eric Clapton song and it reached second place on Hit Parade of Program 3 (Polish radio station). At the beginning of July a new single "Madness" ("Szał") was released and it promoted the album "Shock'n'show (Szok'n'show)".
"The very title of the album symbolizes a change. On the other hand, it was not my intent to create an entirely different sort of music; this would be deceptive of me. Since the creation of "Dream" ("Sen") I was not able to change that much so to record only hits. Someone who had listened to "Madness" and had seen the video could have thought I changed my style. To lessen this impression next to "Madness" a very calm song "Time of high tide" ("Czas przypływu") was promoted. It signalled that on the new album there are songs of the same mood as "Dream"- melancholic ballades. I think that this album is well composed as on the first side there are more energetic songs and on the other the songs are much calmer. In my opinion this album is one, and it cannot be separated. I recorded this album with musicians who at the moment I can firmly call my band. They are more than just colleagues from the studio; they are people with whom I am very close. They played an important role in the arrangement of the production. Maciek Gałdysz played the guitar, Radek Zagajewski played the bass guitar, Krzysiek Poliński played the drums and Romek Kunikowski, a new person in the band, played the keyboard. Second thing that is new is that in the song "City Underwater" ("Podwodne Miasto") I play solo the electronic guitar. This experience has set me free. I always wanted to do something crazy and unexpected. When listening to "Shock'n'show" a potential listener will wonder what is going to happen next. Will he move to another dimension when listening to this album? Generally speaking, I wanted to present myself in a different light. Until now, I have been received as a sad person who writes deep lyrics. I proved that Bartosiewicz can be happy and jolly and not always broken down. I think that I have to "loosen up" a little bit in order to have energy to keep on recording."
In October people could see Edyta perform live in 13 cities. This tour ended in May 1996. The biggest hits are: the promotion single "Madness", Time of high tide", "The Clock" ("Zegar") which was realised on a singel in November, and the greatest, immortal ballade "The Last One" ("Ostatni"). Single "Anger is no use" ("Na nic gniew") which was realized during summer holidays is also worth remembering. The album "Shock'n'Show" received the platinum status and up to this day more than 280.000 of MC and CD copies have been sold. In 1995 this album won Fryderyk (Polish music award) in the category Rock Album, and was nominated to this price in eight different categories. The readers of music magazines very highly evaluated her work:
The Best Album Award - readers of "Only Rock" ("Tylko Rock") plebiscite,
The Best Singer Award - readers of "Only Rock" plebiscite,
Second place in Hit of the year category - readers "Only Rock" plebiscite,
Seventh place for "The Clock",
Second place in the Best Singer category - readers of "Brum" plebiscite,
The Best Video of the Year Award for "Madness" - readers of "Brum" plebiscite,
The video to the song "The Clock" won "Zloty Yacht" in category The Best Video of the Year. A new challenge for Bartosiewicz at the end of 1995 was a music production of an album of the group Firebirds.
The year 1996 was as interesting in Bartosiewicz career as the previous one. She played tens of concerts, among which on 9 July she opened Bryan Adams' concert in Spodek Katowicki. She was a star during "Wegorzewo 1996" (Polish music festival). Edyta's recital during Sopot Festival was very well received. It was there that she received the Platinum status for her albums "Dream" and "Shock'n'show". She received a warm reception. The recital lasted about 40 minutes but thanks to enthusiastic reaction of the public it was prolonged about 20 minutes (4 encores). Edyta performed her biggest hits but also presented her two new songs "Only a moment" ("Tylko moment") and "Think about me" ("Pomyśl o mnie"), which became a single.
In October she started working on her new album, which was recorded in January and February 1997. The premier of Edyta's fourth album entitled "Child" ("Dziecko") took place on 9 June, and the single "Jenny" was present in radio stations since 21 April. By September more than 100.000 copies were sold, and this album was in the top ten of bestselling albums of the year. The album was promoted within the tour and a second single "I lied" ("Skłamałam"), which became a big hit. During a concert in "Stodola" (Stodoła) in Warsaw she received another platinum status for the album "Child" (more than 200.000 CD and MC sold). Next singles: 'We don't know each other" ("Nie znamy się"), 'Boogie czyli zemsta slodka jest' and the title song "Child" enjoyed quite big popularity. In February Edyta played three concerts in the United States and Canada. In March 1998 Edyta once again won Fryderyk in the category "The Best Rock Album". Besides that, she was also nominated in five other categories. The album "Child" is thought to be the most frank album of Polish rock and, generally speaking, Polish entertainment music. (Machina 03/02).
In July 1998 Edyta entered the studio to record a new album. This time it was not with Leszek Kaminski but with an English publisher Rafał Mckenna who also worked with artists such as Blur, Pulp, or Radiohead. The first song from this album was "Love like fire" ("Miłość jak ogień") which immediately won the first place on Polish hit lists. The premier of the album "Waterfalls" ("Wodospady") took place November 9, 1998. Another single was the title song. The album reviews characterized it as the most mature of all. Songs like "Mandarine" ("Mandarynka") showed Edyta's interest in psychedelic music. On the other hand, Edyta did not turn her back on image that was known from her previous albums. Songs like "Love like fire" and "Waterfalls of tears" confirm that. In many reviews it is said that the most distinguished long plays are "Dream", "Child" and "Waterfalls". The video to the third single "Seven seas, seven lands" ("Siedem mórz, siedem ladów") was made in picturesque landscape in the US (precincts of Los Angeles). In May 1999 the last single promoting "Waterfalls", entitled "The Rebel" ("Buntowniczka") was realised. Till this day 75, 000 copies have been sold which gave Edyta another golden status title. In 1998 she was nominated to Fryderyk in many categories.
On 29 November 1999 album entitled "Today are my birthday- the best of" ("Dziś są moje urodziny- the best of") was realized. This was the album that summed up the artistic work of Edyta and it was promoted by the song "21st century" ("XXI wiek"). The album, as Edyta admitted, was forced by denouncement of the contract. At the beginning of the year 2000 a song "Master" ("Mistrz") was realized and it promoted a medley. She ended the year 1999 separating from her phonographic industry Universal Music Poland.
The year 2000 started with a prestigious award for the Personality of the Decade presented by the "Only Rock" magazine. In February 2000 Edyta collaborated with Justyna Steczkowska. She wrote a number of lyrics for Justyna's album "Day & Night". Moreover, she also made a well-matched duet with Kazik Staszewski in the hit-song "Four Rooms", which promoted Kazik's album "Melassa". In the same year she collaborated with Anita Lipnicka. Together they created "The Last Letter" song - Edyta prepared the music and Anita wrote the lyrics. Effect of that collaboration was presented on Anita's album "My eyes are green" (2000). In January 2001 Edyta, together with the band Agressiva 69, recorded the title song for Mariusz Treliński's movie "Egoists".
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 preset 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 Tomasz Stanko's concerted called "Tomasz Stańko & Friends". Here is a fragment from report on the concert:
"Concert took place on the Theatre Square in Warsaw. (...) Tomasz Stańko invited close-in-spirit musicians to perform with him. With some of them he collaborated in the past, but few were a total surprise for the audience. What is the most important is that this project was unprecedented. (...) However, there would be no "Tomasz Stanko & Friends" concert without special guests, such as: Dorota Miśkiewicz, Markek Napiórkowski, Joakim Milder, Leszek Możdżer and Edyta Bartosiewicz. (...) In order to enrich the concert with a non-jazz vocal Stańko thought of inviting Edyta Bartosiewicz - vocalist of whom he thinks very highly and who beside fantastic and original voice is also a great composer..."
For over two years from that appearance Edyta did not perform publicly. She finally returned on stage on July 5, 2008 when she appeared during TOPtrendy Festival in Sopot. She performed on the occasion of Krzysztof Krawczyk's 45 years-on-stage benefit concert "Life Is Like a Wine." Together with Krawczyk, she performed two songs: "The Tale" and "It's Hard For... (Us to Be Together)."
Since July 2010, when it was announced she was set to perform at Orange Warsaw Festival on August 28, 2010., she has given several public performances, in addition to headlining a limited tour. On September 1, 2013 it was announced that her long-awaited album, cancelled in 2002, will finally be released under the title Renovatio on October 1.