Alina Şleahtiţkaia (born 18 July 1990), better known by her stage name Kaiia (stylized KAiiA) is a Romanian singer. Born in Ukraine, she has spent much of her childhood in Moldova, participating in various events and competitions in the country. Kaiia became known in 2012, after her debut single "Crazy Love", in collaboration with the production team Manilla Maniacs.
Early life and career:
1990-2011: Early life:
Kaiia was born in Ukraine, but her family moved to Moldova a few years after her birth. Her father is Ukrainian, while her mother is Moldovan citizen with Romanian origins. Kaiia's passion for music began at the age of five years, while holding "music contests" in the backyard of the house. The singer described her childhood as a "happy and funny incident".
Kaiia graduated from the high school "Mihai Eminescu". She later attended the Industrial-Pedagogical College in Cahul, in the music department. During the college, she participated in various concerts held in Cahul and also performed at certain parties in Chisinau songs written by herself. Two years in a row, 2008 and 2009, she participated to "Faces of Friends" Festival. She also was one of the contestants of the first reality show in Moldova "Star Factory" in 2009. Kaiia has cited singers such as Beyoncé Knowles, Rita Ora and Jessie J as her influences. When she wants to relax, she prefers listening to Greek pianist Yanni.
2012-present: Career debut:
In April of 2012, Kaiia released her first single, "Crazy Love" in collaboration with Manilla Maniacs, creators of "Mr. Saxobeat" by Alexandra Stan, which has been successful worldwide. Kaiia's single was cataloged as dance song, but different from that of Stan's. She signed to the record label Maan Studio and "Crazy love" also received a video, directed by Iulian Moga. The song was a mediocre success, peaking at the number 31 in Romanian Top 100 and staying in the chart for twenty-six weeks.
In 2013, Kaiia released her second single, solo this time, "Uhodi" (English: Leave) which would be considered as a summer hit. The song is more mature than "Crazy Love", both lyrical and musical. In April 2014, her fourth single, "Feelyo" was released.