Lake Malawi will represent Czech Republic at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The indie-pop band was founded by Albert Černý in 2013 and the band's name was inspired by a Bon Iver song. Since the very beginning, Lake Malawi wanted to make it outside of their home country Czech Republic with all their repertoire sung in English, and they will do just that when they take to the stage in Tel Aviv.
Shortly after the release of their first single Always June on BBC London, Lake Malawi opened for Thirty Seconds to Mars in Prague (2014). In 2015, the band performed at The Great Escape festival in Brighton and released the EP We Are Making Love Again – the single Chinese Trees won the new music Audition Poll on Amazing Radio.
Lake Malawi later caught the attention of both The Kooks' and Mika's managers, which secured the band a support slot at both acts' Prague arena shows. After an extensive period of recording, the band released their first full-length debut album Surrounded By Light in 2017. The critically acclaimed record included the singles Paris and more alternative Prague (In The City).
Lake Malawi have played over 300 gigs in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, and the United Kingdom. Their music appeared in Czech films and was featured in a major rail carrier advertisement. Currently, the band consists of Albert Černý (lead vocal, guitar), Jeroným Šubrt (bass and keys) and Antonín Hrabal (drums).
Albert Černý was born on 17th of February 1989 in the Czech steel-making town of Třinec on the Slovak / Polish border. Albert is the author of music and lyrics of Lake Malawi songs (as well as of his previous act Charlie Straight). He received four Czech Music Academy Awards Anděl, two Slavík awards and an MTV Award for his work.