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Martina Bárta

Martina Bárta is a new discovery on the jazz scene, endlessly traveling between Prague and Berlin. She will represent the Czech Republic with the song My Turn in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Martina Bárta is a young and talented singer and a new discovery on the jazz scene, endlessly traveling between Prague and Berlin. Her music can be described as a combination of respect for the classics and a love of everything modern and innovative.

With My Turn Martina brings immense enthusiasm, positive energy, and an exceptional style of expression to the Eurovision Song Contest. She captured the attention of Czech TV with her strong and captivating voice as well as with her energy and musical sensitivity. Czech fans know Martina from her performances with the legendary Felix Slováček Big Band as well as from the successful project Sinatrology and the musical Robin Hood. 

Martina has experienced her most significant success and popularity in Germany, where she studied at the Jazz Institut Universität der Künste in Berlin. She performs regularly with various musical projects, has appeared at many jazz festivals, and has collaborated with renowned global musical leaders, all while also working on her own project, Scotch and Soda.

Things you should know about Martina

What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?

I was surprised pleased about my nomination. It definitely changed my plans and my life got a bit crazier for a while but I like it! I didn't expect so many positive reactions from my friends. 

What are the three most impressive facts about you?

I'm a life optimist but that was not always the case. I'm ready to give my hands for helping to another people, wherever it's needed at any time. I'm an extreme goat cheese lover. My friends are laughing at me every time we go for eating together. They don't need to ask me, what I would like to eat!

Do you have a (lucky) routine before going on stage?

I believe in the power of natural stones. One of my music teachers gave me a stone, which should help being resistant to the fears before going on stage. The stone should be placed on your chakra in the nearness of your heart. I thought about it, that I could put it in my bra. I hope it will make me stronger.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

At first it's a question of representation of my country. Also I'd like to use this opportunity to show the people who am I, what am I doing as a musician, singer and artist. I hope that it could also help me to get in touch with a lot of interesting people from the music business and people who are interested in music as much as I am.

About the song writers & composers

Kyler Niko is as songwriter, singer and producer as well as a classically-trained pianist. He has an infinitely eclectic musical mind built from his shameless love of boybands from the 1990s, to new hip hop and deep house. This diversity enables him to write any genre with the same passion and prowess as the one before it.

Kyler is currently writing with and for some of the biggest artists in the world, these include: EXO, SHinee, TVXQ, Arashi, Fleur East, Nate Simpson, and BTS, to name a few. Parallel to his songwriting, Kyler is also an amazing artist and has been busy working and writing material for his own project. With some amazing collaborations and features confirmed, his new album is set to drop this year!

DWB (Paul Drew, Greig Watts and Pete Barringer) are a writing and production team from the UK. They have written and produced hits for dozens of artists including Beautiful (It Hurts) by Project 46 which was top ten in the US and Lovelife and Robots by former Belgian Eurovision Song Contest participant Kate Ryan, to name just a few.

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Lyrics of My Turn

From the very very first time I saw you
You were my home, you were home, you were my home,

Now that you are falling, let me be your calling, be your one prayer, keep away the bad things
In this moment let me give to you what you’ve given to me, that’s the least I can do

Baby it’s you
Every time I close my eyes
It’s always been you
Heaven knows that I’ll be waiting always by your side
Baby it’s you
Every time that I was down
You were there to fix me up
You were there to pick me up
Now it’s my turn

From the billion hearts to choose between
Oh I was your choice, I was your choice, so let me be your salvation and joy

You know that I love it when you call, just to say hello, oh oh
Will you let me hear it, once more
Depuis le moment où je t’ai vu pour la première fois, pour la première fois
Tu es mon foyer, mon chez moi, ma maison à moi

Maintenant, tu tombes une nouvelle fois et je veux être ta voix, devenir pour toi une prière et te protéger du mal
Il est temps de te donner ce que tu m’as donné, toi ; c’est le moins que je puisse faire

Mon amour, je te vois
À chaque fois que je ferme les yeux
Je t’ai toujours vu
Le ciel sait que je serai toujours à tes côtés
Mon amour, tu étais près de moi
Lorsque j’ai touché le fond
Près de moi afin de me soigner
Près de moi et tu m’as remise sur pieds
Maintenant, c’est moi qui vais t’aider

Parmi un milliard de cœurs, c’est le mien que tu as choisi
Que tu as choisi, et je veux devenir ta joie et ton salut

Tu sais que l’amour me fait fondre lorsque tu m’appelles juste pour me dire bonjour
S’il te plaît, je veux entendre ta voix, encore une fois