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Vasil will represent North Macedonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Vasil

Here I Stand

First Semi-Final
Finished 15th
Song
Here I Stand
Lyrics
Vasil Garvanliev
Music
Vasil Garvanliev, Davor Jordanovski, Borche Kuzmanovski
Participant pronouns
He/Him
Broadcaster
Makedonska Radio Televizija

Born in Strumica, North Macedonia, Vasil emigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 12, and it’s his globe-trotting history that has given him his unique musical perspective.

As a teen, Vasil joined the Chicago Children’s Choir and sang as an ensemble member and soloist on some of the most prestigious stages in America, collaborating with many world class musicians.

At 18, he continued his vocal education at a private academy in Milan, Italy for one year, followed by four years on a full vocal scholarship to the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He finished his studies with honours at the prestigious University of Toronto Opera School.

As a sought after leading operatic baritone, Vasil has played over 50 roles with performances in Italy, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and France. He has also participated in prestigious music festivals, such as: Britten-Pears in the UK, Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, and the Marlboro Music Festival in the United States.

In 2018 Vasil’s musical journey came full circle; returning to his home country to concentrate on a pop career and promoting Macedonian heritage and arts.

Lyrics of Here I Stand

There are times when I remember back Wish to hug the child about to crack I’ll tell’him: “wait it won’t be long Trust your heart and just stay strong” Cuz baby, they all tried to break us Not knowing it’s what makes us This is how we found our way Now here I stand there’s no pretend My walls are down and my hearts in your hand Unchain my wings and the oceans of tears All fade to black with the sum of my years They all tried to break us (tried to break) Not knowing it’s what makes us (they don’t know) This is how we found our way (This is how we found our way) My walls are down and my heart in your hand (They all tried to break us Not knowing it’s what makes us This is how we found our way) There are times when I remember back And all I do is smile, all for you! (They all tried to break us Not knowing it’s what makes us This is how we found our way)