EXCLUSIVE: KALLAY – SAUNDERS INTERVIEW
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Yesterday we presented you some of the songs that will compete at Hungarian national selection, A Dal, and already today you can read one more exclusive interview with one of the participants. I talked with Kallay Saunders. Bellow you can read our conversation.
First I would like to ask you, if I’m right, this is your third participation at A Dal. What are your expectations this time?
Yes, this is my third time in the competition. Even though I didn’t win last year, my song “My Baby” was a great success, thanks to the show. Representing Hungary is still a huge dream of mine. All I can do is give all of me, and hope for the best.
Your song is already available on YouTube. Can you tell us something more about it?
My song is called “Running” and it is already up on YouTube, and will soon be available on iTunes. The video will come out next week or week after the latest. I wrote this song about a childhood friend of mine, so it is based on a true story. Unfortunately she was abused as a child. When she told me all of the things that she went through, I felt I had to write a song about it. I want to use my voice to bring awareness to this topic. I want children to know that they don’t have to be afraid to ask for help.
So sorry to hear that about your friend, but then that’s really nice of you to do such a thing. Now, can you tell us something about your performance. What are you planing?
My performance will be simple, but very powerful and full of emotion. The rest is a secret. :)
Sometime ago you and Gravitonas made Love Hurts. Can your fans expect a new duet with some other artist?
It was a wonderful experience working with Gravitonas. I am always open to working with other artists, I am sure there will be some collaborations this year.
In the end I would like to ask you if you win, how would you feel?
I would be the happiest person alive.My fans have done so much for me and have stood by me since day 1. All I want to do is make them and my country proud.
Thank you so much for sharing some of your spare time with us Andras. We wish you all the best at forthcoming competition.
Once again, thank you. It was a pleasure talking to you. One big hello to all oikotimes.com readers.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST
András Kállay-Saunders was born on January 28, 1985 in New York City to Hungarian model Katalin Kállay and American soul-singer and producer Fernando Saunders.
Throughout most of his childhood years Kallay’s father was touring the world and playing his music among legends such Luciano Pavarotti, Jeff Beck, Lou Reed and many more but every now and then Fernando would bring along his son to observe. His father would take him to Detroit and show him how it all started; the corners he sang on, places he played. By doing so, Fernando planted the Motown roots deep within Kallay’s soul.
In 2011 Kallay decided to visit Hungary to spend time with his grandmother who was ill at the time. During his visit in Hungary he noticed a TV commercial urging talented singers to audition for the nations talent competition Megasztár.
Kállay ended up finishing fourth in the contest and shortly after signed to Universal and permanently moved to Hungary. Kállay released two singles under Universal, “Csak Veled” “I Love You” both of which became smash hits in Hungary, peaking respectively #7 and #2 on the Top 40 Hungarian Billboards. In August 2012 Kállay collaborated with Swedish rapper Rebstar and American producer DJ Pain 1 on Kállays latest single “Tonight”. “Tonight” peaked #4 on the Top 40 Hungarian Billboards, making it Kállay’s third hit single to reach the top 10 charts. In November 2012 Kállay announced his departure with Universal and signed a worldwide record deal with Swedish record label Today Is Vintage.
December 20, 2012, Kállay released his single “My Baby” which also serves as his contribution in the Hungarian A Dal Eurovision Song Contest. On February 9 Kállay performed the song in the contest to critical acclaim, garnering 48 out of a maximum of 50 points voted by the jury. Following the performance, My Baby catapulted to #1 on iTunes (Hungary). The music video for My Baby was released on February 8, 2013 and is directed by Los Tiki Pictures. My Baby peaked #1 on the Hungarian iTunes store on March 3, 2013, and charted #1 on the Hungarian Top 40 Radio Charts on April 11, 2013. Kállay is currently working on his untitled debut album which is slated for a 2013 release through Today Is Vintage.