Ebru Gündeş (Turkish pronunciation: [ebˈɾu ɟynˈdeʃ], born 12 October 1974, İstanbul) is a Turkish pop-folk singer, actress, and television personality.
Ebru Gündeş was born in İstanbul, attend primary school in Ankara she was forced to discontinue her education due to financial difficulty.
The quality of her voice was discovered at an early age when one of her relatives took her to Neşe Demirkat, a partner of Raks Neşe Müzik, a record label in Turkey. Neşe Demirkat was impressed with her voice and introduced her to music producers Koral Sarıtaş and Selçuk Tekay.
Ebru Gündeş sings the kind of desperately tragic Arabesque (Arabesk) love songs that are the core of Turkish pop music. Besides Turkey, she is especially popular in Iran ,almost 20 percent of Iran is Turkic, where she was voted one of the favourite singers.
Her debut album, Tanrı Misafiri, was released in 1992. It proved to be a massive success and sold 1,250,000 copies. At this stage, she was a very sweet and innocent-looking girl, slim, dressed in white and with an attractive way of raising one eyebrow. She was on billboards all over Istanbul. Her subsequent albums have been hugely successful.
She has had serious health problems. She suffered a cerebral haemorrhage in December 1999 while recording Dön Ne Olur, which resulted in two operations, eventually returning to full health. Dön Ne Olur was one of the best-selling albums ever in Turkey. In November 2001 she released the album Ahdım Olsun. This album embodied the pain of the experience she endured from December 1999 to November 2001.
Ebru Gündeş has made hundreds of television appearances in Turkey as a singer and recently as an actress in a situation comedy İmkansız Aşk (Impossible Love). She was also the host of her Mega Show, one of the most-watched television shows in Turkey. Every week Ebru was joined by a variety of other Turkish singers, most notably her long-time friends Serdar Ortaç and İbrahim Tatlıses. The show featured Ebru singing her own songs, singing classic songs and singing duets with other singers. She then appeared in the hugely popular singing contest Popstar Alaturka as a guest judge along with Turkey’s most popular singer the diva Bülent Ersoy, Orhan Gencebay and Armagan Çaglayan. Just before leaving Popstar Alaturka because of her relationship problems with the show’s host she released her new album Evet (Yes).
Ebru Gundes has released her new album “BEYAZ” meaning white. The album, like most albums released in the year, has not proved to be successful, selling just over 100,000 throughout the year. In 2012, she released her latest album ‘13.5’ which consisted only of covers of old popular songs. The album has reached average sales in the country although the general perception of music authorities has been one of disappointment, as the album has consisted of covers and therefore prone to ‘repetition’. Currently she is judge in most viewed Tv Show of Turkey O Ses Türkiye ( Turkish version of The Voice).
In 2010, she married Iranian Azerbaijani businessman Reza Zarrab. The couple have one child. Reza Zarrab was arrested on 17 December 2013 by Istanbul police in a corruption scandal involving the AKP government, accused of giving bribes totaling 63 million dollars to government ministers or their proxies.
- Tanrı Misafiri (God’s Guest) (1992)
- Tatlı Bela (Sweet Curse) (1994)
- Ben Daha Büyümedim (I Haven’t Grown Up Yet) (1995)
- Kurtlar Sofrası (In the Company of Wolves) (1996)
- Sen Allah’ın Bir Lütfusun (You Are a Gift of God) (1998)
- Dön Ne Olur (Please Come Back) (2000)
- Klasikler (Classics) (2000)
- Ahdım Olsun (It’s My Vow) (2001)
- Şahane (Great) (2003); has sold over 300,000 units.
- Bize de Bu Yakışır (This is the Right Way for Us) (2004); has sold more than 300,000 units.
- Kaçak (Fugitive) (2006)
- Evet (Yes) (2008)
- Beyaz (White) (2011)
- 13,5 (2012)
- “Araftayim” (Purgatory) (2014)