MARUV (Anna Korsun, Hanna Korsun) born 15 February 1992, Ukrainian singer, composer, poet and producer. She lives and works in Kyiv. From February 2017 until March 2018, under the name MARUV, a musical project with her participation was performed – the heir of the band The Pringlez.
Anna Korsun, has been actively performing at various events in Russia and even announced her first solo gigs scheduled for this spring, just before the start of Eurovision.
Early life and The Pringlez period
Hanna was born on in the city of Pavlohrad. From school years, Hanna studied music and dance. In 2014, the singer graduated from the Polytechnic Institute in Kharkiv, completely out of musical profile. But despite this, Hanna participated and reached the final of the contest “The voice of the country. Reboot ”, which was held in Ukraine. Hanna has a husband – Olexander Korsun.
She met him while studying at the institute. Olexander is a PR manager for The Pringlez. The team included not only a drummer, guitarists, a songwriter, but also a photographer and sound engineer.
In 2015, the group represented Ukraine at the New Wave competition. In addition, the musical composition entered the final of “Eurovision 2016” on the basis of the Ukrainian selection.
2017: Transition to MARUV and first album
In 2017, the band changed its name to “MARUV”. In addition to this transformation, the group members decided to change the concept of their work. The old group name was left in the past, as well as the style of performance in the style of pop-rock.
The guys decided to leave behind the “teenage” creativity, to adapt the new to the modern and sought-after style. In May 2017, the band released the debut album “Stories”. It includes seven tracks written in three languages – Ukrainian, Russian, English.
And on 23 September 2017, the band presented this album at a concert in Kharkiv, where it was itself formed.
2017–2018: MARUV & BOOSIN and Black Water
In 2017, Hanna met with Mikhail Busin. He is a guitarist, DJ, performer of songs and is also known under the pseudonym BOOSIN.
Afterwards, Hanna and the guitarist co-created a label called “Zori Sound”. The guys realised that their voices are in harmony and decided to work further under the name of “MARUV & BOOSIN”. Hanna and Mikhail made their first joint work – an arrangement for a young Ukrainian singer.
The musicians created the first song “Spini”. After, they recorded the second joint song “Drunk Groove”, which became famous, even hitting the overseas charts. The track was released on 15 December 2017. Hanna was the author of the text, and Mikhail was engaged in the music itself.
With the “Drunk Groove” guys performed at the opening of “MUZ-TV 2018”. They gave a concert on 10 June in Moscow on the occasion of the FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 at the opening.
The performance took place on Sparrow Hills. On 30 July 2018, they released a follow up single to the lead track Drunk Groove, titled Focus on Me, being the second single for their album Black Water, which was released on 28 September 2018, as a visual album.
2019–present: Eurovision Song Contest
On 23 February 2019 she won the final of the Ukrainian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 . Her win was mirrored in controversy about her concerts in Russia. The rights to her Eurovision song, “Siren Song”, belong to the Russian record label Warner Music Russia and the label had organised her first ever solo concert to be held in Moscow at Izvestia Hall on 6 April 2019.
After it became clear that she would be performing in two concerts in Russia the following months, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kyrylenko stated that artists who toured in Russia or “did not recognise the territorial integrity of Ukraine” should not take part in Eurovision.
On 24 February the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) offered Maruv a contract one of the terms forbid her to hold concerts in Russia.
Maruv herself saw no harm in performing in Russia claiming “Performing concerts is my way of bringing peace,” later she confirmed she was willing to pause her concerts. The next day it was revealed that UA: PBC and Maruv were not able to reach an agreement on her participation in the contest.
Korsun sparked outrage earlier this month, after the semi-final of Ukraine’s Eurovision heat, with comments on the Russian-backed insurgency in Ukraine.
“Unfortunately, the national heat for Eurovision 2019 has already become part of Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine. An artist who tours in the aggressor state, plans to do so in the future, and sees nothing unacceptable in this, cannot be a representative of Ukraine”.Deputy prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko wrote on Twitter.
The largely European song competition, which dates back to the 1950s, is typically held in May in the winning country from the previous year.
Hanna is married to Olexander Korsun.
- Anna Korsun Biography and Profile (Wikipedia)