Tinatin Japaridze is one of the writers of this year’s Icelandic entry ‘Is It True?’. Born in Georgia and raised in Moscow Tinatin now lives in New York. On her blog she explains how she came to be involved with the Icelandic entry:
Almost a decade – and many songs – later, I got a call from Reykjavik in October, from my long-time collaborator (and very well-known Icelandic songwriter/producer) Oskar Pall Sveinsson (known for his UK & US hits as Oskar Paul). He asked if I had any objections to his idea of pitching a song we had co-written together with the legendary producer Christopher Neil, as a possible contender to represent Iceland at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in May of 2009.
“We’ll have to find an Icelandic artist to sing the song in order to qualify, but a multi-national songwriting team should go down well in the pre-selection process,” Oskar promised. “And besides, the contest will be held in Moscow next year – could it be any better for you?”
She’s currently in Moscow with the rest of the Icelandic delegation and busy blogging about her experiences. Read her blog here (opens in a new window).
You can listen to the original demo of ‘Is It True’ featuring Tinatin’s vocals through the widget below.