Russian singer Valeria
O tempora! O mores! In July 2014 Latvia banned popular Russian singer Valeria from entering their country. She was annually invited to the jury of the International contest of young singers of popular music “New Wave” in Jurmala. Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rіnkevichs explained the prohibition by “assistance to undermine the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”. The real reasons are as simple as snow – desire to please American policy, pervert understanding of democracy, and in fact – a pure Russophobia. Beautiful and talented Russian singer, mother of three children, Valeria was born Alla Yurievna Perfilova, on April 17, 1968 in Saratov region. She grew in a musical family – her dad was a headteacher of a musical school, and her mother was a music teacher.
In 1985 Valeria moved to Moscow and entered the pop vocal class of the State Musical and Pedagogical Institute of Gnesin, from which she graduated in 1990. In 1992 Valeriya recorded her first English album «The Taiga Symphony», along with recording this album was commissioned by the company «Olympia disk». At the beginning of her artistic career, Valeria took part in several competitions – in 1992 she won the TV contest “Morning Star”, the international competition “Bratislava Lyre” and received the Audience Award at the “Jurmala-92.”
In 1993, together with Alexander Shulgin – her second husband, producer and songwriter, as well as musicians of the “CB” started work on a new album. At the end of December 1995 Valeriya released the single “My Moscow”. Many of the songs released in 1995 (album “Anna”), for a long time occupied leading positions in the charts and play lists of leading radio stations in Russia.
From 1996 to 1998 Valeria taught at Music Academy of Gnesin. In early 2002, Valeria left show business, because of disagreements with the producer, and her ex husband, and returned to her native Atkarsk, to her parents.
April 7, 2003 Valeria signed a contract with producer Iosif Prigozhin and his company “NOX Music”. On June 5, she got the National Award in the field of popular music “Muz-TV 2003”. Valeria returned to the scene. 8 October of the same year, she released her new album “Country Love”, which had a record rate of sales compared to previous albums.
In 2004, she won awards of two music channels in Russia – “Muz TV” and «MTV Russia Music Awards» in the nomination “Best Female singer”, later she received four awards “Golden Gramophone” and the prize «MTV RMA» for “Best Original Song”.
In 2005, by the presidential decree of October 25, Valeria was awarded the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation. In the ranking of the magazine «Forbes» she was listed 9th in the 50 highest paid Russian celebrities.
Valeria was the face of advertising campaigns of several international brands, and the owner of her own line of perfume and jewelry «De Leri».
In April 2006, Valeria released the album “My Tenderness”. The same year published an autobiographical book, “Llife, tears, and love”.
In 2008, Valeria was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for IOM (International Organization for Migration, the United Nations). This event was held at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva on August 12, 2008. October 2008 – Valeria was on the cover of U.S. magazine «Billboard».
January 9, 2009 at the invitation of Robin Gibb took part in a charity concert at Battersea Evolution, along with Melanie C, Level 42, Atomic Kitten and Bill Wyman.
January 18, 2009 presented at the opening of Russia’s largest music exhibition Midem in Cannes. She performed six songs from her English album «Out of control», completing performance with the song «Padam» from repertoire of Edith Piaf.
March-April 2009 – Valeria participated in a tour group Simply Red UK; April 30 – their joint concert at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. April-May 2009 – Valeria’s single «Wild!» ranks high in the charts of music club, according to the American edition of «Billboard».
February 6, 2012 Valeria was officially registered as a trustee of presidential candidate and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In June 2013 the singer supported the adoption of the law banning propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.
Valeria’s first husband – Leonid Yaroshevskii (b. June 1, 1960) – jazz pianist and saxophonist, he graduated from the conducting and choral department of Saratov College of Music, he studied at the conservatory, led a jazz-rock ensemble “Reflection”, lives in Germany, in a suburb of Bonn, in 1993 toured with the chorus «Bolschoi Don Kosaken». Second husband – Producer Alexander V. Shulgin. Divorced in mid-February 2002. Children: daughter Anna Shulgina (1993) and sons Artemy Shulgin (1994) and Arseny Shulgin (1998). With her third husband Iosif Prigozhin Valeria lives happily for more than ten years.