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“Dumka” is his greatest hit, although he created dozens of them.  What’s up with Mietek Szcze¶niak?

“Dumka” is his greatest hit, although he created dozens of them. What’s up with Mietek Szcze¶niak?

Although Mietek Szcześniak has several excellent songs and a lot of musical achievements to his credit, years ago he was labeled as a performer of one hit. Not much is known about his private life, as he has avoided the spotlight and media hype since the beginning of his career. What’s up with him?

Mietek Szcześniak grew up in a musically gifted family, because all its members played the harmonium, guitar or other instruments. He was at his best. First, he belonged to the church choir, and as a 6-year-old he joined the band Ikary. Professionally engaged in music during his studies, he is a graduate of jazz vocals at the Academy of Music in Katowice.

The duet with Edyta Górniak took him to the top. He has more hits to his credit

Before Mietek Szcześniak earned his coveted diploma, he performed twice on the Jazz Jamboree stage. He especially liked this genre of music. – The jazz environment is the only environment that took me in and understood me, although I never sang jazz and did not deal with improvised music. They understood and appreciated me – in one of the interviews. He started his professional career in the 1980s, joining the Funk Factory group, with which he recorded his first songs for the Polish Radio in Szczecin. Later, he took part in the competition “Everyone can sing”, and then presented himself during the National Youth Song Review in Wrocław.

Success came instantly, because he received an offer to perform at the 22nd . For the performance of the song “They came at dusk” he received the main prize. – I sang this song with all my heart and with the full gas of a young man, to the best of my ability. I tried to take care of every detail – he recalled in an interview. In 1999, he represented Poland at the Eurovision Song Contest. He sang the song “Hug me tight” and got to the finals, where he finished 18th. He has 7 studio albums and nearly 30 singles to his credit, including “Don’t scare love”, “There is only one world” or “Get up”. His most popular song is undoubtedly , which he recorded for the film “Ogniem i Mieczem” in a duet with .

Faith is an indispensable element of his life. For this, he faced criticism years ago

Since the beginning of his career, Mietek Szcześniak has avoided the spotlight and protected his privacy. He never hid, however, that he is a believer and it is faith that drives him to act. God makes me a better artist. Thanks to him, I also feel like a happy person – in an interview for “Your Empire”. Years ago, precisely because of his faith, he received a wave of criticism. Many misinterpreted his words, which made him a religious fanatic. However, he himself maintains that he does not belong to any church and respects everyone, regardless of religion. – I come from a family where there were and are Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Moses and non-believers. Everyone sat at the same table and respected each other. That’s why I can’t understand why people are often so alien to each other through religion, especially in a religion based on love – he told in . It was because of the discrimination that he thought of giving up his career. He was afraid that such negative reactions would kill his passion and love for music. Eventually, he managed to overcome the crisis with the support and help of his relatives. Today, Mietek Szcześniak is a lecturer at the Academy of Music, which he graduated from years ago. He still creates music, gives concerts and collaborates with many famous people

Source: Gazeta

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