I was given my first instrument, a small accordion, by Santa Claus. We
had a lot of musical instruments at home and one by one I tried to play them
all. As a child, I loved singing most of all.
I have experimented with my voice since I was very young. I was always singing my own tunes, even more when I was on a swing. When I was wandering in the wilderness, I expressed my thoughts by singing. I also tried to sing the songs that I heard from the radio – during the Soviet era the radio played a lot of Russian songs. I was interested in music of all kinds. My desire to sing was unusually strong for my age and I learned to use my voice when I was very young. My family played a huge part in it, because there was a lot of live music in our house. My grandfather was a composer. I remember him standing in his room that was filled with books, holding a violin in his hand, humming and scribbling down notes on a music sheet.
By that time I had already found my own hum. I learned by imitating singers from many genres. I altered different techniques to suite my voice, so that I wouldn’t lose my uniqueness. The message of charismatic singers is deeply moving. I would like to name Hungarian musician Marta Sebestyen, who was my first exciting window to folk music. When I was studying folk music in the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, I learned more about older and newer Estonian folk songs and took a stepped into an amazing world. That Finno-Ugrian way of connecting with the nature, that soulful world is also featured in my songs. Mainly I write my own lyrics, but I also write music to other authors’ texts.
Mu journey as a singer started in the year 2000, when I took part in the festival Alenderfest that was held in honor of the late singer Urmas Alender and won the first prize and Public Choice Award of Alenderfest’s songwriting contest “Südame hääl”. I have been working as a freelance singer-songwriter since 2003. I have collaborated with many talented musicians and performed in Estonia and abroad. The most memorable and also the craziest event was Eurovision song contest. In 2004 I was part of the group Neiokõsõ, representing Estonia at the Eurovision song contest in Turkey with Priit Pajusaar’s and Glen Pilvre’s song “Tii” ("Road" in local dialect).
These days I like to perform alone or with my sister, musician Triinu Taul. I am also open to take part in different musical projects and to cooperate with interesting musicians and bands.