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András Kállay-Saunders (born 28 January 1985), also known as Kállay Saunders (sometimes Kállay-Saunders), is a Hungarian American recording artist, songwriter and record producer. He represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song "Running".
András Kállay-Saunders was born in New York City, USA to Hungarian model Katalin Kállay and American soul-singer and producer Fernando Saunders. He is a descendant of the noble Kállay family from maternal side.
Throughout most of his childhood years Kállay’s father was touring the world and playing his music among legends such Luciano Pavarotti, Jeff Beck, Lou Reed and many more but every now and then Fernando would bring along his son to observe. His father would take him to Detroit and show him how it all started; the corners he sang on, places he played. By doing so, Fernando planted the Motown roots deep within Kallay’s soul.
In 2011 Kállay decided to visit Hungary to spend time with his grandmother who was ill at the time. During his visit in Hungary he noticed a TV commercial urging talented singers to audition for the nations talent competition Megasztár.
Kállay ended up finishing fourth in the contest and shortly after signed to Universal and permanently moved to Hungary. Kállay released two singles under Universal, "Csak Veled" "I Love You" both of which became smash hits in Hungary, peaking respectively #7 and #2 on the Top 40 Hungarian Billboards.
In August 2012 Kállay collaborated with Swedish rapper Rebstar and American producer DJ Pain 1 on Kállays single "Tonight". "Tonight" peaked #4 on the Top 40 Hungarian Billboards, making it Kállay's third hit single to reach the top 10 charts.
In November 2012 Kállay announced his departure from Universal and signed a worldwide record deal with Swedish record label Today Is Vintage.
Kállay performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
On 20 December 2012 Kállay released his single "My Baby" which also serves as his contribution in the Hungarian "A Dal" Eurovision Song Contest. On 9 February Kállay performed the song in the contest to critical acclaim, garnering 48 out of a maximum of 50 points voted by the jury. Following the performance, My Baby catapulted to #1 on iTunes (Hungary). The music video for My Baby was released on 8 February 2013 and is directed by Los Tiki Pictures. My Baby peaked #1 on the Hungarian iTunes store on 3 March 2013, and charted #1 on the Hungarian Top 40 Radio Charts on 11 April 2013.
Kállay is currently working on his untitled debut album which is slated for a 2013 release through Today Is Vintage.
Kállay represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He came 5th place with his song Running.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments