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Tooji (born Touraj Keshtkar in 1987 in Shiraz, Iran) is a Norwegian singer, presenter and model. He began his career in modeling at the age of 16 and afterwards began working at MTV Norway where he presented the programs “Super Saturday” and “Tooji’s Top 10″. He made his live music début at the Melodi Grand Prix 2012 and won the ticket to represent Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan with his entry "Stay". His first single was called “Swan Song” and was released back in 2008.Read More...
His family's Persian roots and traditions have given Tooji strong influences, both musically and personally. A close family bond and relationship in a new country has impacted his childhood and life decisions ever since. He celebrated his 1st birthday during his family's migration to Oslo Norway.
Tooji’s greatest wish to communicate his feelings and opinions, brought him on the path of creativity, and through performing arts school, it was his love for music that eventually captured his heart.
Apart from cultivating his passion, his experiences with working with children, teenagers and immigrants have given him an even more important calling in life:
To give a voice to those who cannot/have not been heard.
Some choices are more important than others, and working with immigrants set its mark.
"I was so blessed to have my family here, a good bed, food and a roof over my head. But at the same time I was so sad to see all these people, children and young teenagers with so much misery and pain in their eyes. It gave me perspective"
Tooji completed his children's welfare pedagogical studies and is today working in the Norwegian children’s welfare system, which he experiences to be intense and social, challenging and important.
"When I got involved in cases and people I wanted to help, I knew the political arguments, rules and regulations and laws - but I wasn't heard. It was so frustrating! My commitment was not enough, and it became an important motivation factor in my wish to obtain a voice that someone would hear"
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- LyricsI hear music as I walk down the street
Start moving to the rhythm, heart is pumping the beat
I hear the people shout out, Turn up the music louder
Better start running if you cant stand the heat
What's it doing to me? I feel it setting me free
- Stay - Eurovision 2012 - Norway - 8,653 plays
- Stay (Eurovision 2012 - Norway) - 9,841 plays
- If It Wasn’t For You - 8,694 plays
- Rebels - 6,692 plays
- Father (Cinematic Project) - 5,682 plays
- Stay Acoustic - 2,265 plays
- Packin' Guns - 3,640 plays
- Stay (Norway) - 2,845 plays
- Tooji - Stay - 1,775 plays