is a popular british singer with several number-one singles on the uk-charts.
ora was born in pristina, yugoslavia (present-day kosovo), to albanian parents.
her family left kosovo for political reasons, because of the persecution of ethnic albanians initiated with the disintegration of yugoslavia. they relocated to london, england in 1991, when she was a year old. "my parents brought us to this country with the hope and the dream that we could get a decent education, which is so important for our aspirations and for what we want to achieve in our lives. i grew up in britain, a country that has given me so much for which i am grateful, but i will always have a special place in my heart for my home town and kosovo."
ora began singing at an early age and possesses a mezzo-soprano vocal range. ora credited gwen stefani and beyoncé as her big influences. her other musical influences include freddie mercury, christina aguilera, tina turner, aretha franklin, ella fitzgerald, etta james, celine dion, bruce springsteen, david bowie and sade. Ora also stated that she was inspired by her parents' record collection which included artists such as prince and earth, wind & fire, among others.
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