A child prodigy is someone who at an early age masters one or more skills at an adult level. And Cleopatra Stratan is without doubt one such prodigy.
This precocious Romanian girl is the youngest person to score commercial success as a singer. She was just over 3 when her 2006 album La vârsta de trei ani (meaning “At the age of 3″) was released. It went on to sell more than 150,000 albums in Romania alone, thus hitting double platinum. She holds the record for being the youngest artiste that performed live for two hours in front of a large audience, the highest paid young artiste, the youngest artiste to receive 3 MTV awards, and the youngest artiste to score a number one hit in a country (“Ghita” in Romanian Singles Chart).
Cleopatra Stratan (born October 6, 2002 in Chi?in?u, Moldova) is the daughter of Moldovan-Romanian singer, Pavel Stratan, who said that he had originally written the songs now sang by his child for himself. Cleopatra not only follows her father in his career but she has achieved greater success than her dad.
Pavel Stratan was in a studio recording a song with 3-year-old Cleopatra hanging around when Cleopatra impulsively grabbed a microphone and started singing along with Pavel. It stunned everyone so they ended up recording the song with Cleopatra performing the lead vocals.
On August 20, 2006, Cleopatra Stratan was aged only over 3 years old when she held her first concert in front of 400 people, thereby becoming the first artist ever to perform live on a stage in front of a large audience at the age of 3. She performed 28 songs in the two-hour concert, accompanied on guitar by her father.
Cleopatra started her first concert saying: “My name is Cleopatra Stratan and even though I am only three years old I am determined to sing you both songs from my album called “La varsta de trei ani” and from my father album called “Amintiri din copilarie”. I will make my debut with this evening.”
During the concert, Cleopatra Stratan launched her first album “At the Age of 3″ which includes hits such as “Mama” (Mother) and “Ghita.”
On the Christmas Day 2006 a new record was smashed – Cleopatra was paid 10,000 Euros for one single song sung in front of a large audience in Piatra Neamt, Romania. The entire sum was then donated to the poor in a TV show.
On the 10th of May 2007 Cleopatra won three prizes at Romanian Music Awards organized by MTV Romania in Sibiu. “Ghita” – which is the song best known and favourite with the Romanian public – won three awards of which the most important are Best Song and Best New Artist. The song is Cleopatra’s biggest hit to date.
In 2008, Cleopatra released her second album called La Varsta De 5 Ani with the hit song “Zunea-Zunea”. On December 13, 2008, her brother, Cezar (named by Cleopatra) was born. She also had a concert on 20 December before leaving for Chisinau to see her younger brother.
Cleopatra Stratan has also launched her Cleopatra singing-doll, selling the first 5,000 lot of dolls in just three days. Cleopatra, the doll, is 35 centimeters high and knows to sing “Ghita”. Available at 150 Romanian lei (about $70), the doll ‘lives’ in a red traveling bag similar to the one that Cleopatra used to carry in her video for Ghita.
The Spanish company that produces the doll announced it would also come up with clothes for the doll, imitating the apparel used by the little singer on the stage and in videos.
Cleopatra…what an amazing kid……and truly a child prodigy!