Maraaya won Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) 2015 and will be representing Slovenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with “Here for You”:
Maraaya are a wife and husband duo made up of Marjetka and Aleš “Raay” Vovk. They were members of Turbo Angels, which vied for a spot in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with “Zabava.” Since then, Raay was a judge on Misija Evrovizija 2012, which selected Eva Boto to represent Slovenia. Last year, he co-wrote the Slovenian entry “Round and Round.”
Marjetka has a nasally, raspy voice that reminds me of a cross between Anastacia and Duffy. She is also a vocal coach who taught last year’s Slovenian Junior Eurovision representative, Ula Ložar. They and Raay were some of the co-writers of the Slovenian Junior Eurovision entry “Your Light.”
Maraaya co-wrote “Here For You” with in-demand American lyricist Charlie Mason, who co-wrote “Rise Like a Phoenix” and is writing English lyrics for this year’s Serbian entry “Ceo svet je moj.” Call him M:Son.
“Here for You” has a propulsive beat, some swanky strings, and a nice vocal from Marjetka. All of the elements come together to create a fun little pop number. The EMA 2015 staging left a little bit to be desired; the headphones Maraaya were wearing looked a bit silly, but not as silly as the back-up dancer miming the violin riff. I’m not sure if Marjetka’s wedding dress was repurposed for the show, but it looked out of place with the contemporary pop song Maraaya were performing.
“Here for You” has Euroclub favorite written all over it, which may not necessarily translate to votes. Even if it gets stuck in Semis, it may turn out to be one of those songs diehard fans listen to more often than the eventual winner.