There is a reason Anja Kotar has been called the "new pop artist you should be obsessed with” by Bitch Magazine. The 20-year old Slovenian singer-songwriter is bringing the essence of Europe to California. In 2017, she released her full-length debut album, NOMAD, working with a three-time Grammy-nominated producer, Pascal Guyon. The album, featuring the single “Too Cool,” led to her being awarded Best New Artist at the Slovenian Song Festival and Best Pop Song at the American Songwriting Awards.
Beginning her career as a classically trained pianist at age seven, she has played in a piano trio (with violin and cello) and competed at many classical piano competitions. She was awarded the Outstanding Musicianship Award several times as a soloist with her conservatory’s jazz band and with the vocal jazz ensemble. The success in her career at a young age, led to her competing on X-Factor Slovenia but having to drop out after a successful live audition due to her young age. This was a turning point for Kotar, where she took her talents to California and began to focus on writing her own music. Receiving scholarships as a solo singer and still being in high school taking Berklee College of Music online courses, she earned a Voice Certificate from the school before graduating in 2015. Anja then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Berklee College of Music Online, where she was continually on the Dean’s List of Students and graduated nearly two years early Cum Laude. Along with that, she also took voice lessons from one of Los Angeles' most prominent vocal coaches, Micah Plissner.
Aside from music, Anja Kotar also has a strong passion for dance, fashion, acting, and technology. Kotar took lessons in jazz dance and ballet for 10 years. In 2007, her jazz dance group won the World Show Dance Championship in Germany. Her move to San Jose a few years ago influenced her love for the tech world. In 2015, she participated in the President's Business Challenge with her brother, where they pitched their social media app to one of the biggest VCs in Silicon Valley and won the "Biggest Idea" award. She was invited later as the Slovenian representative to perform the official anthem for Hyperloop Technologies that are based on Elon Musk's project. In 2009, she received the supporting lead in the Slovenian movie, Going Our Own Way which went on to become the country's most viewed and awarded movie. She also acted in the movie's sequel in 2012. Kotar even wrote and directed her own short musical!
Anja is looking to go beyond just the songs and create a new music experience: as the first step, she took her love for fashion to the next level and opened her own online store, Too Cool. Too Cool connects music and fashion for the new generation of cool and embodies the belief that the future of music lies in creating a multifaceted artistic experience where music becomes more than just songs.
After all the success in her other ventures, her inexplicable love and passion for music still remain the focus of her heart. The music video for her album's first single was featured on VEVO’s New Music playlist. Kotar’s music has been played on all of the major US college radio stations and has generated nearly 100k streams on Spotify. She has received praise from Celeb Mix, Bitch Magazine, Inspirer Magazine, American Pride Magazine and more.