The Grammy award winning artists MERJ (former BLACKSTREET) have officially announced that they will perform with the Macedonian representative Daniel Kajmakoski at the first Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on 19 May!
Mark Middleton, Eric Williams and Jeremy Hanna or simply “MERJ” are music veterans with over 20 years of experience as performers, publishers, producers and writers. They have come together to bring the soulful experience of the R&B male groups back to the mainstream of music, radio and stage. For sure, you remember the all time legendary song “No diggity”.
Marc, Eric and Jeremy have written and produced songs for great artists like Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Blackstreet, the international rap diva Vibe, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Jaheim, Guy, Next, Donnell Jones and Dave Hollister.
They have been awarded numerous times with Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Video Music Awards, Billboard, Soul Train awards, BMI, ASCAP awards and many more.
In April 2015 Daniel, famous US R&B group MERJ, and Bulgarian singer Bobo took part in a very significant project , a charity song called “Carry the Flame”, as part of a campaign for the Holiday Heroes Foundation in Bulgaria. The purpose of the campaign- and generally of the Foundation – is to aid socially disadvantaged families.
You can check their first mutual project at:
Daniel Kajmakoski says: “I still can’t believe that my biggest wish will soon become reality! These incredibly talented musicians have always been my idols, I grew up with their music and now I am performing with them on Eurovision stage! Performing with idols is a dream comes true for every artist!”
The established choreographer and stage director, Mojca Horvat, is working on Daniel’s stage performance. Mojca is very well-known for her choreographies for Broadway musicals, The Winter Olympic Games Opening, as well as movies, opera and theatre projects.
“The stage performance will follow the emotion of the song and since it’s a ballad we will try to create a bit of mystery using the stage lights.” –Mojca Horvat says.
The official stylist of Daniel Kajmakoski who will complete the stage performance is Ivana Rabrenovic. Daniel and Ivana met and started working together during the X-Factor Adria show. Rabrenovic has been involved in many Eurovision projects. Last year she was cooperating with the Macedonian representative Tijana Dapcevic and back in 2007 with the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, Marija Serifovic.
“We will generally use three colors for Daniel and his backing vocals, black, grey and white as well as some colourful details. I believe that these three colors look best on camera. I’d like the Daniel and MERJ to look classy and feel good during the whole performance. “ –Ivana Rabrenovic says.
Singing “Autumn Leaves” together, Daniel Kajmakoski and MERJ will build the biggest Eurovision bridge ever!