Era Istrefi Biography

Updated On Jul 05, 2019 Published On Jun 26, 2018
Facts of Era Istrefi
Date of Birth: 1994 , July-4
Birth Nation: Kosovo
Height: 5 Feet 9 Inch
Name Era Istrefi
Father Nezir Istrefi
Mother Suzana Tahirsylaj
Nationality Albanian
Birth Place/City Pristina
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Albanian
Profession Singer
Working For Sony Music Entertainment
Net Worth $27 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Black
Weight in KG 66 kgs
Famous for BonBon
Special Title Eastern European Rihana
Boyfriend No
Married No
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Era Istrefi, a Kosovar singer, and songwriter gained international recognition after the release of her hit single “ BonBon”. She has won the European Border Breakers Award, and was also featured as one of the singers in the FIFA 2018 World Cup song “Live it Up”.

Early Life, Family

Era Istrefi was born on 4 July 1994, in the state of Pristina. Her nationality is Albanian. She is the daughter of Kosovar singer Suzana Tahirsylaj and Nezir Istrefi, a journalist.

Her mother was a prominent figure in the entertainment business back in the 90s. After the death of Era’s father in 2004, her mother left behind the music industry. Era’s sister is also a singer.

Career as a Singer: Songs & Albums

She made her debut with her song “ Mani Per Money” in 2013. She then released new materials sung by her in Gheg Albanian, which featured a lot of English language phrases.

Era’s third single “E Dehun” assured the singer three Videofest Awards with one being for “Best New Artist”

In December 2014, she released her pop ballad “13”. The music was produced in the United States along with its video. The video was able to bag almost 200,000 views on Youtube within 24 hours of its release. The video was featured later on V Magazine.

She gained international stardom after the release of her hit single “BonBon”. The music was released on 31 December 2015, along with a video.

The video was shot in Kosovo. The song turned out to be an immediate success, becoming viral on social media. Her songs have been well received by her fans all over the world.

She was also supported by the very beautiful and talented American actress Chloe Grace Martez. Various publications also referred to her as the “Rihanna and Sia of Kosovo”

In February 2016, she signed a deal with American labels Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Music.

Istrefi released her hot new single “Redrum” on 24 February 2017. It was produced by Felix Snow. Few months after the release, she released another new single titled “ No I Love Yous”. This song also features artist French Montana.

On May 21, 2018, it was officially announced that the young emerging artist had joined forces with Will Smith and Nicky Jam to release the Official FIFA World Cup Song. The song was released on 25th May.

Istrefi was dragged into a controversy for the video shoot of her third single “E Dehun”. The video depicts a woman dancing semi-naked around the premises of the abandoned Church of Christ the Saviour, Pristina.

The Serbian Orthodox Church called the actions of the artist to be “demonic” and “blasphemous” in nature. The accusations were thwarted by the video’s director Astrit Ismaili stating that the video had no intentions of hurting the sentiments of the Serbian people and that he had received all the legal permissions to shoot the video.

Personal Life

Era is 22 years of age now. She received her Albanian citizenship in 2016. She is a huge supporter of LGBT rights.

She is not married and has no boyfriends as of 2019. But in the past, she was rumored of dating her manager Faton Shosi. However, they never accepted their relationship.

Salary, Net Worth

As of 2018, Era’s net worth is $27 million, but there have been no mentions of her salary whatsoever. She is a social magnate with about more than a million fans on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter combined.

She rides a Mercedes-Benz S Coupe and she is proud of it. She has a height of 5 feet, 9 inches and weighs 175 lbs.

Era Istrefi facts on timeline

Born to Nezir and Suzana

July 4 , 1994

Era was born 4th July 1994 to parents Nezir and Suzana in the state of Pristina, Kosovar. Her mother was already a prominent figure in the music industry of Kosovar

Era's father Nezir Istrefi, dies.


Her father Nezir died in 2004. After his passing Era's mother left behind her musical career .


Era's debut song Mani Per Money


In 2013 Era made her first debut in her own country with her new song "Mani Per Money".

Era's new pop ballad "13"


In December released her pop ballad "13". The video and music both were produced in the States. The video within its 24 hrs of release had already been able to gain a total of 200,000 views on Youtube.

Released hit single Bonbon

December 31 , 2015

Era released her hit single "Bonbon" on 31st December, 2015 . the video went on to become a huge hit all over the world, and gained her international stardom. She was now being referred to as the "Rihanna and Sia of Kosovo."

Deal with Sony Music entertainment and Ultra Music


On February 2016, Era got signed to a major record label. She had been able to lay down a deal with Sony Music Entertainment and Ultra Music.

New single Redrum

February 24 , 2017

Era released her hot new single on February 24, 2017. The song was produced by famous music producer Felix Snow. soon after its release, she was back with another new material titled "No I Love Yous", featuring French Montana.