Gentiana Ismajli (born April 12, 1984) artisitically known as "Genta" is an Albanian singer born in Gilan, Kosovo. She became famous in Republic of Kosova and other regions with Albanian-speaking populations, with the song "Kthehu" (Come Back) ; she then sang in a TV-show on RTK, Kosova's main broadcaster.
A few months after her birth, the parents decide to move to Chicago, United States. At the age of 19, she went to back to Kosova to sing a song, called Dridhem. The song became an instant hit, which ignited Genta's music career. She soon relocated to Kosovo with the intention of remaining for good, and has participated in several music competitions, both in Albania and Kosova. She won "Kënga Magjike" 2005 with the song "S'dua tjetër" composed by Adrian Hila an albanian composer. She got 292 points. The pop group "Aurora" was in the second place, and Flori (a composer, songwriter, singer) was in the third place with 269 points. First Genta's hit was "Kthehu". The video clip was released in America and when she came to Kosovo she was already known as a great singer. Gentiana continued her career in Kosovo for three more years.She has had great success ; she then went back to America, sometimes to see her parents and came back to Kosova with many good songs.
Genta sings mostly commercial pop songs, similar to other Balkan pop. Lascivious stage movements with challenging clothes are a part of her image. She is known for her energetic dances, and. Genta is known for her impressive and energetic dance performances as well as catchy pop, and hip-hop rythems. In the first edition of “Dancing with the Stars Albania”, she took the second place.
She recently began singing in the English language, recording songs to be released in her upcoming 2008 album, her first all-English album. Many of these songs have been leaked onto the Internet prior to the release of the album. The majority of the songs on the album were written by Kara DioGuardi, a famous American songwriter who has collaborated with numerous famous celebrity singers, such as Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. In her interviews, Genta says she wants to be a famous singer, and in America she is working with the most known composers and songwriters.