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Börni was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and began performing on stage when she was only 6 years old in the Zürich Opera house. Her three brothers were all members of the Zürcher Sängerknaben choir. They were her first inspiration to sing. She was also attracted to the violin at 3 years old, being surrounded by older brothers who already took lessons on the instrument. Growing up, she then replaced the violin with playing the piano and later, when she attempted to start her first band, she picked up the guitar. Singing in a gospel choir, writing songs and performing them in her first garage rock band, she learned how to perform and entertain an audience. One of her biggest real-world music learning experiences came when she was picked to sing background with Celine Dion in a huge stadium in front of 44,000 people.
TV Show & Sony Music
Fast forward to 2007, where we find Börni attempting the Swiss national TV success show, “Musicstar” and inking a Sony Music record deal as a result of her performance. Releasing 2 albums in Switzerland, she got a lot of attention from the national audience and gained a lot of press in her country. She wrote and created 2 albums with the most successful producers in Switzerland, based at Hitmill Studios in Zürich. Even Linda Perry (lead singer of 4 Non Blondes and producer for Pink, Christina Aguilera and more) would provide two songs for Börni’s albums.
Going to the US / QUAD Studios NYC
Sometime later, at Max Bar in Time Square, on her first visit to New York, Börni met a local bar tender. She shared her signing as a recording artist in Switzerland. He told her that he knew some producers. At this point, she quickly told him that she had heard people say this a few times that week already. He insisted that he was serious and that he would take her to the studio upstairs the next day. Reluctantly, she appeared the next day in front of the bar. Thank God she did, because when they got to the studio building, and the doors of the elevator opened on the 10th floor, they entered one of the biggest studios in New York City; QUAD Studio NYC/ Halo Records. The studio manager at the time, Jason Penniell showed her around, quickly discovering that she was signed to Sony Music. He and Börni would become a great team from then on, working together to find her US image and sound. This was also the first time she would work with the production team “The Page Brothers”. With the release of an EP in Switzerland with this new sound, she would slowly find herself getting more inspired by the US culture and music. Börni fell in love with the American lifestyle and people. This time in her life led to a team decision; the creation of an American brand that would serve this style and music better. Enter her alter-ego, Vava Voom.
Vava Voom and Sean Kingston
With her single “Supersonic”, she then teamed up with famous US recording artist, Sean Kingston, and made some noise in the US while the Swiss press also showed their excitement about this great collaboration. Using the momentum from her video for the single that was shot in LA and Vegas, together with her new music, she appeared on blogs like Billboard, OK Magazine, Access Hollywood, Kings of A&R and much more, and also receiving US radio airplay.
Becoming a producer
Having the great honor of working with production powerhouse duo, The Page Brothers, this relationship grew into a learning vehicle for Borni’s emerging production side. They began teaching her about the skills necessary to produce a song. She would quickly learn how to craft complete songs and finally be able to realize all the ideas in her heart and mind. “Fight For Love” and “Colors” are two examples of the results of her lessons with this great production team. The brothers took her music from one level to the next and pushed the whole project to a place she could only imagine. During this phase, she would also collaborate with the biggest food store company in Switzerland and reach double platinum award status with the all-star project.