Alban Skënderaj is an Albanian singer, songwriter, composer, actor, producer and television personality born on 20 April 1982. He and his family left Albania for political reasons due to the Albanian Civil War in 1997 and relocated to Pistoia in Italy. There, Skënderaj began to compose songs for himself in the English and Italian languages. He additionally started taking music lessons, began to play guitar and sang with different bands at pubs, clubs and other venues. Skënderaj rose to essential prominence when he competed in the second edition of Top Fest Albania in 2005 and won first place with the song "Vetem Ty." His success continued with the release of his debut albums Melodi (2008) and Fllad Ne Shkretirë (2009). In 2011, Skënderaj resumed his music career with the release of his third album Ende Ka Shpresë with whom he began to adopt a more mature image. He participated in Kënga Magjike for the first time in 2012 and won the competition rosing again to great prominence in Albania and the neighbouring countries. Two other albums followed : Tingujt E Ditarit Tim in 2016 and Hapesira E Nje Endrre in 2018. Beyond his music career, Skënderaj has been featured as a judge on the Albanian television talent competition series The X Factor Albania and The Voice of Albania.