was born and raised in Europe. Since her early childhood she has been focused on her development as a singer. Nelly studied Folk Arts her entire academic career culminating in her graduation from Sofia University with a major in Folk Singing. Her passion for Folk singing has led her to incorporate her unique vocals styling’s into her pop songs.
In 2004,made her debut in the Bulgarian National Radio where, with the folk orchestra of the radio she recorded four songs. At the end of that year Nelly won the competition to become the lead vocalist for the number one rated show in Bulgaria, Slavi’s Show and Ku Ku Band. There followed a number of appearances, including over 1300 live shows on national television (bTV), more than 100 concerts in Bulgaria and abroad, 3 national tours: “National Tour” (2005), “We Go On” (2007) and “No Mercy” (2009), a tour in the USA and Canada “American Tour” (2010). With Ku Ku Band she recorded 3 studio albums – We Go On (2007), No Mercy (2009) and Macedonia (2010).
Nelly Petkova’s unique voice and presence have impressed many stars of global music and show business. Michael Bolton said Nelly’s voice was “great and exceptional” and her performance – “phenomenal”. The Hollywood actor Christopher Lambert, the director Mike Newell, Glen Hughes (Deep Purple), the violin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy were also rapturous about the performance of the talented singer. Nelly had the pleasure to sing on stage with Boney M, Cypress Hill, Army Of Lovers, Scorpions, Snap, Asia, Ishtar, Toto Cotugno, Nazareth, Manowar, Uriah Heep, Accept, Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Mezzoforte, Ricchi e Poveri, Jon Anderson (Yes), Wil Salden of the Glen Miller Orchestra, INXS, Elena Paparizou, Anna Vissi, Tarkan and many others.
Besides her music projects, Nelly Petkova has won the admirations of the TV audience with her ease and charm as a presenter of Slavi’s Show, Dancing Stars and a musical reality show on bTV.
In 2010 she became the face of the anti-smoking campaign “I Do Not Want To Be At Fault”.
At the end of July 2011, Nelly Petkova announced she is embarking on a solo career. She also presented her first single and video “Lucky One” feat. Miro Gee. In just a month “Lucky One” moved to the top of The Voice TV Top 10 and reached Top 3 of the Bulgarian Official Airplay Chart. The song is also being broadcasted on the Spanish CHR stations. As well, “Lucky One” is being represented in Spain by Universal Music.
In October 2011, she released her second solo single “Eto Tova”, part of her forthcoming album.
Expanding with her experience in the Spanish market, Nelly released “No Hay Nada Igual” in March 2012. The song has garnered significant radio attention.
In May Nelly released “Take The Night”, her second original English language song and video. Later this year Nelly is set to release her first solo album and continue touring in support of it.
2010 – “American tour 2010” USA and CANADA – 24000 tickets sold
2009 – “NO MERCY TOUR” – 170000 tickets sold
2007 – “We go on” – 200000 tickets sold
2005 – National tour “Bulgaria” – 240000 tickets sold.