Latvian singer, songwriter, TV presenter and actor – Lauris Reiniks has been a show business star for more than 10 years now, even though he first appeared on television at the tender age of five. As a composer and recording artist, Lauris has released 8 albums, singles in 11 languages and received more than 20 National awards. Lauris Reiniks is one of the few Latvian artists who has established his name Internationally especially in the Baltic States. Because the remarkable number of views of his music videos, Lauris Reiniks is also recognized as the unofficial "King of YouTube" in Latvia.
Lauris was born in the Latvian town of Dobele, grew up in a musical family in Tērvete, was educated at the Jelgava College of Music and the University of Latvia, and honed his acting skills in Los Angeles, California.
Lauris' first appearance on television was at the age of five, singing in a show called “The neighbours meet”. As a kid and teenager, Lauris was a solist in a pop-rock group called “AURI” formed by his father. Together with this band Lauris gained his first stage experience; participating in different children music festivals, contests and other musical activities.
As a TV Presenter, Lauris has worked for Latvian Television, TV3 Latvia and LNT – “Junior Eurovision,” “Baltic Beauty,” “Sing With the Stars,” “Clash Of The Choirs” “Latvia’s Golden Talents,” and “Latvia’s Singing Families.” Lauris has recieved the prestigious National TV award "Zelta Vilnis 2009" (Golden Wave 2009) in a nomination "TV Personality of the Year"!
As an actor, Lauris Reiniks has appeared in a Latvian production of “The Sound of Music” and a play called “Autoplanet.” He has a role in the Arvīds Krievs film production “Dance By Three,” where Lauris plays a member of the Latvian Legion of World War II. Also in 2009, Lauris proved his skills as a comedic actor by appearing in a Latvian production of “Ladies’ Night”.
Lauris has also done well in taking part in various shows as well as song and performance contests: Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Germany, Austria, Belgium and USA.
In the spring of 2008, an ABC television affiliate in California,USA presented a story about Lauris as a successful pop musician and winner of the Latvian version of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Eurovision Song Contest
In 2009, his song “I Wish I Could Pretend” took 2nd place among 300 songs in the Irish Eurovision final, receiving top marks from the jury in Dublin. Lauris Reiniks has participated in the Latvian finals of the Eurovision song contest three times – in 2001 in duet with Linda Leen, in 2002 as a soloist, and in 2003 as part of the trio FLY, which won the competition and went on to appear in the international Eurovision finals.
P.S. Lauris Reiniks speaks Latvian, English and Russian. He loves to travel, ride horses and just relax with positive and happy people. More than anything else, Lauris wants the world to know what and where Latvia is.There is so much of which Latvia can be proud – talented and fine people, beautiful Rīga, and the wonderful inspirations of the natural world.
Lauris Reiniks Show Reel (2007)
ABC7 Eyewitness News in California presents a story about Lauris Reiniks: