Jerry Heil

Jerry Heil

Hello, dear readers! Today I want to tell you about one of the brightest and most original stars of Ukrainian music – Jerry Heil. This is the pseudonym of Yana Aleksandrovna Shemayeva, who was born on October 21, 1995 in Vasylkiv, Kyiv region.165 cm tall. She is a singer, songwriter, video blogger and raw foodist. Her main field of activity is pop music. Her most famous hits are “Okhrana, otmena”, “Otputi”, “Nebo”, “OK” and others. I’m sure you’ve heard her songs or seen her videos, but do you know how she became so popular and successful? If not, I invite you to learn more about her childhood, family, education, career, and achievements.

Childhood and family

Jerry Heil grew up in an ordinary Ukrainian family. Her parents, Oleksandr and Liudmyla Shemaiev, were engaged in private trade. She has a younger brother, Denys. Since childhood, she has helped her parents at the market where they sold meat and lard. This prompted her to decide to become a raw foodist, i.e. a person who does not eat any animal products.She also likes coffee, but tries not to abuse it.

EducationJerry Heil

Jerry Heil has been playing music since she was three years old. She attended a music school where she studied piano and violin. She then studied at the Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music, Department of Choral Conducting, and the Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, which she dropped out of in her second year. She also took courses in vocal performance, arrangement, composition, and sound production.


Jerry Heil

Jerry Heil started her career as a video blogger. She created her YouTube channel in 2012, where she posted a variety of videos, including covers of songs by famous Ukrainian and foreign artists such as Okean Elzy, The Hardkiss, Twenty One Pilots, Kodaline and others. Her talent did not go unnoticed.Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the leader of Okean Elzy, has repeatedly shared her covers on his social media pages. In 2016, she took part in the recording of the single “Electric Winter” by the rock band Arlett. In 2017, she released her first mini-album, Where is My Home, which consisted of four songs: “Where is my home”, “Bed”, “Sky” and “Hope”. The album was released on Vidlik Records, a label founded by Yevhen Filatov and Nata Zhyzhchenko. In 2018, she faced problems due to the misuse of copyright for a cover version of the song “Believer” by Imagine Dragons. She was threatened with a lawsuit from Comp Music Publishing, a licensee of Universal Music Publishing Group in Ukraine. Yana apologized to the copyright holders and removed the video from her channel. In 2019, she released her debut studio album, #Ya_Yana, which contained 12 songs, including the viral hit “Okhrana, otmena,” which became one of the most popular tracks of the year in Ukraine.

The album “#Я_Яна” was nominated for the YUNA award in the Album of the Year category, and the song “Okhrana, otmena” won the Hit of the Year award.Jerry Heil also won the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020 in the Public Choice Award nomination.Her songs have been ranked first in Ukrainian charts such as Apple Music, YouTube, Shazam and others. She also appeared in a Pepsi commercial and took part in the dubbing of the animated movie Trolls 2: World Tour.

In 2020, she took part in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Vegan”. She made it to the final, where she took third place in the audience and jury voting. After that, she announced that she would no longer participate in the Eurovision Song Contest and would focus on her music.

In 2021, she released new singles such as “LET GO,” “OK,” “MOM,” “I DON’T WANT” and others. She also announced her second studio album, due out in 2022. She continues to make videos for her YouTube channel, which has over 1.5 million subscribers.

AchievementsJerry Heil

Jerry Heil is one of the most successful and influential Ukrainian singers of our time. She is noted for her original style, humor, and experiments with genres and languages. She is also an advocate of a healthy lifestyle, veganism and ecology. Her achievements can be listed as follows:

  • She is a YUNA Award winner in the Hit of the Year category for her song “Okhrana, otmena” and a nominee for Album of the Year for her album #Ya_Yana.
  • She is the winner of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards 2020 in the Public Choice Award category.
  • She is a finalist in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Vegan”.
  • She is one of the most popular Ukrainian video bloggers with over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube.
  • She is one of the most listened-to Ukrainian artists on streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and others.
  • She is one of the most recognizable Ukrainian stars abroad, where she tours and receives positive reviews from critics and fans.
  • She is an active participant in charitable and social projects such as Save Ukrainian Culture, Give a Child a Holiday, Do Good, and others.

The hit “Teresa & Maria” for the national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2024

alyona alyona & Jerry Heil — Teresa & Maria

alyona alyona and Jerry Heil – combined their talents and created a joint hit “Teresa & Maria” for the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. The song tells the story of two girls who dream of a better life and run away from their problems. It has a cheerful, energetic and exciting rhythm that is easy to remember. The song has received a lot of positive feedback from fans, critics and experts who consider it one of the strongest candidates to win the national selection. The viewers and the jury will decide whether alyona alyona and Jerry Heil will win the National Selection 2024 on February 3. We wish them success and support.


Jerry Heil is a vivid example of how an ordinary girl from a small town can become a star who changes Ukrainian music. She is not afraid to experiment, express her opinion, and be herself. She has great talent, charisma, energy and positivity. She inspires admiration, respect and sympathy among her listeners. She is a real discovery and inspiration for many people. I hope you enjoyed this article on Jerry Heil Biography and learned a lot about Jerry Heil.

I conclude my article with a few quotes from Jerry Heil that reflect her outlook on life:

  • “I don’t make music for awards, I make music for people.”
  • “I don’t want to be perfect, I want to be me.”
  • “I don’t believe in limits, I believe in opportunities.”