Sezen Aksu has released 17 singles and 25 albums and sold more than 20 million copies. She is well known internationally for the song "Kiss Kiss", which she composed. She has performed live on stage more than 1500 times for over 4 million people. Her songs have also been performed and/or recorded by more than 100 different artists and she has won over 200 awards.
Sezen Aksu released her first single "Haydi Sansim / Gel Bana" (Come On, My Luck / Come To Me) in 1975 under the name 'Sezen Seley'. She released her second single, "Yasanmamis Yillar / Kusura Bakma" (Wasted Years / With All Due Respect), under her own name, Sezen Aksu. Sezen’s third record, "Olmaz Olsun / Vurdumduymaz" (Better If It Never Happens / Insensitive You) hit the market like a lightning bolt in 1976, reaching 'number one' on the Turkish charts and maintaining its record-breaking position. During the same period, she was performing live in well-known night clubs in Istanbul and on a national tour of Turkey.
In 1977, Sezen Aksu's first album, "Allahaısmarladık" (Goodbye) was released. Its title song was a major hit along with "Kac Yil Gecti Aradan" (How Many Years Have Passed). Since then, her releases have included "Golge Etme / Ask" (Don't Shadow Me / Love) in 1978; "Kaybolan Yillar / Neye Yarar" (Lost Years / What's The Use) which was the highest selling single of all times in the Turkish pop market. Her second album "Serçe" (Sparrow) – released in 1978 – was the first 'double' album ever released in Turkey. "Serce" was a keynote album in Sezen Aksu's career because some of the songs were influenced by Turkish classical music. Though "Serce's" deviation into classical music was interpreted as 'a change in Sezen’s sound', her next album proved otherwise. Along with "Serce", Sezen appeared in her first feature film by Atif Yilmaz, entitled "Minik Serce" (The Little Sparrow).
Other releases included: Two singles "Ilk Gun Gibi / Yalanci" (Like The First Day / Liar) and "Allahaskina / Sensiz Icime Sinmiyor" (For God's Sake / Doesn't Feel Right Without You) in 1979; two albums "Sevgilerimle" (With Love) in 1980 and "Ağlamak Güzeldir" (Crying is Beautiful) in 1981. She also performed in two musicals with very prominent artists of the time: "Saz Mi, Caz Mi?" (Hejaz or Jazz?) in 1981, "Sezen Aksu Aile Gazinosu' (The Sezen Aksu Family Club) in 1982 and "Bin Yil Once Bin Yil Sonra" (A Thousand Years Ago, A Thousand Years Later) in 1986.
In 1982, "Firuze" an album that she recorded with one of Turkey's leading musicians, Attila Ozdemiroglu, created a new era in Turkish pop music.
In 1984, she participated in the Turkish finals for the Eurovision Song Contest along with two other well-known musicians, calling themselves the 'Blue Passengers'. Their top selling song "Heyamola' (Come On) was chosen as "The Record Of The Year'. On the 1984 album release of "Sen Ağlama" (You Shall Not Cry), Sezen Aksu joined forces with Onno Tunc and the result was the biggest-selling record of all times. Other Sezen Aksu releases include "Git" (Go) in 1986; "Sezen Aksu '88" in 1988; and "Sezen Aksu Söylüyor" (Sezen Aksu Is Singing) in 1989, which all became classics.
Beginning in the late 80s, Sezen Aksu broadened her career by adding acting to her list of talents. In 1989, she was featured in the Yavuz Özkan movie "Buyuk Yalnizlik" (The Grand Solitude). At that time, she began producing today's top talent, one of who was Sertab Erener (Eurovision Song Contest 2003 winner)."Hadi Bakalım"was also released in Europe as a single with a great success.
Albums released in the 1990s were great successes. "Gülümse"(Smile) in 1991 sold 2 million copies and the hit song of the album "Hadi bakalim" (Let's See) was released as a single in Europe. "Deli Kizin Türküsü" (Crazy Girl's Ballad) was released in 1993 and "Işık Doğudan Yükselir" (The Sun Rises From The East) was released in 1995. Both of these albums were relatively different from the others and both were highly acclaimed. In the same year, she also released a single for the 'Saturday Mothers' whose children disappeared under police custody. In 1996, Sezen released "Düş Bahçeleri" (The Dream Gardens) in which she sang her own songs that had been recorded by other artists.
The December 1997 album "Düğün ve Cenaze" (The Wedding And The Funeral) with Goran Bregovic brought Sezen Aksu much international success. In 1998, one of the songs from the album,"Erkekler" (Men), was rearranged and released as a single. In December of the same year, she released "Adı Bende Saklı" (The Name Is Hidden In Me). The single "Sari Odalar" (Yellow Rooms) in 1999 was a prologue to the "Deliveren" album which had been released in the summer of 2000. "Deliveren" received much praise for its unique and artistic cover design.
Sezen Aksu embarked on a vigorous touring schedule until 2002, when she released "Şarkı" Söylemek Lazım" (Songs Must Be Sung). She continued to tour across Turkey and began a series of unplugged concerts (Songs Of Turkey) in 2003, when she released "Yaz Bitmeden" (Before the Summer Ends). In 2005, she released two albums: "Bahane" (Excuse) and "Kardelen" (Snowdrop) which was a charity album for the education campaign of the same name.
In 2008, she released an album called "Deniz Yıldızı" (Starfish) in which she expressed her intimate reflections on the challenging times that the world and face.In 2009, she released her album "Yürüyorum Düş Bahçeleri'nde..."(I'm Walking In The Dream Gardens...). It was a continuation of the"Düş Bahçeleri" (The Dream Gardens) album in which she performed her own songs that had been covered by other artists. The album consisted of two CDs and a DVD. One of the CDs had acoustic and the other had electronic arrangements. In DVD, there was a video installation to promote and support the recognition of the modern arts in Turkey.
In 2009, she released her album "Yürüyorum Düş Bahçeleri'nde..."(I'm Walking In The Dream Gardens...). This was a continuation of the"Düş Bahçeleri" (The Dream Gardens) album in which she performed her own songs that had been covered by other artists. The album consisted of two CDs and a DVD. One of the CDs was acoustic and the other had electronic arrangements. In the DVD, there was a video installation to promote and support the recognition of the modern arts in Turkey."
In her album "Öptüm" (Kisses) released in late May of 2011, she greeted her audience with the message, "maybe the summer passes away better than you'd expected. She defined the album as: "These are songs of a joyful and delicious period of my life that I've now better realized the meaning of."
The album was co-produced by Sezen Aksu and her son Mithat Can Özer under the direction of Aykut Gürel. The new songs in the album gave a taste of some of her former songs that have become classics. Nevertheless, this sense of nostalgia was successfully accompanied by new and contemporary arrangements.
In December of the same year, her "Öptüm Remix" album was released. Bundled with the original album as a double CD set, it consisted of 16 versions of 9 tracks from the original 'Optum' album, which belong to new and talented young musicians as well as celebrated arrangers.
Her Kayıp Sehir single was released in March, 2013.
By the early days of Spring 2014, Sezen Aksu released her latest maxi single albüm, "Yeni ve Yeni Kalanlar" ("Fresh and Novel"), which embodies several remix versions by young musicians of the song by the same name that she co-wrote and co-composed with her son, Mithat Can Özer, who is also a musician.