At the age of 4 Górniak formed a band and was playing at private parties and evening dances. After studying and taking singing lessons, in 1989, aged 16, she gave her first public appearance on a Polish television talent show wh
was the star of the musical Metro ("Subway") - the most popular and longest running homegrown musical in Polish history and in two music performances Do grającej szafy grosik wrzuć ("Put a Dime i
n the Jukebox") -- with classic Polish pop songs from the pre-rock'n'roll era and Brel -Polish versions of songs by the Belgian French-speaking singer-songwriter Jacques Brel.
In 1993 Górniak took part in the Baltic Song Contest and finished in third place. In 1994 she was the first Polish artist to participate in theEurovision Song Contest, in which she claimed a highly creditable second place, which still stands as Poland's best showing in the contest. Her song was "To nie ja" ("That's Not Me"), which was also released on a single in
English as "Once In A Lifetime".
"To nie ja" proved to be her breakthrough in Poland, becoming there the biggest hit of 1994. Górniak was signed to Pomaton-EMI. Her first studio album Dotyk ("The Touch") released a year later, sold 500,0000 copies in Poland, bringing new hits "Jestem kobietą" ("I'm a Woman") and the eponymous "D
otyk", which was the biggest Polish radio hit of 1995. In 1996
she signed a contract in London with EMI International for five albums. However, she continued recording for the Polish market, and had three more hits in Poland: Kolorowy wiatr (Polish version of "Colors of the Wind" from the Disney movie Pocahontas), a club hit "Love is On the Line" (which was written by Kylie Minogue) and "To Atlanta!" ("It's Atlanta", Polish hymn of the 1996 Olympic Games).
Edyta released her first English-language album
Edyta Górniak a year later with producer Christopher Neil, who was responsible for the international success of Celine Dion. However, the mediocre success of the singles When You Come Back To Me (especially in Scandinavia and Portugal) and One & One (especially in France and Germany) limited the album's global impact, with sales of 350,000 copies interna
tionally, including 150,000 copies sold in Poland. Two songs from that album were successfully covered by other artists: One & Oneby Robert Miles in 1996 (even before Edyta's original version was released as a single) and Perfect Moment by Martine McCutcheon in 1999. During the promotion of that album, Górniak had another two hits recorded for her Polish audience: Lustro (Polish version of the song hitReflection from the Disney movie Mulan) and Dumka na dwa serca (theme from the Polish film With Fire and Sword), which
became the biggest Polish hit of 1999.
In 1999 Górniak began a tour through Poland and released the concert album Live ´99. In 2002 she was dropped from EMI International and signed to Virgin Germany. Then her next international album Perła ("Pearl") was released in Poland, a year before its international premiere. It was produced by the team Absolute, which was responsible for the success of The Spice Girls. The Polish edition was a double album, which contained seven songs in Polish, and inclu
ded such hits as "Jak najdalej" ("As Far As Possible") and "
Nie proszę o więcej" ("I'm Not Asking for More").
Górniak was also asked to sing the Polish National Anthem at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, but her performance had a decidedly mixed reception. In 2003 an English-language version of Perła was released internationally under the title Invisible, with the club tune Impossible, which was the first international single
from the album. Its mediocre success only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland made "Invisible" a commercial flop with over ten times worse international sales than her previous studio album. Anyway, the Polish version called Perła had quite good results in her na
tive country in a time of phonographic crisis, selling 40,000 u
nits. A year later she was dropped from Virgin and after ten years of cooperation also left her Polish l
abel Pomaton EMI.
That same year she gave birth to her son, Allan. She then started her own independent label EG
Production and began a collaboration with the Polish production team Mathplanete to record her new Polish album in a brand new style, with chill-out club music. In May 2005, she released the single Lunatique, which was performed in French. In November, E
dyta married the father of her child, Dariusz Krupa, who was also a guitarist in her band.
In February 2006 she appeared on the cover of Polish editi
on of Playboy magazine for the third time and released another club single "Sexuality". Górniak then left Mathplanete unexpectedly, dumping the idea of recording club music, and began working on her new international pop album, seeking a new major record label. She chose Sony BMG and the first result of this new direction was the hit "Cygańskie serce" ("Gypsy Hea
rt") presented in June at the Opole Polish Song Festival. Her English-language single "Loving You", in December 2006, was a flop. In January 2007 Górniak sang another movie theme, this time for Smocze wzgórze - the Polish-language version of the animated Spanish movie Dragon Hill.
From March 2007 to November 2009 she appeared as the juror in six seasons of T
V show "Jak oni śpiewają" ("Soapstar Superstar"), in which stars from popular Polish soap operas competed for a record deal.
Her first studio album in five years, "E.K.G.", finally was recorded for independent label Agora, not for Sony BMG. It was released in October 2007 and promoted
by the single "List", which was a Polish version of Celine Dion's "I Surrender". The album also contained Edyta's previous two singles recorded for Sony BMG. "E.K.G." has moved almost 40,000 copies in Poland.In November 2008 Gorniak released a single "To nie tak jak myślisz", which was the movie theme from the Polish comedy To nie tak jak myślisz, kotku. It was another breakthrough in her career, because it was her first hit after six years of absence in Polish radio and music television. In 2009 Gorniak's marriage was over. Initially, Edyta announced that she will release her fifth studio album in Summer 2010. Later, however, it was announced that the album will not be re
leased until Spring 2011.