| Mihkel Raud|
| January 18, 1969 (age 46) (1969-01-18) Tallinn|
writer, blogger, playwright, TV personality, singer, guitarist, journalist, politician
London College of Communication
Jaa jumalaga puberteet!, Troinoi, Amneesia
Mr. Lawrence, Singer Vinger
Rein Raud, Jurgen Rooste, Lenna Kuurmaa, Eno Raud, Hardi Volmer
Mihkel Raud is an Estonian writer, a music artist and a former member of the Estonian parliament. He is best known for his book Musta pori näkku and as a former host of an Estonian talk show on TV3.
Mihkel Raud was born the middle of three siblings to children's authors Eno Raud and Aino Raud (née Pervik). His grandfather was playwright, poet and writer Mart Raud. His older brother is scholar and author Rein Raud and his younger sister is artist Piret Raud.
In addition to his interest in literature and music, Raud was a member in 2015, of the Cultural Affairs Committee and European Union Affairs Committee of Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament. On 7 June 2016, Raud announced that he would leave politics and focus on his TV3 talkshow. Raud was also host of the Estonian TV show Seitse Vaprat aired on Eesti Televisioon, the local weekly talk show on TV3, a contributor to the local radio industry and member of the Board of the Estonian Public Broadcasting. Recently, he has been member of the jury of Eesti otsib superstaari, a local version of American Idol.
During his career, Raud published How To Build A Music Web Site That Sells in 2003 and later in 2008, an autobiography titled Musta pori näkku (Black Dirt in Your Face). Then, in 2010, he wrote a novel titled Sinine on sinu taevas (Blue is Your Sky). Later in 2012, Raud wrote a stage play titled American Monkey performed worldwide including in the United States, Finland and Russia.
Raud is best known in Estonia as a musician who played as a guitarist, a Singer-songwriter in several local bands including Golem, Metallist, Ba-Bach, Singer Vinger, Mr. Lawrence, and Lenna. In 2002, he produced a medieval Black Sabbath tribute album Sabbatum, a collection of classic Sabbath tracks performed Latin by medieval music band Rondellus.
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