Gülşen is one of Turkey's best-known and most controversial musicians and has already travelled a remarkable path in life: with an academic background in engineering and a passion for music, Gülsen has catapulted herself from the bars and clubs of Istanbul to the very big stages of the Turkish music scene.
Her voice and stage presence did not go unnoticed, and she soon attracted the attention of some influential managers in the Turkish music world. This led to the signing of her first record deal in the mid-90s.
In 2004, Gülşen changed her image in favour of more contemporary Western pop, combined with revealing music videos. The clips regularly caused a stir in Turkey and were sharply attacked by the local media supervisory authority.
Nevertheless, Gülşen has won the hearts of her fans with a series of hits. Titles such as "Be Adam", "Bangır Bangır", "Dan Dan" and "Bir İhtimal Biliyorum" have made her one of the most recognisable voices in the Turkish music scene.
Following a joking remark, Gülsen was arrested in the summer of 2022 for "inciting hatred and hostility". She had made fun of the religious İmam Hatip schools at a concert in April of the same year. She has been free again since September 2022.