Željko Joksimović was born on April 20th 1972 in Belgrade. The years of growing up and education bond him with Valjevo, a place from where he went to test himself in the world of music, and where he always returned as a winner. He started being involved in music very early. He won his first prize as "First Accordion of Europe" at the age of 12 on the prestigious music festival in Paris. He completed the Music Art Academy in Belgrade graduating as one of the best students.