Dino Jelusick (Dino Jelusić), born 4 June 1992, is a Croatian rock singer, musician, and songwriter. He was the founder, principal songwriter and lead singer of hard rock band Animal Drive, which was formed in 2012. and dissolved in 2020. Besides working on several hard rock and metal projects, since 2016 Dino became permanent member of American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He also worked with Gus G., Mike Mangini, George Lynch, Will Hunt, Michael Romeo, Jeff Scott Soto, Joel Hoekstra, Steve Smyth, Jon Oliva, Kip Winger, John Macaluso, Deen Castronovo, Phil Demmel, Mike Portnoy, Henrik Linder, Justin Johnson, Tony Franklin, Kyle Hughes, Virgil Donati, Kiko Loureiro, Jordan Rudess, David Coverdale, Tommy Aldridge, Reb Beach, Michele Luppi, Lachy Doley and others.
On July 27th 2021, David Coverdale and Whitesnake announced that Dino became new snake and member of Whitesnake!
As his parents also played musical instruments, Dino was introduced to music and singing at the age of three and started performing at the age of five by appearing on television and on international festivals.
Dino participated and won the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Denmark with his own song “Ti si moja prva ljubav“. He released his debut solo album, No. 1 in 2003 and an English version in 2004. He toured the United States, Scandinavia and Australia until 2005 and the tour included four concerts in Denmark with a total audience of 100.000 people. The same year Dino became the youngest nominee of the Croatian music award Porin at the age of twelve. In 2005, he was one of the three main acts at the Langeland festival in Denmark along with UB40 and Ronan Keating.
2009 he started recording a new studio album in Melbourne, Australia which was finalized with producer Robert Ahrling in Malmö, Sweden. The album named “Living My Own Life” was released in August 2011.
Between 2012 and 2013 Dino was hired to take part in an international project in South Africa named “Synkropation”. The project consisted of an album featuring the collaboration of different artists, including Mandoza and Dilana. Though the album was never released, he was featured on several songs and played to an audience of 50.000 people in Johanesburg where he also participated in two rock operas.
In 2014 Dino was awarded second place at the international festival Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk, Belarus. Afterward, he began experiencing problems with his voice. In September, he underwent surgery for Reinke’s edema. After the surgery, he composed all songs and recorded concept album titled “Prošao sam sve” (English: “I went through it all”), which was released in November 2014. The album is based on the autobiographical novel “260 days” by Marijan Gubina, about a 10-year-old boy who survived 260 days of captivity in a war camp during the Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995).