Rose to fame in 2008 with the release of his debut song "Poate." Then in 2010, he would compete to represent Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest and would participate in Star Academy 2. In 2011, he also competed on the inaugural season of the Voice of Romania.
He studied piano and accordion at music school before studying business and management at university.
His YouTube channel, ionelistraticom, is home to more than 210,000 subscribers and features videos of his performances, music videos, and more.
He was born in Chisinau, Moldova to Valentina and Vladimir Istrati.
Both he and Xenia Deli are popular stars from Moldova.