Gülşen was born on 29 May 1976 in İstanbul. She did her studies in her İstanbul quarter of Şehremini and in the Turkish Classical Music Department of Istanbul Technical University.
Her first album, "Be Adam" (O man!) which was released in 1995, gave Gülşen a good debut in Turkey's music world, and her second album, "Erkeksen" (If you are a man), came three years afterwards in 1998. Following another interval of three years, the album "Şimdi" (Now) was released in 2001.