Anna Vissi ( born December 20, 1957) is a Cypriot-Greek singer, famous mainly in Greece, and her home country Cyprus, with success in the United States as well.

Vissi was born in 1957, in the village of Pyla, in Larnaca, Cyprus. She has been singing from a very early age, beginning formal musical studies at the age of six at a local conservatory. At the age of twelve she entered a talent competition and won first prize. Two years later, she was the main singer at Y. Kotsonis opus Ayia Tilliria, which was also her first TV appearance. In 1973, her family moved to Athens, Greece where she was able to pursue her studies at the National Conservatory. She would eventually appear with a number of well-known Greek singers, such as George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, and Vasilis Papakonstantinou, in the famous nightclubs of Plaka, in Athens. During this time she also studied law at the University of Athens. Her first important collaboration, alongside Georgios Dalaras, was with composer Stavros Koujioumtzis who composed two songs for Vissi, S' Agapo and Sta Chronia tis Ypomonis. She also collaborated with many important Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis (1974/1975), Georgios Hadjinassios (1974), Doros Giorgiadis (1974), Nikos Karvelas (who later became her husband; 1975) and Mihalis Terzis (1976).


In 1977 she went on tour with Georgios Dalaras and Haris Alexiou, giving remarkable concerts with the most famous at Rainbow, London (June). In the same year, she won the prize for best singer and best song (As Kanoume Apopse mia Arhi) of the year at the Annual Song Festival of Thessaloniki (Palais des Sports). In 1978 she was proposed by ERT (Greek National Television) to represent Greece at the 23rd Eurovision Song Contest. There were two songs to select from Poso S'Agapo and O Kyrios Nobel. Finally, due to controversies between the composers of the songs, her participation was disqualified and Tania Tsanaklidou went to the contest.

In April 2000, Anna Vissi performed at London's Royal Albert Hall, at the so-called 'millennium show', singing in front of people from Sony International, marketing managers from Europe, and fans from the UK.

Some months later, her first international single was released called Everything I Am, containing the original version and three remixes of the song (Almighty Mix, Eiffel 65 RMX, Groove Brothers Remix), and a song with both Greek and English lyrics called Moro Mou, No Tomorrow.

She also filmed her first video clip of that single, directed by Antti Jokinen (Solar films, Finland), that cost 80,000,000 drachmas (310,000 dollars). Apart from the English single, she also released a new Greek single called Agapi Ypervoliki, containing six new songs.

Having sold more than 75,000 copies in 10 weeks, it became triple platinum and finally five times platinum, selling more than 100,000 copies. To promote the single, she presented a unique show for the Greek standards at Asteria Club with husband Nikos Karvelas and the boy band ONE, with Shaun Fernandez as the choreographer.

In November 2000 Vissi's new Greek album was released, entitled Kravgi, reaching double platinum status in just a couple of hours, breaking all the previous records.

 

 


In 2001, she released the album X. In the winter of 2002 she was at Fever Club in Athens, performing with Giannis Parios with whom she had already collaborated in the late 70s. There, she promoted her new album X with producer George De Angelis.




Just before 2004, Paraksenes Eikones was released in December 2003 and went twice platinum in six months. To promote the album, she started appearing at Diogenis Studio in the winter of 2003, with Konstandinos Christoforou, Nino and Hi-5.



In May 2004 she went on a small tour in England and U.S., with Lambis Livieratos (with whom she collaborated back in the early 90s), while in July, her album Paraksenes Eikones was re-released with a bonus CD single called The Remixes. On 29 August 2004 she performed at the closing ceremony of the XXVIII Olympiad, in Athens.

In July 2005 Anna returned to Greece and released "Call Me" as a CD single by Sony BMG, along with a new English song titled Lie.

`In September 2005, Anna released a new Greek album titled Nylon.

On April 19, 2006 she released a single for her Eurovision entry "Everything".

Following the contest, "Everything" was released in Finland on May 24, 2006 by Sony BMG Finland.

In the fall of 2006, she embarked on a Greek mini-tour performing around Greece in sold-out concerts as well as Cyprus with Goin' Through.

Since the beginning of 2007, Vissi has been living in the United States.

In September 2007, Sony BMG Greece released a compilation titled The Essential Anna Vissi. The album contains 17 track, includes some of Anna's biggest hits. It also includes the previously leaked but unofficially released English song "Is it Safe?".

In April 2008, Maple Jam Music released a statement on their website saying that "Soon, Anna Vissi's unprecedented talent will capture the attention of a much broader audience as she comes to Los Angeles, California, to record a brand-new album unlike any before it. This album, set for a world-wide release in early 2009, promises to be her most dynamic yet. This album brings with it a new sound which will diffuse among all Anna's loyal fans and spreading further to new ones, uniting them across the globe."

 

 

 

 

 

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