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She studied music at conservatories and performed locally before moving to the professional scene in Athensinwhere she signed with Minos and simultaneously collaborated with other musical artists and released promotional singles of her own while studying at the University of Athens. Vissi established herself in the recording industry by winning the Thessaloniki Song Festival in with the song "As Kanoume Apopse Mian Arhi" and releasing her debut album of the same name.
Since the s, Vissi began a nearly exclusive collaboration with songwriter Nikos Karvelasto whom she was married to from — and had one child with, resulting in one of the most successful music partnerships in the nation's history. Over the course of her career she has released over two dozen albums, Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi of which have been certified at least gold in the two countries and has also starred in three theatrical productions and briefly ventured into television and radio.
She landed her biggest commercial success with Fotiafollowed by the double Kravgiwhich became the best-selling album of the s decade and eighth best-selling of all time in terms of units,  while five others — Kitrino GalazioI Epomeni KinisiKlima TropikoTravmaand Antidoto — have also achieved Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi figure sales.
She has a large number of successful singles most of which have become classics, including her signature song "Dodeka", "Methismeni Politia", "Pragmata", "Agapi Ipervoliki", "Pseftika", "Ta Mathitika Hronia", "Stin Pira", "Gazi" and many many more. Through the years she kept a strong fan base, sold out tours  and shows as was her latest shows in Rex in winter —12 and Hotel Ermou which was the most successful of the year. Since the late s, Vissi has also made attempts at establishing a career abroad, most of which fell through and have had some negative repercussions on her domestic career.
Vissi has received 32 Platinum and 11 The Final Countdown - Europe - The Final Countdown certifications from IFPI Greece and has become one of the country's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 10 million records worldwide and is one of the country's top earning artists. InAlpha TV ranked Vissi as the second top-certified female artist in Greece in the phonographic era sincebehind Haris Alexiou while Forbes listed her as the 15th most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and fourth highest ranked singer.
Anna Vissi was born on 20 December in Pyla, Larnaca. She began singing from a very early age, starting her 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. Inher family moved to Athenswhere she was able to pursue her studies at the National Conservatory.
Her first important collaboration, alongside George Dalaraswas with composer Stavros Koujioumtzis. Finally, due to controversies between the composers of the songs, her participation was disqualified and Tania Tsanaklidou went to the contest.
The album reached platinum status and became the best-selling record of the year in Greece. InVissi participated in the 25th Eurovision Song Contest Twice As Hard - The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi with the song Autostop "Hitch-Hike"finishing 13th with 30 points.
One year later her fourth, self-titled album Anna Vissi was released, reaching gold status. The songs were not released Greasy Sack Blues - Woody Herman - Ready, Get Set, Jump any album or CD single untilwhen both were released on CD single in time for Vissi's third Eurovision appearance.
In Mayshe married Nikos Karvelasa composer, with whom she collaborated in  and in November she gave birth to her daughter Sofia. After their marriage, she started a close collaboration with Karvelas. Sinceall her releases have become gold or platinum and have included songs by Karvelas. This song is still unreleased up to date. The album was certified gold. The album included the hit Pragmata "Things" and went platinum, becoming the best selling record of the year.
Inshe made her debut as a radio producer on ANT1 Radio. Inshe released the highly successful studio album Fotia Firebeing one of the first albums to feature western sounds. The lead single Pseftika "Fake" became a big hit and the album reached platinum status, selling In the early s, she continued performing around Greece with Nikos Karvelaswith appearances at "Diogenis Palace" and then at "Rex". Kyprosan album with traditional Cypriot songs. A sum that the singer would supposed to pay in the company against the initial sum of 2.
In FebruaryVissi released the triple-platinum album Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi Tropiko. It has sold thousand copies as of In AprilVissi released Travma which went gold in twelve days and Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi platinum in six months, eventually selling thousand copies. For the winter of —, Vissi made appearances at club Gazi. A couple of months later, a new CD single was released with the songs "Crush", "Mavra Gyalia" and "Eleni", as well as a re-release of her multi-platinum album Travmawith a bonus CD containing songs from previous albums, only in Silence - P J Harvey* - White Chalk. In AprilVissi released her album titled Antidotowhich sold more than 80, copies in just a week, breaking all previous records to that point.
Later that year, Vissi gave a charity concert at the Presidential Palace in Cypruswith the presidential orchestra of the Russian Confederacy Telethon and continued with two concerts in London, in February Forum Music Theatre, Palladium Theatre. This performance was part of a series of events hosted by the Virgin Megastore, promoting some of the world's biggest stars, with Vissi being the only Greek singer to receive this honour.
Followed by a short break from music, in April Vissi performed at London 's Royal Albert Hallat the so-called "millennium show," singing in front of people from Sony International, marketing managers from Europe, and fans from the United Kingdom.
On 13 MayLast Words - Mark Graham & Orville Johnson - Kings Of Mongrel Folk performed as a special guest star in her native Cyprusat the 49th annual Miss Universe Pageant which took place at the Eleftheria Stadium in Nicosia.
She sang for the very first time her song " On a Night Like This ",  a song who turned world famous at the version record by Kylie Minogue and included in Minogue's album Light Years .
Apart from the English-language single, she also released the Greek-language single " Agapi Ipervoliki " on an EP of the same name containing six new songs.
It became triple platinum and finally settled at four-times platinum. At the same year, she released her internationally distributed English-language album Everything I Amwhich although started as ambition effort to launch an international career.
In NovemberKravgi was released. Some months later, she started appearances with Garbi and ONE at "Fever",  while she accepted the invitation of the Mayor of Athens to perform in the Parliament Square, at the celebrations of the New Year's Eve.
On 6 Juneshe was the main singer in a production in Bucharest Unirii square, nearby river Dambovitei along with the No Smoking band and the cinema director and producer Emir Kusturica. The concertPeace Odyssey included a multimedia show, opening with a water screen.
More thanpeople were present. Kusturica along with producer and director Angelos Hadjiandreou undertook the artistic direction of the event, marrying music with the most modern expression of art.
Three months later, on 5 Septembershe gave a concert in Cyprus GSP Stadiumsinging in front of more than 18, viewers, for more than three hours where she was awarded for the seven-times platinum Kravgi.
Mala premiered on 19 January. The production and Vissi's performance was received tepidly by critics and its commercial performance was mediocre. The musical was shown on Mega Channel a year later.
An album containing the songs performed at the play was also released and charted,  reaching gold status in Greece and platinum in Cyprus. Shortly after, the album was featured on CNN 's Music Roomwhere they talked about how the album reached number one in Greece.
The album quickly reached number one Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi the IFPI charts, and was certified 2x platinum. In SeptemberVissi gave another concert in Cyprusat the Tzirion Stadium in Limassolto celebrate her year-old career. At the same year, she was awarded with a prize for her Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi contribution from the Cyprus Paralympic Organization, while a square in Larnaca was named after her.
She also met and talked with the president of the Republic of Cyprusin the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia. Just beforeon 5 DecemberVissi released Paik - Monster Of The Absolute double album Paraksenes Eikones which went 2x platinum in six months. The album produced many hits. To promote the album, she started appearing at "Diogenis Studio" for the winter season —, with Konstantinos ChristoforouNino and girl band Hi On 31 MarchVissi performed in the Liberty Square in Nicosiaat a concert part of the celebrations for Cyprus 's entry at the European Unionafter an official invitation from the Republic of Cyprus.
In Mayshe went on a small tour in England and the United States,  with Labis Livieratos with Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi she collaborated in the early '90swhile in July, her album Paraksenes Eikones was re-released with a bonus CD single called Remixes Heat Wave - Apple Gabriel - Another Moses, which went gold.
On 20 DecemberVissi released a live album and DVD,  which went platinum in its first week of release. It sold 40 thousand copies. The single reached number one on the IFPI singles charts and achieved gold certification. In that same month, Vissi started recording her new Greek album. This performance was considered by many to be her comeback to the Greek music scene after an absence of more than a year. On 27 SeptemberVissi released a new Greek album titled Nylon. There were four candidate songs, which she sang during a song selection show on 14 March at "Votanikos" club.
Greek viewers used televote and SMS messages along with a panel of judges to choose the song Vissi would sing in the Eurovision Song Contest Two of the competing songs, were composed by Nikos Karvelasnamely " Everything " and "Who Cares about Love", with Vissi herself penning the lyrics to "Everything". The third song, "A Beautiful Night", was written by composing group Pigassos, while the last song, "Welcome to the Party", was written by Greek composer Dimitris Kontopoulos.
The day after the final, Vissi filmed the song's music video. After the filming of the song's music video was completed, Vissi embarked on a promotional tour across Europe starting on 12 April with Russia. She then also re-released Nylon as Nylon: Euro-Editionwhich includes all of the songs from her album Nylonas well as the entry song "Everything" in original, remixed and karaoke version.
During the contest, Vissi performed in the 16th spot of the night and appeared alone on stage, wearing a Jean-Paul Gaultier outfit. Although she had been one of the favourites during the pre-contest period, she only managed Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi get 9th place with points hers was one of the two pre-qualified entries to finish in the top 10, the other being Romania. Finland won the contest with the rock band Lordi and their song Hard Rock Hallelujah.
In interviews prior to the contest, she had stated that if there was anyone she would like to lose to, it Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi be the Finnish entry. Lordi had also expressed their liking of the Greek song in interviews, too. It had already been released in Sweden and it peaked at It featured a different cover, than the original single.
The dual disc version of Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi was also Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi with the Eurovision single. Stadium in NicosiaCyprus, which kick-started her Greek mini-tour. In the fall ofshe embarked on a Greek mini-tour, performing Take Me Away (StoneBridge 12 Mix) - StoneBridge Feat.
Therese - Take Me Away Greece in sold-out concerts, as well as Cyprus with Goin' Through. Vissi also embarked on a world tour in January She travelled to Australia with Konstantinos Christoforou and had three concerts in Felszárad A Könny - Fresh (30) - Karaoke (DVDr) and Sydney, and from 10 April through 1 May she toured North America.
Vissi continued her tour in October with a European mini-tour. The concerts included Amsterdam and Brussels with her concert in Paris being cancelled without an explanation. During the tour, she stated that she was only halfway through her world tour. The album contains seventeen tracks, including some of Vissi's biggest hits. It also includes the previously leaked, but unofficially released English Put An X On The Spot (In The Sky) - Ice - Ice Is it Safe?
She spent a large portion of and recording her English album. In an interview with fans, she discussed the album, describing Anna Vissi - Anna Vissi as "a rock album with unbelievably nice songs, that some of the biggest people in the USA music industry worked on.
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