Despina Vandi in 2007.
|Birth name||Despina Malea|
22 July 1969|
Tübingen near Stuttgart, Germany
|Genres||Laïko, Pop, Dance, Pop rock|
|Labels||Minos EMI, Heaven Music, Escondida Music,The Spicy Effect|
Despina Vandi (Greek: Δέσποινα Βανδή), born as Despina Malea (Greek: Δέσποινα Μαλέα) born 22 July 1969, is a Greek singer. Born in Tübingen near Stuttgart, Germany, Vandi's family returned to Kavala, Greece when she was six years old. After moving to Athens in the early 1990s, Vandi signed with Minos EMI and released two albums Gela Mou (1994) and Esena Perimeno (1996). She then began an exclusive collaboration with songwriter/producer Phoebus and struck commercial success with her third album, Deka Endoles (1997), followed by the multi-platinum Profities (1999), where she a more pop stage performance style and image, becoming one of the most prominent portrayers of the laiko/pop genre.>
Vandi has won three Arion Music Awards, ten MAD Video Music Awards, seven Pop Corn Music Awards, and a World Music Award, becoming the first Greek artist recording in Greece to ever win the award. On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Vandi the fourth top-certified Greek female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960), with 11 records having been certified platinum or multi-platinum and three gold by theInternational Federation of the Phonographic Industry of Greece. According to Heaven Music, as of 2007, Vandi has sold one million records in Greece.
In 2013-2014 Vandi was one of the four artists/coaches participating in the Greek version of The Voice called The Voice of Greece.
Life and career
Early years (Gela mou & Esena Perimeno 1994–96)
Vandi's first album was released in 1994 under the Minos EMI label, titled Gela Mou (Smile at Me). This album was distinguished by the self-titled song "Gela Mou", as long as by Vandi's duet To Adieksodo (No Way Out) with the popular and acclaimed singer Giannis Parios. Both songs were written by Vassilis Karras.