Mariada Pieridi
Μαριάντα Πιερίδη
Background information
Birth name Mariada Pieridi
Born (1973-07-13) July 13, 1973 (age 45)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Genres Laiko, Laiko-pop, pop, dance
Occupation(s) musician, songwriter
Years active 1995-present
Labels Nitro, Universal Greece, Virus

Mariada Pieridi (Μαριάντα Πιερίδη, Marianta as directly transcribed from Greek), (born 13 July 1973) is a Greek pop singer.

Early life

Mariada Pieridi was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. Her father was an officer in the Greek navy and her mother was a lawyer in Cyprus. She has a younger brother named Dimitri.

At a young age, Pieridi and her family moved to Athens, Greece. She soon began to experiment with music and sports. She was on the Pan-Hellenic Gymnastics Association (PGS) for nine years and started playing the piano. Music became an integral part of her life and when she reached high school, she decided that she wanted a career in the music industry. She then took speech classes at the Attica Conservatory and continued with piano lessons.

1995: Eurovision

Pieridi got her first real break into the music industry during the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. She was the backing vocalist of the Greek entry to the contest performed by Elina Konstantopoulou. They sang the song "Pia Prosefhi" ("What Kind Of A Prayer"). After Eurovision, Pieridi performed with many popular singers including Despina Vandi, Antonis Remos, and Yiannis Parios, getting her name and voice known.