Background information
Birth name Marianna Hansen
Also known as Shaya
Born (1983-02-17) 17 February 1983 (age 35)
Origin Guyana, India, Denmark
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels MY Group, Sony Music Greece (2010–2013), Planetworks (2014-present)
Associated acts Hi-5, Mark F. Angelo, My Group

Marianna Hansen (born 17 February 1983), known professionally as Shaya, is a DanishGreek singer, of Guyanese and Indian descent. Shaya was a member of the girl band Hi-5, the result of the Greek version of the talent show Popstars. She is currently pursuing a solo career and finished fifth in Greece's version of Dancing on Ice.


Early life

Shaya was born in Denmark to a Danish father and a multiracial Guyanese mother of Greenlandic and Indian descent. The family moved to Sweden after her parents' divorce when she was 6. At the age of 12, Shaya and her family immigrated once more, settling in Thessaloniki, Greece. Her mother was a disc jockey before Shaya's birth. Although Shaya enjoyed singing and dancing from a young age, including performing with SambaSchools in Copenhagen Carnival, she became interested in becoming a singer by luck when she was persuaded to get on stage to sing a song with co-workers after work at a club she worked at in Kavala around age 18.

2001–2005: First professional steps and Hi-5

In 2001, Shaya released her first solo single titled "Release Me" and promoted it around Europe. Between 2001 and 2003, she performed in many clubs in Thessaloniki. Following the encouragement of a friend, in 2003 Shaya entered the Greek version of the talent show Popstars and won a spot in the girl band Hi-5. Shaya, along with the four other girls, Marlen Angelidou, Irini Psyhrami, Froso Papaharalambous, and Nancy Stergiopoulou, had two chart-topping albums and eight singles in two years. The band decided on an amicable split in 2005 after the contract with their record label expired.

2006–2009: Start of solo career

After Hi-5 split up, Shaya began a solo career, appearing live in various venues. In 2008, Shaya and Greek singer Κostas Martakis were chosen to record a Greek-language version of Right Here, Right Now from the soundtrack of the Disney film High School Musical 3: Senior Year. The cover was titled "Mikroi Theoi" (Little Gods) and was released as a single from the Greek edition of the film's soundtrack; a music video followed with Martakis and Shaya molded together with scenes from the film. The music video was included as a bonus feature on the Greek edition of the film's home video release. Walt Disney Records, via its international distribution partner EMI, commissioned several local market, foreign-language versions of songs from the entire High School Musical series, although "Mikroi Theoi" was the only Greek version song.

In 2009, Shaya teamed up with Greek hip-hop group Stavento to release the duet "Prin Se Gnoriso" (Before I Meet You), which garnered them a nomination and win for Best Video-Clip Hip-Hop at the 2009 MAD Video Music Awards. Later that year in 2009, Shaya also teamed up with rapper Stereo Mike to release the duet "Esi Kai Ego" (You and I), while she was also part of the Amita Motion Tour 2009.

2010–present: Resurrection, Dancing on Ice, Priscilla Musical, & Eurovision

In 2010, Shaya signed with the newly created management, production, and artist development company My Group, active in the dance-pop and club music markets, as well under contract with Sony Music Greece. In May 2010, she released the single "Paizis". In June 2010, she teamed up with Greek DJ and fellow label mate Mark F. Angelo for the song "Far From Everything", which was also chosen as the theme song for the 2010 MAD Video Music Awards, and became a summer hit. The duo also recorded the song "My Radio", which became the official jingle for MAD Radio 106.2. Both songs were featured on Mark F. Angelo's debut album Play.Pause.Stop.Rewind. Following the collaboration, Shaya released the first single from her debut solo album in November 2010 titled "In Your Eyes". She released her debut solo album titled Resurrection in January 2011.

In July 2011, Shaya and Mark F. Angelo were chosen as the opening act for David Guetta's concert in Montenegro. In late 2011, Shaya along with Mark F. Angelo earned the win for Best Greek Act at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards, for their collaboration on the single "Far From Everything" as well as several other track collaborations between the two artists. The duo was also shortlisted for Best European Act. In November 2011, Greece's version of Dancing on Ice premiered on ANT1 featuring Shaya as a contestant. She finished fifth in the show.

In December 2011, it was reported that Shaya was in the recording studio recording material for her new album scheduled to be released in the new year. The album was to feature more house and dance elements and less pop elements than her previous album. Following the closure of her record label Sony Music Greece, the album did not end up being released.

In 2013, Shaya performed a cover of "Walking on Air" alongside Anise K and Ivi Adamou at the Mad Video Music Award 2013. Later that same year and into 2014, Shaya took up a residency at the newly opened Fleurs nightclub at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Dubai. In between shows, she also held one of three lead singer roles in the musical Priscilla, at the Badminton theater in Athens.

During summer 2014 Shaya toured around Greece performing together with other artists. She also visited Denmark to record some songs for her coming solo album, and had 2 performances at the week-long festival Køge Festuge close to Copenhagen.

In December 2014, she began a residency at Fotaerios club in Athens. In February 2015, Greek broadcaster NERIT announced that she was selected as one of five acts bidding to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. A national final to select the act will take place on 4 March 2015. Shaya is currently signed to the record label Planetworks.


Studio albums

  • 2011: Resurrection



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Popstars Herself Contestant
1st place
2004 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Performer as a member of Hi-5
2006 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Performer
2010 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Video Performer
2011 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Performer
2011 - 2012 Dancing On Ice Herself Contestant
5th place
2012 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Performer
2013 Mad Video Music Awards Herself Performer

Music videos

Years Song
2008 Mikroi Theoi (Right Here Right Now)
(Kostas Martakis - Shaya)
2009 Prin Se Gnoriso (Ta Kakos Keimena)
(Stavento feat. Shaya)
2010 Far From Everything
(Mark F. Angelo feat. Shaya)
2011 In Your Eyes
If Only (OtherView Mix)
2012 Lene
Summer Is All Around
(Shaya, HouseTwins & Slick Beats)
2013 Love Me
I'm In Love
(Dino MFU feat. Shaya)
Kalokairini Kardia
(BO feat. Shaya)
Turn It Up
(Shaya feat. BO)
2014 I Wonder
(Dino MFU feat. Shaya)
Giati Prepei
(Shaya feat. Zeraw)
(Mark Angelo feat. Shaya)
2015 Sunshine

Mad Video Music Awards - live performances

Year Song
2006 Misirlou / Pump It
(Eleni Tsaligopoulou feat. Stereo Mike, Shaya)
2010 Far From Everything
(Mark F. Angelo feat. Shaya)
2011 All Star Medley
(Stan - Reckless - Claydee - Shaya - Mark Angelo - Slick Beats)
2012 Summer Is All Around (HouseBeats Remix)
(Shaya, HouseTwins & Slick Beats)
2013 Walking On Air
(Anise K. feat. Ivi Adamou & Shaya)

Awards and nominations

Mad Video Music Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2009 Prin Se Gnoriso (Ta Kakos Keimena) Video Clip Of The Year Nominated
Video Clip Hip Hop Won
Mikroi Theoi Best Duet - Collaboration Nominated
2011 Far From Everything Video Clip Dance Nominated
Video Clip Of The Year Nominated
Mad Radio 106,2 Track Of The Year Nominated
In Your Eyes Fashion Icon Nominated
2012 Lene Fashion Icon Nominated
2013 Love Me Fashion Icon Nominated

MTV Europe Music Awards

Year Recipient Award Result
2011 Mark F. Angelo feat. Shaya Best Greek Act Won
Mark F. Angelo feat. Shaya Best European Act Nominated