|Birth name||Pilar Giménez García|
|Also known as||Ailyn Giménez|
May 29, 1982 |
Barcelona, Catalonia Spain
|Genres||Gothic metal, symphonic metal, pop|
|Years active||2002 to present|
|Associated acts||Sirenia, Serenity, Diabulus in Musica, Enemy of Reality|
Pilar Giménez García (Barcelona, Catalonia, May 29, 1982) known artistically as Ailyn Giménez, is a Spanish singer, songwriter, best known as the current female vocalist of the Norwegian symphonic/gothic metal band Sirenia.
Before joining Sirenia, she was one of the contestants for Spain's version of the X-Factor, and was eliminated on the fourth episode.
Her musical career started at the age of 15, when she studied solfege and classical singing at The Albéniz School of Music.
Her first discographic contract was as part of the group Charm (a female vocal trio that played Japanese music). After their first album titled "Konnichiwa" and released in 2003, she wanted to try her luck as a solo artist, she began recording tracks on her own. In 2004, after completing some tunes for the "Kimagure Orange Road" anime series, she left the group.
In September 2005, she was a contestant representing Spain in the International Pop Music Festival "Canzoni Dal Mondo", being among the 10 finalists.
In October, she got the "Silver Tabaiba" to the Best Performance in the 5th Edition of the International Song Festival in the Canary Islands.
In November, she got the "Gold Tabaiba" to the Best Singer Of A Published Song, in the 6th Edition of the International Song Festival in the Canary Islands. The song, "Puedo Sentir", was originally sung by Lena Park (Fall In Love).
With Sirenia (2008-present)
On April 9, 2008 it was announced that Ailyn was chosen as the new singer of Sirenia out of over 500 women. "I got selected as Sirenia’s new vocalist as an accident," she later told an interviewer. "My sister added them to my Myspace’s friends, but we didn’t realize that if you wanted to audition for the band you had to send them your demo or add them as friends, so I was shocked when they wrote to me asking to go to Norway and audition for the new vocalist. I went there twice, the first time was a studio audition and the second one with all the band members. I think I was selected because I’m what Morten was looking for the band, and also since the first moment we connected all the members from Sirenia and me."
Her first album with the band is The 13th Floor, which was released on January 23, 2009. She is also the female vocalist on Sirenia's fifth album The Enigma of Life, released on January 21, 2011. Although Henriette Bordvik performed vocals on both An Elixir for Existence and the EP Sirenian Shores, the release of The Enigma of Life makes Ailyn the first female vocalist to record two full-length albums with Sirenia. On April 13, 2013, Sirenia announced the title of their next album on their Facebook page, Perils of the Deep Blue.
In 2014 she collaborated with several other bands such as the Spanish metal band Diabulus in Musica, in their album Argia, singing the song "Furia de Libertad" and with the Greek symphonic metal band Enemy of Reality, in their new album Rejected Gods, singing the song "Needle Bites". She also appears in the music video of the song.
Ailyn has a condition called heterochromia iridis, meaning she has two different eye colours, one eye (right) is brown, and the other eye (left) is green.