Chrispa

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Chryspa
Birth name Chrysanthi-Pagona Pitiropoulou
Also known as Chryspa (stage name)
Born (1982-12-07) December 7, 1982 (age 31)
Origin Athens, Greece
Genres Modern laïka
Occupations Singer
Years active 2003–present
Labels Alpha Records (2003)
Minos EMI (2004–2012)
Loca Records/The Spicy Effect (2012)
EMI (2013-present)

Chryspa (Greek: Χρύσπα, born Chrysanthi-Pagona Pitiropoulou on December 7, 1982) is a Greek singer. She has released five studio albums.

Early life[edit]

Chryspa was born Chrysanthi-Pagona Pitiropoulou[1] (Chris-pa) in Athens, Greece on December 7, 1982.[2][3] At the age of five, she moved to Pireus, Greece where she began to experiment with music and dance. Originally, she had no dream to become a singer and loved ballet.[4] After thirteen years of ballet, she left it behind party because of her short height, and pursued musical instruments taking courses at her school for phonetics, piano and guitar.[2][4]

Chryspa's singing career began at age 18 when she sang a song with Sofia Vossou at her summer concert in Aegina. Vossou described Chrispa's voice as "very good" and her connections eventually helped Chryspa get a record contract with Alpha Records.[4] Her talent was quickly realized and she sang in more concerts with other popular singers such as Stamatis Gonidis, Labis Livieratos, and Themis Adamantidis.[2]

Musical career[edit]

2003–2007: Getting started[edit]

In the spring of 2003 at the age of 21, Chrispa released her debut album titled Tora with Alpha Records. The first single off the album titled "Esena Thelo" gained radio success and had a music video and remix.[4] Chrispa's next album was the self-titled Chrispa in 2004 with Minos EMI.

A repackaged album was released in 2005 titled Chrispa 100%. The compilation featured hits from her first two albums, a new single, "Mou Kani Plaka O Theos," which became a radio hit, a DVD of her music videos, and remixes. Also from the album, were the radio hits "An Den Ipirhes", "Savvatokiriako", "Fevgo Gia To 7", "I Kolasi Eimai Ego", and "Pali Tha Peis Signomi".[4] 2005 also brought several collaborations for Chrispa. She sang with Giorgos Tsalikis and Constantinos Christoforou in the summer while during the winter of 2005 - 2006 she went on the road with Elli Kokkinou, the Andreas Stamos, Constantinos Christoforou and Kalomoira.[4]

In 2006 and 2007, she released two more albums, Posa Hrostao and Kathreftis respectively.[5] The first single from Kathreftis is "Mia Stigmi" and it was made into a music video.

2008–present: From Eurovision to "Eisai asteri" and "Me skotonei"[edit]

She was a candidate in the Greek national final to represent Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008.[6][7][8] Chrispa had chosen a song composed by Marios Psimopoulos with lyrics by Antonis Papas. The provisional title of the song was "SOS For Love",[9] but later it was changed to "A Chance to Love".[10] The song has an ethnic style, described as a "Dance Oriental",[11] with lyrics in both Greek and English.[10]

At the national final, held on February 27, 2008, Chrispa performed "A Chance to Love" first out of the three participants and when the results were released, she placed third with 15.9% of the vote.[12] Kostas Martakis placed second, and Kalomoira went to Eurovision with "Secret Combination", eventually placing third.[11]

On October 6, 2009, Chrispa released her fifth studio album titled Mehri Edo. It includes eleven new tracks composed by Stefanos Korkolis, with lyrics by Rebecca Roussi.[13] It was reported that Chrispa expressed dissatisfaction with her label's lack of promotion of the album, and as a result, is considered prematurely exiting her contract with Minos EMI.[14]

Since that album Chrispa has released 4 digital singles: Den yposxomai tipota (I can't make any promises) (2010), Eisai asteri (You're a star) (2011), Kolla 5 (Hi5) (2012) and Me skotonei (It's killing me) (2013)

TV appearances[edit]

Dancing With the Stars[edit]

Since October of 2013, Chrispa appears as a contestant on the Greek Dancing with the stars. Though the judges appear to be very harsh uppon her giving her low scores, she manages to remain in the game as a result of the game's televoting. It is even mentioned on social media that her popularity has increased after the guest judge(Giorgos Liagkas) insulted her.

Other TV appearances[edit]

Chrispa has appeared in a lot of Greek TV shows promoting her songs. In 2009 she guest starred on the Greek sitcom "polikatoikia" leaving the best impressions for her acting[15] She also appeared on the TV show "Pame paketo" where she invited her music teacher Sofia Vossou to thank her publicly for believing in her and helping her to have a career[16] Another noticeable appearance is on the Greek "Big Brother", where she entered the house, as a part of a game, in order to harass the contestants.

Personal life[edit]

Chrispa married Panagiotis Nikolaou in July 2010.[17] The two had met a year earlier, and they were engaged a month after meeting.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

CD Singles[edit]

  • 2004: "Mou Kani Plaka O Theos"
  • 2007: "Diki Sou Gia Panta" (Remix)
  • 2008: "A Chance to Love"

Digital Singles[edit]

  • 2004: Oh God
  • 2005: Boro Boro vs Chiculata feat. Sarbel
  • 2008: Hawaii feat. Master Tempo
  • 2010: Den Yposhome Tipota
  • 2011: Eisai Asteri feat. BO
  • 2012: Kolla 5
  • 2013: Me skotonei

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (January 10, 2010). "Άλλαξαν το όνομά τους για την καριέρα" (in Greek). Madata.gr. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Βιογραφία - Χρύσπα". (Greek) MAD TV. Retrieved on April 22, 2008
  3. ^ Sideris, Nasos (December 11, 2008). "Χρύσπα Ριζικές αλλαγές" (in Greek). Yupi.gr. Retrieved October 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Βιογραφία - Χρύσπα". (Greek) Music.net.cy. Retrieved on April 22, 2008[dead link]
  5. ^ "Greek Eurovision gathers pace". London Greek Radio. Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-01-18. 
  6. ^ "Hryspa Selected products". info-grece.com. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "ERT announces the national final participants". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Greece: National final participants announced". ESCToday. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Chrispa to sing 'SOS For Love'; title to change". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-01-23. 
  10. ^ a b "Chrispa decided 'A Chance To Love'". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  11. ^ a b National Final, February 27, 2008, Ellinikí Radiofonía Tileórasi (ERT).
  12. ^ Konstantopoulos, Fotis (2008-03-07). "ERT and Kalomira in conflict?". Oikotimes. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  13. ^ Ioannou, Nektarios (October 8, 2009). "Ψαλμωδίες αντί Χρύσπα" (in Greek). Sigma Radio TV. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Χρύσπα: Ετοιμάζεται να αποχωρήσει από τη Minos" (in Greek). Yupi.gr. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  15. ^ http://neoi-dimosiografoi.blogspot.gr/2009/03/blog-post_29.html
  16. ^ http://entertainment.in.gr/html/ent/885/ent.77885.asp
  17. ^ a b Staff (October 8, 2010). "Χρύσπα: "Το πρώτο βήμα στην σχέση μου το έκανα εγώ"" (in Greek). Star Channel. Retrieved October 8, 2010.