Kristian Leontiou

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Kristian Leontiou
Born February 1982
London, United Kingdom
Genres Pop
Adult Contemporary
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2004–present
Labels Polydor
Associated acts One Eskimo

Kristian Leontiou (born February 1982)[1] is a British singer of Greek Cypriot descent, and is the singer for the indie rock band One eskimO.

Background and career[edit]

Leontiou went to Hatch End High School in Harrow, he finished school and worked several jobs in and around London whilst concentrating on music when he had any free time. When he was 17 he met Mike Sault of Warner Chappell publishing in 2001, a subsequent deal allowed him to work on his music full-time and in 2003 he signed a major record deal with Polydor. He was dubbed "the new Dido".[2] His debut single "Story of My Life" was released in June 2004 and reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart. His second single "Shining" peaked at #13 whilst the album Some Day Soon’' was certified gold selling in excess of 150,000 copies

Leontiou toured the album in November 2004 taking him to the US to work with L.A Reid, Chairman of the Island Def Jam music group. Unhappy with the direction his career was going, on a flight back from the US in 2004 he decided to take his music in a new direction. Splitting from his label in late 2005, he went on to collaborate with Faithless on the song "Hope & Glory" for their album ‘'To All New Arrivals'’. It was this release that saw him unleash the One eskimO moniker. It was through working with Rollo Armstrong on the Faithless album, that Rollo got to hear an early demo of "Astronauts" from the One eskimO project. Being more than impressed by what he heard, Rollo opened both his arms and studio doors to Leontiu and they began to co-produce the ‘'All Balloons’' album.

It was at this time that he paired up with good friend Adam Falkner, a drummer/musician, to introduce a live acoustic sound to the album. They recorded the album with engineer Phill Brown (engineer for Bob Marley and Robert Plant) at Ark studios in St John's Wood where they recorded live then headed back to Rollo's studio to add the cinematic electro touches that are prominent on the album.

Shortly after its completion, One eskimO's "Hometime" was used on a Toyota Prius advert in the USA. The funds from the advert were then used to develop the visual aspect of One eskimO. He teamed up with friend Nathan Erasmus (Gravy Media Productions) along with animation team Smuggling Peanuts (Matt Latchford and Lucy Sullivan) who together began to develop the One eskimO world, the first animation produced was for the track ‘Hometime’ which went on to win a British animation award in 2008.

In 2008 Leontiou started a new management venture with ATC Music. By mid-2008 Time Warner came on board to develop all 10 One eskimO animations which were produced the highly regarded Passion Pictures in London. Now with all animation complete and a debut album, One eskimO prepare to unveil themselves fully to the world in summer 2009.

Murder victim Meredith Kercher made a cameo appearance in the music video for Kristian Leontiou's song "Some Say" in 2004, 3 years before she was found dead in Italy.[3]

In 2011, Leontiou released a cover version of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car", which was originally released as a single in 2005. Leontiou's version was unable to chart, however, due to there being no simultaneous physical release alongside the download single, a UK chart rule that was in place at the time. On 24 April 2011, the song entered the singles chart at number 88 due to Britain's Got Talent contestant Michael Collings covering the track on the show on 16 April 2011.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[5]
2004 Some Day Soon 14 BPI: Gold[6]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
2004 "Story of My Life" 9 Some Day Soon
"Shining" 13
"Some Say" 54
2005 "Fast Car"[A] 88
Notes
  • A - Originally released as a single in April 2005, Leontiou's version of "Fast Car" did not chart until 2011 in the UK.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kristian Leontiou Biography
  2. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (28 May 2004). "Kristian Leontiou, Some Day Soon". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Aislinn (8 June 2009). "Meredith Kercher in music video". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ OFFICIAL UK SINGLES TOP 100 - 30th April 2011
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Kristian Leontiou - Some Day Soon". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ BPI Certified Awards Search - Kristian Leontiou
  7. ^ KRISTIAN LEONTIOU - The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 2011-01-24.

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