Mando (singer)

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Mando
Μαντώ
Birth name Adamantia Stamatopoulou
Born (1966-04-13) 13 April 1966 (age 48)
Piraeus, Greece
Origin Athens, Greece
Genres Pop, dance, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels PolyMusic
Sony Music Greece
Minos
Alpha Records
Website www.mando.gr

Mando (Greek: Μαντώ), born Adamantia Stamatopoulou (Greek: Αδαμαντία Σταματοπούλου), is a popular Greek singer. She was born in Piraeus on 13 April and raised in Athens by her jazz pianist father, Nikos Stamatopoulos and a classic soprano opera mother Mary Apergi. From a young age she began to develop her talent and interest in music, and was characterized as a "born musician". On 14 March 2010, Alpha TV ranked Mando the 23rd top-certified female artist in the nation's phonographic era (since 1960), totalling five gold records.[1] On 21 April 2013 she participated at the Greek version of Your Face Sounds Familiar which was aired by Antenna TV Greece, where in the last episode (30 June 2013), she placed 4th. She was a special guest star in the semifinal of The Voice of greece where she and one of the participants, Maria Elena Kiriakou, sang together Beyonce's Hit Listen And she has presented her new song Poliploka from her upcoming album.

Early life[edit]

At the age of four Mando could easily sing operatic arias, gospel and jazz music. Her parents, astonished by her musical capability, signed her with the National Conservatory for piano and music theory lessons. Meanwhile, she took up vocal training and dance lessons. At the age of ten, Mando began to teach herself how to play the guitar and various percussion instruments. Her dedication and passion quickly led her to compose her own melodies.

At the age of 14, along with her school work, her music, and her English and French lessons, she performed in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar", under the direction of Mimis Plessas and Dimitris Malavetas.

She has sung for various orchestras and as a member of various jazz groups and trios, working with music in all its textures: jazz, Greek, European, American, and Arabic. She has sung and composed all types of music.

Personal life[edit]

Mando has two children, a boy and a girl. Her sister, Chryso Stamatopoulou, is also a professional singer.

Professional career[edit]

1983–2002[edit]

After the completion of her music studies and at the age of 18, she signed her first record contract with CBS, which gave her the international hit "Fill me up" and offered her the chance of an international career at a very young age. Mando remained in America for five years where she took up vocal training with Hal Sheaffer (vocal trainer of Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli) and interacted with many musicians, producers and with people who helped her talent grow. Her diverse knowledge and international edge defined her as the Greek artist with the international voice. Vangelis Yannopoulos, an A&R manager with record company Minos EMI heard of all these assets and signed Mando for her first album with the company that she stayed with for six successful albums: Dos mou ena fili... Afto to kalokeri" (Give me a kiss... This summer), "Ptisi gia dio" (Flight for two), "Kinisi triti" (Third move), "Esthisis" (Senses), "I diki mas I agapi" (Our love), and "Anisiho vlema" (Uneasy look).

She has released four albums under the Sony label: "Ston evdomo ourano" (On the seventh sky), "Gia oles tis fores" (For all the times), "Prodosia" (Betrayal), "Se alli Diastasi" (In another dimension). She also released three CD singles under this label. Mando's hits include "Danika" (Borrowed), "Faros" (Lighthouse), "Ston evdomo ourano" (On the seventh sky), "Esi" (You), "Fotia sta prepi" (Burn the have to's).

Her international tours have included cities such as Los Angeles, London, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Chicago.

She has toured and collaborated with many established artists such as: Marinella, D. Mitropanos, Tolis Voskopoulos, Paschalis Terzis, C. Nikolopoulos, Dimitra Galani.

Mando has collaborated with the best songwriters in the Greek music business, such as Phoivos, A. Papadimitriou, K. Haritodiplomenos, N. Germanou, G. Theofanous, E. Giannatsoulia. Several of Mando's compositions have been sung by artists such as P. Terzis and K. Kouka.

Mando composes mainly on her guitar. She penned the track "Where You Are" for Jessica Simpson; it has been chosen as the theme song to 20th century Fox's film production titled "Here On Earth". It has sold more than one million copies.

An international collaboration is that with Jean Michel Jarre on one of his own tracks and sung by Mando in Greek with the title "Zoi" (Life); it will be included on her new album.

Another international collaboration is Mando's duet with Turkish top artist Sertab Erener, titled "Aşk/Fos" (Love/Light).

At the end of 2003, Mando recorded a new double album with Alpha records called Oi agapes fevgoun, ta tragoudia menoun (The loves are gone by, the songs remain).

2003: Eurovision[edit]

Mando's first attempt to enter the Eurovision Song Contest was in 1989; she was second, only one point behind Marianna. She took action against the Greek television station ERT because one of the jury members didn't vote. She won the ruling, but because it was too late to reverse the decision, Marianna went to Eurovision.

Mando was chosen to represent Greece at the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 with the song "Never Let You Go". She was placed 17th.[2]

2008: Mando II and Afraid of the Dark[edit]

Mando planned a comeback for 2008 with two new albums: one Greek and one English. The first single from the Greek album titled "Dos Mou Logo Na Sotho" (" Δως Μου Λόγο Να Σωθώ ") is a rock song and was released as a music video on May 10, 2008, premiering on "Megastar". The album, titled Mando II, was released on May 30, 2008 with twelve new tracks.

The English album, provisionally titled Afraid of the Dark, has evident American beats and is a very promising international album for Mando. Four songs from the album were released by means of her official Myspace and the album was expected to be released sometime in 2009 but it was cancelled.

2011-2013: Phoebus 20 years , Shamone & Your face Sounds Familiar[edit]

On September 2011 her album Perfection was released from Polymusic. Tha se Perimenw (I'll be waiting for you), Mia Signomi ti na kanei (Sorry is not Enough) and Theos pano sti gi (God in earth) are some of more popular songs of this album.

On September 24, 2012, Mando participated in a special 20-year Anniversary concert dedicated to Phoebus. The concert took place at the Olympic Stadium in Athens where the 2004 Summer Olympics were held.[3] Mando sang her songs "Gia Oles Tis Fores" and "Daneika" along with "Emeis", a duet between her and Antonis Remos which are all songs written by Phoebus.[4]

On December 2, she appeared at Shamone, a night bar-club where she sang a lot of her songs and international songs such as Adele's Skyfall, Nina Simone's I Put a spell on you and Madonna's Frozen.

On January 21, 2013 she appeared at Half Note Jazz Club, where she sang a tribute to her singer and mentor Stevie Wonder.

On 21 April 2013, Mando participated in a Greek TV show which was aired by ANT1 Your Face Sounds Familiar, where she had to impersonate performances like Stevie Wonder (Part-time lover), Barbra Streisand (Woman in Love), Chaka Khan (Ain't Nobody), Whitney Houston (I Wanna Dance with Somebody), Anastacia (Left Outside Alone), Lara Fabian (Je suis malade), Nana Mouschouri (Yiarem), Tzeni Vanou (Xillies Vradies), Lucciano Pavarotti (La donna e mobile), Rihanna (Where have you been), Vicky Moscholiou (De kserw poso s'agapw) & Mihai Traistariu (Tornero),

The performance of Stevie Wonder which aired second of June was her biggest success on this tvshow where she one first place in that episode, and Daily Mail the British news paper after 2 months (1 August 2013) wrote an article on Mando about this performance.

During of this season she gave a lots of interviews in several Greek Late Night Shows like Ola with Themos Anastasiadis and Vrady with Petros Kostopoulos, and early-morning shows like Kalimera ellada with Giorgos Papadakis and Fthistv with Thanasis Patras which all was aired by Ant1.

2014: The Voice Of Greece[edit]

Mando participated as a special guest star at the semifinal of The Voice Of greece where she sang her New Promo Song Poliploka from her upcoming album and she had a duet with one of the participants where together sang beyonce's hit Listen!

Trivia and news[edit]

In 1992, Mando was the first Greek artist to form her own fan club. It now has more than 20,000 members. She was also the first artist to create her own website. She appeared at the night club 'Athens On The Rocks' alongside Paschalis, a Greek singer and songwriter Sofia Arvaniti. In the period 1985-2007, she has sung with Anna Vissi, Nikos Karvelas and Vasilis Papakonstantinou, and has co-operated with songwriters such as Michalis Rakintzis and Costas Haritodiplomenos.

Discography[edit]

Main article: Mando discography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chart Show: Your Countdown. Alpha TV. Airdate: 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ Simon Barclay. Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Phoebus". Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "20 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ ΦΟΙΒΟΣ (24/9/2012) 20 Xronia Foivos Full Concert". YouTube. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 

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Preceded by
Michalis Rakintzis
with S.A.G.A.P.O.
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
2003
Succeeded by
Sakis Rouvas
with Shake It