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|Origin||Greece / Cyprus|
|Associated acts||Passengers, Virgin Prunes|
ONE is a Hard Rock Band out of Montreal, Canada. Formed in 2001 the band decided on the name ONE in 2003. Current members are Founding members are Christopher Staniforth on Guitar and Daniel Rossi vocals. Phil Hardy on bass and Sean Pothier on Drums. Past members include Rudy Occhionero, Angelo Tomaro and Ben Cousineau. With Maxime Philippe filling in on drums for a tour.
2006-Never Say Never ONE's debut Release by Attack Records and distributed by Universal Music. Incudes Single "Here We Are" that topped off at #77 of top 100. Band Toured for Never Say Never for 2 years.
2009-Dirty Valentine ONE's Sophmore release produced and recorded by Slaves in Dope guitarist Kevin Jardine. Singles include "Rescue Me', "Sorry" and "Today Will Last Forever" winner of Toronto Rock Magazine Song of the year. Dirty Valentine tour spanned over 3 years and open doors to National spots and headlining the Rock shrine "Whisky a Go Go"
2012-Worlds Collide ONE's most recent release through Pavement Entertainment, Sony. Album recorded and co Produced by Kevin Jardine and ONE guitarist Chris Staniforth. Album includes hit singles "Queen of Rock N'Roll", Cover version of "Folsom Prison Blues", and Worlds Collide.
ONE was a boy band that first appeared in 1999, recognized as both Greece and Cyprus's very first boy band. The band was formed by leading Cypriot-Greek composer Giorgos Theofanous and Minos EMI A&R Manager Vangelis Yannopoulos. Constantinos Christoforou and Phiippos Constantinos were on board quite early, chosen by Giorgos Theofanous. The next three members were picked up after a selective audition that took place in legendary Athenian Sierra Studio. The selecting committee consisted of Natalia Germanou, Posidonas Yannopoulos, Andreas Kouris, Themis Georgandas, Theofanous and Yannopoulos. Demetres Koutsavlakis, Savvas Constantinides, Argyris Nastopoulos and Panos Tserpes were retained among 179 candidates. Constantinides left the group in 2000 to pursue other creative interests and Christoforou followed a solo career in 2003. Shortly after, the rest of the band formally disbanded. In their 6 year existence they enjoyed much commercial success and earned platinum certifications, as well as having staged memorable performances with successful Greek singers at music halls and in concerts.
In July 1999 they released their first single, with their debut album following in October. All music and lyrics were written by Giorgos Theofanous (as was all the rest of the musical recorded material of the band) while Vangelis Yannopoulos was producing.
At the end of 2001, national Cypriot broadcaster CyBC requested that they participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. They agreed and Theofanous wrote the song "Gimme" especially for the occasion. Backup vocals were performed by Christina Argyri who was part of the stage duo Voice who represented Cyprus in 2000. After finishing in 6th place they became famous in both Cyprus and Greece and landed platinum certifications.
Through their 5 years ONE had released 5 studio albums, 1 live album, 4 maxi singles, and many singles. Their sales exceed 700 000 copies.
- 1999: ONE
Their debut album released by Minos EMI included hits like "Proti Mou Fora", "Stin Agakalia Sou" and others. Reached Platinum status in Greece (50 000 copies) and Platinum status in Cyprus (8 000 copies)
- 2001: MORO MOU (My Baby)
Their follow-up album released by Minos EMI followed the success of album One selling more than 50 000 copies in Greece and more than 6 000 copies in Cyprus becoming Platinum in both countries.
- 2002: EHO TOSA NA SOU PO (I Have So Much To Tell You)
The album was originally released in May 2002, featuring the number 1 single Gimme (Cyprus Entry - Eurovision Song Contest 2002). There was a second special edition of Eho Tosa Na Sou + The One and Only. It was re-released on December 2002 with a bonus CD featuring the new song "The One And Only" a cover version of Wham! classic hit Last Christmas and some of their greatest hits in English. The album was once again a Platinum sales record in Cyprus and Greece.
- 2003: ONEira (Dreams)
The first studio album after Constantinos Christoforou departure with new member Demos VanBeke. Included were the hits "Kainouria Arhi", "Power" and "Onira". Still it failed to have a commercial success.
- 2004: META APO CHRONIA (2004) (After Some Years)
The 5th album by ONE was an album of covers of some of the most popular Greek songs of the 1980s and 1990s. The album failed to have any hit single, or make any commercial success of its own. Soon after the group was split.
2003: BEST OF ONE - LIVE STO LIKAVITO (Best Of One - Live At the Likavitos Theatre) The album was recorded during the bands 2003 concert in Likavitos theatre in Athens. It was released to mark Christoforou's departure from the band. The album charted top 5 on both Greece and Cyprus.
- 1999: ONE (1999)
The band's first ever release was the EP ONE. It was an immediate success reaching Platinum status in Cyprus and Gold in Greece giving the band the chance to release their first studio album.
- 2000: 200ONE
The EP 200ONE (Two Thousand ONE) was released on Christmas 2000 including 3 songs. The EP reached Platinum in Cyprus and Gold in Greece.
- 2002: GIMME
- 2002: DAME
Dame was the song Gimme in Spanish. The maxi-single was released in Summer 2002 in Spain.
- 2003: KAINOURIA ARHI (New Beginning)
This EP was their first record to come out presenting the replacement of Constantinos Christoforou, Demos Van Beke. The EP became Gold in Greece and Platinum in Cyprus.
|Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest
with Feeling Alive