Despina Vandi’s Bio

I’ve written pages and pages about how much I adore Despina and her music, and how her songs have marked pivotal periods in my life, but yesterday I realized I’ve never written anything about her life, so I’ll redeem myself. I won’t go into too many details (although I’ve read all there is to read about her!) because I respect her privacy. Being a celebrity, she’s had enough of privacy infringement, so I refuse to participate in that!

Despina Vandi was born on 22 July 1969 in Tübingen, a town near Stuttgart in Germany. She moved back to Greece with her parents when she was six years old. She displayed artistic talent ever since she was a child. When she was in her early 20s, she signed a record deal and released two albums: Gela Mou (1994) and Esena Perimeno (1996). The albums had a degree of success, although insignificant compared to what followed.

In 1997 came her break with the release of the album Deka Entoles, when she teamed up with Phoebus, a notable songwriter. The album was certified double platinum and it was all uphill from there. Her following album, Profities (1999) was also certified platinum within two days of its release, and eventually became triple platinum.

Then followed her international break in 2001 with the release of her album Gia, whose eponymous single reached many countries outside Greece’s borders, and it became one of the best-selling albums in Greece of all time. Her next album, Stin Avli You Paradisou was released in 2004, which, again, reached double-platinum status.

Then, for a while, Despina stepped away from the scene to focus on motherhood. She gave birth to a son on in August 2007 and focused on motherhood for a while, only participating in some musical projects and releasing already recorded songs, like live versions or remixes.

Finally, the great comeback came in 2010 with the release of her album C’est La Vie, and that same year she appeared for the first time on MTV Unplugged for the Greek MTV. Then followed Allaksa (2012) and De Me Stamatises (2014), while in the meantime she was one of the four judges on the Greek version of The Voice, and in 2016 she released Afti Ine I Diafora Mas.

She is so hardworking and talented, you can see why I admire her so much. She’s like a stylish luxury watch – she doesn’t lose her value over time. Let me know which Despina album is your favorite!

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