Michael (Michalis) Hatzigiannis (Greek: Μιχάλης Χατζηγιάννης; born November 5, 1978 in Nicosia, Cyprus) is a popular Greek Cypriot recording artist. From 2000 to 2009, Hatzigiannis has received over 30 certifications in Greece alone, making him one of most successful artists of the decade. Hatzigiannis is also known for representing Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998. In 2010, Hatzigiannis released his first English language album in Europe. In 2010, Forbes listed Hatzigiannis as the 22nd most powerful and influential celebrity in Greece and fifth highest ranked singer.
Michalis Hatzigiannis (*)
Hatzigiannis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus on November 5, 1979. He is a graduate of the Cyprus Music Academy (Royal College of London) with a degree in piano, guitar and music theory.
When he was 18, he participated in a song contest in Cyprus, "Afetiries" where he won the first prize. He later participated in the "Laiki Bank Song Contest" with the song 'I Diki Mou Istoria' written by Andreas Gerolemou and won the first prize. In 1995, he participated in the Cypriot National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with two songs, "Filise Me" (written by Andreas Gerolemou) and "To Gramma" (written by Leonidas Malenis). The first song came in 3rd place and the latter in second place. That year Alex Panagi won the preselection with the song "Sti Fotia". Michalis started his career in Cyprus with three records that all went platinum: "Senario", "O Mihalis Hatzigiannis Tragouda Doro Georgiadi" and "Epafi". He also participated in a musical production in Cyprus called "Pygmalion" in addition to also performing a number of concerts in major city tour in Cyprus titled "Mixalis Xatzigiannis, Andreas Gerolemou".
1998–2002: Eurovision Song Contest and first albums
In May 1998 he represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest. He performed the song "Γένεσις" (Genesis), a composition of his own and finished 11th.
Upon arriving in Athens, Greece he collaborated with the composer Giorgos Hatzinasios and with poet and lyricist Michalis Bourboulis to create the CD single "Aggigma Psychis" (Touch of soul) which was released in December 1998 by BMG Greece. The album contained songs to the ANT1 TV series bearing the same title, including the hit singles "Aggigma Psychis" and "To Soma pou Zitas" (The body you seek). The album was certified platinum.
In March 2000, Hatzigiannis released his debut album in Greece "Paraxeni Giorti" (Odd Celebration). Many renowned composers and lyricists collaborated for this album and produced some of the biggest hits of that year. The song "Mono Sta Onira" (Only in Dreams) stayed at the top of the Greek radio charts for several weeks. Two other songs from the album, title track "Paraxeni Giorti" and "Ke Tha Hatho" had similar success. The album became double-platinum and was a career landmark for the young singer-songwriter in the Greek music scene. In November, he started to perform live shows in Athens.
Early in 2001 he released the CD single "Den Eho Hrono" (I have no time). It soon topped the charts and went platinum. In the summer, he toured Greece for the first time. Later that year he appeared live with legendary Greek singer Haris Alexiou to great reviews. In the spring of 2002 he released his second solo album "Krifo Fili" (Secret kiss), which has settled at 3x platinum. This album contains a series of big hits such as "Eisai Edo" (You are here), "To S’ Agapo" (The "I love you"), "Horis Anapnoi" (Breathless), "I Ekdromi" (The excursion), and "Kapnos" .This album established him as one of the most successful singer-songwriters and promising performers in the Greek music scene. In the summer of 2002 he toured Greece again with even greater success. And in winter he shared the same stage with another Greek music icon, singer Dimitra Galani.
2003–2005: "Monos Mou" and Akatallili Skini
In 2003 he released the 3x platinum five song EP "Monos Mou" (By myself). The single "An Mou Tilefonouses" (If You'd Called) became a hit and the demand for airplay kept growing for months. The song remains one of the most popular Greek ballads of late. In the summer he toured Greece, performing sixty-three sold out shows.
He received three awards from the IFPI's annual Greek Arion Awards in 2003, followed by another four awards in 2004, including the award for Best Male Performer of the Year.
In April 2004 he released his third solo album, Akatallili Skini (Unsuitable scene), which increased his popularity in the Greek music scene. On April 30, 2004, he represented Cyprus at the official EU enlargement ceremony which took place in Warsaw to mark the accession of ten new countries into the European Union.
In the summer of 2004 he toured Greece and sang at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens. In winter he made about 100 appearances in Athens and Salonika with the hugely popular singer, Paschalis Terzis.
Hatzigiannis in a concert in Katerini at 13 July 2005.
In the summer of 2005 he toured Greece once again ending in September at Lycabettus Theatre, Mount Lycabettus, Athens with two sold out, recorded, concerts. In October he travelled to Australia for the first time and had three concerts. In November he started performing with Antonis Remos, in Athens until April 2006.
2006–2008: Filoi Kai Ekthri and 7
In March 2006 he released his first live album taken from the recorded concerts in Lycabettus with three new songs "De Fevgo" (I'm not leaving), "Den Eimai Edo Gia Kanena" (I'm not here for anyone) and "Miazoume" (We're alike), all becoming hits. The live album also contained a DVD with photographs of scenes from the concerts and backstage. Later in April, he toured Canada and the U.S. with George Dalaras and in May he went to Salonika where he appeared with Natassa Theodoridou. In the summer he toured Greece performing 50 sold out concerts. In August he released a single, "Ola I Tipota" (All or nothing).
In December 2006 he released his fourth studio album, "Filoi Kai Ehthri" (Friends and foes) with some many hit singles, including "Na Eisai Ekei" (To be there), "Aisthimata" (Feelings), "Heria Psila" (Hands High). On December 15 he began performing at Vox music hall in Athens.
In March 2007 he collaborated with German Rock band, Reamonn and released a cover duet with the band of their hit "Tonight-Simera", a half English and half Greek lyric version of the song with Greek lyrics by Eleana Vrahali. The song is included in Reamonn's re-release of "Wish" and in "Filoi Kai Ehthri". Later in June he released the CD single "Pio Poli" (Much More), including the title track and a remix by Passion, the duet "Tonight" and "Heria Psila" (Moscow Electromix). He also started embarked on another summer tour in Greece, after his appearances in Vox ending in May. In October and November he toured internationally by staging concerts in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. In December he released his second live album, "Zontana Sto Likavitto" (Live at Lycabettus) which went platinum in the first week of release. He also commenced another winter season at Vox, this time alongside Glykeria.
Michalis Hatzigiannis was scheduled to tour North America in May 2008 with performances in various cities throughout the United States and Canada, but was unable to complete the whole tour due to problems with the US Government and the concert promoters Asteria Productions and Greek Chicago. However, concerts in Chicago, Montreal, New York and Toronto went underway as scheduled. On September 30, 2008, Hatzigiannis released a CD single titled "Emeis I Dio San Ena" (Us two as one) and served as a lead single for the upcoming album. The single was once again used as part of the new OTE summer campaign, this time in tribute to pianist Madra Mandicencio, an inspiration from Hatzigiannis' childhood. Hatztigiannis released his seventh studio album titled 7 on October 29, 2008. The album reached 7 times Platinum.
2009–present: Kolaz, Mihalis, To Kalitero Psema & Tharros I Alitheia
In November 2009, 7 was included as a bonus when purchasing the newspaper Real News. This version of the album included a new bonus song titled "Kati Leipi" (Something is missing), which was later released to radio stations. In late November 2009, Hatzigiannis will release his 8th studio album titled Kolaz (collage). The album will feature covers of popular songs by Mimmis Plesas, Marios Tokas, and Antonis Vardis to name a few. The first single from the album will be titled "Anna" and is a cover of a Kostas Karalis song. The album was later certified 4x platinum.
In mid-2009, Hatzigiannis recorded his first English single titled "More Than Beautiful" in Germany under an affiliation with We Love Music/Universal Music Germany. The single premiered on radio stations in Greece on Love Radio on September 16, 2009. A music video was shot in Berlin. Due to his contractual obligations in Greece, including the promotion of Kolaz, his affairs in Germany were then put on hold. A two track CD-Single of "More Than Beautiful" was planned to be released on April 2, 2010, although Hatzigiannis later shifted focus and decided against the release. In July 2010, Hatzigiannis released "Everyone Dance", the English version of the Greek hit "Heria Psila" with English lyrics by Rea Garvey of Reamonn. A video was also shot in the Aegean, and released on July 19, 2010. On July 30, 2010, Hatzigannis released "Everyone Dance" as a two track CD-Single in Germany. The single is to be followed up with an English studio album titled Mihalis in Germany, to be released on August 13, 2010. The iTunes release of the album will also include an exclusive bonus song titled "Kiss on the Breeze".
In December 2010, Hatzigiannis released the studio album To Kalitero Psema (The best lie). Hatzigiannis followed up the release with another new studio album in December 2011 titled "Tharros I Alitheia (Truth or dare).
Main article: Michalis Hatzigiannis discography
As a composer
2003: Vale Mousiki - Despina Olympiou [1 song]
2004: Ehoume Logo - Despina Olympiou [3 songs]
2004: Ola Sto Fos - Eleftheria Arvanitaki [2 songs]
2005: Os Ekei Pou I Kardia Bori N'Andexi - Natassa Theodoridou [4 songs]
2006: Paidi Akoma - Eleni Peta [2 songs]
2006: Vrohi Ton Asterion - Glikeria [3 songs]
2006: Pame Makria - Kostas Makedonas [2 songs]
2006: Einai Kapoies Agapes (2nd edition) - Pashalis Terzis [1 song]
2007: Mazi Horista - Despina Olympiou [13 songs]
2007: Me To Na Podi Sta Astra - Giorgos Dalaras [2 songs]
2009: Mia Stigmi - Despina Olympiou [12 songs]
1998: "Mikros Arhaggelos"
1998: "Tragoudi Amartolo"
1998: "Pagkosmios politis"
1999: "To Soma Pou Zitas"
2000: "Prosefhi" (with Alexia)
2000: "Mono Sta Oneira"
2000: "Parakseni Yiorti"
2001: "I Titli Tou Telous"
2002: "To S'Agapo"
2002: "Horis Anapnoi"
2002: "Eisai Edo"
2003: "Monos Mou"
2004: "Gia Sena"
2004: "Pou Einai I Agapi"
2005: "Afta Pou Tha Lega Se Sena"
2005: "Oneiro Zo"
2006: "De Fevgo"
2006: "Ola I Tipota"
2006: "Na Eisai Ekei"
2007: "Heria Psila"
2007: "An Den Kitazo Esena"
2007: "Pio Poli"
2007: "O Paradeisos" [De ftiahtike Gia Mas] (With Despina Olympiou)
2008: "Krata Me"
2008: "Etsi Se Thelo"
2008: "Emeis I Dio San Ena"
2008: "Ola Tha Pane Kala"
2009: "Par'ta ola dika sou"
2010: "Sti leoforo tis agapis"
2010: "O Tilefonitis"
2010: "Everyone Dance"
2010: "To Kalokairi Mou"
2010: "To Kalytero Psema"
2011: "Mia Apo Ta Idia"
2011: "S' Agapo"
2012: "Tharros I Alitheia"
2012: "Plai Plai"
2012: "Treis Zoes"
Pop Corn 2001: Best New Artist
Arion 2003: Best Pop Artist, Best Pop Album(Krifo Fili), Best Artistic Singer
Arion 2004: Best Artistic Song(Monos mou), Best Modern Laikos Singer, Best Singer of the Year, Best-Selling Single(Monos mou)
Mad Video Music Awards 2004: Best Pop Video-clip(Monos Mou), Best Artistic video-clip(To Party), Best Video-clip of the Year(Monos mou)
Arion 2005: Best Artistic Singer, Best Pop Singer, Best Pop Album(Akatallili Skini), Best Pop Song(Gia Sena), Best Album of the Year(Akatatallili Skini)
Mad Video Music Awards 2005: Best Video-clip of the Year(Gia Sena)
Status 2006:Best Male Singer of the Year
Arion 2006: Best Artistic Song(Na Minis Edo)
Cyprus Music Awards 2006: Best Greek Song(De Fevgo), Best Greek Single(Oniro Zo)
Status 2007:Best Male Composer of the Year
Cyprus Music Awards 2007: Best Male Artist, Best Album of the Year (Fili & Ehthri), Best Single(Ola i Tipota)
Mad Music Video Awards 2007:Best Pop Video-clip(Ola i tipota),Best Video-clip of Male Artist(Ola i Tipota),Best Video-clip of the Year(Ola i Tipota),Most Played Artist
Arion Awards 2007:Best Folk Song(Na Ise Eki), Best Artistic Song(De Fevgo), Best Pop Album(Fili & Ehthri), Best Song of the Year(Ola i Tipota), Album of the Year(Fili & Ehthri),
mad video awards 2009:καλύτερη σκηνοθεσία σε video clip "Αναποδα"(σκην:white room)
Mad Music Video Awards 2012: Best Video Clip Of The Year "Tharros I Alitheia"
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