|Official Name:||Hellenic Republic|
|Area:||131,957 sq km|
|Population:||11.4 million (2011)|
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Greece has over 3,000 islands, around 140 of them are inhabited
Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues. A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano.
Hailed as one of the most important singers of our time, Diamanda Galás has earned international acclaim for her highly original and politically charged performance works, as well as her memorable rendition of jazz and blues.
A resident of New York City since 1989, she was born to Anatolian and Greek parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano.
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Born: April 24, 1982
In her own words:
Question: "Have you got a part of your body that you're proud
Thankfully, Kelly Clarksonâ€™s childhood dream to be a marine biologist did not come true, and instead, she became a household name when her soulful voice captured the hearts and minds of millions when she was voted the American Idol in September of 2002.
The twenty-year-old from Texas performed live every week for ten weeks to an audience of 25 million on one of Americaâ€™s most successful TV showâ€™s ever. Besides the fact that Clarkson never had a professional singing lesson, she received 57% of the vote in the final head to head. In fact, her singing voice was to her, such a natural and normal part of her life, it didnâ€™t strike her that she had something so special. The enormity and beauty of her voice was recognized quite by accident.
At 13 years old, a late bloomer by choral standards, Kelly was singing to herself in the corridor at Pauline Hughes Middle School in Burleson, Texas, when a teacher asked her to consider joining the choir. â€śNobody really realized I had a talent until I got in there. My teacher really pushed me since I was behind everyone else who had been doing it since 4th grade. From there on, I had a niche.â€ť
Her classical training through the choir was, as she describes it, â€śfundamental to me being able to use my voice and adapt it to different styles of musicâ€ť. She developed quickly and before long was wooing audiences in state and regional competitions, whilst earning a living as a waitress, pharmacy assistant, movie theatre and even at the zoo!
It was a strange twist of fate that really put Kelly on the path to music. Having moved to Los Angeles after graduation she began sending out her demo tape trying to get into the music industry. This, however, came to an abrupt end when her apartment burned down leaving her nearly destitute. The young singer headed on a 24-hour drive home with nothing.
It was her best friend Jessica who was determined for Kelly not to give up and suggested she try out for American Idol. Kelly knew nothing about it, â€śI went and tried out for fun and here I am!â€ť
With her own idols ranging from Bette Midler and Reba McIntyre to Gwen Stefani and Aerosmith, itâ€™s not surprising her voice can turn to such a wide variation of styles. Signed to RCA, her album will debuted in 2003, and with her debut single â€śA Moment Like This/Before Your Loveâ€ť double A-side breaking two world records in its first week alone.
Her first single smashed straight into number one in the Billboard charts in its first week and she hasnâ€™t looked back since. The final 10 contestants from the show re-united for the â€śAmerican Idol Tourâ€ť, a 30 date, 7 week Arena tour which took them from Seattle to New York playing to over 200,000 fans.
â€śIâ€™m not materialistic, but I am ambitious. Iâ€™d love to break globally and canâ€™t wait to go to England. There is so much ahead of me and Iâ€™m really grateful for that. It all seems to be happening so quickly that itâ€™s hard to stop and think. For now, Iâ€™m just glad to be in this position and to be able to have a job where I use my singing voice every day. I knew when I watched Jaws that marine biology just wasnâ€™t for me!â€ť