Nikos Karvelas
Greek singer
Nikos Karvelas
Nikos Karvelas is a Greek songwriter, producer and singer. He has sold millions of records as a producer and is most recognizable for his three-decade-long collaboration with Anna Vissi, while some of his other well-known collaborations include Tolis Voskopoulos and Sakis Rouvas. Karvelas has released multiple personal studio albums that have had mild to big success. In 2012, Alpha TV ranked Karvelas as the 13th top-certified composer in Greece in the phonographic era.
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  • 2012
    Age 60
    In 2012, Alpha TV ranked Karvelas as the 13th top-certified composer in Greece in the phonographic era.
    More Details Hide Details Karvelas was born in Piraeus. When he was 5 years old, his parents bought him his first piano. He started to play popular songs and composed his first melodies. During the 1970s, he studied law at the University of Athens. Karvelas created his first rock band influenced by famous rock bands like the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He started to become known at the end of the 1970s.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    In 2010, Karvelas married Annita Pania in Athens.
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    In November 2008, Pania and Karvelas were arrested by the police after an alleged police chase, which started off with them running a red light.
    More Details Hide Details The incident supposedly started when a car, driven by Karvelas, ran a red light. Police then allegedly followed them and turned their sirens on to pull them over. Karvelas allegedly continued on, running further red lights and driving erratically, while the police continued to chased him. Pania and Karvelas allege that they were listening to a new song Karvelas wrote, with the volume up high, and did no hear any sirens and were not aware of any police. They also deny ever running the red light. Later, the couple claimed that the policemen not only were overzealous, commanding and rude (using the word re), but also threatened them with their weapons. Pania also mentioned later on TV that she does respect the police, but on the other hand the couple would not comply to "bullies", "cops" and "baskines" (the latter is a pejorative Greek word signifying policemen), whose insulting behavior rather "reminded of the Greek Junta". The couple vowed to take the subject up in court. Pania and Karvelas were later judged in court, found guilty and sentenced to 14 and 10 months in prison respectively, though they were allowed to buy out their sentences.
    In January 2008, Karvelas and his fiancé Annita Pania had a son named Andreas.
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  • 2007
    Age 55
    In late 2007, he released the album Trakter.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2009, Karvelas released his 19th studio album titled Adio Heimona. In a radio interview prior to the album's release, good friend Natalia Germanou, described the album as featuring a variety of styles, and classified it as "the return of good old Karvelas." In December 2009, it was announced that Karvelas would become the head judge on the Greek talent show "Greek Idol" to be aired on Alpha TV in 2010, but he eventually withdrew from the project before it started airing.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006, he released the album Thriller and in 2007 the single Pios Fovate ton Passari (Who's Afraid of Passaris).
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  • 2004
    Age 52
    In 2004, he released a single dedicated to the Greek football champion team in Euro 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The title was Imaste Nikites (We Are Winners). Some of the football players participated in the song's music video.
  • 2000
    Age 48
    In 2000, Karvelas from London shared his new hits with his fans in the album Ola Ine Endaxi (Everything Is Alright).
    More Details Hide Details However, he started to prepare his new musical Mala, dealing with the story of Mala Zimetbaum, a Jewish girl who tried to escape from Auschwitz in 1944. In January 2002, Mala’s premiere in "Pallas" theater took place, with Vissi playing the lead role. The musical was a great success and it was sold-out every night. After Mala, Karvelas released an album titled, Party Gia Spasmenes Kardies (Party for Broken Hearts). Boom Boom Boom was the first single of the album, a memorial duet with Vissi. His next album was Robot, released by Nitro Music.
  • 1996
    Age 44
    In 1996, he released the album To Aroma tis Amartias (The Aroma of Sin) and it became platinum.
    More Details Hide Details Next year, the title of his gold album, O Pio Eftihismenos Anthropos Pano Sti Gi (The Happiest Man On Earth), ironically expressed Karvelas' mood. This certain period, Karvelas moved to London permanently, having enough time and great inspiration to prepare his next steps. He released the album Ena Hrono to Perissotero (One Year the Most) expressing his feeling about love, happiness and relationships. Vissi sang with Nikos the top single of the album which was the name of the album. Few months later, the famous Greek composer Stamatis Kraounakis declared that this song was one of the best ever songs of Karvelas.
  • 1993
    Age 41
    In 1993, Karvelas released Best Of with 2 new songs, "Oikto" (Mercy) and "Thes Den Thes" (Whether You Want or Not).
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  • 1992
    Age 40
    Emeis (We) was the next album of Karvelas, released in 1992 with the top single Emeis, another duet with Vissi.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, Karvelas releases another gold album, 25 ores (25 Hours). In this period, he cooperated with many famous Greek singers like Lefteris Pantazis, Antypas, Stathis Aggelopoulos, Katerina Stanisi and others. All the albums were great successes and became either gold or platinum.
  • 1991
    Age 39
    One year later he released another gold album, titled O Teleftaios Horos (The Last Dance). The self-titled duet with Vissi confirmed the rumors about the problems of their marriage. In 1991, Karvelas and Vissi tried their luck in a different type of music.
    More Details Hide Details Demones (Demons) is the first opera composed by Karvelas and Vissi was the protagonist, while actors including Nikos Samsiaras and John Modinos participated. Vissi has stated "Me and Nikos would like so much to do Demones in Athens and we spent all our money to produce it without knowing if it will have success". The rock opera was a great success and for two years the theater "Attikon" was sold-out.
  • 1990
    Age 38
    His fifth step came out in 1990and tended to be his "lucky" album.
    More Details Hide Details It was called Diavolaki (Little Devil) and became gold. The top hit of the album was Antistrofi Metrisi (Countdown), a duet with Vissi.
  • 1989
    Age 37
    Next year, he released his third album, Dimosies Scheseis (Public Relations) and in 1989 he released his fourth album, "Tsouzi."
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  • 1987
    Age 35
    In 1987, he released his second album Ola i Tipota (All or Nothing) and it became platinum.
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  • 1985
    Age 33
    Karvelas' career as a singer started in 1985 when he released his first studio album under CBS Records Greece, San Diskos Palios (Like An Old Record) making two big hits, Despina and Kalokairines Diakopes (Summer Holidays).
    More Details Hide Details The album sold over 50,000 copies and became gold.
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In the beginning of the 1980s, Karvelas met Vissi and a few years later, in 1983, they got married.
    More Details Hide Details They have a daughter named Sofia Karvela. The couple later got divorced, but remain good friends up to date, while Karvelas also writes most of Vissi's songs.
    In the early 1980s, Karvelas met his muse, Vissi, and a few years later, in 1983, they got married.
    More Details Hide Details Vissi has claimed that the first impression she had when she met Karvelas was a "hairy thing," but she was amazed by his talent and his sex appeal.
  • 1951
    Born on September 8, 1951.
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