Athena

Athena

 London, England, GBR
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Described by the British press as “a rare diamond”, "Brave and original. A remarkably fine singer songwriter” The Guardian. “A cross between Fiona Apple, Kate Bush and Nerina Pallot”, Athena keeps touching people’s hearts with her powerfully emotive voice.

Biography

"This powerful emotive debut deserves to mark her out as one of the year's major new stars." **** Mojo
"She's got earthshaking looks and a talent to match. Listen closely and a startling originality emerges"
**** Daily Mirror
"Sparklingly spans the boundaries of music, enhanced by a voice of great emotional resonance." **** Uncut
"Young, vivacious, charismatic... the balance of her own sensual songs with a mix of tradition and classical influence gives her a rare individuality." Word
"Radiating class and oodles of talent... a voice blessed… this rare diamond ought to shine." Daily Mail
"Brave and original. A remarkably fine singer songwriter." The Guardian
"A singer destined for great things." Daily Express

Athena is an Anglo-Greek singer songwriter born in London. She is part of London’s melting pot and creative energy, collaborating, recording, performing and writing with international musicians and songwriters such as Chris Difford (Squeeze), Geoff Martyn (Travis), Chaz Jankel (Blockheads), Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Mike Rowe (Sheryl Crowe), Jamie Hartman (Ben’s Brother), Darren Berry (La Roux), Eric Appapouley & Richard Cassell (Plan B). The city of London allowed her to express her creativity and become established, having received rave reviews by the British press and headlining sold out venues and festivals ranging from the South Bank Centre in London to Glastonbury. A one hour documentary about her voice & music entitled MyMusic aired on Channel 5 in 2008 and SkyArts in 2009-2010 with Athena being hailed as one of the leading new UK singers and songwriters.

She has recently finished recording her new album Peeling Apples in London with Swedish producers Tobias Froberg (Peter Bjorn and John, Ane Brun, Lisa Ekdahl) and Magnus Frykberg (Jay Jay Johanson, Sophia Tanvik, Neneh Cherry), and her UK band, multi-instrumentalist Ben Trigg (Arctic Monkeys, Elton John, Razorlight), Tom Mason (Donovan, Questlove), as well as Al Cherry (Gwyneth Herbert) on guitar, Roy Martin (Patricia Kaas, Aretha Franklin, Joan Baez) on drums, and featuring Ben’s Brother (Jamie Hartman) on a duet. She recently performed at the prestigious SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Her first record (Sony) also received major publicity in Greece, while Peeling Apples (EMI) reached No 12 in the combined charts for several consecutive weeks, and was playlisted on 6 major radio stations. She is now preparing the UK release of her second record "Peeling Apples".

UK: DEBUT ALBUM: BREATHE WITH ME - APRIL 2008
NEW ALBUM: PEELING APPLES - UK SINGLE RELEASE OCT 2011, ALBUM RELEASE JAN 2012

BBC RADIO 2, BBC RADIO3, BBC LONDON RADIO, BBC WORLD SERVICE, RESONANCE FM, LGR,
BBC RADIO 4 – SEVERAL INTERVIEWS, SESSIONS AND AIRPLAYS 2005-2008
INCLUDING:
RADIO
BBC RADIO 4 WOMAN’S HOUR LIVE SET & INTERVIEW– 2006
BBC RADIO 3 ANDY KERSHAW LIVE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS – 2006
BBC WORLD SERVICE LIVE ACOUSTIC SET – 2007
BBC RADIO 2 JANICE LONG LIVE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS – APR 2008

PRESS
ALBUM RAVE REVIEWS IN AMONG OTHERS THE GUARDIAN, DAILY MIRROR, WORD, MOJO, UNCUT

TV
CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY ATHENA: MY MUSIC – APR 20, 2008
REPEATS ON SKY ARTS – 2008-2011

BREATHE AGAIN ON TV AD CAMPAIGN FOR CONCERN (UK & IRELAND) – 2010 & 2011

CHARTS
AMAZON UK CHARTS TOP 5
VIRGIN UK CHARTS 17

OVER 10,000 FANS ON FACEBOOK (FAN & ARTIST PAGE), 30,000 HITS ON YOUTUBE IN FIRST WEEK OF SINGLE RELEASE, AND OVER 100,000 VIEWS ON MYSPACE

LIVE (HEADLINING):
3 UK TOURS AT VENUES & FESTIVALS INCLUDING:
PURCELL ROOM (SOLD OUT) – 2005 & 2006
JAZZ CAFÉ (SOLD OUT) – FEB 2006
SAGE GATESHEAD (SOLD OUT) – FEB/MAR 2006 & 2007
QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL – FEB 2007
LONDON’S PIGALLE CLUB – APRIL 2008
SOUTHBANK – JULY 2008
TROUBADOUR (SOLD OUT) – JULY 2009

FESTIVALS & OTHER GIGS INCLUDE:
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL – JUNE 2008
BIG CHILL – AUG 2007
TOWER FESTIVAL WITH MADELEINE PEYROUX – JULY 2006
iTUNES APPLE LONDON – JUNE 2008
GUEST OF ALKINOOS AT ISLINGTON ACADEMY – MAY 2008
DUET WITH JAMIE HARTMAN (BEN’S BROTHER) – 2009
LIVE DUET WITH CHESNEY HAWKES - 2010
LIVE WITH THE LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR – MAY 2011

U.S.A.: SXSW LIVE SHOWS & RADIO – 2010
SEVERAL CO-WRITES INCLUDING RELEASES ON ARTISTS’ RECORDS (USA):
REBECCA MARTIN 2008, ADAM LEVY 2009, FASTBALL 2010
ALL OVER AGAIN (PEELING APPLES) US MOVIE SYNC – NEW RICARDO BENET FILM NOMADS WITH LUCY LIU 2012

GREECE: GREEK TOUR JUL-AUG 2008
PAPAGOU THEATRE FESTIVAL ATHENS – JUL 2008
SANI FESTIVAL – AUG 2008
ASTYPALAIA FESTIVAL – AUG 2008
SONY BMG GR – CHARTS TOP 10
PROTAGONISTES MEGA TV – OCT 2008
MEGARO MOUSIKIS ATHENS CONCERT HALL – MAR & SEP 2009
RADIO ARVYLA ANT1 TV SHOW - OCTOBER 2010
NEW ALBUM: PEELING APPLES
LICENSE DEAL DONE WITH EMI GREECE – COMBINED CHARTS 12
NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE: FINDING ENGLAND AIRED ON MAD & MTV 2010, 2011

Discography

DEBUT ALBUM: "BREATHE WITH ME" - UK RELEASE JAN 2007, BONUS TRACK EDITION RELEASE APRIL 2008
SINGLE: “PRETTY THINGS” - APRIL 2008

RADIO AIRPLAY BBC RADIO 2, BBC RADIO3, BBC LONDON RADIO, BBC WORLD SERVICE, RESONANCE FM, LGR,
BBC RADIO 4 – SEVERAL INTERVIEWS, SESSIONS AND AIRPLAYS 2005-2008
INCLUDING:
RADIO
BBC RADIO 4 WOMAN’S HOUR LIVE SET & INTERVIEW– 2006
BBC RADIO 3 ANDY KERSHAW LIVE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS – 2006
BBC WORLD SERVICE LIVE ACOUSTIC SET – 2007
BBC RADIO 2 JANICE LONG LIVE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS – APR 2008
ALSO SEVERAL EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN RADIO STATIONS, AND ONLINE STATIONS

TV
CHANNEL 5 DOCUMENTARY ATHENA: MY MUSIC – APR 20, 2008
REPEATS ON SKY ARTS – 2008-2011

BREATHE AGAIN ON TV AD CAMPAIGN FOR CONCERN (UK & IRELAND) – 2010 & 2011

UK CHARTS
AMAZON UK CHARTS TOP 5
VIRGIN UK CHARTS 17

SONY BMG GREECE "BREATHE WITH ME" RELEASE – CHARTS TOP 10

"PEELING APPLES" ALBUM - GREEK RELEASE (EMI) OCT 2010 – COMBINED CHARTS 12, PLAYLISTED ON 6 RADIO STATIONS
"FINDING ENGLAND" SINGLE
RADIO ARVYLA ANT1 TV SHOW - OCT 2010
NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE: FINDING ENGLAND AIRED ON MAD & MTV 2010, 2011

UK RELEASE OF "PEELING APPLES": "FINDING ENGLAND" SINGLE RELEASE 17 OCT 2011, ALBUM RELEASE JAN 2012