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Marlain

Marlain

Marlain


Marlain was born in Athens but has lived in many countries including Venezuela, Belgium, Cyprus, USA, and UK. Although she completed a BSc in Biochemistry with Management from Imperial College, London her heart was elsewhere. She chose to study for a while at Boston Conservatory and ended up with a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music, London . While she was studying she made her professional debut as the lead in the StavrosíSiderasí musical Pygmalion Read more on Last.fm
Marlain was born in Athens but has lived in many countries including Venezuela, Belgium, Cyprus, USA, and UK. Although she completed a BSc in Biochemistry with Management from Imperial College, London her heart was elsewhere. She chose to study for a while at Boston Conservatory and ended up with a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction) in Musical Theatre from the Royal Academy of Music, London . While she was studying she made her professional debut as the lead in the StavrosíSiderasí musical Pygmalion, The True Story (Aphrodite/Galatea) opposite Peter Polycarpou. She was also chosen amongst 5000 teenagers for the National Youth Music Theatre production of Annie (Miss Hannigan) at the Edinburgh Drama Festival. She also represented Cyprus in the Eurovision Song Contest í99 with the song ëThane Erotasí (It will be love) Her professional career started with the production of Aznavourís Lautrec in Londonís West End.

She starred in lead roles in musicals such as Hair (Dionne), Elegies (Judith), toured the UK with Living La Vida Loca (Fantasia), Legends of Swing (singing Ella Fitzgerald songs) and toured Europe with Flower Power Musical Story (Lainer) and Broadway Musical Gala (Principal Soloist) where she had the opportunity to sing solo in front of 11,000 at La Scala in Milan. At the same time she appeared in performances at the Berklee Performance Centre, Boston, USA, Festival Rose DíOr in Juin Les Pins, France, some charity events in Basel Switzerland and Dublin, Ireland and in concerts with the Cyprus State Orchestra as a soloist. At the end of 2002 at the BBC Radio 2 Voice of Musical Theatre International Competition in Cardiff, Wales she was the semi-final winner and one of only 6 finalists. As an actress, she played Desdemona in Shakespeareís Othello, where she was then offered a full scholarship by the British Council, Cyprus to study for a Masterís in Acting. But she turned down the scholarship and came to Greece in 2003 for the first time since her birth to become a member of the first female Greek pop group HI-5. After 3 albums, including one platinum and one gold HI-5 broke up in 2005.

From 2005-2008 Marlain then continued with her true love singing rock with various bands in clubs and festivals around Greece, namely Volume (Christophoros Chrokides, Stephanos Demetriou, Dimitris Frosinis) and Dickensí Zoo. With N.U.R.V she played the popular European Music Day at Syntagma Square in Athens and the River Party in Kastoria. She also played the leading role in the West End Athens version of the musical Saturday Night Fever (Stephanie Mangano). She has collaborated with major artists in Greece, namely legendary greek rock star Vassilis Papakonstantinou in his concert tours of Greece and is currently touring Greece, Cyprus, USA, Europe and Africa with sell-out pop artist Michalis Hadzigiannis, now at the height of his career. Being a fan of cartoons, Marlain also lends her voice regularly to cartoon voice-over translations for Disney and Dreamworks playing a variety of characters from Mulan in Mulan 2, to Lady Bug in James and the Giant Peach, the Soul Singer in Emperorís New Groove 2, Rita the Dog in Oliver and Company, the country-western singer Dixie dubbing the voice of Reba McIntyre, in Fox and the Hound 2 plus many more. Her song Rejection (Set Me Free), placed 1st with the jury in the Cyprus Selection for the Eurovision Song Contest í08 but failed to qualify. The song then moved on to win prizes for BEST PERFORMANCE and BEST SONG at the Pan Music Festival, Serbia, later on in the year.

Her hard rock í09 entry Mr. (Do Right) One Night Stand also made a great impression, in various ways! Her various antics gave her a nomination for Woman of the Year, Madame Figaro Awards 2009. Rejection (Set Me Free) again made waves as the most talked about song entry in Eurovoice 2010, coming in at 2nd place. This generated so much interest she created BEDROOM ROCK, a collection of songs which give her the total outlet for self expression.

Her first highly driven passionate personal performance as a solo act live in various clubs at the moment in Athens. Her own material is currently being released over the internet. ëBeing Blonde Todayí is now available on itunes. Read more on Last.fm.

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