Haris Alexiou

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Haris Alexiou
Performing with the band

Haris Alexiou was born Hariklia Roupaka on December 27, 1950 in the historical town of Thebes but moved to Athens at an early age (1958).

Her first big musical break was the 1972 album "Mikrasia" by Apostolos Kaldaras and Pythagoras, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Asia Minor Disaster. The album was a huge success and launched Alexiou's career. In the next few years she would sing hit songs by composers Manos Loizos, Giorgos Hadjinasios and even Mikis Theodorakis.

In 1975, Haris Alexiou recorded an album on her own, "12 Laika songs" and broadens her career by singing in well-known night clubs, participating in concerts and working together with other, well-known singers such as Giorgos Dalaras, Dimitra Galani and Yiannis Parios.

The 1980s saw Alexiou broadening her horizons and singing songs by the younger generation of composers (Thanos Mikroutsikos, Christos Nikolopoulos, Nikos Antypas, etc.) while recording Laika, Rebetiko and even demotic (Greek contry) songs. She tours France, Germany, Cyprus and even remote parts of Greece. Alexiou meets and works with the great composer Manos Hadjidakis and holds a concert where she sings his songs.

In the 1990s, Alexiou continues her tours and concerts while recording one hit album after the other. On April 15, 1995, she is awarded the "Prix Adami", by the Academie Charles Gros at the Palais de Congres of Paris for her album "88 Nefeli Street". In 1999, Alexiou sings alongside Turkish singer Sezen Aksu with the proceeds being donated to the victims of the earthquakes that struck Turkey and Greece.

Haris Alexiou has continued her career, adapting to different types of songs with great ease and with great success. She is considered one of the best Greek female singers of this era.

On June 4, 2020 Alexiou announced her retirement during an interview on the TV show “Katalili ora” due to persisting voice problems.


  • 1975 12 Λαϊκά Τραγούδια - "12 Laika Songs"
  • 1976 Χάρις Αλεξίου 2 - "Haris Alexiou number 2"
  • 1976 Λαϊκές Κυριακές - "Popular Sundays"
  • 1977 24 Τραγούδια - 24 Songs
  • 1979 Τα τραγούδια της Χαρούλας - "Haris' Songs"
  • 1980 Ξημερώνει - "It's dawning"
  • 1981 Τα τραγούδια της γης μου - "Songs of my Land"
  • 1981 Τα τραγούδια της χθεσινής μέρας - "Songs of Yesterday"
  • 1982 Η ζωή μου κύκλους κάνει - "My Life spins in Circles"
  • 1983 Τα τσίλικα
  • 1984 Εμφύλιος έρωτας - "Civil Love"
  • 1986 Η αγάπη είναι ζάλη - "Love equals Dizziness"
  • 1987 Η Χάρις Αλεξίου σε απρόβλεπτα τραγούδια - "Haris Alexiou sings unforeseable Songs"
  • 1988 Η νύχτα θέλει έρωτα - "The Night requires Love"
  • 1988 Χάρις Αλεξίου (Best) - "The Best of Haris Alexiou"
  • 1990 Κρατάει χρόνια αυτή η κολόνια - "This Cologne lasts for Years"
  • 1991 Η δική μας νύχτα (Live) - "Our Night (Live)"
  • 1991 Η Αλεξίου τραγουδά Χατζή - "Alexiou sings Hadjis
  • 1992 Δι' ευχών - "By the wishes"
  • 1993 Οι μπαλάντες της Χαρούλας - "Haris' Ballads"
  • 1994 Εϊ - "Hey!"
  • 1995 Οδός Νεφέλης '88 - "88 Nefeli Street"
  • 1996 Γυρίζοντας τον κόσμο (Live '92-'96) - "Touring the Globe (Live 1992-1996)"
  • 1997 Ένα φιλί του κόσμου (Live) - "A Kiss of the World (Live)"
  • 1997 Γυρίζοντας τον κόσμο & Ένα φιλί του κόσμου (Live) - "Touring the Globe & A Kiss of the World (Live)"
  • 1998 Το παιχνίδι της αγάπης - "The Game of Love"
  • 2000 Ψίθυροι - "Whispers"
  • 2000 Παράξενο Φως - "Strange Light"
  • 2002 Cine Κεραμικός (Live) - "Cinema Keramikos (Live)"
  • 2003 Ως την άκρη του ουρανού σου - "Till the End of your Sky"
  • 2004 Aνθολόγιο - Αnthology
  • 2006 Βύσσινο και νεράντζι - Sour Cherry & Bitter
  • 2007 Αλεξίου, Μάλαμας, Ιωαννίδης/Λυκαβηττός Live/Σεπτέμβριος 2006 - Alexiou, Malamas, Ioannidis/Licavittos Live/ September 2006

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