London born, Greek songstress Athena Andreadis is set to release her US debut album, Ready For The Sun on February 3rd, 2017. A household name in Greece, a UK charting artist and highly acclaimed throughout Europe, Athena has taken on a new challenge and relocated to the US.
She teamed up with acclaimed Producer Ethan Allen (Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow) for her thirteen track US debut recorded at The Village Studios in LA. She will be celebrating her album release with a show at Hotel Café in Los Angeles on January 31st and at Rockwood NYC on February 3rd. Album pre-sale links including 3 instant grat songs are available here: http://bit.ly/2iAsam0 and the video for the joyful first single, "You Bring Me Luck" is available here: https://youtu.be/8M02XnkLiNE
Most recently, Athena collaborated with Leonard Cohen on his latest album, You Want It Darker, where she is featured on the hauntingly beautiful, "Traveling Light" produced by Leonard's son, Adam. Upon becoming aware that Athena was living in Los Angeles, Adam and Leonard invited her to participate on the album. Athena initially learned of her hero's awareness of her work during an interview years prior, in which a journalist shared that when she asked Leonard who his favorite Greek singer was, he had quickly responded with Athena as his choice.
"Leonard has always been one of my greatest influences, so this was a true blessing," Athena says. "He was an all-round complete artist, a real poet whose wisdom and insight shone through his inspirational lyrics. I did the session not knowing how my vocals would be used exactly," she adds, "and I was excited to realize not only that it's a full vocal feature, but that the song 'Traveling Light' draws upon the poetry in his Book of Longing, which I am a huge fan of. Leonard has a reputation as a perfectionist, so not surprisingly he did some major tweaking to 'Traveling Light,' changing many things but leaving my vocals intact which again was such an honour!"
With international acclaim, and sold out UK and Greek tours, Athena has performed internationally at world class concert halls and festivals, such as the Royal Festival Hall, Glastonbury, TEDx and SXSW. Her music has been in the top 10 in both UK & Greek charts, and she is an award winning songwriter (Best Singer Songwriter Album at the IMAs). She was featured in a 1 hour British TV documentary about her music and career called MyMusic: Athena. Athena's songs have been placed both in UK & US TV & films including Mike & Molly (CBS), Smash (NBC), Nomads (Lucy Liu) and the London Olympics Visit England Campaign.
In addition to her music, Athena is immersed in her philanthropic efforts and her charity work includes being an ambassador of the Plastic Pollution Coalition (Los Angeles) for which Rolling Stone magazine recently wrote about Athena alongside Maroon 5, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne. She has been working with Starbucks, Concern Worldwide (humanitarian aid), Save The Children (UK and Germany), and has performed at the recent environmental conference Gala for Cradle to Cradle (New York).
Athena has just launched a Pledge Music campaign to give fans an opportunity for exclusive items and experiences throughout her Ready For The Sun journey. http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/athenaandreadis
February 3- Rockwood Music Hall (NYC) tickets: click here
Ready For The Sun track listing:
1. You Bring Me Luck
2. Everything To Me
3. (How To Start Again) Where Wildflowers Grow
4. Ready For The Sun
5. All Of You
7. Good To Be Alive
10. Don't Forget To Sing
11. I Don't Know How To Say Goodbye
12. Asleep At The Wheel
13. Everybody Knows My Face