Elina Laivera has been working professionally as a singer/songwriter since 2009.
She started studying music early on, aged 7 learning to play the piano and then delved into classical orchestra flute, saz and sharpening her knowledge on European and Byzantine Music Theory, Solfege, Kinesiology and Stage Performance.
For 11 years she was a protathlete in rythmic gymnastics.
Aged 14 she went on tour for the first time as a member of the Athens Choir Ensemble and since then she took the one challenge after the other; touring with various professional voice ensembles usually as the youngest member, singing lead roles in musicals such as Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Christine (The Phantom of the Opera), gracing some of the biggest stages in her homeland Greece and abroad, recording several albums with bands and projects. Teenage life was anything but boring for Elina.
She has studied classical and modern singing (National Conservatory / State Conservatory / Orfeion Conservatory, Athens, Greece), World Music (James Cook University, Australia) and holds her Specialist Certification on Vocal Styles from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).
Elina has studied with some of the greatest mentors including Jeff Ramsey (Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion), Adriana Balic (Pink), Nikos Spanatis, Cari Cole (Journey), Jan Shapiro and others.
She is also a Certified Meditation Teacher holding a fully accredited Certification as a Meditation Teacher by CTAA (Complementary Therapists Accredited Association) in the UK.
Laivera was already having a highly praised career in the female-fronted-metal genre for nearly 10 years, counting 12 releases worldwide, 3 signed band projects & numerous shows across Europe, touring and opening shows for acts such as EPICA, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy and others, when she decided to swap the hard sounds for softer ventures.
In May 2018 she debuted her new music with the vastly orchestral power ballad ”ONE”, introducing herself this time also as co-producer next to German multi-instrumentalist & producer Jovan Ducret with whom she also collaborated on her next single, ”HAUNTED” and eventually on her debut solo album ”Alchemy” (2019).
Her debut solo album ‘Alchemy’, released in 2019 independently, stayed for 15 weeks in the top 20 of the German Apple Music Charts in the Rnb/Soul Albums category, peaking at #18. Her 2021 Christmas album “Once Upon A Christmas Dream” was played on every major radio at her base country, Germany just like her 2022 album ”REVIVAL” which aired at outlets such as WDR2, WDR4, SWR3, Radio NRW and others, receiving laudatory reviews from some of the biggest media outlets, praising Elina’s vocal skill and knack for crafting melodies that conjure a unique blend of magic.
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