Nana Mouskouri Net Worth
Nana Mouskouri is a singer from Greece who has a current net worth of $280 million. She has released over 200 albums and singles in 10 different languages over the course of her career in music, much to the delight of her friends and fans.
Nana Mouskouri Synopsis
Born October 13, 1934 in Greece, Nana Mouskouri studied at the Athens Conservatory before being kicked out due to her reverence for jazz and pop standards. She released her first record in 1958 and hit it big in Europe with the song “The White Rose of Athens” in the early 1960s. In her career, she has sold over 200 million records in several languages and thus is one of the top selling artists in the world, exploring genres that range from Greek folk tunes to adult contemporary balladry. Mouskouri also served as a member of the European Parliament from 1994 to 1999.
Nana Mouskouri Tumultuous Early Life
Nana Mouskouri was born Ioanna Mouschouri on October 13, 1934 in Chania, Crete, Greece, the youngest of two daughters, to parents Constantine and Alice Mouskouri. As a toddler, her family moved to Athens, where her father worked as a film projectionist, thereby also giving his daughter access to a theater where she could sing after moviegoers had departed.
While still a child, Mouskouri lived under the Nazi occupation of Greece, lacking schooling, witnessing executions and enduring limited access to food, with the family at times forced to subsist on snails and frogs. Both Nana, her nickname, and older sister Eugenia were skilled singers, and both eventually studied at the Athens Conservatory. With the girls’ father having a gambling problem via which he lost much of his money, the family could only afford to keep one of the siblings at the school, with Eugenia choosing to leave so Nana could continue to study.
Nana Mouskouri Choosing Jazz and Pop
Though studying opera, Mouskouri had an avowed interest in jazz and American standards, singing with a band at night and being influenced by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. When the conservatory found out about her jazz leanings, she was summarily prevented from taking her final exams. Yet Mouskouri was undeterred, and in 1959 she won the Greek Song Festival singing “Kapou Iparchi Agapi Mou,” co-written by composer Manos Hadjidakis. Mouskouri had already worked with Hadjidakis on an EP, and the two would have a fruitful working relationship, with his Mouskouri-sung tunes winning the festival again in 1960.
Nana Mouskouri UNICEF, Politics and Farewell Tour
Mouskouri was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1993 and was also a member of the European Parliament (1994–9). Mouskouri retired from singing in 2008 after completing a world tour and spends time at her homes in Greece and Switzerland. She also released new music in 2011 that featured songs of her native country and included duets with fellow Greek vocalists as well as French artists. She stepped out of retirement to perform a concert in Berlin in 2011, in honor of the 50th anniversary of her early hit, “The White Rose of Athens.”
Nana Mouskouri Personal Life
Mouskouri was married to Yorgos Petsilas from 1961 until 1975. The couple had two children together, a son, Nicolas, and a daughter, Hélène. Mouskouri later wed music producer André Chapelle in 2003, though the two were together for decades before officially tying the knot. Mouskouri has cited motherhood as an appreciated stabilizing force in her life and work.
Nana Mouskouri Bio Info
Born: 13 October 1934 (age 83 years), Chania, Greece
Spouse: André Chapelle (m. 2003), Yorgos Petsilas (m. 1961–1975)
Children: Hélène Petsilas, Nicolas Petsilas
Education: Athens Conservatoire
Movies: Randevou stin Kerkyra, Stahtopouta, Nana Mouskouri: Nana Swings, The Sunday Date, Love and Tempest
Music group: Les Enfoirés (1997 – 1997)
Nana Mouskouri Quotes
- I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness. – Nana Mouskouri
- For my convalescence, I had to exercise my voice only with vowels. It is a medical rule after a long loss of voice. – Nana Mouskouri
- My friends gave me the first songs which was the first food in my soul for me. – Nana Mouskouri
Nana Mouskouri Videos on YouTube
Nana Mouskouri talks about returning to the Royal Albert Hall in London for her Happy Birthday Tour.