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Annette Artani, a native Greek-American New Yorker, has performed musically and dramatically, since she was seven years old. Named after her mother's mom, Anneta, she chose to use her other grandmother's first name in her stage name, Artani, as a dedication to them for guiding and inspiring her during their lives, and after their deaths. Over the years, Annette incorporated influences of singing in her college Gospel choir, as well as listening to R&B, pop and rock music. She has also begun to experiment with some of her Greek roots, musically, and is now studying the dumbek, a middle-Eastern percussion instrument, as well as the sensual art of belly dancing.

In 1994, she received a scholarship from BMG for writing and performing an original song, called "Summer Days". She has also won several talent titles in America's Favorite Pageants , the New York Star Pageant , the Ophelia Devoure Talent Connection , and has been featuring in both Pageantry and Billboard Magazine.

Annette has also performed in theatrical productions in New York and Greece, often in lead or supporting roles because of her big, belting voice. She first sang as an opening act for Mando , a Greek pop star, and has been featured in her own summer concert in 1995, in Kefalonia, the Greek isle recently made famous by the film ‘Correli's Mandolin' . Around that same time, she and her sister formed a rock band named Nootropia, singing in Greek, and promoted on National Greek TV (NGTV) and Aktina FM, with a fast-growing New York following. Here, Annette flexed her directorial and screenwriting muscles within the band's music videos. Unfortunately, Nootropia 's band mates severed ties based on artistic differences after two years. Annette's driving force has always been going solo, and being in Nootropia reiterated it. In essence, the band allowed her to blossom as a dominating front woman.

Annette was even more determined to succeed. She collaborated with several accomplished writers in New York such as Jeff Franzel, who's written for NSYNC and played with Frank Sinatra, and Tom Lamendola, who has written for Jon Secada. She showcased her music at venues around NYC and was chosen to be showcased by the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, and graced the stages of hot spots like the Bitter End, Arlene's Grocery, and Makor. Soon, she began to develop a following around town, landing her a spot on the Bitter End's famed Songwriter's Circle hosted by another accomplished writer, who has written for Celine Dion, Tina Schaeffer.

As word got around about Annette's powerful voice, she was called to audition for Britney Spears , who was appearing on the Rosie O'Donnel show , as a background singer. Within a few days, she performed with the teen idol, and was asked to tour with her for the next year all over the country, and the world. Annette's role as background singer was not the norm. She was asked to dance and sing center stage with Britney and the other background singer in concert, and on the biggest TV shows in the world, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , ‘Britney, Live in Las Vegas' (HBO), The American Music Awards , the San Remo Festival , as well as others. In co ordinance with promoting her hit single "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman", Britney allowed her background singers to belt beside, not behind her. During time spent hanging around with Britney at her Hollywood home, they also wrote some songs together. Their ballad “ Everytime ”, was included on Britney's In The Zone CD , and skyrocketed to number one all over the charts. “ Everytime ” recently received and MTV European Music Award for Best Song of 2004.

Coming off this tour, Annette plans to pursue her recording and acting career vigorously. She has degrees in music, grew up studying dance and piano, and has also majored in Media and the Dramatic Arts. The past few years she has studied with two major vocal powerhouses in the music industry; one being Tania Travers from NYC, who has worked with countless theater, pop and rock acts, and the other from the west coast, Doc Holiday, who has coached NSYNC , Britney , among others. Her music has truly embodied all of her influences, and she has been described as the next new ‘art pop' artist about to hit it big. Her voice has traces of blues and r&b singers like Etta James, Aretha Franklin- with ethnic hints you might hear on a Nelly Furtado or Shakira album. And even though there is such a mesh of all these influences, it still sounds like none of these artists at all. Annette Artani is truly unique.

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