Electra Barakos, both a solo singer and the lead singer of her band ELECTRA, has just passed the first round of blind auditions on “The Voice of Greece”.
The talent show is a singing content judged by famous Greek singers like Despina Vandi, Melina Aslanidou, Antonis Remos, and Michalis Kouinelis (part of hip hop group Stavento). Singers audition to take part in the show, while the judges have their backs turned in order to judge the singer on vocal merit alone, rather than appearance or other factors.
Barakos was one of only 120 people chosen to take part in the blind auditions out of over 5000 submissions. She passed on to the next round thanks to her rocking performance of Pink’s “So What” and a vote of confidence from Aslanidou!
Barakos grew up in Greece, where she was inspired to start piano at age 8 because of her family’s musical talents – her dad is a bass player and her grandmother is a pianist – and then proceeded to attend a performing arts high school to further her music education.
After graduation, Electra headed out to California State University of Northridge to earn her Bachelors Degree in Music and Classical Vocal Performance, and ever since then, she has been collaborating with guitarist and songwriter Hyland Church to create and perform her own songs.
So far, her band ELECTRA has 2 EPs out, and has performed in plenty of prestigious venues in Los Angeles, including the Sunset Strip Music Festival. ELECTRA has also opened for Berlin, Missing Persons, and Great White.
Keep following Electra Barakos through this season of “The Voice of Greece”, and check out her upcoming album “These Times”, especially her singles “Tomorrow’s Not There” and “These Times”. Watch her “The Voice of Greece” performance below.
Electra Barakos grew up in Athens, Greece and has been raised by a musical family. Her father being a professional, and well-known bass player in Greece has inspired her to make music her life. Electra attended in Greece a Musical High School where she started to develop professionally her musical skills in theory, singing, and piano. From a very early age Electra has been involved in music, and has had the chance to perform with numerous famous performers in the music industry. Her performances gave her the chance to open her mind to different styles of music.
She was also a member of the well renowned choir “The Northridge Singers”, directed by Paul Smith. With the Northridge Singers, Electra had the honor of performing at Carnegie Hall in New York. Electra has always embraced all styles of music, constantly testing her abilities. She now has her own rock/pop band performing at clubs in Hollywood such as the “Viper Room,” “Aqualounge,” “BB Kings” to name a few. Her latest EP was released in 2008. Electra is currently recording some new material for the release of her debut album.
Her versatility, talent, knowledge, experience, and love for music, has also helped her become an excellent teacher to students of all ages. She teaches all styles of music from classical, to rock, pop, R&B, Blues, musical theatre, country, and international. She has successfully helped her students launch major record deals, as well as getting them admitted to some of the most prestigious schools such as NYU. She introduces her students to musicianship, music theory, performance techniques, vocal technique, developing a unique style and making each song their own.
As a performer, musician and teacher, Electra has a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer. Electra is a certified instructor in the Elisabeth Howard Vocal Power Method and is on the staff of the Vocal Power Academy. She is thrilled to share her knowledge with all the aspiring talented singers out there.