Annet Artani, an established pop star in Greece, is quickly emerging as a significant new voice in the New York music scene.
After a brief initial foray in the U.S., during which she packed NYC clubs like the Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, and The Living Room, Annet auditioned to be a background singer for Britney Spears. Within a few days, she was performing with the teen idol, and was asked to join her world tour. She shared the stage with Britney in concert, and on the biggest TV shows in the world, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ‘Britney, Live in Las Vegas’ (HBO), The American Music Awards, and Italy's San Remo Festival. During their post-tour relationship, Annet and Britney co-wrote “Everytime”, which was included on Britney’s "In The Zone" CD, and skyrocketed to number one all over the world. “Everytime” received the MTV European Music Award for Best Song of 2004 and was named one of the Top Ten Songs of the Decade by AOL Music. It was subsequently released on Britney’s Greatest Hits album.
After the success of “Everytime,” Annet was asked to star on “Fame Story," a Greek reality show similar to Big Brother and American Idol. She soon moved into the reality show “house” in Athens. Her very first performance on the show, where she sang her bluesy rendition of “Endless Love,” caused ratings for the show to skyrocket 7 points in one night.
She signed with Greek label Virus Music and released her album “Mia Foni” (One Voice), which went gold in the Greek/Cypriot market. Shortly thereafter, Annet competed for and won the chance to represent Cyprus in the biggest song contest in Europe, called Eurovision. She sang a ballad called “Why Angels Cry” under the vocal direction of famed vocal coach Doc Holliday.
In the aftermath of her Eurovision success, Annet signed with worldwide dance label Ultra Records and released her single “Alive,” which she co-wrote in Vancouver after coming out of an abusive relationship. Despite the success of the track, which has been re-mixed by top producers such as Jason Nevins (Madonna, Katy Perry), Annet ultimately decided to return to her singer-songwriter roots and began writing songs for a full-length album with guitarist/songwriter Eric Nicolas, a longtime fixture on the New York songwriter scene. Being back in New York has also allowed Annet to devote increased effort to her other long-time passion, animal rights and rescue.
The first single from her new album, "Mouthful of Me," has just been released to critical acclaim with a visually arresting video to match. The video, produced by the creative team of Torgeir Ensrud and Dana LC Ensrud and shot on site in Joshua Tree National Park, is the perfect companion piece for Annet's dark pop tango about oral eroticism. While the popularity of the track and its video continues to grow, Annet is busily recording the rest of the album (to be released in early 2013) in Harlem.