Sakis Rouvas was born on the Greek island of Corfu. Music has always been part of his life but he is also a talented gymnast and has even pole vaulted for the Hellenic National Team.
The 29-year-old singer was discovered in Athens in 1991 by record company Polygram, who quickly signed him to the label.
His debut single, “Par’ta,” was hugely successful. Over the next four years he won a raft of awards, including Best New Singer, Best Song and Best Stage Performance at the Hellenic Music Awards.
Rouvas has also played his role in reconciliation efforts with Turkey. In 1997, he performed on stage with Turkish pop star, Burat Kud in a concert in UN-controlled territory on Cyprus. His efforts later won him the International Ipekci Prize for understanding and cooperation.
Nine years after his debut at the “Thessaloniki Song Festival,” Rouvas remains one of Greece’s most successful artists.