Demy is a pop artist, singer and actress based in Greece. From the first months of her career, she started breaking record after record, with her singles climbing up the charts and staying at no 1 for many weeks, with the media and fans naming her the “Princess of Pop”. She is one of the most awarded artists in Greece and represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, where she introduced her music to a bigger European audience. She sings both in Greek and English, and her influences combine pop and R&B music.
Dimitra Papadea (Greek: Δήμητρα Παπαδέα), also known as Demy (born 21 August 1991)
At the age of five, she started taking piano lessons, which she continues to do. Also she currently takes vocal lessons as well. Jazz, Soul, Rock and Roll, and RandB are cited as musical influences. Her first favourite song growing up was "I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado. Apart from singing professionally, she is a law school student in Athens. She has stated that she still aspires to finish law school and not devote herself to music exclusively, even though her popularity as a musician is increasing. Her father (Epaminondas Papadeas) and sister (Romy Papadea) are attorneys at Papadeas Law Firm.
2011–2012: Professional debut
Demy first appeared in Midenistis' song, Mia Zografia, which became a big hit in Greece and Cyprus. It received two awards from the MAD Video Music Awards 2012, one for the best video clip Hip Hop/Urban and the other for the duet of the year. A new single, "Poses Hiliades Kalokeria" (How Many Thousand Summers), was released in June 2012 and quickly reached No.1 on the iTunes Greece song chart. The song reached No.1 on the 7 July 2012 Billboard Greece Digital Songs chart and remained in the top spot for 9 consecutive weeks and 10 weeks. It also became a success on Greek radio, reaching #1 on the official Greek airplay chart. She also sings the lead vocals on Playmens' "Fallin". Some of her other songs are: "Pes Pos Me Thes," "Mia Zografia," "Mono Mprosta," and "Kratise Me." On 25 June 2012, she performed on Greece, You Have Talent finale, singing a medley of her recent releases (Mia Zografia, Mono Mbrosta, and Poses Xiliades Kalokairia). On 6 July 2012, two new songs were released on YouTube: A "Poses Hiliades Kalokairia" dance remix and "Love Light," an English language version of the "Poses Hiliades Kalokairia" dance remix. Both songs have also been released as digital singles. On 30 July 2012, the video for "Love Light" was released by Panik In the summer of 2012, she embarked on a tour that included performances in Greece, Cyprus and Russia. On 28 July 2012, Demy and Playmen performed "Fallin" at the Europa Plus Live music festival in Moscow, Russia. The song has become popular in Russia and has reached #1 on the Europa Plus Chart, the radio station of the organizers of the festival. On 21 September 2012, she appeared at the Amita Motion "Day of Positive Energy" music festival. She performed with other members of her record label. On 22 October 2012, her new single, "I Zoi" (The Life), was released. A 24-second teaser was released on YouTube on 17 October 2012 In December 2012, it has been announced that she will be starring in the musical "Fame" at the "Ellinikou Kosmou" theatre in Piraeus. She also desires to one-day record songs that she herself has written. In the winter of 2012-2013, Demy appeared alongside Cypriot superstar Anna Vissi in Vissi's show LAV at Kentro Athinon, one of the most successful shows of the year.
According to her record label, demy's first full-length studio album, No.1, was released in late 2012. She had confirmed via Twitter in September 2012 that she was in the studio working on the new album. The album included ten tracks, including two songs in English. The album included her big hit in Greece with the Greek rap singer Midenistis "Mia Zografia".
Demy performed "Believe" with Dima Bilan in the Greek final for Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Greece. In May 2013, Demy released a summer song in English called "The Sun", along with producer Alex Leon and Greek rapper Epsilon, and it became a big hit in Greece
In March 2014 an official video was launched by Playmen which features Demy for the song 'Nothing Better'. The song was directed by Yiannis Papadakos and was published by Panik Records. After that in May 2014 she released one more summer hit called "Oso O Kosmos Tha Exei Esena", along with the Greek rap singer Mike, and reached No.1 in Greece and Cyprus. It received one award from the MAD Video Music Awards 2015, for the duet of the year. On 22 December she released her second album, "Rodino Oneiro", which included 15 songs.
From December 2014 to February 2015, Demy performed in a nightclub called "Fever", along with Despoina Vandi and Nikos Oikonomopoulos. Also, that year was part of the Jury in a Talent Show, "The Music School", displayed on the Greek channel "Mega". During the summer of 2015, she had a lead role in one more Musical, "The Sound Of Music", and the tickets during the tour were sold out! In December 2015, it was announced that she would be performing at Casablanca Music Hall along with Nina Lotsari. Her performances there will differ from those she used to give since she will sing in fanky and jazz rhythm instead of pop.
On 27 January 2016, the musical «Addam's Family» was premiered at the Vempo Theatre and Demy embodied the role of Wednesday Addams along with well-known actors such as Antonis Kafentzopoulos and Maria Solomou. Demy also appeared in Madwalk 2016 where she sang her new single "Tha meineis feugontas" and she walked on the catwalk for Tsakiris Mallas along with Doretta Papadimitriou. On 10 May 2016, Demy, along with DiGi and the rock band RadioAct, released the soundtrack of the first Greek action film, «Short Fuse»
2017 (Eurovision Song Contest)
On 13 January 2017, Demy was announced as the Greek representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Demy is going to collaborate with the "Dream Team" Dimitris Kontopoulos and Fokas Evangelinos. On March 6, 2017, it was selected that "This Is Love" will be the Greek song at Kyiv.
"Waiting for the Godmother" (Movie)
In 2018, Demy took on the role of Faidra, one of the main characters, in the Greek comedy film "Waiting for the Godmother" (Greek: Περιμένοντας τη Νονά) produced by Odeon Entertainment. The initial trailer was unveiled on November 14, 2018, followed by the release of the music video for her soundtrack "Έλα" (Come) on December 13, 2018, featuring scenes from the movie. The film premiered on January 17, 2019. Regrettably, the movie did not succeed significantly, receiving a modest average score of 6.1/10 on IMDb. Despite this, Demy's performance and the overall viewing experience received a commendation from her fan base.
On February 15, 2019, Demy collaborated with her co-star from the movie, Katerina Papoutsaki, on the song 'Dipla Mou', with the music video also incorporating scenes from the film.
On May 24, 2019, Demy ventured into a more traditional musical style with her first and, thus far, only album 'Retrospective.' Departing from the Pop genre, the album comprises covers of older Greek songs. Among these covers is Mikis Theodorakis's 'Mirtia'. Panik Oxygen[c], a sublabel of Panik Records, published the album.
In 2020, Demy did not release a music video as the lead artist, marking the sole year in her career to do so. Nevertheless, she made appearances on two singles. First, on March 18, 2020, she contributed the spoken part in Tasos Xiarcho's single 'An' (If), followed by her involvement in the song 'Adieksodo' (Farewell) by Apon and Oge on April 30, 2020, where she sang the opening portion of the song.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the travel constraints, Demy organized an online concert titled "LIVE-ing at Home" on March 7, 2021. The concert was live-streamed on YouTube, and the recording remains accessible on Demy's official channel. Backed by her four-member band, she performed her tracks alongside her favourite Greek and English songs.