Ioanna “Nana” Mouskouri is a Greek singer who was born in Chania, Crete, Greece.
She has released over 200 albums in at least twelve languages during her career, including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese, and Corsican.
Mouskouri became famous throughout Europe for her song “The White Rose of Athens,” which was first recorded in German as “Weiße Rosen aus Athen”
as an adaptation of her Greek song(San sfyrxeis tris forés, “When you whistle three times”). It was her first record to sell more than a million copies.
Over the course of 1996 and 1997, she released several more albums, including the Spanish Nana Latina (which featured duets with Julio Iglesias and Mercedes Sosa), the English-language Return to Love, and the French pop classics, Hommages.
In 1997, she organized a high-profile Concert for Peace at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
This concert was later released as an album and aired on PBS in the United States as a TV special.McGill University in Canada bestowed an honorary degree on Mouskouri on May 30, 2013.
Is Nana Mouskouri Married?
Mouskouri married twice: the first time when she was 25, to Yorgos (George) Petsilas, a guitarist in her backing band (the trio “The Athenians”) and the first man she had kissed.
They divorced when Mouskouri was 39, after having two children (Nicolas Petsilas in 1968 and Hélène (Lénou) Petsilas in 1970).
Soon after, she began dating her record producer André Chapelle, but they did not marry because she “didn’t want to bring another father into the family” and divorce was against her conservative upbringing.
They married on January 13, 2003, and now reside primarily in Switzerland.