This week we’re back with another installment of our series Local Love; a series where we highlight the talent in the greater Atlanta area. This week we’re highlighting Olympia Papageorgiou, an up and coming RnB artist from Kennesaw.
Alright so one thing I like to ask everyone I interview is what is their brand? Who is Olympia Papageorgiou?
Well to start off, I am a daughter of an Orthodox Priest who comes from the island of Cyprus. My family moved to America when I was around 8 years old or so and I have been singing since before I could remember. I am developing my brand with the label that I am with and its a pretty exciting experience. I would say that my voice mainly fits the RnB and Jazz genre.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a musician?
I have always loved music and I grew up in a musical family. I am not sure there was a “first realization” other than I just loved singing. Music has always been a part of my life whether it was playing the piano, dancing or singing.
I always say that whatever comes from this is okay with me, because at the end of the day, I really enjoy doing it. It does not matter if fame or even a career comes out of it because I do this for the fact that I enjoy it. Aside from being a musician, school is my number one priority so I have always placed more emphasis there but my passion for music never went away and I will accept what comes from it.
Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Well, I would say there are different inspirations or influences depending on if I am singing Greek or American music. When it comes to Greek music, I really respect the singer Areti Ketime because of her traditional folk sound that I strive for when I sing traditional Greek music. When it comes to making original American music, I would say that I can jump around in different genres so my influences vary.
The first single I released was a Reggaeton inspired single and my second was an RnB single. When I sing more of the jazzy sultry types of music, I would say Ella Fitzgerald, Alicia Keys and Sade are big influences. I also like Selena Gomez and her smooth but pop sound. I try to stay open to doing different types of music to see what I am capable of.
You’ve recently released a single “8th Day“, absolutely love it by the way, could you tell me what when into the songwriting process of that?
Oh thank you! I am actually an artist under this label called Qurriculum Global
and the owner of the label wrote 8th Day
with me in mind about a year ago. The moment I heard the instrumental, I totally fell in love with it. We worked together to incorporate some sultry melodies that we both felt accentuated my more soulful/jazzy style.
Even though the song is obviously in English, there is a moment where I speak in Greek. I love to infuse elements of my Greek heritage into songs to add some extra flavor. This helps me in a sense to remain “rooted.” I have never felt more confident about singing until I had the opportunity to record that song. It brought a side out of me that I have always wanted to explore with my voice.
When can we expect more music from you? Do you plan to release an album anytime soon?
My team and I are working on my debut EP for a projected release hopefully at the end of the year. In between now and then our focus is on 8th Day and getting the word out. There will definitely be songs that I will be featured on from other artists that are under the label though.
If you could collaborate with any artist(s), who would it be and why?
It would be pretty cool to do something with Selena Gomez, Alicia Keys or SZA. I respect their talents and it would be an honor to work with them because they all encapsulate different aspects of my voice and style that I could experiment with and use as a reference to challenge myself.
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