Kristian Leontiou Biography

February 1982, London, England. Belying his skater-boy image, UK singer Leontiou emerged in 2004 as a silky-voiced purveyor of mid-tempo pop ballads. The son of first generation Greek-Cypriots, Leontiou grew up in north London and left school with no qualifications. He found work as a hairdresser but put most of his money towards recording demos in an attempt to fulfil his childhood ambition of becoming a singer. Teaming up with songwriting team Pete Wilkinson and Sarah Erasmus, he struggled to make an impact before a chance encounter with Mike Sault of Warner/Chappell led to a publishing contract. Sault’s connection with Dido offered Leontiou no favours, with critics rather casually dismissing him as an inferior male version of the hugely successful female artist. Nevertheless, Leontiou’s debut, Some Day Soon, generated three UK hit singles in 2004, with both ‘Story Of My Life’ and ‘Shining’ reaching the Top 10. The album also included a rather pedestrian cover version of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’. The singer supported Nelly Furtado and Keane during the year before setting out on his own headlining tour.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.