Yiannis Papanikolaou

Yiannis Papanikolaou Yiannis Papanikolaou is a singer,musician and songwriter.

He began singing for music bands in 1987 at the age of 15 following many different styles over the years, like traditional greek, rock, hard and heavy metal as well but above all, metal remains his greatest influence, love and inspiration.

In 1991 he took his first vocal lessons and also started studying music theory, harmony and acoustic guitar. In 1992 he formed his first heavy metal band called Growing Order along with his very close childhood friend Thimios Krikos, recording a demo tape in 1994 with four songs. In 1995 they continued writing mucic together, founding InnerWish, one of the well known heavy/power metal bands from Greece and in 1998 they released their debut legendary album “Waiting For The Dawn”, a true classic for the Greek fans. After that, Yiannis left the band due to personal reasons. A year later he formed the greek religious-christian rock band “Eleftheroi”, releasing 4 very successful albums during the period 2000 – 2003.

In 2008 he released a greek solo album called “Stin Akri Tou Chronou”. In 2009 and for about a year, he joined Battleroar, one of the best epic metal bands from Greece.

He is the lead singer and a founding member of Rock ‘n’ Roll Children. He is also the singer of a new heavy metal band called Diviner formed in 2011. Their debut album “Fallen Empires” was released on the 20th of November 2015 by Ulterium Records.”

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