If tenacity, fearlessness and creativity are the marks of a true artist, then Diana Rouvas was born for the role. A self-confessed perfectionist and dreamer-turned-doer, this Sydney-born vocalist and songwriter has lived and breathed music since she could barely speak.
Having grown up in a tremendously musical family, Rouvas made her onstage debut at a young age and was a music industry veteran by the time she was twenty years old. She began serious vocal training at just four and started writing music at seven. At sixteen, Rouvas travelled to the US to hone in on her songwriting skills and perform around the country, and by seventeen, she was touring internationally as a backup singer for Tina Arena. Over the last decade, she has become one of the darlings of the Sydney music scene and gained industry respect as an outstanding live vocalist. Having studied voice from a young age – she has also been teaching voice production here and in the US, for the past 12 years. She has sung alongside some of Australia’s most successful musicians, and worked aside some of the most successful artists and musicians in America. In 2006 Rouvas recorded her original material with the legendary Funk Soul Bank “RUFUS” (Rufus and Chaka Khan) which Rouvas says was an incredibly humbling experience, and toured the world as a solo artist and even represented Australia by performing at the prestigious G’Day USA Australia Week showcase in Los Angeles.
In 2012, Rouvas was one of the final eight contestants on the first series of The Voice as part of Keith Urban’s team. While many would argue that her defining moment was a vibrant and charismatic rendition of Beyoncé’s Love On Top, her depth and nature as an artist wasn’t truly felt until she floored the judges with a raw and incredibly sultry performance of blues standard Stormy Monday that was not only goosebump-inducing, but technically impressive.
Rouvas was signed to Universal Music not long after her time on the voice, Releasing the single Heart of Goodbye, Rouvas collaborated with ARIA-nominated producer, Louis Schoorl (Daniel Johns, The Veronicas, De La Soul, Tina Arena) and UK producer Sermstyle (Pitbull, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar) to create a mature, but uplifting soul-meets-pop track that has its roots deep in 70s throwback cool, with a very on-the-pulse feel.
In a sea of electronic bleeps and production overkill, Diana Rouvas is a breath of fresh air. An accomplished entertainer with an old-school approach of integrity, determination and detail and a youthful but sexy on-stage magnetism that is completely her own. She is a musician’s musician, the real deal, and you bet she’s in it for the long haul.