Vitalii Vladasovich Grachyov
February 19, 1979 in Latvia,
Former Soviet Union
Vitas is a Latvian-born Russian pop singer, composer, actor and fashion designer. His Latvian name is real. But in the passport was written Russian variant - Vitaly. The singer has grown in Odessa, Ukraine. He is most commonly known by his first name Vitas. Much of his music is straightforward pop influenced by techno, and occasionally classical opera.
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Vitas is a sensational Russian pop singer with who combines his haunting vocals with stunning visual imagery to produce some of the worlds most unique performances. His music videos are famous for their innovative and memorable style. His voice soars through your consciousness and touches you to the core. For this reason, Vitass voice is known as the diamond voice.
Vitas is famous worldwide, especially in China, Korea, and Japan. He has a remarkable presence online, where his music videos are extremely popular. Vitas has performed in many countries including Russia, Australia, Canada, USA, Israel, Germany, and more.
Hes now making his US debut and is sure to thrill American audiences. His millions of fans can testify to his power and the magnetism of his music.
On March 29, 2002 he gave a solo concert to a packed house at the State Kremlin Palace, becoming the youngest artist to ever perform there. Vitas got an invitation from Lucio Dalla, the composer, who created "In Memory of Caruso", to perform this famous song together with the author at the concert "San Remo in Moscow" held in the State Kremlin Palace. Vitas’ voice enchanted not only the audience but Mr. Dalla himself. So the composer invited Vitas to come to Rome to take part in the rehearsals of "Toska", the modern version of the legendary opera.
Vitas presented his second solo program "The Songs of My Mother" in the Concert Hall "RUSSIA", Moscow in November 2003. Two albums: "The Songs of My Mother" and "Mama" of the artist were released for the premiere. The album "The Songs of My Mother" included the songs which are considered to be the gold reserves of Russian pop-music. Another album "Mama" included only the new songs composed by Vitas. In March 2003 he gave 264 solo concerts in places including Russia, Australia, U.S., Canada, Israel, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Belarus.
The album A Kiss As Long As Eternity, released on October 8, 2004, had unprecedented record sales in Russia and CIS; more than 2 million copies were sold in less than half a year. The total number of CDs sold during the period of the singer’s creative activity exceeded 10 million copies.
Vitas's producer, Sergey Nickolaevich Poudovkin, signed a contract in August 2005 with the Taiwanese record company Avant Garden Records, which planned to release a Vitas album in Taiwan in September 2005. However, as of November 2005, Pudovkin has broken the contract without explanation, thus canceling the release. Around 2004 to 2005, Vitas became the most popular touring artist in Russia. His premiere "The Songs of My Mother" was acknowledged "the best musical event of the year.
The Production Center Pudovkin organized an unprecedented tour with the program "The Songs of My Mother" in Russia and the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Kazakhstan, Israel and the Baltic States in 2004-2006. Vitas gave more than 250 performances with the program "The Songs of My Mother" in 2004.
In June, 2006, Vitas was invited by CCTV to take part in the grand event "The Year of Russia in China" in Beijing. Vitas performed two songs, "Star" and "Opera #2," in a CCTV’s program specially devoted to "The Year of Russia in China."
Vitas’ premiere "Return Home" took place in March, 2007 on the stage of Kosmos. More than 20 new Vitas' compositions were included in the premiere. Many new songs have become favorites for fans via the Internet such as "Crane's Crying", "Shores of Russia", "I Ask All Saints", "The Little Prince", "I Repeat Your Name" and others.
In October 2007, Vitas was signed with American company Gemini Sun Records. Gemini Sun plans to release his previous DVD and CD releases in the spring of 2008 with new packaging and English subtitles.
On April, 19th Vitas performed at Shanghai International Automobile Exposition 2011 'AUTO SHANGHAI 2011' within the scope of the two-year advertising contract between MERCEDES Company and PUDOVKIN Producer Center.