Following a busy couple of years which saw UK singer and songwriter SERTARI chart in Europe and win the Akademia "Singer/Songwriter" Award for her Unplugged EP, she has now finished her new EP - “Bright Star” which features Grammy award winner J- Ivy. After returning from a tour of Cyprus, she is now filling up her diary with festival performances and has reached the FINAL of the Soundwaves competition and will be performing at the O2 academy.
Sertari is a singer, songwriter and artist with a passion for both creating music and live performance. Born in the UK to a Cypriot family, she was brought up in a quiet town where the closest thing to the Mediterranean is Costa Coffee. With a range of musical influences from Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush to Avici, Gwen Stefani, Coldplay, Florence and the Machines she uses the stage as an outlet and has consistently shown the ambition to develop her own unique blend of emotive electro pop-rock with beautiful yet powerful vocals, driving guitars, atmospheric synths and big beats.
She started off by setting up her own label, and running her own live music nights on the South Coast to promote independent talent, as well as promote her own music! As a result of her drive, she has already achieved much self-propelled success, with worldwide releases, press, TV and radio exposure behind her - including being played out on BBC Introducing and being selected for playlists on UK and international radio. She has recently been given an endorsement by Vocalzones
To coincide with the release of her new EP “Bright Star,” she will soon be embarking on a series of live shows in the UK and Europe. Her live show has earned a reputation among audiences in several countries for it's high energy levels, and amongst a multitude of past performances include the London Olympic Fan Zones, Hard Rock Cafe Cyprus and London Fashion Week - whilst her personal favourite (and most rock’n’roll story) comes from her headline televised show in the Cyprus Capital, Nicosia, on New Years Eve to thousands of people.
She has caught the eye of brands world-wide, becoming and Akai Pro and Abelton Artist, whilst working closely with local music stores to promote music to the younger generations. In the past she has released singles and taken part in events to support charities such as Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Fire Fighters Charity, whilst a charity single in the USA to aid education to under-funded communities was a great success.
Sertari has been lucky enough to have worked and performed with a variety of producers and artists, and is currently working with the likes of Adrian Hall from Z- Management (Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys), Grammy Winner J-Ivy (Jay-Z, Kanye West), and Pete Craigie (Take That, Beverley Knight, Stevie Wonder). Further to her Akademia Award for she was also a previous nominee for "Best Live Act" and "Best Song" at the Exposure Music Awards, and Winner of the Extreme Exposure Award in the UK Open Mic Finals.
As well as her musical attributes, she is also a highly skilled martial artist and has just gained the much-coveted black t-shirt in Kamon Kung Fu – so be warned, she make look petite, but this girl packs quite a punch onstage and off!
Norwich: Theatre Royal.
London: O2 Academy Islington, 100 Club, The Half Moon, Storm Leceister Square, Sound Leicester Square, The 2012 London Olympics Fan Zone, London Fashion Week, Shanti Internaional Charity Show.
Portsmouth: The Jubilee Festival, The Portsmouth Guildhall, The Fareham Guildhall.
Southampton: 1865, Southampton Guildhall, The Orange Rooms, Nexus, The Soul Cellar, The Talking Heads, The Southampton University SU, Solent University SU, SOBar,
Winchester: The Railway Inn Winchester.
The Exeter Cellars, CockRock Festival, Keilfest.
Europe: Urban Soul Festival, Cyprus New Years Celebrations (Liberty Square, Nicosia),... Cyrpus tour.