From the sun-kissed shores of Adelaide, Australia, to the glittering global stages alongside music legends, Orianthi Penny Panagaris, universally known as Orianthi, has carved a niche few can rival. Her journey, marked by dedication, passion, and unparalleled talent, is a testament to what can be achieved when one’s love for music knows no bounds.
Born into a Greek family in Adelaide, Orianthi’s tryst with music began at the tender age of three with the piano. But it was at six, when her father put an acoustic
A pivotal moment came at age 11 when she witnessed Carlos Santana live. The experience was transformative. “That show really affected me,” Orianthi recalls. Her admiration for Santana was so profound that she transitioned from an acoustic to a Paul Reed Smith
By 15, she had already begun her professional journey, playing in local Adelaide cover bands and opening for legends like Steve Vai and ZZ Top. Her relationship with these icons wasn’t fleeting; Steve Vai became a mentor, and she still maintains close ties with Billy Gibbons.
At 18, after sending Carlos Santana her first CD, “Under the Influence,” she was invited to share the stage with him during his Adelaide concert. By 20, Orianthi was ready to make her mark with original music. Her second independent CD, “Violet Journey,” showcased her versatility, not just as a guitarist but as a multi-instrumentalist. Her talent caught the attention of Universal Records at the 2006 NAMM show, leading to a major record deal.
Her big break on the global stage came in 2009 when she performed alongside Carrie Underwood at the Grammy Awards. This performance caught the eye of none other than Michael Jackson. Orianthi was chosen as the lead guitarist for his “This Is It” concert series, joining the ranks of
But while her collaborations with music legends are noteworthy, it’s Orianthi’s solo career that truly sets her apart. Her debut album “Believe” in 2009 gave us the platinum single “According To You.” This was just the beginning. Over the years, Orianthi has showcased her growth not just as a guitarist but as a singer, songwriter, and bandleader. Her music, a blend of rock, blues, country, and pop, resonates with audiences worldwide.
Her journey from a young
Orianthi’s journey is not just about her incredible
In an industry that often typecasts artists, Orianthi stands tall, proving that with passion, dedication, and hard work, one can transcend genres and expectations. As she gears up to take her music on a global tour, one thing is clear: Orianthi is not just a musician; she’s a force of nature.\