Margarita was just a teenager at Berkeley High School and while most kids were listening to the tunes of their generation, Margarita was drawn to the music of her ancestors. She would sing Greek songs on the guitar and eventually join the Greek band Kymata, playing local festivals, parties and special events. During this time, she also studied and received her degree in music from San Francisco State University where, during her recital, she proved that opera, musical theatre, or even cabaret style could suit her just fine.
But, it was the Greek music, however, that filled her heart and soul. Her ambition took her to Chicago for a stint headlining in a local club in the heart of Chicago's Greektown.
She later moved to Los Angeles to tackle recording and performing her own music, but when she learned that auditions for "Fame Story" were taking place in New York, off she went to try her luck. Fame Story was the Greek response to "American Idol" and "Big Brother" rolled into one where contestants live in a house together and then compete weekly, hoping to win a grand prize that includes a recording contract. She quickly landed a spot in the hit series and soon enough, her smiling image was already on Greek TV.
After an amazing three year professional career in Greece, Margarita has brought all her experience and talent back to California to share.
Her long overdue and anticipated Greek CD: "Margarita - Ta agapimena mou tragoudia (my favorite songs)" was released in May 2005 and she is currently working on several other projects along with musician Doug Major.
While busy writing and recording, Margarita can't stay too far away from the stage. "Margarite and the Dream," an oldies/jazz cover band not only performs songs from our favorite pastimes such as Rosemary Clooney, Etta James, and Nat King Cole to name a few, but the group dresses the part as well!
Margarita joins us this year together with the local band of Takis Kokotas to sing our favorite Greek and American tunes at our Awards Dinner. She is also joined by her friend Vassy who is making a guest appearance!
AMERICAN HELLENIC COUNCIL OF CALIFORNIA