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Cleo Panther - All about the singer (ex-vocalist Parov Stelar)

Cleo Panter played a significant role in introducing the Parov Stelar project to the stage...

Complete biography of the performer Cleo Panther (Cleo Panther)

Cleo Panther is an Austrian born singer-songwriter and dancer. Popularity hit Cleo in 2011! It was then that the talented girl fell under the wing of the world-famous producer Parov Stelar ... Her truly breathtaking manner of performance, coupled with a powerful voice and excellent artistic abilities, won the hearts of millions of people ... Performing in the genre of dance / electronic music, Panter managed to put together a successful career and become famous in many parts of the world!

Early years

Daniela Hrenek (real name of our heroine) was born in the summer of 1979 in a suburb of Vienna on the border with Lower Austria. Mother is Slavic, father is an Austrian of Croatian origin. Different roots merged in the baby, and as a result - an interesting extravagant appearance!

Already as a child, Daniela dreamed of becoming a famous fashion designer ... Actually, since childhood, the girl showed interest in music and artistry! At the age of 8, she joined the children's choir, and after that she continued her studies at the Vienna Classical Conservatory. Since then, music has become one of her main interests ...

Career: The beginning of the journey ...

Cleo Panther...
Cleo Panther…

In 2006 Panther formed the old school soul band Tiger Tales with Daniel "Kakadu". At first, the guys performed covers of hits by Sharon Jones, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Al Wilson and other similar artists ... Shortly after their formation, the debut seven-inch single called "Feels Good but it not" was released! The song subsequently received airplay on the Austrian radio station FM4 and Radio Superfly on Craig Charles' Funk and Soul Show on BBC 6.

In 2010, the band released a later song of theirs called "Stand up Right". It is worth noting that at that time Cleo was also a member of the Superfly orchestra, created at the initiative of Radio Superfly. However, it is during this period that she decides to quit her day job to focus solely on her own musical career...

Success with Parov Stelar!

Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar

In December 2010, Cleo was discovered by the world famous producer Parov Stelar (real name Markus Fureder). Marcus spotted the girl on Myspace and offered to collaborate. Their first collaboration - the composition "Nobody's Fool" - was released in 2012, as part of the album "The Princess".

The single debuted at number 60 on the Austrian charts and subsequently became a fairly well-known hit. The album also included another collaboration titled "Sally's Dance".

After touring extensively in Europe, producer Parov Stelar was awarded the Amadeus Music Austrian Music Award for Best Performance! Cleo Panther played a significant role in bringing the project to the stage…

In addition to two sold-out shows at the PlayStation Theater in New York, Cleo Panter has performed at major festivals such as Beat Herder (UK), Pukkelpop (BE) and Lollapalooza (DE)… The singer also collaborated with Austrian producer Filous as the songwriter of the song “Better off". The track later appeared in the 5th season of the television series "Teen Wolf" on MTV.

Between 2011 and 2016, Panter edited over 26 studio works by Parov Stelar! She has re-arranged for live performances, including "Cat Groove", "Josephine", "Speed Demon", "The Invisible Girl", "I need love", "Mojo Radio Gang" and "All Night".

All of them were recorded for the live album "Pukkelpop" (2016). The record reached number 9 on the Austrian charts, where it remained for seven weeks. This was followed by a TV appearance at the Austrian Amadeus Music Awards with the premiere of the song "Timeline", the lyrics of which were written by Panther.

Shortly thereafter, Parov Stelar and the band embarked on their first West Coast tour. The live concert led to a mention of "The 20 Best Things We've Seen at Coachella Valley Music and Coachella 2016 2 Weekends" in Rolling Stone's online magazine. With the ongoing debate about the historical absence of female stars from major festivals, the founder of Coachella Valley Music proudly drew attention to three female-led bands that performed at the festival that year! At the same time, Cleo Panther is mentioned as one of them ...

As part of the group Parov Stelar, commonly referred to by the media as Austria's top international music exporter, Cleo continued to tour as lead vocalist at major music festivals such as World of Music, Arts and Sing Jazz until 2018. As part of the project, Panther performed on the same stage with Rihanna and Lana Del Rey (Sziget festival in Budapest).

Panter left the group in 2019. Helena Karafisi took her place.

And finally, about the band itself...

Parov Stelar Group
Parov Stelar Group

Markus Fureder first appeared as a DJ in the second half of the 1990s. He began producing and releasing music already with the onset of the 2000s. Markus soon adopted the stage name Plasma and founded the record label Etage Noir Recordings in 2003. A year later, under the new stage name Parov Stelar, the Kiss Kiss EP was released, followed by the Rough Cuts LP.

The musician has 9 Amadeus Austrian Music Awards in his piggy bank! His track "All Night" went double platinum! And the songs "The Sun" and "Voodoo Sonic Part 2" were in the lead in the electronic charts of America iTunes ...

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