Maxi Nil (born 4 June 1981) is a Greek singer, and currently as of December 6, 2013, the lead singer of her new project Jaded Star. Maxi is best known for her work as lead vocalist in the Austrian symphonic power metal band Visions of Atlantis from mid 2009 to late 2013. In 2003 she joined the Greek metal band On Thorns I Lay and in the same year she also joined the band Elysion as both a singer and a songwriter.
Early Life & Musical CareerEditBorn and raised in Athens, Maxi's love for music started at the age of 5. She took flute, guitar and piano lessons and at the age of 16 she joined her first rock band as a singer-songwriter.
In 2003, she joined her first Greek-based gothic rock band On Thorns I Lay, in the band, she recorded one album which was expected to be released in 2010 until their label closed down, and the album hasn't been revealed yet, but still already recorded and waiting to be released.
In the same year when she On Thorns I Lay, she also joined the band Elysion as singer-songwriter. In 2008 after recording their first album, Maxi parted ways with the band and the album was released with another singer in 2009.
Maxi had many great moments in her career as a singer, she supported Amorphis in 2004, The Gathering in 2007, Diary of Dreams in 2008, Tarja Turunen in Vienna, sharing the stage with Star Industry in the song "Last Crusades" which is also included in their live album called "Black Angel White Devil," and singing twice on stage with Moonspell in Athens. In February 2009, while working on her solo project, she also supported the Dutch band Agua De Annique.
In 2008, after leaving Elysion, Maxi sent an email to Napalm asking them if there was a band looking for a singer. A few hours later she had gotten an answer, a week later she went there to meet with Visions of Atlantis and played at Metalcamp with Satyricon, Testament and Blind Guardian. In June 2009 Maxi officially became the new vocalist for Visions of Atlantis.
With Maxi as their new vocalist, the band was finally able to release their fourth album "Delta", which was released worldwide through Napalm Records at the end of February 2011. And the album gained great feedbacks and receptions. Also with the band's latest "Maria Magdalena EP" which was released on October 21, 2011.
On January 27, 2012, the band and her official Facebook had announced the title "Ethera" for their upcoming Album which was released on March 22, 2013.
On December 6, 2013, Visions of Atlantis announced on their Facebook page that Maxi, along with remaining members, departed with the band as the only founder member and drummer Thomas Caser, wanted the band to revert to it's original roots from the beginning. At the same time Maxi published a statement on her Facebook page that she thanks Visions of Atlantis after being together for 5 years, and highly supports and respects the decision and now will be focusing on her new project Jaded Star.
Visions of AtlantisEdit
- Delta (2011)
- Ethera (2013)
- Maria Magdalena EP (2011)
- Siren's Garden (2012) (track 12: "Cave Behind The Waterfall")
- Demo (2007)