Constantine Maroulis life and biography

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Constantine Maroulis biography

Date of birth : 1975-09-17
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Wyckoff, New Jersey, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-15
Credited as : Rock singer, actor, Pray for the Soul of Betty

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Constantine Maroulis is an American rock singer, actor, and writer from Wyckoff, New Jersey. He was the sixth-place finalist on the fourth season of the reality television series American Idol, and lead vocalist of the hard rock band Pray for the Soul of Betty. He received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his role in Rock of Ages.

Maroulis was born in Brooklyn, New York to Greek American parents, James Constantine and Constance P. Maroulis (born 1938). Both his maternal and his paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Greece in the 1920s. He was brought up in the Greek Orthodox religion and he can speak Greek. His older brother, Athan Maroulis (born 1964), is a record producer and his sister, Anastacia P. Maroulis (born 1968), is a school principal.

While a student of Rampao High School, he participated in bands like Lady Rain and Milkbone and after graduating in 1993, went on to study at the prestigious Boston Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with a degree in Musical Theater. Constantine also attended the Berklee College of Music, where he received a minor in Voice. Before he auditioned for season 4 of American Idol, he was busy singing lead for the rock band, Pray for the Soul of Betty, and appearing in a touring production of Rent. Constantine made his way to Washington DC in 2004 in order to audition for season 4 of American Idol. His brooding good looks, charismatic smile and obvious talent was enough to secure him not only the golden ticket to Hollywood but also a spot on the Top 12. He commanded attention on stage with his renditions of "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "I Think I Love You," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "My Funny Valentine, "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Nights on Broadway." On the seventh week of the finals, Constantine delineated from his usual style and decided to go with the Nickelback song "How You Remind Me." The judges did not like his performance, with Simon advising Constantine to go back to his crooner self. Unfortunately, Constantine was not able to put the judge's advice into effect as he was voted off the following day, becoming the seventh finalist to leave the show. Constantine has since then shifted his focus on launching his solo music and acting careers. He has gone across the globe, doing live shows in Manila, Philippines, and back, touring 13 cities in the Northeast in 2006. He was supposed to work with ABC on a sitcom called Brooklyn, but the network eventually decided not to pick it up. On stage, Constantine has been more successful, having landed roles in the musical version of The Wedding Singer.

Discography:

2005 : Pray For The Soul of Betty
2007 : Constantine

Singles:

2005: "My Funny Valentine" on American Idol Season 4: The Showstoppers
2005: "Bohemian Rhapsody" on Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen
2006: "Hanukkah Song" on Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols For A Cure Vol. 8
2009: "I'll Be Home For Christmas/Christmas in America" (duet with Orfeh) on New York City Christmas: a Benefit Album for ASTEP
2011: "Unchained Melody"
2011: "25 or 6 to 4"
2011: "You Really Got Me"

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