Orianthi Panagaris or Orianthi , born January 22, 1985 in Adelaide, is a guitarist of British and Australian nationalities. His style is often compared to other virtuosos like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen or Carlos Santana. Orianthi was Michael Jackson's guitarist while preparing for his This Is It tour which did not happen because of the death of the singer.
Originally from Greece and England, Orianthi was born in Adelaide, Australia >>>>>>>. She learned to play acoustic guitar at age six thanks to her father, who was a guitarist herself, and then to the electric guitar around the age of ten. From the age of 14, she plays in several different groups in England and France. She leaves school at age 15 to concentrate on composition and stage. His first show was an event for Steve Vai, his first real support, at the age of 15. Orianthi meets Carlos Santana at 18 when he asks her if she wants to join him on stage at one of his shows. She signed with Geffen Records at the end of 2006 and signed a contract with 19SMEntertainment in 2007 >>>. She currently lives in the United States and Asia.
Orianthi played with Prince, made a video clip for Panasonic HD, played at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival >>> and has been named one of the top twelve female electric guitarists . She has also appeared at the 51> Annual Grammy Awards as lead guitarist of Carrie Underwood >>>>>>>.
In 2009 Orianthi was also Michael Jackson's lead guitarist and was present on all rehearsals of the This Is It tour >>>>>. Regarding being chosen by Michael Jackson, she said>: