A song by Greek performer Nikos Vertis has reached almost 100,200,000 views on YouTube since its release in 2014, and is now believed to be the most popular Greek song ever.
Thelo na me nioseis (I Want You to Feel Me) is the most successful track from Vertis’ 2013 Protaseis (“Suggestions”) album.
The forty-three-year-old Vertis was born Nikolaos Vertis Arvanitidis in Gorinchem, the Netherlands, but his origin is from Galipsos, Kavala. To date, the singer has released five studio albums along with one CD single, and two special edition CD/DVD albums.
At the age of six, Vertis and his parents Argyris Arvanitidis and Morfoula Arvanitidi, moved to Thessaloniki, Greece and at seven, he began playing the bouzouki.
By the age of 15, Vertis started getting involved with singing as well. At age 16, he moved back to the Netherlands for two years, where he attended a technical high school. He returned to Greece for his military duties, and once completed, he took up music once again.
He started singing in small clubs in Thessaloniki and other locations around the region of Macedonia before he shot to stardom.
Vertis is a friend of the Israeli singer Eyal Golan, and they have sung duets together in Greek and Hebrew.