Posts Tagged ‘France’

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LingoLyrics to promote French stars of tomorrow!

April 3, 2009
Christina Goh: Gifted singer

Christina Goh: Gifted singer

LingoLyrics is proud to announce an exciting new direction! We are now shining a light on all the incredible up-and-coming or undiscovered music talent of France…

And the very first singer to be featured is CHRISTINA GOH!

Christina’s poetic lyrics and mellow melodies are destined to take her all the way to the top – and LingoLyrics will be with her all the way.

Not only are we profiling her here, we are also featuring her amazing music video Reputation de peine from her hot new album Eveil (Awakening) on our main site at LingoLyrics.com.

We are also providing both the French lyrics and English translations, as well as another profile piece.

What’s more, LingoLyrics will promote Christina’s music across all its business and social networks – we already have a growing list of influential friends in the music industry globally. And we’ll push to win her more radio airtime – in France and abroad!

Christina Goh is the first of many talented French musicians to come – watch this space!

www.LingoLyrics.com

Learn to SING in French – and you’ll learn to SPEAK it!

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Louisy Joseph’s amazing rags to riches tale!

March 19, 2009
Stunning Louisy Joseph bounces back

Stunning Louisy Joseph bounces back

Louisy Joseph is a gorgeous French singer of Martinique heritage who has gone from rags to riches in the last year…

Not so long ago the sizzling chart-topper had to sell all her furniture just to pay the bills – despite selling MILLIONS of records while with top French girl band L5 from 2001 to 2007!

The experience inspired the lyrics for her recent megahit Assis Par Terre (‘Sitting on the Floor’).

Born Lydy Louisy Joseph on April 14, 1978 in Lyon, she discovered a love for music very early. Seeing her father’s Caribbean band perform led to her composing her own songs and learning the guitar. She left school at the age of 15 to devote herself to music.

In 2001 she auditioned for the M6 music contest ‘Popstars’ – and went on to win a place in L5.

The girl band’s first single, Toutes les femmes de ta vie, was released in 2002 and sold 1.6 million copies. Their first album, ‘L5’, sold 1.2 million discs. Their second album, ‘Retiens-moi’, went platinum after selling over 500,000 copies.

But by 2006 the band’s sales had slumped and they split. Not having earned much during her time with L5, Louisy fell on hard times and had to sell all her furniture.

A friend convinced her to contact Pascal Obispo at Warner Music France, who immediately signed her.  With the gifted John Mamann as her producer, she made a soul, reggae and acoustic album, dropping her first name to become simply Louisy Joseph.

Louisy’s first solo album, ‘La saison des amours’, was released on April 14 2008 – her 30th birthday – with hit singles, Assis par terre, Mes insomnies and Imagine de John Lennon. In September, ‘La saison’ went Silver. From January 2009, Louisy started her first solo tour in France.

Hear Louisy’s amazing music and find the lyrics transcribed in French and translated into English HERE!

Official site

www.LingoLyrics.com

Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!

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Carla Bruni-Sarkozy: First Lady of French Music

March 7, 2009

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi): heiress, supermodel, singer, songwriter, First Lady of France… Discover her amazing music!

She didn’t just sit around and wait for her massive inheritance… And she didn’t take advantage of her VIP connections to carve out an international career for herself in modelling and music.

Here’s a selection of facts about the stunning and talented Carla Bruni:

  • She was born on 23 December 1967
  • She is an Italian-born (Turin), naturalized French songwriter, singer and former model
  • She is the First Lady of France, after marrying French President Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008
  • She is heiress to the fortune created by the Italian tyre makers CEAT, founded in the 1920s by her grandfather
  • Her family moved to France in 1975, reportedly to escape the threat of kidnapping by the Red Brigades
  • She grew up in France from age eight and attended boarding school in Switzerland
  • She went to Paris to study art and architecture
  • She left college at 19 to sign with City Models
  • She worked for designers and fashion houses such as Guess? Jeans, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Chanel and Versace
  • While modelling, she dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger
  • In 1997, Carla quit modelling to devote herself to music. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed seven tracks on his 2000 album ‘Si j’étais elle’
  • In 2002, her debut album Quelqu’un m’a dit (Someone Told Me), was released in Europe
  • Her second album, No Promises (Jan 2007) set to music the poems of William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare, and Christina Rosetti
  • She released her third album Comme si de rien n’était (As If Nothing Happened) on 11 July 2008. Royalties will be donated to charity
  • Her music is awesome

To see and hear Carla, and learn more, visit:

www.lingolyrics.com

Official Website: www.carlabruni.com/

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The amazing story of Edith Piaf

March 6, 2009

Edith Piaf’s life story reads like a thriller. A rollercoaster ride of extreme poverty, fabulous wealth, complete happiness and utter tragedy.

In her lifetime, the tiny (4 foot 10) singer who became known as Little Sparrow:

  • Triumphed over adversity to take the French and world music business by storm;
  • Was blind from the ages of three to seven;
  • Was raised by prostitutes in her grandmother’s brothel;
  • First sang in public at the age of 14;
  • Lost her only child to meningitis;
  • Was accused of collaborating with the Nazis (she denied this, saying she was in fact a secret member of the Resistance, for which there is some evidence);
  • Reportedly helped French prisoners of war escape their Nazi captors;
  • Was accused of involvement in a mob murder (she was acquitted);
  • Conquered America, appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show eight times and at Carnegie Hall twice;
  • Discovered and helped make famous legendary French singers Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour;
  • Lost the love of her life, a famous French boxer, in a tragic plane crash;
  • Counted among her personal friends the likes of heartthrob actor Maurice Chevalier and actress and singer Marlene Dietrich;
  • Recorded over 200 songs and appeared in ten films;
  • Married a man 20 years younger than her;
  • Was seriously injured in a car crash along with Charles Aznavour;
  • Almost died in two more car accidents;
  • Became addicted to morphine and alcohol;
  • Died of liver cancer, aged just 47 (19 December 1915 – 10 October 1963)

Listen to her amazing music and read more at www.lingolyrics.com

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Rendezvous with the amazing music-makers of France

March 2, 2009

Hi! We’re Venetia (19) and Bianca (15), bilingual (English/French) sisters living in France. We’re developing our own ezine – www.lingolyrics.com – that makes it easy and fun to learn French.

In our blog we’ll be sharing our passion for the language of love by introducing you to some amazing French musicians.

We’ll be telling you about the likes of:

  • the legendary Edith Piaf, whose life story reads like a thriller – a rollercoaster ride of extreme poverty, fabulous wealth, complete happiness and utter heartbreak
  • tragic Grégory Lemarchal, who died aged just 23 after having won the hearts of millions with his pure voice and clean-cut good looks;
  • gifted musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi): heiress, supermodel, singer, songwriter, First Lady of France

… and many more fascinating personalities – including the great singers and bands at the top of the French charts right now.

We can’t wait to share these amazing stories with you – as well as giving you the chance to listen to some superb French music… and discover what all those beautiful-sounding lyrics mean. (We’re even providing the transcribed and translated lyrics)

Hopefully, like us, you will not only come love French music – you’ll also find that you’re learning to speak French at the same time. =)

à bientôt!

www.lingolyrics.com
Learn to sing in French – and you’ll learn to speak it!