Posts Tagged ‘music’

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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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Petit rendezvous with…

March 21, 2009
Jean Gabin, Marlene Dietrich - trop romantique!

Romance: Jean Gabin, Marlene Dietrich

We’ve had so many suggestions from fans of French music about who to feature next, we decided to give a sneak preview of the incredible artists we plan to cover in future posts.

What they all have in common is amazing stories of triumphs over adversity – and of course that they sing in French!

We’re calling these mini posts ‘Petit Rendezvous with…‘ – and of course we will over time also add their music and lyrics (translated into English) to our addictive language learning ezine at LingoLyrics.com.

So let’s get started! Here’s our very first ‘Petit Rendezvous with…‘:

  • Alain Bashung: French singer, songwriter and actor – RIP (1 December 1947 – 14 March 2009). Alain was the most awarded artist in the history of the coveted ‘Les Victoires’. Raised by his grandmother in a tiny village in Alsace, Alain beat all the odds to become an international star despite being a very shy man to the end. A sad loss for French and World music.
  • Jean Gabin: French singer, songwriter, movie star and war hero – RIP (17 May 1904 – 15 November 1976). His love affair with Marlene Dietrich saw him spurn a major Hollywood movie role after the studio refused to give his lover a part in the film. Instead he joined the Free French Forces of General Charles de Gaulle and won medals for valour in WWII campaigns in North Africa.  When Paris was liberated Marlene was waiting to greet him on his battle tank – trop romantique!
  • Jacques Brel: Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director – RIP (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978). So much of his music is familiar to the English-speaker’s ear because many of his songs were recorded in English by stars like Frank Sinatra, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Spencer Moody, Terry Jacks… the list goes on! Jacques sold more than 25 million records worldwide.

For more incredible tales about amazing French musicians, as well as music videos and lyrics translated into English, go to:

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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Gregory Lemarchal – Tragedy and Legacy

March 5, 2009

Grégory Lemarchal was a popular young French singer. He died aged just 23 (May 13, 1983 – April 30, 2007) after winning the hearts of millions with his pure voice and clean-cut good looks. During his short life he:

  • Was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of 20 months;
  • Became France’s champion of acrobatic rock aged 12 (1995);
  • Won the Star Academy (Paris, France) televised talent competition in 2004 with 80 per cent of the public vote;
  • Saw his debut single, Ecris l’histoire, reach No.2 in the French charts in 2005 and go platinum;
  • Saw his debut album, Je deviens moi, entered at No.1;
  • Won Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2005) at the NRJ Music Awards;
  • Completed his first solo nationwide tour in 2006, and a DVD of his performance at the Olympia was released;
  • Saw his French duet versions of the British singer Lucie Silvas’ hit single What You’re Made Of go to No.2 in the singles charts.

In 2007, Lemarchal announced that his doctors had ordered him to take a few months off to recuperate from illness. He was never to return to the stage: He died of complications from cystic fibrosis on the morning of April 30, 2007, waiting for an organ transplant.

To hear his amazing music and to read more, please visit:www.lingolyrics.com

Gregory Lemarchal Official Website:
http://gregorylemarchal.artistes.universalmusic.fr/

Association Grégory Lemarchal:http://www.association-gregorylemarchal.com/

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

March 2, 2009

Please also take a moment to check out our site:

www.lingolyrics.com

Watch the best French music videos with something to suit all tastes: from the nostalgia of Edith Piaf (‘La vie en rose’) to the chart-topping rock of Kyo (‘Je Saigne Encore’)… from pop to reggae to classical.

With each video, we’ve provided the transcribed and translated lyrics in English and French (literal translations).

At www.lingolyrics.com you’ll also find:

  • profiles on featured artists and bands
  • latest releases
  • links to official fan sites
  • links to legitimate mp3 download sites, and (coming soon)
  • hot news updates
  • reviews
  • concert alerts and booking links
  • travel booking links (try out your French in France!)
  • recommended language learning products and services

Sign up to our growing community, network, chat and receive regular updates every time something new gets added.

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

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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!