Lara Fabian Biography
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Lara was born in January 1970, in the Belgian town of Etterbeek. Her Flemish father and Sicilian mother, inspired by the theme song of the film Doctor Zhivago, named her Lara. From the age of five, Lara knew she wanted to sing. Accompanied by her musician father, a former guitarist and backing vocalist for Petula Clark, she began her singing career at 14 in Brussels' boîtes à chanson. A few years later, she entered a number of European competitions and won several prizes. Then, at 18, she sang the song "Croire" in the prestigious Eurovision competition and was awarded fourth prize.
It was at this time that her first recordings, both on the French Tréma label, found an appreciative public. Her songs "Croire" and "Je sais" sold 500,000 and 300,000 copies respectively. A year earlier, she had recorded a first single, "L'aziza est en pleurs".
Following her European successes, Lara traveled to Quebec to promote "Je sais" and fell in love with the place. With her friend Rick Allison at her side, two suitcases and $1,000 in her pocket, she decided to embark on a career in North America. A first album, simply entitled 'Lara Fabian', that had been recorded earlier in Belgium was released in Canada in August 1991. The success of songs like "Le jour où tu partiras", "Les murs" and "Qui pense à l'amour" gave Lara the exposure she needed on the radio. Her skill as a songwriter was particularly highlighted with the success of the single "Je m'arrêterai pas de t'aimer", and her debut album went on to be certified gold in 1993 and then platinum the following year. Lara received several nomations at the 1993 ADISQ awards and a poll published around that time revealed that Lara was considered Quebec's most promising singer.
'Carpe Diem,' Lara's second album, was released three years after her eponymous album and proved that her popularity with the Quebec public was more than just a flash in the pan. In less than three weeks, the album went gold and three of its songs "Tu t'en vas", "Si tu m'aimes" and "Leïla" found themselves on the Top-50 radio hit parade. The following year, the album went triple platinum and Lara’s SRO tour attracted more than 150,000 fans. This phenomenal success was recognized at the 1995 ADISQ gala in which Lara received two Félix awards: Best Show Of The Year and Best Female Singer Of The Year (a category voted upon by the public).
In January 1995, at the request of Serge Lama, Lara joined the singer on the stage of the Paris venue Palais des Congrès to perform "Je suis malade", a song she had sung on her 'Carpe Diem' album. Upon seeing the audience's response to the duo, Serge Lama right away asked Lara to sing the song once more on her own to the great delight of those present. This contact with the French public was just a sample of what would come less than two years later.
The Walt Disney Studios immortalized Lara's voice in 1996 when they asked her to do the voice for the character Esmeralda and sing a song in the animated feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Disney also included Lara's French version on the English film’s soundtrack album beside that of Bette Midler's version, a first.
That same year, 'Pure,' Lara's third album, was released in October and went platinum in less than two weeks. For this recording, Lara was awarded a Félix for Popular Album Of The Year at the 1997 ADISQ gala and was also nominated for two Juno awards in the Best Female Singer and Best Selling French Album categories.
This recognition once again attracted the attention of movie studios. The producer of Daylight, starring Sylvester Stallone, entrusted her and Rick Allison with 'Tant qu'il y aura de l'amour', the French version of the song performed by Donna Summer and Bruce Roberts, and produced by David Foster.
When Lara signed a contract with the French Polydor label for several albums, French-speaking Europe was in for a stirring comeback. With the release of 'Pure' in June of 1997, Lara's European career skyrocketed. Sales of 'Pure' hit the 2 million mark, while the singles "Tout ", "Je t'aime" and "Humana" each sold more than 1 million records. In January of 1998, the French got the chance to hear Lara sing a duo with Johnny Hallyday at a benefit concert given for the Restos du Cur, as well as on Lara’s own tour that included two sold-out shows at L'Olympia. A month later, on that same stage, Lara was given the Discovery Of The Year award during the Victoires de la musique gala. Soon after, to satisfy public demand, Polydor released 'Carpe Diem' in Europe.
After a sold-out two-night stint at the Paris Palais des Sports in April, Lara was even more in demand. Once again she was invited to perform with Johnny Hallyday during several concerts given at the Stade de France in front of 240,000 fans. The following fall, Lara undertook a European tour that reached more than 100,000 fans.
Lara's tremendous popularity is perhaps exemplified by the famous Grévin Wax Museum's decision to unveil her wax effigy, as a Quebec City museum had already done. She thus became the first female Canadian singer ever to be honoured by the Paris institution.
By November of 1998, the praise was multiplying: in Quebec, Lara received the Félix award for Artist With The Most Recognition Outside Quebec at the ADISQ gala. Furthermore, in December, she was chosen Revelation Of The Year by the magazine Paris Match, which put her on its front page to mark this occasion.
Lara spent most of fall 1998 in France, where she embarked on an extensive tour of 24 cities including Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Geneva and Monaco. During this sold-out concert tour, Lara performed in front of more than 150,000 people. In May 1999, Lara was honoured at the World Music Awards in Monaco, where she was given the award for Best Selling Record for the year 1998 for her album 'Pure.'
In July 1999, with over 6 million records sold across French territories, Polydor, in order to satisfy the demand, released Lara’s eponymous album. The European version of this early album contained slight modifications, such as a new album cover and the addition of the song "Croire".
In the summer of 1999, Lara crossed the Atlantic to record her first English-language album in New York and San Francisco for the Sony label. The songs were written and produced with the help of her partner Rick Allison and Dave Pickell as well as with Walter Afanasieff, Glen Ballard and Pat Leonard, who are all regular contributors to the work of several international stars.
If the past is any indication of what's to come, one can easily imagine that Lara's English-language debut album, simply titled 'Lara Fabian' will, once again, enthrall a new audience and then win over still more fans to her unique talent.
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Music lover from EHT! | Reviewer: Ricky Rellosa | 4/6/13
Lara Fabian sings with her soul and her voice is so powerful and I feel like I'm in paradise listening to a Diva with an angelic tone. Every song lover should not fail to listen to her majestic and magnificent voice! I can watch her videos the whole day and I recommend her to everyone who loves ballads and classical music.
En Toute Intimite | Reviewer: Carmelita | 3/29/13
Discovered Lara on You Tube and signed up with Netflix just to get a dvd of "En Toute Intimite". It is still not available at Amazon. I love your voice Lara and every song that you sang. When are you performing in the U.S.? Please come. Unlike most performers you communicate effectively with each song and you are fearless in showing your feelings through your songs. Where and when is your next concert? Your voice has a natural sound to it, effortless and very soothing and melodious. If you were an actress you will be great! I pray for your continued success and I hope that your singing will be as great as ever!!
speechless! | Reviewer: allen sauner Yy | 12/17/12
to hear lara fabian the first time left me speechless.she appeared on carson daily and did an accopello version of queens we will rock you.speechless,and then I got her then current cd and played it for a month.amazing,ive no words for
Lara you are my inspiration | Reviewer: Annavonh | 11/4/12
Lara you are my inspiration.I admire you so much..I can't believe your passion for music and your amazing vocals has not been introduced to the U.S.A yet..You have gave me a meaning for living and breathing.Coming from a 13 year old girl...Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to me..I will sing your songs til the they day I lay my head on my bed where I know longer breathe anymore <3 merci beaucoup
My Angel, Sing on, and on.... | Reviewer: Malcolm Domingue | 9/13/12
When Lara sings Caruso I am sent into a spiritual journey that I feel in the depth of my heart and soul. It's facination, inspirdation that brings to the forefront the feeling of being a very young man again. God has so blessed you with this great talent that I urge anyone who has never heard her to acquire a recording--close your eyes and ENJOY.
Stay the way you appear | Reviewer: John | 8/9/12
Some entertainers allow their popularity to their singular ego and
Mr. and Ms nice guy and girl, forget what they have, is a gift from
the good Lord.You were created for man's little bit of heaven. I hope you always remain as you appear. John O' in Florida
a soul foul diva | Reviewer: shellah Marie Padua | 7/16/12
impressive singer, the first time i had seen her singing in you tube it's as if i had been hypnotized by her voice and her eyes and the next thing i had remember, i am just uploading her english and spanish songs in my galaxy note cphone. more songs to come Lara. - Shellah ( TAGUIG city, Manila phils )
Amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/23/11
A dear friend in Spain,introduced me to the work of Lara
I have to say,I am ashamed to admit,I had never heard of her
here version of Adagio,had me in tears,breath taking
on my return to U.K,i asked several friends,had they heard of her,none had,but have since down loaded her work
What have her managers been doing,to keep such a gifted singer,from our shores.
I hope it's none of this English/French nonsense ?
We English appreciate a wonderful voice,so let's be seeing her,and soon xx
Why is Lara Fabian, with all her talents, not performing much in America? | Reviewer: Herbert Saltzman,MD | 12/8/11
Noone can deny this wonderful Belgian composer/vocal artist's magnificent talents which have been mainly displayed in Europe and Canada, where she acquired Canadian citizenship. As a native Canadian who came from Quebec to the US in the early 1970's, I unfortunately missed her incomparable gifts and performances. Equally fluent in French (her favorite),Italian,English and Spanish, her angelic performances thrill all alike.Many of her songs can be seen and heard on video. the incomparable Canadian musical "hitman", David Foster, who groomed Celine Dion, brought Michael Bolton to sing "The Prayer" with Lara whom he termed the greatest vocalist on the planet. Come to America for us to delight in your magnificent being.
Please make your first stop NYC and Long Island. We missed you for that overflowing central
Park concert with Andrea Bocelli.
Goddess | Reviewer: Jane | 10/13/11
Absolutely incredible voice and manner of singing! Can say that Lara is the greatest singer of our time! Some much passion and sincere... and her Voice! Her GREAT VOICE! Yes, God blessed this woman and she's a gift for us... from Heaven
mikeda | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/11
Absolutely GREAT talent. Lara, you have a gift to produce not just a sounds - your voice is coming from the heaven, I am flying somewhere above the earth every time I listen to you. And the expression on your face when you sing is amazing; I think angel looks like you.
Hooked on Lara | Reviewer: John Joseph McCauley | 3/10/11
I have read most of the reviews preceding mine. Amazing how much I share with many of them. I discovered you quite by accident. I was brousing on the "Jango" website (www.jango.com)and accidentally caused one of your songs to be played. The first contact was about a month ago. The song was "Adagio" in english. It was not what I was looking for and started to click off and move on but hearing you for a second hooked me. I have ordered and received CD's from Amazon.com and I listen to you on Jango every night. I play the CD's in my car mostly. I am sad that I have missed so many years of enjoying listening to you. I speak no languages other than english. I am in awe of those who do. I live in a small town in Oklahoma USA. Like several others who have commented, I am a widower since July of 2010. I am 69 and have 4 grown daughters and 13 wonderful grandkids and 3 great grand children. I am glad to have found your music. Thank you.
lara and alessandro | Reviewer: howard goldie | 2/23/11
It seems to me that the big hit record for Lara would have come ( ala Celine ) not as a solo, where she sings to the crowd, but with an equal partner doing duets. That partner existed ten years ago in Alessandro Safina. If these two had done Italian tunes together it would have adhanced each career separately and greatly. It could still be done. why not?
Heart Felt | Reviewer: Dave | 1/20/11
I also love to hear your voice and see your emotions spilled out on the stage as you sing. You make me feel wonderful inside, your voice, and beauty and expressions are nothing but greatness, I wish you the best and all the happiness and success you deserve.
your voice put spell on me | Reviewer: Vladimir Kapustin | 1/14/11
I really don't know what to add more.
It's scare me sometimes. Your music and performance bring me to the state of trans, I just can't stop listening. The timbre of your voice is indescribably beautiful and the power of your performance is the magic and you are fairy.
When I heard your performance first time in 2004 in Russia I was stunned. Being musician, I regret so much that I was introduced to your music so late. I lost so many years of listening and watching your performance. I still don’t understand why you name and voice are not gracefully and completely introduced to American public.
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