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Julien Clerc, pronounced: [ʒy.ljɛ̃ klɛʁ], (4 October 1947), born as Paul Alain Leclerc, is a French singer and songwriter.
Born in Paris, Clerc grew up listening to classical music in his father Paul Alain Clerc's home, while his mother Evelyn Merlot introduced him to the music of such singers as Georges Brassens and Edith Piaf. He began to learn the piano at six, and by 13, started to play by ear everything he heard on the radio.
During his secondary school and university days, he met Maurice Vallet and Etienne Roda-Gil, two of his main songwriters, and began to compose his first songs. He changed his name to Julien Clerc upon signing a contract with Pathé Marconi, releasing his first album in May 1968.
The album went on to win the Charles Cros Academy Record Award. In 1969, Clerc went on the Olympia stage for the first time to open for Gilbert Becaud's concert. Despite having been in show business for only one year, his performance was a great success. He would later return repeatedly to the Olympia for a series of concerts.
From May 1969 to February 1970, he starred in the highly successful Paris run of the musical "Hair", which increased his profile.
By the age of 24, Clerc was a major star and recorded numerous hits, many of which were sold abroad, translated and distributed in other languages.
In 1979, he took part in two new collaborative ventures, singing the title song of the children's musical, "Emilie Jolie" and participating in "36 Front Populaire", a double album musical about a turbulent historical period. Over the years, Clerc's repertoire has ranged from his own compositions to classic French songs like "Comme Hier" by Brassens and "L'hymne à l'amour" by Edith Piaf. He has performed in Africa, the Americas and Europe.
In January 1999, Clerc went on stage at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and delivered an unplugged acoustic set that was a long way from the rock/pop-based shows that he had been giving his audience for some years. In 2000, he appeared, along with many other artists, in a number of benefit concerts for Restaurants du Coeur, a winter food bank charity.
In 2003, Clerc recorded a new album of classic American "standards", in French. On another front, Clerc was named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at a ceremony in Paris in November 2003 after working for nearly two years with the agency on various benevolent projects for refugees. In March 2004, he undertook his first field mission to meet with refugees and aid workers in Chad. His mission was documented by "Envoyé spécial" and was broadcast on a national French TV channel in April 2004.
Clerc has five children: daughters Angèle (adopted) and Jeanne with French actress Miou-Miou; daughter Vanille and son Barnabé with then-wife Virginie Coupérie; and son Léonard with Hélène Grémillon whom he married in 2012.
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Bernard Lavilliers (born on 7 October 1946) is a French singer. He was born Bernard Oulion in Saint-Étienne, Loire.
The band Fatals Picards wrote a song titled "Bernard Lavilliers", satirizing Lavilliers' image as a former adventurer.
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Ismaël Jolé-Ménébhi better known by the stage name Taïro (born in Paris on 5 February 1978), is a French singer, songwriter of dancehall reggae. He has released two albums, Chœurs et âme in 2009 and Ainsi soit-il in 2013, in addition to three street tapes.
He was born of in Paris in 1978. After his parents divorced, he went on to live with his mother in the Xe arrondissement. His first artistic role was in the 1991 film Le Jeune Werther directed by Jacques Doillon when he was just 13. He was also exposed to reggae music at school and he embraced the trend and performed in school events and in 1993 formed his band Youthmen Ten taking the stage name Taïro ("Tyro") meaning a novice or beginner. In 1996, he appeared under the pseudonym Wicked Dread, in the track "Quel F*cky" by the group Section Fu on the EP Mortal Kombat. Beginning of the 2000s, Yothmen Ten disbanded.
in 2000, he was released the single "Millénaire featuring One Shot. It reached number 35 in France. He gained critical acclaim through his interpretation of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man". He collaborated with Faf Larage in "Mea Culpa" also in 2000. In addition, he sang a number of Jamaican traditional hits. Through the support of Akhenaton, his music found its way in the soundtrack for Taxi 2. Other collaborations include tracks on albums by Nuttea, Assassin, Faf Larage in the album Rap Stories, Bakar in his album Rose de betton, he was featured on German rap group Massive Töne's track "Geld oder Liebe" (DE #45) and a joint single with Flya in "Elle veut". He was famous for "J'irai cracher sur ta tombe" with Disiz la Peste.
In 2009, Taïro released his own debut studio album Chœurs et Âme. The track "Mama" was dedicated to his mother and her sacrifices for him.
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Guillaume Tranchant (French pronunciation: [ɡijom tʁɑ̃ʃɑ̃]; born 20 February 1980), better known by his stage name Gringe ([ɡʁɛ̃ʒ]), is a French rapper, songwriter and actor. He is one half of the French hip hop duo Casseurs Flowters, along with Orelsan, with whom he has released two studio albums: Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters in 2013, and the original soundtrack for their 2015 film Comment c'est loin.
In 2004, Gringe formed the hip hop duo Casseurs Flowters with his colleague Orelsan, and with help from French record producer Skread, they released their first mixtape Fantasy: Episode 1 in 2004 with 11 tracks. Afterwards, the two decided to focus on building their solo careers; Gringe collaborated with a number of artists including El Matador, Brasco, Pit Baccardi, La Province, Jamal and Nubi, while he also appeared on the song "Ils sont cools", from Orelsan's second studio album Le chant des sirènes, which peaked at number 66 on the French (SNEP) Singles Chart.On 3 July 2013, Gringe released his first collaborative single as Casseurs Flowters with Orelsan, "Bloqué", as a pre-release for their upcoming debut studio album, Orelsan et Gringe sont les Casseurs Flowters, which was released on 15 November 2013 to generally positive reviews. On 9 December 2015, Orelsan and Gringe released their second collective studio album Comment c'est loin, which also served as the soundtrack for their comedy film of the same name, peaking at number 24 on the French Albums Chart and earning a platinum certification in France 13 months later.
In April 2017, Gringe announced that he was working on his debut solo album, but did not provide any exact date for its release.On 3 November 2018, Gringe released his first solo album Enfant Lune.
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