Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian

Pop singer
Date of Birth: 09.01.1970
Country: Belgium

Content:
  1. Biography of Lara Fabian
  2. Childhood
  3. Musical Career
  4. Personal Life
  5. Lara Fabian Today

Biography of Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian is a globally renowned Belgian-Italian singer, songwriter, and author. Born Lara Crokaert on January 9, 1970, in Etterbeek, Belgium, she is well-known for her powerful and unique voice, which can be recognized from the first note. Her most famous composition is undoubtedly "Je T’aime." Lara sings songs in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and even Russian.

Lara Fabian

Childhood

Lara Fabian spent her early years in Sicily, Italy, where her mother was from. They later returned to Belgium. Her father, who was a guitarist, recognized her musical talents and sent her to a music school. Lara not only learned to play the piano but also began composing music. At the age of 14, she performed on stage for the first time with her father, impressing the audience with her melodious voice. This experience later helped Lara succeed in the prestigious "Tremplin" competition in 1986, which she won triumphantly. Two years later, Fabian represented Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest and secured fourth place with the song "Croire" ("Believe"). The song quickly became popular in Europe, selling 600,000 copies.

Lara Fabian

Musical Career

A pivotal moment in Lara's career was her decision to conquer another continent, specifically Canada, in 1990. She settled in Montreal with Rick Allison, who became her music composer and producer. In the same year, her debut album "Lara Fabian," funded by her father, was released. Canada warmly embraced the unique and original artist, and her singles "Qui pense a l’amour" and "Le jour ou tu partiras" quickly became beloved by listeners. Her romantic repertoire began to attract more and more fans of the genre. In the same year, Lara was nominated for a "Felix" award. Her debut album went platinum and then gold.

Lara Fabian

In 1994, the album "Carpe diem" replicated the success of her first album. Lara started to fill concert halls, and her musical spectacle "Sentiments Acoustiques" toured 25 Canadian cities. Critics began comparing her emotionally penetrating lyrical soprano voice to that of Celine Dion. However, it soon became clear that Lara Fabian was one of a kind. In a 1994 survey, Lara was recognized as the most promising artist in Canada, breaking the norm of the survey winner being of Canadian origin. At Gala de l'ADISQ-95, Lara Fabian received nominations for "Best Concert" and "Best Female Performer of the Year." Her third album, "Pure," was released in 1996 and confirmed that Lara Fabian had conquered not only Canada but also the world. The album featured the iconic song "Je T’aime," which is incomparable in its emotional depth. The album also included the composition "Si Tu M'aimes," which became part of the soundtrack for the popular TV series "Clon."

Lara Fabian

In 1996, Lara voiced the character Esmeralda in the Disney animated film "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." She also obtained Canadian citizenship that year. In 1997, the album "Pure" achieved success in Europe as well. The first single from the album sold 1.5 million copies, and a few months later, Lara received her first European gold record and a "Felix" award for "Most Popular Album of the Year." The duet "Requiem pour un fou" with French star Johnny Hallyday also captivated Lara's fans. Fabian's music and style of performance consistently touched the hearts of audiences, even those who didn't understand French. Lara gained fans worldwide and began working on her first English-language album, which was released in Europe and Canada in 1999. The album featured the memorable composition "Adagio," a vocal version of a famous melody.

Lara Fabian

In the early 2000s, Lara Fabian regularly appeared on French television. She participated in various programs, and her single "I Will Love Again" topped the Billboard Club Play Chart. After her world tour, Fabian received another "Felix" award as the best French-language singer. The album "Lara Fabian" ("Adagio") was considered only partially successful in France, but it sold 2 million copies worldwide. In the following years, Fabian had to distance herself from comparisons with Celine Dion, as in America, she was constantly being compared to the famous Canadian singer, despite both of them being unique and special. In 2001, Lara attempted once again to conquer America with her song "For Always," which featured in Stephen Spielberg's popular film "Artificial Intelligence."

Her tour in support of the new album "Nue" began in late 2001 in Brussels and lasted until March 2002. After the tour, Lara Fabian released a double CD with recordings of her concerts, as well as the DVD "Lara Fabian Live." The success of the new album strengthened Lara's hope of remaining on the global music scene. In mid-2004, she released her second English-language album, "A Wonderful Life." The album did not achieve great success, leading Lara to decide to continue singing in French.

In 2004, Fabian performed two concerts in Moscow at the Moscow International House of Music with her acoustic program "En Toute Intimite." Since then, she has visited Russia every year, as she has gathered a dedicated fan base in the country.

In 2005, Fabian released the album "9." On the cover, Lara appeared in an embryo pose, symbolizing her rebirth as a star. She left Canada, settled in Belgium, changed her band lineup, and asked Jean-Felix Lalanne to help create the album.

Two years later, Fabian released the album "Toutes Les Femmes En Moi" ("Women in Me"). With this album, Lara Fabian expressed her admiration for Quebec and French female singers. In late 2009, she participated in the filming of the musical film "Mademoiselle Zhivago" in Kiev, where she performed 11 songs based on Igor Krutoy's melodies, including a composition with a small use of the Russian language called "Mama Moya" ("My Mother"). According to the singer, her parents named her after the heroine of Boris Pasternak's novel, making her participation in this project particularly symbolic. She also recorded a song from Alla Pugacheva's repertoire, "Lyubov, pokhozhaya na son" ("Love Resembling a Dream"), with Igor Krutoy.

Lara Fabian has since released several more albums in French, including "Le Secret" (2014) and "Ma vie dans la tienne" (2015). Her performances can be described as minimalistic, with Fabian having no backup dancers. She appears on stage in simple attire with minimal makeup and jewelry, allowing her incredible 4.1-octave lyrical soprano voice to captivate the audience. All of Lara's songs are written in the best traditions of French chanson.

Personal Life

Lara Fabian's personal life has always been closely intertwined with her music. Her first major love was pianist Rick Allison, whom she met when she was 20 years old. Their creative and romantic partnership produced sincere and touching compositions. However, their relationship ended on a sour note, which Lara expressed in her most famous song to date, "Je T’aime."

After six years together, the couple split up, but Rick and Lara continued their musical collaboration for a long time. Following Allison, Fabian had several brief relationships with men in the creative industry, but for various reasons, their relationships ended.

On November 20, 2007, Lara Fabian gave birth to her daughter, Lou, with her civil partner, French director Gerard Pullicino. Lara named her daughter after her own mother. In 2012, the singer separated from her husband and married Italian illusionist Gabriel Di Giorgio in 2013.

Lara Fabian Today

In 2017, Lara Fabian released the melodic English-language album "Camouflage" and embarked on a tour featuring her new compositions. She visited Russia as part of the tour. Fabian is happily married and lives with her husband and daughter in the suburbs of Brussels.

Today, Lara Fabian's name is synonymous with one of the best vocalists in the world. Her discography boasts 12 albums, each of which has sold millions of copies worldwide.

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