Lara Fabian. Biography
Born in Brussels on January 9th, 1970, Lara, whose surname is not Fabian yet, but Crokaert, spends the first five years of her life in Italy, at the foot of Mount Etna.
Once she returns to the capital of Europe, her father who is also Petula Clark’s guitarist and her Sicilian mother immediately suggest her to take singing lessons.
On December 6th, 1978, Saint Nicholas Day, Lara receives a piano from her parents, a gift marked by destiny.
In the eyes of the young singer, this piano gave her the opportunity to compose her very early melodies and helped her to cover various songs that she heard and loved via the radio.
Her father, a musician keeps on encouraging her young daughter to follow the path that she already chosen.
In 1986, the year of her sixteenth birthday, she wins the contest “Tremplin de Bruxelles” and records her first single “L’Aziza est en pleurs”.
Two years later, she represents Luxemburg at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Croire”, which reached 4th position.
The 90’s, the call of the outside world…
In May 1990, while covering “La Fille d’Ipanema” in a piano bar in Brussels, she encounters the singer-songwriter Rick Allison. It’s love at first sight on a professional and personal level.
Lara and Rick fly over to Canada and Quebec and decide to write her very first album “Lara Fabian”. The album is a success and la Belle province de Québec is immediately seduced by the charms of their wonderful Belgian cousin that sings the praises of love better than anyone else.
In 1994, her second album “Carpe Diem”, goes triple platinum and inks the very special link between her and Canada, where she performs more than 200 concerts in two years and a country of which she becomes an official citizen in 1995.
The two accomplices then continue to work together. They start writing on Lara’s third album “Pure”. The work of a true master as more than 3 million copies of the album will be sold! Her Belgian fellow citizens (Lara has kept her Belgian citizenship) and the French that she misses so much discover her album through the single “Tout”. Lara’s success goes beyond all frontiers, headlining major newspapers and enjoying her work in main radio stations and TV shows.
In 1998, Lara Fabian goes on a large tour for the first time in Belgium and France. 1998 was also her consecration year: she is nominated as Revelation of the Year at the “Victoires de la Musique”, where she sings an unforgettable duo with Johnny Hallyday, his first show, at the “Stade de France”.
A wax model of her is unveiled at Musée Grévin… A success that continues in 1999 while she receives an award for having sold the most albums in Benelux at the World Music Award.
Simultaneously, her first live album “Live 98” tops the charts in France and Belgium and Polydor decides to re-release her Quebec debut albums in Europe. In the United States, Lara also records her first album in English, which has sold over 3 million copies.
The years 2000, homecoming… and a new millennium.
Her fourth album in French “Nue” is released in August 2001. Launched in Montreal, the album goes double platinum in France and gold in Belgium and Switzerland. Singles like “J’y crois encore” or the duo with Maurane “Tu es Mon autre” prove once more Lara’s talents as a songwriter. A sold-out tour follows the release of the album.
In the same year, Lara participates to two major Hollywood soundtracks with songs “The Dream Within” for “Final Fantasy”, The Spirits Within” and the duo with Josh Groban “For Always” for Steven Spielberg’s movie “A.I, Artificial Intelligence”.
2003 is the year of intimacy for Lara with her tour “En Toute Intimité”. Inspired by a private concert she gave, she decides to tour small venues with an acoustic show. In the same year, she releases her second album in English “Wonderful Life”, from which we remember the lovely song “Guess I loved you”.
In 2004, Lara makes an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival for her participation in the soundtrack of the musical “De-Lovely” by Irwin Wrinkler, which also included icons such as Sheryl Crowe, Robbie Williams, Alanis Morissette and Diana Krall…
Her fifth album in French, “9” is released in 2005 and driven by the single “La Lettre”. This album produced another tone to Lara’s music. It went platinum in France and Belgium…
2007… The birth of her daughter Lou, offers the artist one of the most beautiful situations that life can offer: being a mother.
On May 25th, 2009, Lara Fabian releases “Toutes les femmes en moi”, an album written as a tribute to those singers she admires and whose hits she covers. Dalida, Céline Dion, Nana Mouskouri and Maurane are special women to whom Lara dedicates her album to. The box set even contains a letter for each and every one of them.
Lara continues touring tirelessly and always gets closer to her audience, which continues to grow, strength to strength.
In 2009 and 2010, tens of thousands of people attend her shows in Algeria, Israel, Ukraine, Belarus or Kazakhstan… In July 2010, she reunites with her Quebec fans at the “Festival d’été” where she makes history with a concert in front of 50 000 people.
In November 2010, the singer gathers her best songs and two previously unreleased tracks (like “Ensemble”, a posthumous duo with Ray Charles) in a “Best Of” album that goes platinum in France and Belgium.
At the same time, Lara turns her eyes towards the East. The ambitious "Mademoiselle Zhivago" project was born. Sung in four different languages and written with Russian composer Igor Krutoy. Each of the 11 tracks on the album is illustrated by a video clip directed by Alan Badoev. The show goes on tour almost everywhere in Eastern and Northern Europe. The album is finally released in France in 2012 in a limited CD-DCD edition aimed at her fans. It's a project that Lara holds dear to her heart because, when she was still an adolescent, she chose her stage name as a tribute to the main female character of the mythical Russian novel "Docteur Jivago" (played by Omar Sharif and Julie Christie in the movie) written by Nobel Prize in Literature owner Boris Pasternak.
In 2011, Lara Fabian sings for millions of television viewers during the opening ceremony of the Asian Winter Games. She sings a unreleased track “Always”, written with Igor Krutoy for this unique event. In the same year, she is invited to sing for an impressive crowd of political, economic and artistic figures from all over the world to celebrate Mikhaïl Gorbatchev’s 80th birthday. With Paul Anka, Bryan Ferry and Shirley Bassey at her side, she subjugates the guests of London’s Royal Albert Hall…
2013. Le Secret raises the veil… and the success is immediate.
On April 15th, 2013, Lara Fabian puts an end to eight years of waiting with a new original album in French. She offers to her international and French-speaking audience a double album “Le Secret”, the work of a mature artist that decides to follow her very own path by unveiling parts of her most intimate self.
Success again there too, “Le Secret” is topping the charts in France and Belgium the day of its release. Faithfull to her beliefs, Lara reunites with an audience that has never abandoned her. But Lara also sets out to win over a younger generation, which is touched by the sincere vision the singer has about life, love and the world changing around her...
In 2014 Lara releases the single “Make Me Yours Tonight” in Turkey, with a Turkish version titled “Al Götür Beni”. The single, Turkish lyrics for which have been written by Sezen Aksu, is released in 2 versions, and features the Turkish artist Mustafa Ceceli. The song tops Turkish charts at number one, and remains in the Top 10 for 19 weeks in Turkey.
After participating to the "San Remo Festival of Italian Songs" in February 2015, Lara releases two "Best of" albums, titled "Essential" and "Selection", including news songs, in various countries.
Following several sold out concerts in North America and Europe in autumn 2014 and spring 2015, Lara announces the release of new French album in 2015. The first single, extract of the upcoming album, “Quand je ne chante pas” is released in June 2015. The new album, Lara’s 12th, titled “Ma vie dans la tienne” will be released by Warner Music on November 6th 2015.