Daniel Lavoie

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Daniel Lavoie

After studying piano in his childhood with the nuns, Daniel Lavoie won in 1967, the singer-songwriter contest. Singing in English and in French, in bands and solo, he plays in pubs and piano bars.
His first recordings in 1973 and 1974, remain unnoticed. Even if his first album gets a limited success in Quebec, the song « J’ai quitté mon île » is released in France and meets the success in Brazil and Portugal. After a tour of small halls in province, Daniel Lavoie writes his second album. The public discovers Daniel Lavoie in 1979 with the release of Nirvana bleu, with songs as Angéline, La danse du smatte and Boule that are much played on radio stations. The album is praised by French critics, earning its author three weeks of success in Paris.
In Quebec, Daniel Lavoie receives in autumn 1980, the Felix Male Artist of the Year Award. In 1981, the singer releases the albums Craving, in English, and Aigre-doux, How Are You ? , in French. His reputation grows and, again in 1981, he wins the Felix Male Artist of the Year Award.
In 1983 the album Tension Attention is released and receives 3 Felix awards: Song of the year, Male artist of the year and album of the year The song “Ils s’aiment” gets more than two million sold copies in Europe and in Quebec, and is recorded in English, Spanish and Portugese.
In 1985, he wins a Golden Midem in Cannes for Ils s’aiment.
The next year, Daniel Lavoie records in London the album « Vue sur la mer » which includes among others the song “Je voudrais voir New York”. Due to a live radio referendum in five countries, the song wins in July 1987, the Renonciat Prize awarded by the French-speaking Community of radio programs.
In the fall, Daniel Lavoie triumphs with his series of shows in Paris, completes a tour of 21 European cities and again receives the Félix award for the most successful Artist Quebec. He ends up the year by winning for the second time the Victoire award for the French-speaking album of the year (Vue sur la mer).
In early 1988, he is invited by American singer Liza Minelli to participate to the TV show Liza, during which he sang two songs from the album Tips released in 1986 for the Canadian market.
In May 1990, Daniel Lavoie released the album Long courrier, that quickly reached the top of Radio-Activity charts. He wins the Felix award for the Pop-rock album of the year. At the same time, Daniel Lavoie attends “La fête” in Montreal, a show given in his honor. The singer plays his first role for the cinema in the movie « Le fabuleux voyage de l’ange”. Moreover he is casted for the symphonic rock opera Sand, and plays the role of the painter Eugène Delacroix, and for the Romantics by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon.
Meanwhile, “Here In The Heart” (1992) is released, a third album in English, which meets a big success in English Canada. The song “Weak For Love” is Inserted into an episode of the American series General Hospital. It opens for Daniel Lavoie the doors of the US market and he records in 1994 the album “Woman To Man” in Los Angeles.
In 1995 a new original album in French (« Ici ») is released. The next year he explores the world of childhood with Le Bébé Dragon 1 (he wins a Félix award in the category Album for Children) and Le Bébé Dragon 2. In March 1997, he releases “Live au Divan vert”, a greatest hits album (Ils s’aiment, Je voudrais voir New-York, and others), together with four new songs.
In 1998 he moves to Paris to participate in the musical Notre Dame de Paris, by Cocciante-Plamondon. This adventure takes an unexpected proportion in the life of the singer; the role of Frollo brings him to play in Montreal, to record the English version of Notre-Dame-de-Paris, additional shows in Paris and a series of shows in London in spring 2000.
By the end of 2001, he plays a leading role in the film Book of Eve, a Canadian-British production. From October 2002 until May 2003, at the Casino de Paris, Daniel plays the role of the aviator in the musical The Little Prince, inspired by the famous book of St-Exupéry.
Daniel Lavoie composes the music of his next album “Comédies humaines”. In 2007, the singer releases a new album named Docteur Tendresse.
In November 2011, his 22d album is released. « J’écoute la radio » is a summary of his 40-years carreer. Daniel offers a new version of 11 of his greatest hits, from « Ils s’aiment « to « Je voudrais voir New-York », « Tension Attention » and « Où la route mène”. With its extraordinary direction, « J’écoute la radio » is an album that reaffirms the stature of the author, composer and performer, his strong texts, driven by new, rich and clever arrangements, and his unique voice.
On March 25, 2014, Daniel Lavoie presents the new musical « La Licorne captive ». The big contemporary musician, Laurent Guardo has worked 10 years to give birth to this magnificent project. It is an alchemical alliance between ancient music Western instruments, electric today guitars, some Asian percussion and sumptuous medieval-inspired texts.

 

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