Patricia Kaas

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Patricia Kaas

Since 1987, Patricia Kaas is successful in the major French-speaking and German-speaking countries, as well as in Russia, where she performs regularly on stage. Her albums are sold in about forty countries, with sales estimated at around 17 million albums worldwide.
Supported by her parents, Patricia Kaas starts giving concerts at the age of 8. When she is 13, she is hired in a Sarrebruck’s cabaret where she will be singing during 7 years, every Saturday night. She is finally spotted by François Bernheim in 1985. Back to Paris, he will coproduce the first record of Patricia with Gérard Depardieu. « Jalouse » will not meet the success.
However, 2 years later, François Bernheim introduces Patricia Kaas to Didier Barbelivien, who will offer her the song « Mademoiselle chante le blues ». The song is released in April 1987 and receives the Charles Cros award. In December, she is for the first time on stage at the Olympia, in first part of Julie Pietri. In November 1988, Patricia Kaas’ first album « Mademoiselle chante… » is released and obtains an immediate success in France and in Germany with hits as « D’Allemagne », « Mon mec à moi », « Elle voulait jouer cabaret » or « Quand Jimmy dit » written by Bernheim/Barbelivien. Thanks to this, she receives the « Revelation of the year » award at the French Music Victories.

Her 2 next albums « Scène de vie » and « Je te dis vous » are huge successes, with songs as « Les Hommes qui passent », « Entrer dans la lumière » written by Bernheim/Barbelivien and « Il me dit que je suis belle » written by Jean-Jacques Goldman. « Je te dis vous » even reaches 2.5 million sold copies worldwide. Her tours lead her in every corner of the globe.
In 1997, she decides to modernize her image. Working with successful composers (Jean-Jacques Goldman for « Dans ma chair », or even Pascal Obispo for the next album « Le Mot de passe », her popularity remains very strong and her concerts are always sold-out. In France, « Dans ma chair » is a double Platinium record and « Le Mot de passe » a Platinium one. On June 25th and 27th, 1999, she is invited by Michael Jackson in Seoul and in Munich, to take part to two big humanitarian concerts, Michael Jackson and Friends.
The years 2000 will be somewhat difficult. The sales of albums « Piano Bar » (an album of English adaptations of French songs) and « Sexe fort » will be lower. However, international tours based on those albums were, as always, big successes: the Piano Bar Tour was played especially in the United States, bringing together 6,000 people at the Beacon Theater in New York.
In 2009, Patricia Kaas is back under the spotlights with a new album « Kabaret », tribute to the 1930s’. A new international tour takes place between November 2008 and February 2010, in France and in about twenty countries.
On May 16th, 2009 she represents France to the 54th Eurovision song contest in Moscow, with the song « Et s’il fallait le faire ». Despite a welcomed and noticed performance, she finished 8th on 25 (the best French ranking since 2002). Patricia however receives the Marcel Bezençon Awards for Best Artistic Performance in 2009.
In spring 2011, Patricia Kaas publishes her first autobiography « L’ombre de ma voix ». Her musical come-back takes place on November 5th, 2012 with a Tribute to Edith Piaf album « Kaas chante Piaf ». The album is released for the 50th death anniversary of the singer. It is directed by Abel Korzeniowski with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A tour takes place in about forty countries and, among others, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the New York Carnegie Hall and the Paris Olympia.


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