Florent Pagny is a French singer who started his musical career at the age of 13 by singing in bars and TV hooks by Luis Mariano, Michel Sardou and other Gérard Lenormand.
He stopped studying at 16 and went up to Paris to take drama lessons, then attended the Levallois-Perret Conservatory for 3 years. Three years where he trained in classical singing and explored all the possibilities of his baritone-martin voice.
But it was through television and more specifically cinema that he really started his artistic career through small roles in films like The Balance, L’As des as, Fort Saganne, Inspecteur la Bavure…
In 1987, his singing career suddenly took off when he composed his first song "N'importe quoi". First try and master stroke because the single is a real hit and will stay eight weeks in first place in the French Top50. His notoriety explodes.
Another success the following year with the single "Laissez nous respirer. Followed in 1989 by a recovery that did not go unnoticed by "Comme d'habitude".
The first album "Merci" was released in 1990 and enjoyed a noteworthy success which enabled it to finish Golden Record.
Two years later in 1992, the album "Réaliste" was released, a failed album due in part to the singer's stormy relations with the press and the boycott that ensued.
He returned in 1994 with the album "Rester vrai" co-written with a certain Sam Brewski who is none other than ... Jean Jacques Goldman. The first single single “Est-ce que tu me suis” is another failure. Which is not the case with the next one, "Si tu veux m'essayer" aptly written by Goldman.
The album will eventually sell more than 300,000 copies.
In 1995 the single "Bienvenue chez moi" was released and a new success. Pagny is again on the upward slope. Renewed notoriety confirmed by the title "Caruso" in 1996.
1997 arrives and his collaboration with Pascal Obispo. Very fruitful collaboration which will bring him on a stage one of the most beautiful titles of the decade, namely the magnificent "Savoir aimer".
The album of the same name was released in stride and the quality of the latter will allow the artist to obtain a 'Victoire de la musique' by the performer the following year !
Other titles and not least will be released later. But we will have the opportunity to talk about it again….
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
N’importe quoi 1988
Laissez nous respirer 1988
Comme d’habitude 1989
J’te jure 1990
Ça fait des nuits 1990
Presse qui roule 1990
Prends ton temps 1991
Tue moi 1992
Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait ? 1993
Est-ce que tu me suis ? 1994
Si tu veux m’essayer 1995
Oh happy day 1996
Savoir aimer 1997
D'un amour l'autre 1998
Jolie môme 1999
1988 ... this is where it all starts. The shattering start of a young man who will become one of the greatest French singers of the end of the 20th century, just that !
1988 ... a second title which confirms an undeniable talent and a voice really above the average. A huge potential that will explode in the years to come ...
1989 ... come on, this is only the 6245th cover of this legendary song ... But he does it well so we just enjoy it
1990 ... change of decade, change of look, a sound that evolves in an obvious way. The beginning of the metamorphosis ...
1990 ... a carved title that measures which allows the singer to show the extraordinary power of his voice. The rise in power is linear and obviously foreshadows huge achievements later ...
1990 ... the controversial title which sees the singer openly attacking the scandal press. A settlement of accounts by song interposed that he will pay in future years by an exile abroad and by an inevitable beginning of marginalization ...
1991 ... an astonishing title outside the musical standards of the moment, it's clear. With the key a fairly mixed success in the Charts ...
1992 ... the year of the breakup. The bad boy takes precedence over the exceptional singer. A flip-flop that will pay a high price with a beginning of disaffection on the part of the public ...
1993 ... after a start of career to say the least shattering, the singer does not manage to find a new breath which would allow him to pass in the court of the Very Great. Tough law of the trade ...
1994 ... in the same vein. This mid-1990s sees the singer stagnating at an average level. Yet what he proposes holds the road but it lacks that little extra that could make all the difference ...
1995 ... the title which will change everything and rehabilitate the singer in a spectacular way. The second part of the career begins...thank you who, thank you Jean-Jacques !
1996 ... the title which will show a new facet of singer, which we had underestimated. A vocal power almost unique in pop singers of the moment and which will do wonders on this track. HU-GE !
1996 ... the singer delivers here a copy my faith very sympathetic of the title of Edwin Hawkins Singers dating from 1967. One of the biggest gospel standards which he gives to the taste of the day and which he interprets with obvious mastery !
1997 ... then comes the WONDER. A gem offered on a set by one of the greatest composers of the 1990s, namely Pascal Obispo. The singer delivers here quite simply one of the most beautiful songs of this end of XXth century French side with in the key a notoriety which explodes consequently. MAS-TER-FUL !
1998 ... the return to grace is obvious and undoubtedly makes the artist one of the biggest phenomena of the moment. Like what, in music, everything can turn around like a miracle !
1998 ... a title that literally floats in the air and that paradoxically will go somewhat unnoticed. Anyway, no worries to have for the continuation of the events ...
1998 ... a slight air hole that lasts only the space of a title. This title will know a very different fate and especially will allow the singer to stick directly to the frontrunners
1999 ... a revisited version of the title of Léo Ferrée dating from 1960 for the least surprising. A title boosted to end the decade in style, a decade that saw him literally explode ! To be continued...
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