Although some artists seem to have appeared out of the blue, a closer look at their career shows they have actually been through all the stages needed to win recognition from their peers and the public, one by one. Chart topping Zaz is no exception. A singer with a powerful, hypersensitive, rather husky voice, she achieved pop-pro status after years of enjoyable experiences in a huge variety of places and situations.

Truly a musical Renaissance woman, she assimilates a wide range of influences with unfailing flair, moving from jazz to blues, and French song to African, Andalusian, Brazilian and Latin genres, all with a joyful, poetic enthusiasm.

Born in Tours, France, Zaz (her real name Isabelle Geffroy), struck a chord with fans and critics when her self-titled debut record was released in Europe in the Summer of 2010 on Play On Records (the disc will be released in the US on SonyMusic Independent Network this Summer). The album went to #1 on the French and Belgian charts and was Top 10 in Switzerland and Germany (where it went to #1 on iTunes). Zaz was certified Diamond in France, Platinum in Belgium, Switzerland and Poland and is quickly approaching platinum in Germany. She also has an ever-growing hoard of devotees worldwide thanks to her videos on YouTube which have received a remarkable 23 million views.

The first single from Zaz, “Je Veux”, was eagerly devoured by an increasing fan base and was #1 on the French SNEP charts for nine weeks.

Zaz thrives on spontaneity, simplicity and good humor. She has the thirst for knowledge that characterizes the self-taught, although she actually studied at the CIAM (Musical Information and Activities Centre) in the centre of Bordeaux, where she first performed on stage. Her artistic progress led her to perfect her talents in the blues genre and she found a measure of success with Latin-Rock band Don Diego. This resulted in an appearance at the Festival Musiques Métisses d’Angoulême (Angoulême Fusion Music Festival), a cultural event held for the 35th time in 2010. Subsequently, Zaz explored new possibilities, moving to Paris where she paid her dues in cabaret, seven days a week for five hours at a stretch.

Wherever she sang, her performances were powerful and unrepressed. If she was short of funds at the end of the month, she would charm passers-by on a Montmartre street corner, singing with her musicians: a guitarist and double bass player who shared her total passion for song.

Given a platform, she expresses her uncontainable emotion with a freshness and joie de vivre that leaves no-one indifferent. Over the years, she has performed for a crowd of 10,000 at the Hendaye Stadium in Southwest France, sang Piaf’s greatest classics (a repertoire that suited her perfectly) in the heart of Siberia, gave a free concert in a Colombian salt mine, toured Egypt (sadly, she had no time to see the sights), and generally accumulated scores of experiences, each more eclectic than the last.

In 2009, Zaz was the surprise winner of the final of the 3rd Tremplin Génération France Bleu/Réservoir (France Bleu/Réservoir Generation Talent Contest) held at the Paris Olympia. She not only conquered the audience, but also made a powerful impression on singer Raphaël Haroche, who wrote three songs for her. Zaz recorded those songs on Zaz.

She has performed endlessly on television and stage, stealing the show at Popkomm last year, appearing at the Montauban Alors Chante (Then Sing) festival, the famous Japanese festival Fuji rock, the Kuala Lumpur French Art Festival in Malaysia, the La Rochelle Francofolies in May and July, the Montreal Francofolies in June and at the Jazz Musette des Puces (Flea Market Jazz and Accordion) festival with Thomas Dutronc, Marcel Azzola and Maurane.

An artist with a unique voice (which she never overstates), Zaz’s single leitmotiv is song. She will sing anywhere, as long as she can express herself freely, in words that echo daily life with its sorrows and joys.

The multi-platinum status of Zaz cemented the French sensation as one of Europe’s finest new artists. Discover Zaz’s music and join the poetic quest of a young woman whose life is built on song.
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