Nolwenn Leroy - French Music
Keeping a career after winning a music competition program has proven to be a challenge for many singers. Nolwenn Leroy is one of the lucky ones who have enjoyed success in the way of various #1 hits. After winning Star Academy, France's version of Pop Idol, Leroy released her first album to much success and has evolved her sound in a daring way.
The singer's haunting voice is makes every note she sings resound with emotion. Nolwenn made a risky choice in her decision to start singing in Breton and Celtic. The choice paid off and the singer is currently more popular than ever for her incredibly unique sound. This Euromusic special features some of her biggest hits from "Cassé" to "La Jumet de Michao".
Nolwenn Leroy was born in Saint-Renan, a town in the province of Brittany. At the age of 11, her music teacher noticed that Nolwenn showed immense talent and encouraged her to learn how to play violin. She won a contest at the age of 13 and later travelled to Africa. The experience would serve as an inspiration for her future career.
The biggest chance in Nolwenn's life was to happen when she participated in the televised music competition, Star Academy. Nolwenn won the hearts of the French people and soared to victory. After her win, she put out her first album, Nolwenn, and her first single, "Cassé". Both the album and single reached #1 on the French music charts. Her fourth album, released in 2010, showed a different side of the singer and reflected the region of France she was from. Sung in three different languages - French, Celtic, and Breton, the native language of Brittany – it was a risk for any singer. Listeners loved the eclectic sound and put Nolwenn back in first place on the charts.