French heartthrob Julien Doré will be wooing his Riviera fans next March when he plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice.
When it comes to creativity, the French musical scene has been enjoying a rich harvest over the last few years. From Daft Punk and Phoenix, who have already conquered the world with their electronic sound, and from Christine and the Queens to Jain whose first efforts are currently topping European charts, there has been no shortage of talent and originality.
But if one had to choose the name of just one artist who perfectly symbolizes this renewed success of the “Chanson française”, it would probably be that of Julien Doré.
With his playful approach to music, his poetic lyrics, his crooning vocals and his good looks, the young singer/songwriter – he is only 34 – is the current undisputed king of French pop for fans and critics alike.
Born and raised near Nîmes, in the South of France, Julien is the great-great-great nephew of Gustave Doré, famed illustrator of the literary works of the likes of Balzac, Milton, Cervantes and Dante. After attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he founded two Indie rock bands before auditioning for Nouvelle Star, the Gallic version of Pop Idol, where his memorable reinventions of French, British and American classics led him to a resounding victory.
Since then, Doré’s first three albums, Ersatz, Bichon, and Løve, have produced many hits, such as Les Limites, First Lady, Paris-Seychelles and On attendra l’hiver, and the brand new one, &, which he recorded in his family’s chalet in Saint-Martin-Vésubie, promises to be as successful, if not more. The first extract from the album, Le Lac, has been the song of the last few months, thanks to the catchy lyrics and the video, which sees Doré dancing with Pamela Anderson by a lake.
His wacky music videos also contribute to what makes the singer so popular. In Les Limites, he was boogieing with a burlesque star holding a chicken, while Catherine Deneuve made a cameo appearance on roller skates in Les Figures Imposées.
As one of the heirs of the great Serge Gainsbourg, Julien Doré is definitively keeping the tradition of colourful pop music thriving in France and his 2015 Victoire de la Musique for best artist of the year will undoubtedly be followed by many more awards.
Julien Doré plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice on Thursday, 23rd of March 2017 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 32 € to 49 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.
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