The Canadian-Belgian artist Lara Fabian will release her highly-anticipated new studio album, ‘Camouflage’, on 6th October 2017. After more than 20 million albums sold worldwide, and following her latest platinum-certified French album in late 2015, she returns to the international scene with her 13th studio album, which was made in Stockholm, LA and Brussels and consists of twelve new songs, all in English, written and composed by Fabian together with Moh Denebi and Sharon Vaughn. The record unites Fabian’s signature vocals with an electronic production combined with classic orchestration to create a sound that is both modern and timeless.
‘Camouflage’ is produced by Moh Denebi, who is one of the most prominent exponents of the modern and all-pervading Swedish pop sound, while Sharon Vaughn is an American songwriter who has previously worked with pop and country artists such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Agnes and Boyzone. 2017 sees her being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Foundation’s ‘Hall of Fame’ for her contribution to music.
Fabian’s first album in English was released in 1999 by Sony in the USA. Co-written and recorded with renowned songsmith-producers such as Walter Afanasieff, Glen Ballard and Brian Rawling, ‘Lara Fabian’ included ’I Will Love Again’, which hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Chart (and has recently been covered by Steps), while songs such as ‘Adagio’, ‘Love by Grace’ and ‘Broken Vow’ became hits in several territories and have been covered by artists such as Barbra Streisand and Josh Groban. This initial international success was followed in 2004 by the release of a second English album, ‘A Wonderful Life’, which included writing and production collaborations with Gary Barlow and Desmond Child. A further album in English, the intimate piano and voice
only covers collection ‘Every Woman In Me’, was released in 2009.
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Born Lara Crokaert in Brussels in January 1970, but spending her early years in Sicily (the birthplace of her mother), Fabian started taking singing lessons after her family moved back to Belgium in 1975. Her parents bought her a piano shortly before her ninth birthday, and with encouragement from her father (who was also the guitarist for Petula Clark), she began composing melodies and covering songs that she heard on the radio. At the age of 16 she won a Belgian talent show, and just two years later, in 1988, she represented Luxembourg at the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 4th behind winner Celine Dion.
Having relocated to Quebec, Canada in 1990 with her professional and personal partner, the singer-songwriter Rick Allison, the duo collaborated on her first three albums. These became increasingly huge hits in the territory, which she also toured extensively. The third of them, ‘Pure’, included the song ‘Tout’, which became Fabian’s first smash hit single in France and Belgium in 1996. Touring those countries for the first time in 1998, she was nominated as ‘Revelation of the Year’ in France and her itinerary included a duet with Johnny Hallyday at the Stade de France in Paris. The following year she picked up a bestselling artist gong at the World Music Awards as her first live record, ‘Live 98’, simultaneously topped the charts.
‘Pure’ had also contained the anti-homophobia song ‘La Difference’, which expressed support for LGBT rights at a time when the debate was still in its relative infancy and a controversial topic. The song has subsequently become a gay anthem in many French speaking countries.
Fabian’s first, eponymously titled, English language album in 1999 was followed by sustained chartbusting successes in the French speaking world over the next decade, culminating in her first ‘Best Of’ release in 2010. Other notable activity during this period included her participation on both the soundtrack and as an actress in the 2003 Irwin Winkler directed musical biopic ‘De-Lovely’, where her song contribution appeared alongside the likes of Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, Robbie Williams and Sheryl Crow. Further major soundtrack credits included ’Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within’ with the song ‘The Dream Within’ (nominated for Best Original Song at the World Soundtrack Awards), and a duet with Josh Groban for Steven Spielberg’s ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’.
Having performed huge shows in 2009-10 in Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and elsewhere, Fabian’s next major project, the ambitious multi-lingual ‘Mademoiselle Zhivago’ (written in collaboration with Russian composer Igor Krutoy), saw her tour all over Eastern and Northern Europe. Incidentally, she is named Lara after one of the main characters in the novel Doctor Zhivago.
2011 saw her sing at the opening ceremony of the Asian Winter Games and at the Royal Albert Hall in London to celebrate the 80th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev (alongside Shirley Bassey, Bryan Ferry and Paul Anka).
Fabian has long been one of the world’s most outspoken musicians on the subject of marriage equality and 2012 saw her participate in a project by the French artist and activist Olivier Ciappa entitled ‘Imaginary Couples’, which was an exhibition of photographs featuring straight people posing as same sex couples and included leading film stars, athletes and political figures. She was photographed with Eva Longoria.