Claude Maurane won the "Prix de la meilleure chanson" at the Festival
in Spa and first headed towards a career in Jazz. Together with jazz-musicians
Steve Houben and Charles Loos she recorded an experimental jazz-album in 1985
(HLM) that had the connoisseurs say "aah". Maurane herself was not entirely
happy : "I was so busy trying to make the words sound right, I had no
time to think if they also had a meaning. I then realized people, and I myself
too, prefer to hear real songs, to hear a story. From that moment on, I began
working in that direction".
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song : E. Verhees, Maurane
Produced : E. Verhees
Year : 1986
Record co. : Saravah
After 4 singles between 1980 and 1985 under different names which did not do
much, she then debuted her career "officially" with "Danser",
the album of 1986. The song "danser" became an instant hit. As
it is said in "Wit-lof from Belgium" : "the titlesong, "T'as
pas la pêche", "Elle attend" : piece by piece these are pearls,
inventively arranged by pianoplayer Arnould Massart and bass-player Evert Verhees.
The songs are sung with a lot of soul and a "joy-de-vivre" that catches
She also develops an impressive stage-personality. The second album ("Maurane"
in 1991) makes her even more popular in France. Of all her next records, at least
500.000 copies will be sold over there. Switzerland, Canada and the South of Belgium
are also convinced. She's a natural talent. She also scores a number of hits written
by songwriters such as Jean-Claude Vannier, Daria de Martynoff, Evert Verhees,
Arnould Massart, Philippe Lafontaine, Elisabeth Anaïs and Peter Lorne, varying
from swing, blues & tropical rhythms or funk to "variété".
Some of the best-known songs include "Les uns contre les autres"
(of Michel Berger & Luc Plamondon), "ça casse" (written by
Peter Lorne), "Toutes les mamas" (written with Evert Verhees)",
"Tout pour un seul homme" and the touching "Sur un prélude
de Bach" (written by Jean-Claude Vannier).
While other performers are known for their extravagant lifestyles, Maurane
is most often portrayed as the adoring mother. She sings songs about her children
of their life on almost all her albums.
Of "différente" (1996) she says it is her most personal album.
She also becomes more and more involved with the creation. She wrote the lyrics
to five songs and composed the music to three. With her album "Toi du
monde" of 2000, she continued even further in that direction, as she
also co-produced the album. In an interview she said : "J’aime beaucoup
l’idée d’avancer en âge, de vieillir. J’ai le sentiment de mieux respirer, d’avoir
plus d’espace. ... je sais que je ne dois plus me laisser trop influencer par
n’importe qui. Je veux faire des choses que je ressens profondément, c’est pour
cela que je me suis passionnée pour le travail en studio. Avant, pour moi le travail
en studio consistait à mettre des chansons en boîte et pour cela, je me reposais
sur l’inspiration des autres. Je préférais mille fois les créer sur scènes. Pour
la première fois, j’ai pris goût à cette aventure qu’est le studio au point d’avoir
co-réalisé mon album." (I really like the idea of ageing, becoming older.
I have the impression I can breathe better, that I have more room ... I know now
that I don't have to let me be influenced by each and everyone. I want to do thing
that I feel passionately, and that's why I've become interested in the studio
work. Earlier the work in the studio was for me to put a song on tape and for
that I leant on the inspiration of others. I was a thousand times more interested
in creating them on stage. Now, for the first time I got the taste for the adventure
that is the studio, even to the point of co-producing the album myself).
As it is said by a Canadian enthusiast : "Maurane's voice is among
the loveliest to heard in the French speaking world. Her music is modern but easy
on the ears." Or let the French themselves speak : "Lorsque
Maurane chante, sa voix traverse les océans comme une invitation sussurée par
une des sirènes d'Homère. On y répond avec abandon, l'âme accrochée aux subtiles
variations, aux mille vibrations modulées par l'enchanteresse." (When
Maurane sings, her voice travels the oceans like an invitation by the sirens of
Homer. One can't help giving in, the soul attached to subtle variations, thousands
of modulated vibrations of the enchantress".
Buy CD's of this band at
- Danser (Saravah, 1986)
- Maurane (Polydor, 1989)
- Ami ou ennemi (Polydor, 1991)
- Une fille très scène (Double LiveCD, Polydor, 1994)
- Différente (Polydor, 1995)
- L'un Pour L'autre (Best of, Polydor, 1998)
- Maurane à l'Olympia (Live, Polydor, 1999)
- Toi du monde (Polydor, 2000)
- the official site is maurane.com
- fanpage with a good bio
and impressive list of all the duets
she has sung.
- Chorus les cahiers
de la chanson, dedicated to Maurane
- some info about Maurane can be found at francevision
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