Zaz and All That Jazz
It is no news to France that Zaz, a French pop singer with a gypsy jazz style, is at the top of her game, but it might be news to you. So, who exactly Is Zaz? Let JP Linguistics be the first to tell you. Born Isabelle Geffroy, she first appeared in the music scene with her self-titled album "Zaz" and won over the hearts of fans with her top-charting hit "Je Veux" in 2010. Although she is often compared to the iconic French singer of the 1950s Edith Piaf, Zaz has independently made quite a name for herself. Her unique acoustic vocals and charm differentiate her as a modern-day, gypsy jazz singer.
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Zaz’s Early Life
Zaz was born in Tours, France on May 1, 1980. At a young age, she began learning piano, violin and guitar at a music conservatory in Bordeaux as she aspired to pursue her music career. Her first few gigs as an artist were in 2001, with such bands as Fifty Fingers, and Izar-Adatz (French for "Shooting Star"). Upon the release of "Zaz" in 2010, she began touring around the world, and quickly topped the charts in Belgium, Switzerland and Austria. Her knowledge of music and intuitive abilities enable Zaz to provide her audiences with quality shows.
I Want - Je Veux (English translation)
Give me a suite at the Ritz hotel, I don't want that
Chanel's jewellery, I don't want that
Give me a limo, what would I do with it?
Offer me a staff, what would I do with it?
A mansion in Neufchatel, it's not for me
Offer me the Eiffel Tower, what would I do with it?
I want love, joy, good spirit
It's not your money that will make me happy
I want to die with a hand on my heart
Let's go together, let's discover my freedom,
Forget all your prejudice, welcome to my reality
Upon it's release in 2010, "Je Veux" quickly became the most popular song in France, and inspired Zaz to release her first self-titled album, which sold 700,000 albums worldwide, the biggest French music export in year. Zaz won Song of the Year at Les Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent to the Grammy's in 2011, and the European Border Breaker Awards in 2010 for French Artist Most Played Abroad. "Je Veux" was so respected because of its encouraging lyrics about the ethical view - "money doesn't buy happiness."
The success of her first album inspired Zaz to follow-up with her next album in 2013, "Recto Verso." In this album, she continues to expose her incredible vocals through her iconic, and traditional music style. "Recto Verso" reached number one in Switzerland, and number two in Germany and France.
Zaz released her most recent album in 2014, a compilation of traditional Paris-themed songs. It contains classics, such as "Sous Le Ciel de Paris," which was made famous by the iconic Edith Piaf, among other covers of Paris ballads. This album won her much recognition for its originality from her previous albums, and for its appreciation of French culture.