Isabelle Geffroy born on the 1st of May 1980 and known as Zaz, is a French singer- songwriter who mixes different music styles such as jazz, French, soul, and acoustic. Her famous ‘Je veux’ hit brought her to international fame. ‘On ira’ was also sang all around the world. Her lyrics full of joy, rebellion, hope, and love have the power to uplift people’s mood, wherever they are, whenever they listen to her.
HOW DID SHE GET STARTED?
In 1985, she entered the Conservatoire de Tours with her sister and brother. She studied there for 6 years. She first studied music theory, violin, piano, guitar, and choral singing. In 1994, she moved to Bordeaux and took singing lessons in 1995 while she studied king fu. In 2000, she joined the school of modern music, after winning a scholarship from the regional council.
In 2001, she started her singing career in the blues band ‘Fifty Fingers.’ She sang in musical groups and toured with Izar-Adatz for 2 years. In 2010, she became ‘the revelation of the summer.’ In 2011, She won the EBBA Award and joined Les Enfoires charity ensemble. In 2012, she went on tour and held concerts in various countries around the world…
Arguably the biggest international breakthrough from France in recent years, ZAZ (born Isabelle Geffroy) was soon heralded as “the New Edith Piaf” as she captivates the audience with an incredible, timeless voice and straightforward personality.
ZAZ sold over 2 million copies of her eponymous debut album ‘Zaz’ (2010) incl. 1 Million outside of France. It was released in 54 countries led by her first single “Je Veux”, a worldwide smash hit. Her 2nd album released in May 2013 sold 1.1 million albums sold globally (incl. 500.000 internationally)
For her upcoming 3rd album, ZAZ has delivered a vibrant homage in-line with her musical roots to celebrate Paris, La Ville Lumière (the ‘City of Lights’)
NTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED, MULTI-MILLION SELLING CHANTEUSE TAKES ON THE MOST ICONIC SONGS ABOUT PARIS WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM LEGENDARY PRODUCER QUINCY JONES. INCLUDES DUETS WITH CHARLES AZNAVOUR AND NIKKI YANOFSKY
“And when I met her I thought: she is a very smart lady. Ghetto-lectual. Lots of feelings. And a lot of science. Soul and science. Left and right brains, you know. She’s a beautiful lady” – QUINCY JONES –
“She is very endearing. And extremely popular. She was born popular. Just like Edith Piaf.” – CHARLES AZNAVOUR –
“Musically, it was a shock to me. To discover how attached she is to so many kinds of roots. When we were recording I said : WHAT !!! Where does this girl come from? ” – JOHN CLAYTON –
“Her voice is timeless. Eternelle. She brings joy. You can feel her happiness when she sings” – NIKKI YANOFSKY –
CLOSE UP ON ZAZ ‘PARIS’
1. Paris sera toujours Paris
2. Sous le ciel de Paris
3. La Parisienne
4. Dans mon Paris (Version Swing Manouche) original composition
5. Champs Elysees**
6. A Paris
7. I Love Paris/J’aime Paris *duet with Nikki Yanofsky
8. La romance de Paris duet with Thomas Dutronc
9. Paris Canaille
10. La complainte de la butte
11. J’aime Paris au Mois de Mai ** duet with Charles Aznavour
12. Afternoon In Paris / Paris, l’après-midi original adaptation
13. J’ai deux amours
*Produced by Quincy Jones
** Produced by Quincy Jones & John Clayton
The album is blend of cheerful French chanson, romantic ballads, swing, Big Band & Jazz.It features unreleased duets with Charles Aznavour, Nikki Yanofsky & Thomas Dutronc. ZAZ breathes new life into timeless songs made famous by the likes of Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Joséphine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, Yves Montand among others The multi award-winning and legendary Quincy Jones will produce the track “I Love Paris” and will be the executive producer of the tracks “J’aime Paris au mois de Mai” (with Charles Aznavour) and “Champs Elysees”. Awardwinning producer & arranger John Clayton also lends his skills on two tracks.