Sunday, December 15, 2013

December 15: French pop rock singer Najoua Belyzel is 32-years-old today.


Najoua Belyzel was born in Nancy, France. She is of Moroccan-Egyptian descent. Since childhood, she had shown an interest in music, and by age 14, had begun writing her own songs.

Najoua originally studied law beginning in 2001 at the University of Nancy, but left for Paris to pursue a career in music. She met some success after a casting call when she joined the group Benoît, who had a successful single called "Tourne-toi Benoît.", The later singles from the group, however, only met moderate success, and eventually the group parted ways.

She kept on working with the group's songwriter Christophe Casanave, whose work had already been performed by popular French acts Steeve Estatof and Marc Lavoine. The two worked together on a song called "Stella," which would later appear on her debut album. The song "Née de l'amour et de la haine" was Belyzel's first demo in 2002.

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In 2005, Najoua released her first single titled "Gabriel," an electric-pop dance track. The song became a huge hit in France, and peaked at number three on the Top 40 charts in France. It dealt with both homosexuality or even bisexuality and the impossible and pure love for an angel. The video was shot in an abbey.

In May 2006, she released her debut album titled Entre deux mondes, which debuted at #7 on the French charts and at #1 on the iTunes France music store. In late 2006 and early 2007, she embarked on a tour with other artists across France and Francophone Europe to promote her album. Two other singles were released, "Je Ferme les Yeux" in June 2006, which was also an electro-pop title but it met with less success than Gabriel. The theme was a prayer to God to make this world better.

The third single was "Comme Toi" a song about duality and schizophrenia. The video clip featured two Najoua, a warrior-like Blond and a trapped Brunette. The album is mainly electro-pop with some ballads. It deals with many different themes such as love, friendship (Stella), war, pedophilia (Docteur Gel)her distress and disappointment when Najoua came to Paris (Bons Baisers de Paris.)

Najoua's latest album "Au Feminin" was released in 2009, three years after the first one. It includes a duet with Marc Lavoine.  


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