Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20: French-Canadian pop singer Marilou Bourdon, is 23-years-old today.

Marilou was born on September 20, 1990 in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. At 8 years old, she sang for friends and relatives and by age 10 she was already a local success.

She was discovered in 2001, when she sang a duet with Natasha St-Pier in a Quebec show called Stars à domicile. She started her recording career by signing children’s songs for TV shows and movies. This led to a feature appearance at age 12 on one of French Canada’s biggest TV shows where she paid homage to her idol, Celine Dion, as part of a two hour special. She sang Celine’s very first hit song, “Ce n’était qu’un reve.”

In 2002 when she had her first single "Je serai la pour toi" in a duo with Canadian Gino Quilico who is the French version of the cover "There For Me." (The original version was sung by Sarah Brightman and José Cura.)

After several concerts and promotions Marilou played in Luc Plamondon's musical comedy Notre-Dame-de-Paris. She started her first own music tour in 2006 while continuing with her high school studies. In 2007, her self-titled album was released with the most notable song being "Danser sur la lune" which includes also a non-Canadian version duet with Merwan Rim. She also recorded a duet of a French version of a Sarah Brightman song with world renowned opera star Gino Quilico. The song went to number one, the album went gold by Marilou's 12th birthday.

She then signed with Sony Music Canada and Sony Music France – the first joint venture between the two countries – and recorded her debut album La fille qui chante. The album was released in numerous countries and included four Top 10 singles, two of which, “Chante” and “Tu es comme ca,” went to #1. Marilou’s sophomore album was released in 2006 and this time, the songs “Danser sur la lune,” “Emmene-moi” and “Un monde en amour” went to the top of the chart.

As she neared her 18th birthday, Marilou turned to songwriting. She collaborated with numerous writers and quickly produced 30 songs. At the same time, she was introduced to Sam and JB, two young Montreal producers. The three of them locked themselves in Montreal’s Piccolo Studio and recorded her latest album 60 Thoughts A Minute. The album features 13 songs co-written by Marilou.


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