Helmut Lotti

Helmut Lotti (born Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers; 22 October 1969), is a Belgian tenor[1] and singer-songwriter. Lotti performs in several styles and languages. Once an Elvis impersonator, he has sung African and Latino and Jewish music hit records, and he crossed over into classical music in the 1990s.[1]

Helmut Lotti
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Background information
Birth nameHelmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers
Born (1969-10-22) 22 October 1969 (age 51)
OriginGhent, Belgium
GenresClassical, pop, rock & roll, easy listening
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1988–present
LabelsPiet Roelen Productions
Websitewww.helmutlotti.be

Life and musicEdit

The son of Luc and Rita (née Lagrou), Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers was born in Ghent, Belgium, and began his singing career with a visual and singing style in an obvious imitation of Elvis Presley,[2] and was described as "De Nieuwe Elvis" (in Dutch) or "The New Elvis". His first two albums were Vlaamse Nachten ("Flemish Nights", 1990) and Alles Wat Ik Voel ("All That I Feel", 1992). After a few more albums, he changed direction in 1995 with the first of what became a long series of "Helmut Lotti Goes Classic" albums, which proved to increase his popularity. Since 2000 he has also made successful recordings in traditional Latino, African and Russian-style music.

Lotti sings in his native language Dutch, as well as Afrikaans, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and others. His albums has sold over 13 million worldwide.[3]

Lotti does volunteer work as an ambassador for UNICEF. Lotti took part in the 0110 concerts against racism, organised by Tom Barman.[4]

He was married 3 times, divorced 3 times and has 1 daughter. Lotti was diagnosed with autism as an adult.[5][6]

DiscographyEdit

Year Title Sales Certifications
1990 Vlaamse Nachten / Flemish Nights
1992 Alles Wat Ik Voel / All That I Feel
1993 Memories
  • BEL: Platinum [7]
1994 Just For You
1995 Helmut Lotti goes Classic
1996 Helmut Lotti goes Classic II
1997 Helmut Lotti goes Classic III
  • BEL & GER: 455,000 [9]
  • CAN: 47,000[10]
1998 Romantic
1998 Helmut Lotti goes Classic Final Edition
  • BEL: 4x Platinum [22]
1999 Romantic 2
1999 Out Of Africa
2000 Vlaamse hits / Flemish hits
2000 Latino Classics
2001 Latino Love Songs
2002 My Tribute to the King
2003 Pop Classics in Symphony
2004 From Russia With Love
2006 Meine geliebte Klassik / My Favorite Classics
2006 The Crooners
2008 Time To Swing
2013 Mijn Hart & Mijn Lijf
2015 Faith, Hope & Love
2016 The Comeback Album
2018 Soul Classics in Symphony

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Goldsmith B (2009). Belgian tenor Helmut Lotti wants to find his own style. WDEZ. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Helmut Lotti | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ Goldsmith, Belinda (24 September 2009). "Belgian tenor Helmut Lotti wants to find his own style". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  4. ^ Downing, John D. H.; Downing, John Derek Hall (2011). Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media. SAGE. ISBN 978-0-7619-2688-7.
  5. ^ "Helmut Lotti over autisme: "Eigenlijk beweeg ik me al mijn hele leven voort als een bang hert in het bos"". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 26 December 2019. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Helmut Lotti: Ich habe Autismus!". Schlager (in German). Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  7. ^ a b Maes, Marc (20 January 1996). "Top-Seller Lotti Looks South". Billboard. Vol. 108 no. 3. p. 39. ISSN 0006-2510.
  8. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 1995". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  9. ^ a b Maes, Marc (13 December 1997). "Belgium's Helmut Lotti Crossing Borders". Billboard. p. 80. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  10. ^ a b c LeBlanc, Larry (21 November 1998). "Couer De Lion Taps Global Sounds". Billboard. p. 150. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Top 10". Billboard. 5 July 1997. p. 37. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
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  17. ^ a b c d e "Dutch album certifications – Helmut Lotti" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 19 July 2019. Enter Helmut Lotti in the "Artiest of titel" box.
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  22. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 1999". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2000". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2001". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Helmut Lotti – Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. 14 December 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  26. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2002". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Gold/platinum 2002" (PDF). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  28. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2003". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2004". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  30. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2006". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  31. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2008". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  32. ^ "Les Disques D'or/De Platine – Albums 2018". Ultra Top. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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