Patrick Fiori

Patrick Fiori (born Patrick Jean-François Chouchayan, 23 September 1969) is a French singer of Armenian descent.

Patrick Fiori
Patrick Fiori.jpg
Background information
Birth namePatrick Jean-François Chouchayan
Born (1969-09-23) 23 September 1969 (age 51)
OriginMarseille, France
GenresFrench pop, Pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer–songwriter
Years active1986–present
Associated actsGarou, Daniel Lavoie, Luc Plamondon, Julie Zenatti, Bruno Pelletier, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Lara Fabian, Notre-Dame de Paris, Helene Segara
Websitewww.patrickfiori.net

BiographyEdit

BeginningsEdit

Fiori was born to a French-Armenian father (Jacques Chouchayan) and a Corsican mother (Marie Antoinette Fiori) in Marseille, France.[1] His father's family were escapees of the Armenian Genocide.[2] He was born in a family of five siblings. He spent part of his childhood in Marseille south of France and part in Ajaccio in Corsica. He started music at the age of 12 in 1981 thanks to encouragement from Franck Fernandel, who offered him a role in the musical La Légende des santonniers. In 1985, at the age of 16, he recorded his first song "Stéphanie" with financing from his parents followed by other recordings like "Dans ton regard" and "Le Cœur à fleur d'amour".

Original successes till 1993Edit

Taking part in Léon Zitrone's show Les Habits du dimanche gave him more exposure. In 1987 he opened for singer Gilbert Montagné for a number of shows. He later opened for other renowned artists like Michèle Torr and Barry White. In 1992 he had great success with "Au fil de l'eau" written by his childhood friend Bernard Di Domenico during the Francophonie. He won first prize during Fenouillèdes Song Contest held in Sournia, the Pyrénées-Orientales). That year's event had been sponsored by Fabienne Thibeault who encouraged him to go further in his career.

Eurovision Song Contest 1993Edit

In 1993, as he became well-known with the public, at 23, the songwriters François Valéry and Marie-France Brière (director of variety and entertainment at France 2) suggested that he represent France in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Mama Corsica" composed by Valéry, a bilingual song mainly in French language but with some additional Corsican language lyrics.[3] The song delivered the first rare occasion in which Corsican language was heard at the Eurovision Song Contest. The next appearance of Corsican was after 18 years with France's entry in Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with Amaury Vassili's song "Sognu" which was completely in Corsican.[3]

On 15 May 1993, Fiori performed "Mama Corsica" representing France in the Contest held that year in Green Glens Arena in Millstreet, Ireland. He was accompanied by an orchestre led by Christian Cravero. The accompaniment also included two banjo players and two vocalists who joined him on stage throughout the song. Fiori finished fourth with a total of 121 points in between 25 nations competing.[3] The song obtained the coveted "douze points" (12 points) from jury in Denmark and Portugal.

Debut albums and Notre-Dame de Paris (1994-2000)Edit

In 1994, Fiori released his debut album entitled Puisque c'est l'heure.

In 1995 he released the self-financed Cœur à l'envers. He also appeared in a number of variety shows notably La Chance aux chansons hosted by Pascal Sevran interpreting on an occasion "Ma vie" an original song by Alain Barrière in his presence.

After a suggestion by Eddy Marnay, he auditioned for the musical Notre Dame de Paris with shows in Palais des Congrès de Paris. Convinced by his talent Luc Plamondon offered him the role of Phoebus both onstage and in the recording studio for Notre-Dame de Paris. With Daniel Lavoie and Garou, he recorded the song "Belle" for the show. The greatly loved song was released as a single reaching number 1 on the French Singles Chart and the Wallon French Belgian Charts. The song won "Best French Song of the Year" and the staging of Notre-Dame de Paris "Best French Show of the Year" during Victoires de la Musique in 1999.

Also in 1998, Patrick signed a contract with Sony and recorded his third album Prends Moi. He sang in the French soundtrack for Mulan singing in the role of Shang and in French version of The Prince of Egypt (in French Le Prince d'Égypte) with songs in the role of Ramesses II.

In 1999, he took part in Les Enfoirés participating for many years with them.

In 2000, he decided to leave Notre-Dame de Paris to concentrate on his fourth album Chrysalide. The album contains a collaboration with Calogero in "Que tu reviennes". The same year, he appeared for the first time in the coveted Paris Olympia. He also wrote "Si je m'en sors" for Julie Zenatti.

Further successes (2000 - present)Edit

In 2002, Patrick Fiori released his fifth album, the self-titled Patrick Fiori with the first single from the album being "Marseille" dedicated to his home town and written by Jacques Veneruso. Fiori had a collaboration with Jean-Jacques Goldman who wrote four songs for him for the album including "Je sais où aller".

In 2003, he toured France, Belgium with many dates and venues accompanied by his band including guitarist Jacques Veneruso, keyboard player Pierre-Jean Scavino, guitarist André Hampartzoumian and percussionist Patrick Hampartzoumian, drummer Laurent Coppola, bass guitarist Patrick Dupont and bagpipes player and flutist Bruno Le Rouzic with backing vocals by Agnès Hampartzoumian and Véronique Mavros.

2005 marked his new album Si on chantait plus fort with singles "Toutes les peines", "4 Mots sur un piano" and "Il paraît". His single "4 Mots sur un piano" was written by Jean-Jacques Goldman.[4] Goldman and Christine Ricol accompany him in the song which reached number in the French charts staying there for two weeks and selling 150,000 copies. He also launched a new long tour from 2005 to 2007 to promote the album including two show at the l'Olympia de Paris on 13 and 14 January 2007, where he introduced the young singer songwriter Tommy.

In 2008 he released the album Les choses de la vie. The album includes a remakes from various famous films including The Godfather (in French Le Parrain), The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (in French Les parapluies de Cherbourg), Borsalino, Manon des Sources, Forbidden Games (in French Jeux interdits), Mayrig and many others.[5][6] The album went platinum. Singles from the album include "Liberta" from Borsalino with new Italian lyrics from Bernard Di Domebico.[6] This was followed up in 2009 by "Les Montagnes d'Arménie" a tribute to the Armenian Genocide and taken from the soundtrack of the French Armenian-themed film Mayrig. Also in 2009, he recorded with the Budapest Philharmonic a duo with Tina Arena. The track "Si j'avais le temps" appears in Un autre univers an entirely French language album by Australian singer Arena. Fiori also engaged in a tour taking him even to Moscow.

In 2010 he released L'instinct masculin. It included the single "Peut-être que peut-être" with lyrics and music by Jean-Jacques Goldman.[7] The album also included "À la vie!", "Dieu qu'elle était belle!" and a collaboration with Johnny Hallyday in "Je viendrai te chercher". The album was accompanied by three tours one acoustic in small venues,[8] one electric in various Le Zénith French venues and one in big venues. In 2011, he released a live album recorded at Marseille's Dôme. The concert was available on CD and DVD.[9]

In 2014, he released the album Choisir[10] with a Valentines release of "Elles" written and composed by Goldman.[11][12] The album had collaborations with Bénabar, Ariane Quatrefages, Robert Goldman, Jacques Veneruso,[11] Eric Chemouny and Patrick Hampartzoumian.[13] It was certified platinum. Patrick Fiori toured with a hundred dates between October 2014 and December 2015, appearing again at Le Zénith of Paris and at the Paris Olympia.[14]

In 2015, he took part in a Corsican musical project Corsu Mezu Mezu[15][16] containing 16 Corsican-based songs. He reinterpreted three songs in album, "Corsica" with Patrick Bruel accompanied by a music video, "Ci hè dinù" with Chjami Aghjalesi and "Ô Corse île d'amour" with Antoine Ciosi.[17]

In September 2017, he released his tenth album Promesse with the single "Où je vis" from the album. It contained two collaborations with Slimane and with French-Comorian singer and rapper Soprano. The Soprano collaboration "Chez nous (Plan d'Aou, Air Bel)" written by Jean-Jacques Goldman was a tribute to immigrants to France, particularly the immigrant inhabitants of Air Bel, a suburb of Marseilles. It was accompanied with a music video where Fiori's parents appear in roles of Armenian immigrants. Additional writing collaborations included Arianne Quatrefages, Serge Lama and Ycare. Fiori went on tour in the summer of 2018 interpreting the album.

He has collaborated with a great number of artists. In addition to artists mentioned above, we can add Gérard Lenorman, Zucchero,[8] Chico and the Gypsies,[8] Anne Etchegoyen.[18]

In 2015, he was a coach in season 2 of France's The Voice Kids joining Jenifer and Louis Bertignac.[3][19] Jane, the finalist from his team won the season.[20] In 2016 he was invited again to coach for season 3 alongside Jenifer and M. Pokora.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Patrick Fiori had a relationship with Julie Zenatti for 8 years. They met during the musical Notre-Dame de Paris where they both had acting roles. The love relation led to an artistic collaboration with Fiori and Zenatti co-writing and co-composing for each other and for others. Zenatti's first and greatest success was "Si je m'en sors" written by Fiori. Despite separating, they remained friends and continued meeting each other. Between 1998 and 2000, Fiori was in a relationship with Canadian-Belgian singer Lara Fabian.

Patrick Fiori married Ariane Quatrefages in June 2008. Quatrefages was a beauty pageant who was crowned Miss Rhône-Alpes 1999 and came fourth in Miss France 2000 elections.[11][22] The couple had their first child Sevan in 2009.[22] In 2014, the couple had a second son. Ariane co-writes certain songs with her husband Fiori.

CharitiesEdit

Fiori is heavily involved in charities. He is a member of the Les Enfoirés the big charity ensemble since 1999,[23] Fiori has persistently taken part in the show in aid of Restos du Cœur charity[7] for a decade and a half .

Fiori actively supports many charities including Les enfants de la Terre, Solidarité inondations, Sidaction, Opération pièces jaunes, Les blouses roses, Téléthon, Sol En Si (Solidarité Enfants Sida), Les Vendanges du cœur, Les Étoiles de l'espoir, Televie, Association européenne contre les leucodystrophies (ELA) etc. He is a parrain (godfather) of Association Grégory Lemarchal, and on 7 January 2017, appeared in Le Zénith de Paris directly broadcast on TF1 in the event Grégory Lemarchal, 10 ans après l'histoire continue, singing an unreleased new song written Grégory Lemarchal titled "Pour mieux s'aimer" with all benefits going to the Association Grégory Lemarchal.[24]

Fiori also is a parrain of the Corsica-based La Marie-Do against cancer and of the French Armenian Foundation.

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Year Album Peak positions Sales
[25]
FR
[26]
BE
(Fl)

[27]
BE
(Wa)

[28]
CH
[29]
1994 Puisque c'est l'heure
1995 Le cœur à l'envers
1998 Prends-moi 17 14 France: 2× Gold (200,000)
2000 Chrysalide 11 8 47 France: Gold (100,000)
2002 Patrick Fiori 6 8 37 France: 2× Gold (200,000)
2005 Si on chantait plus fort 4 14 59 France: Gold (100,000)
2008 Les choses de la vie 7 7 France: Gold
2010 L'instinct masculin 3 5 56 France: Platinum
2014 Choisir 2 112 4 26 France: Platinum
2017 Promesse 7 6 19 France: Gold
2020 Un air de famille 2
[30]
1 8

Compilation albumsEdit

Year Album FR
[26]
BE
(Wa)

[28]
CH
Sales
2007 4 Mots 11 69 France: Gold

Live albumsEdit

Year Album FR
[26]
BE
(Wa)

[28]
CH
2011 L'instinct masculin – Live au Dôme de Marseille 24 12

SinglesEdit

Year Single FR
[26]
BE
(Wa)

[28]
CH
SNEP Album
1987 "Stephanie" - - - Non-album single
1989 "Le coeur a fleur d'amour" - - -
1993 "Mama Corsica" 40 - - Puisque c'est l'heure
1994 "Une goutte d'eau" - - -
1998 "Belle" (with Daniel Lavoie & Garou) 1 1 - Diamond (750,000) Notre dame de Paris
"Prends-moi" - - - Prends-moi
"Elle est" 9 12 - Silver (125,000)
1999 "J'en ai mis du temps" 38 - -
"Terra umana" 48 - - Chrysalide
2000 "Que tu reviennes" 13 10 -
"Juste une raison encore" 45 13 -
2002 "Marseille" - - - Patrick Fiori
2003 "Je sais où aller" 13 2A 86
"Sans bruit" - - -
2005 "Il parait" - - - Si on chantait plus fort
"Je ne serai jamais" - - -
"Toutes les peines" 11 2A 37
2007 "4 Mots sur un piano"
(with Jean-Jacques Goldman & Christine Ricol)
1 7 40 Silver (175,000)
2010 "Peut-être que peut-être" - 14 - l'Instinct Masculin
2011 "Je viendrai te chercher (with Johnny Hallyday)" - 17A -
"L'instinct masculin" - 14A -
"À la vie!" - 23A -
"L'écho des dimanches" (with Zucchero) - 23A - Non-album single
2012 "L'envie d'aimer"
(with Julien Clerc, Catherine Lara & Liane Foly)
114 - -
"All By Myself" 140 - -
2013 "Pachamama (la terre mere)"
(with Anne Etchegoyen et le Chœur Aizkoa)
- - - Les voix basques
2014 "Elles" 59 49 - Choisir
"J'espère que tu vas bien"
(with Tommy)
- 8A -
2015 "Corsica"
(with Patrick Bruel)
27 43 -
2017 "Pour mieux s'aimer" 10
[31]
- - Promesse
"Où je vis" 32
[32]
15A -
"Chez nous (Plan d'Aou, Air Bel)"
(with Soprano)
43
[32]
2A -
"Promesse"
(with Slimane Nebchi)
175
[32]
- -
2018 "Les gens qu'on aime" - 13A -
2019 "Délé Yaman" - - - Non-album single

ACharted on the Belgian Ultratip chart.

FilmographyEdit

TheatreEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tele Loisirs: Patrick Fiori (Les copains d'abord en Corse) : "Je suis fier de mes racines corses et arméniennes" (in French)
  2. ^ "Patrick Fiori : Comment sa famille a échappé au génocide arménien" (in French). Voici. 6 April 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d ESC Today: France: Patrick Fiori to join The Voice Kids
  4. ^ Ecoutez le nouveau single de Patrick Fiori "4 Mots sur un piano" (in French)
  5. ^ Charts in France: Patrick Fiori en interview (in French)
  6. ^ a b Charts in France: Découvrez le nouveau clip de Patrick Fiori (in French)
  7. ^ a b Visionnez le nouveau clip de Patrick Fiori "Peut-être que peut-être" (in French)
  8. ^ a b c Patrick Fiori en tournée acoustique cet automne et en 2013 (in French)
  9. ^ Charts in France: Patrick Fiori propose un pack CD live et un chèche (in French)
  10. ^ La Depeche: Patrick Fiori : Mes choix, mes engagements (in French)
  11. ^ a b c L'Avenir: Patrick Fiori à l’heure des choix (in French)
  12. ^ Charts in France: Patrick Fiori dévoile le clip de "Elles", extrait de l'album Choisir (in French)
  13. ^ Idolmag: Interview de Patrick Fiori (in French)
  14. ^ Patrick Fiori en tournée intime pour L'instinct masculin (in French)
  15. ^ Charts in France: Corsu Mezu Mezu est le nouveau numéro un des ventes d'albums (in French)
  16. ^ Official website of Corsu Mezu Mezu (in French)
  17. ^ RFI: Patrick Fiori et altri, une renaissance corse (in French)
  18. ^ L'album "Les voix basques" d'Anne Etchegoyen avec Le Chœur Aizkoa et Patrick Fiori (in French)
  19. ^ Le Figaro: The Voice Kids accueille Patrick Fiori (in French)
  20. ^ Toutela télé: The Voice kids : Jane, 14 ans, sacrée gagnante de la saison 2 (in French)
  21. ^ Tele Loisir: The Voice Kids : M.Pokora, Jenifer et Patrick Fiori coachs de la saison 3 (in French)
  22. ^ a b Téléstar: Qui est Ariane Quatrefages, la femme de Patrick Fiori? (in French)
  23. ^ "Patrick Fiori" Archived 30 June 2017 at the Wayback Machine (in French). Enfoires.com. Retrieved 23 February 2017
  24. ^ Charts in France: "Pour mieux s'aimer" : Patrick Fiori chante un titre inédit de Grégory Lemarchal (in French)
  25. ^ Certifications des albums en France Archived 1 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ a b c d lescharts.com: Patrick Fiori discography
  27. ^ ultratop.be/nl/ – Ultratop Belgian (Flanders) Charts
  28. ^ a b c d ultratop.be/fr/ – Ultratop Belgian (Wallonia) Charts
  29. ^ Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community – hitparade.ch Archived 16 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ "Top Albums (Week 41, 2020)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  31. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  32. ^ a b c "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 40, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 9 October 2017.[permanent dead link]

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Kali
with Monté la riviè
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
1993
Succeeded by
Nina Morato
with Je suis un vrai garçon