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Kendji Girac
French singer

Kendji Girac

Kendji Girac
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro French singer
A.K.A. Kendji Maillé
Is Singer
From France
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 3 July 1996, Périgueux
Age 25 years
Star sign Cancer
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Kendji Girac (born Kendji Jason Maillié, July 3, 1996) is a French singer. He is the winner of Season 3 of the music competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Mika. He has released two studio albums, Kendji and Ensemble as well as a string of hit singles.

Biography

Beginnings

The youngest of a Catalan Gitano family, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan. He gained some fame through publishing materials online. His gypsy version of "Bella" by Maître Gims filmed by a friend went viral. His video garnered almost 3.8 million views. Another popular song he uploaded was "Si j'étais president" a cover of Gérard Lenorman.

The Voice: la plus belle voix

For season 3 of The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with the song "Bella" by Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.

In the Musical Battles Round broadcast on March 8, 2014, Mika put him against Youness both singing "Tous les mêmes" from Stromae. Kendji moved to "L'épreuve ultime" round where he performed "Hotel California from The Eagles in the 29 March 2014 emission.

In the live rounds he interpreted "Ma philosophie" from Amel Bent (5 April 2014), "Mad World" from Tears for Fears (19 April 2014) and "Allumer le feu" from Johnny Hallyday (19 April 2014). In the semi-final on 3 May 2014 he sang "Belle" from Garou and Daniel Lavoie qualifying for the finals as Team Mika's finalist.

In the final broadcast on Final: 10 May 2014, He sang "Amor de mis amores" / "Volare" from Gipsy Kings, "Temps à nouveau" from Jean-Louis Aubert and "L'Aigle noir" from Barbara. He won The Voice title for season 3 with 51% of the public vote against 21% for runner up Maximilien Philippe, with Amir Haddad finishing third with 18% and Wesley with only 10% fourth.

Career

His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, and over 1 million copies by October 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae. As of now, he is nearing 1.2 million copies sold. He is currently the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. His follow-up single "Andalouse" proved even more successful commercially. Other notable singles included "Conmigo" from the repackaged version of Kendji released on May 4, 2015.

A second album titled Ensemble was released on October 30, 2015. Notable singles from his sophomore album include "Me Quemo", "Les yeux de la mama" and "No Me Mirès Màs" (jointly with Soprano).

Discography

Albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)
NLD
SWI
Kendji
Including 2015 reissue
  • Released: 8 September 2014
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 119 1 53 22
Ensemble
  • Released: 30 October 2015
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 88 1 1

EPs

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
Kendji Girac EP
  • Released: 1 January 2014
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: digital download
44

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)
POL
"Color Gitano" 2014 11 12 Kendji
"Andalouse" 3 64* 3 10
"Elle m'a aimé" 22 53*
"Cool" 20 17
"Je m'abandonne" 25
"La bohème" 61 Aznavour, sa jeunesse
"Conmigo" 2015 7 6 Kendji (2015 reissue)
"Les richesses du cœur" 57
"Me Quemo" 7 8 Ensemble
"Les yeux de la mama" 5
"No me mirès màs"
(with Soprano)
2016 9 11
"Sonrisa" 25 42 TBA

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. For Ultratip peaks, added 50 positions to arrive at an equivalent Ultratop position

As featured artist

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)
POL
"One Last Time (Attends-moi)"
(Ariana Grande featuring Kendji Girac)
2015 11 My Everything
and
Kendji (2015 Reissue)

Other charted songs

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
"Amor de mis amores" / "Volare"
(credited as Kendji)
2014 94 The Voice 3 - La Plus Belle Voix (2014)
"Belle"
(credited as Kendji)
96
"Mi amor" 118 Kendji
"Avec toi" 179
"Baïla amigo" 187
"Mon univers" 192
"Ma solitude" 2015 130 Ensemble
"C'est trop" 142
"Besame" 198
"Tu y yo" 2016 153
"Ma câlina" 40
"Elle a tout" 80
"Jamais à genoux" 85

Awards

Year Award Song
2014 NRJ Music Awards/Francophone Song of the Year "Color Gitano"
2014 NRJ Music Awards/Francophone Breakthrough of the Year
2015 NRJ Music Awards/Nominated for Best French Male Artist of the Year Album Kendji

Filmography

  • 2017 : Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction

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