Zazie – Zazzie Bio
Zazie, born Isabelle Marie Anne de Truchis de Varennes on 18 April 1964, she is a French singer, songwriter, and former fashion model. Zazie co-produces all her albums. She is noted for her playful use of language.
Isabelle de Truchis de Varennes was born on 18 April 1964 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. She was nicknamed “Zazie” in reference to the title character of the Raymond Queneau novel, Zazie dans le métro. Her mother was a music teacher and her father, Hervé de Truchis de Varennes, was an architect.
At home, they listened to Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and Barbara, as well as classical music. Inspired, Zazie began learning to play the violin at the age of ten, later teaching herself to play the piano and guitar. After high school, Zazie began studies to become a physiotherapist; however, her classic beauty and nearly six-foot stature caught the attention of modelling agents, and she abandoned her schooling to become a fashion model.
Zazie husband – Zazie Children
Zazie and her former partner, Fabien Cahen, have a daughter, Lola, who was born on 16 August 2002.
Zazie Songs (career)
1992: Initial Forays into Music and Je, Tu, Ils
In 1990, Zazie began her musical career. She signed a contract with Phonogram in 1991. In 1992, she released Je, tu, ils, her first album recorded in the studios of Peter Gabriel. She collaborated for the first time with Pascal Obispo on the song “Un, deux, trois, soleil”. She wrote almost all the tracks of the album and participated in the composition.
The album had minor success, and the single “Sucré salé” was ranked No. 46 on the Top 50 (French SNEP Singles Chart). The following year, Zazie was awarded ‘Best New Female Pop Artist of the Year’ (révélation variétés féminine de l’année) at the Victoires de la musique. The other two singles from the albums were much less successful, but the singer’s career was launched. Her record label agreed to sign for a second album.
From Je, tu, ils Zazie distinguished herself as a songwriter by crafting songs notable for their wit, alliteration, homophonies and double entendres.
From 1995: Success
In 1995, she released her second album Zen, which was co-written by and co-produced with Vincent-Marie Bouvot. The album produced the singles “Zen” and “Homme sweet homme”. Her 1996 single “Un point c’est toi” from the same album was discussed on Canada’s MuchMusic TV program Too Much 4 Much due to its controversial content.
Ultimately, the discussion panel deemed the video okay for audiences. In the video, a group of four smitten women, including Zazie, follow a pair of men down to a lake. There, the two men strip off their clothes and swim in the water. Zazie fantasizes about undressing one of the men and kissing him. However, her fantasies are spoiled as the two men kiss each other.
In 1997, Pascal Obispo and Zazie released the single “Les meilleurs ennemis”.
Her 1998 album Made in Love was co-produced by Ali Staton, Pierre Jaconelli, and herself. The album photos were taken by fashion designer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The songs “Ça fait mal et ça fait rien”, “Tous des anges”, and “Tout le monde” were released as singles. This album was followed by a live album, Made in Live, the next year. In 1999 she also wrote a song for Jane Birkin.
In 2001, Zazie teamed up with Axel Bauer on the single “À ma place”. It was her most successful single in France, reaching number four on the French charts.
Zazie once again addressed homosexuality on her 2002 single “Adam et Yves” from her 2001 album La Zizanie. This album was produced solely by Pierre Jaconelli. Other singles included “Rue de la paix” and “Danse avec les loops”. In 2003, she released another live album, Ze Live.
Her 2004 album Rodéo was co-produced with Jean-Pierre Pilot and Philippe Paradis. The video for the single “Excuse-moi” features Zazie playing the role of an Indian woman who leaves her cheating husband. She followed this album up with a live album, Rodéo Tour in 2006.
Her sixth album, Totem, was released in February 2007. Like her previous album, it was co-produced with Jean-Pierre Pilot and Philippe Paradis. The “Totem Tour” began on 1 July.Also in 2007, she wrote several songs for Christophe Willem’s album, Inventaire.
In June 2010, Zazie released a new single “Avant l’amour” (Before Love). Avant l’amour was the first single from the album “Za7ie”; it reached No. 54 on the French SNEP radio airplay chart.
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“Za7ie” was constructed as a concept project of 49 songs, split into seven theme albums of seven songs each. A shorter version with 14 songs was released in September 2010, with the 49 song project released as a box set in November of the same year.
Zazie announced eighth album, “Cyclo”, which is scheduled for release in spring 2013. The album was produced by Olivier Coursier of AaRON and mixed by Tony Hoffer. In 2015, she released her ninth album “Encore heureux”.
Zazie co-composed the music of the 1997 film Ma vie en rose.
Zazie made her acting debut in the 1998 film by Didier Le Pêcheur “J’aimerais pas crever un dimanche” (Don’t Let Me Die on a Sunday).
In 2007, Zazie wrote and co-composed seven of the fifteen tracks of Christophe Willem’s first album, Inventaire, while also providing backing vocals in the tracks she wrote.In 2009, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue.
Zazie started coaching on the French version of The Voice in 2015 and one of her team, Lilian Renaud, won that 4th season. She again coached in 2016 and 2017.
Zazie Zest Of
Zest of is a 2008 album recorded by French pop singer Zazie. It was her first best of and her tenth album overall. It was released on 17 November 2008 digitally and under physical formats and achieved success in francophone countries. It provided a sole single, “FM Air” (a pun in French-language with “éphémère”), which was #8 in France and #19 in Belgium (Wallonia).
It contains 36 songs from Zazie’s six studio albums, Je, tu, ils, Zen, Made in Love, La Zizanie, Rodéo and Totem. It includes in live a song from Made in Live and four others from the singer’s later tour, Totem Tour, plus the duets with Axel Bauer and Pascal Obispo which didn’t appear on Zazie’s studio albums.
It also contains two new songs, “FM Air”, available in six versions released on collector-edition vinyl (limited edition) and the song “Un peu beaucoup”.
The best-of was available in two versions : astandard editions (two CD), and the collector edition (2 CD + DVD, in a set box).
The album went straight to number-one in France (compilations chart) and remained at this position for seven weeks. It also debuted atop in Belgium and remained for 14 weeks in the top ten. It was much less successful in Switzerland, staying for only nine weeks on the chart.
À ma place
“À ma place” is a 2001 pop song recorded as a duet by Zazie and Axel Bauer. It was the second single off Bauer’s album Personne n’est parfait and was released on 7 May 2001. It became a smash hit in France and Belgium (Wallonia) where it reached the top five.
The song was written and composed by both singers. It deals with the difficulties that can be met by a couple to understand each other. According to Elia Habib, the story of the song “[oscillates] between passion and insanity”. The music video and the cover single are very refined and the song looks like a “dramatic script meticulously directed”.
The music video was directed by Didier Le Pêcheur who had previously directed five music videos for Zazie at the time.
“À ma place” was not included on Zazie’s studio album, but only on Bauer’s Personne n’est parfait on which it appears in an extended version, then on Bauer’s best of La Désintégrale. In 2003, the live version performed during Zazie’s tour was added on her live album Ze live!! and in the collector edition of La Désintégrale. The song, as well as the music video (on the DVD), were also available on Zazie’s 2008 greatest hits Zest of.
Chart performances and awards
In France, the single debuted at #33 on 12 May 2001, then climbed directly to the top ten and remained in it for 17 weeks, including a peak at number four for two consecutive weeks. It totalled 30 weeks in the top 50 and 32 weeks in the top 100 and earned a Gold disc. The song is currently the 738th best-selling singles of all time in France.
In Belgium (Wallonia), it debuted at #32 on 4 August 2001 and reached number one four weeks later. It remained for 12 weeks in the top ten and 25 weeks in the Ultratop 50. To date, “À ma place” is the most successful single of both singers in terms of chart positions.
The song was awarded ‘Francophone song of the year’ at the 2002 NRJ Music Awards and was thus included on the compilation NRJ Music Awards 2002.
- Victoires de la musique :
- Musical show, tour or concert of the year (2006)
- Female group of artists of the year (2002)
- Female artist of the year (1998)
- Music video of the year: Larsen, directed by Philippe Andre; (1996)
- Popular music Female révélation of the year (1993)
- NRJ Music Awards :
- Best French language song (2002) with Axel Bauer for À ma place
Altogether she has six awards.