Infobox Musical artist
Name = Calogero
Img_capt = Calogero live in
Clermont Ferrandin 2007
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1971|7|30
Voice_type = pop,
Years_active = 1989-present
URL = http://www.calogero.fr
Calogero (born Calogero Maurici on
July 30, 1971in Échirolles, near Grenoble) is a French singer.
With Les Charts
By the age of six Calogero had already taken an interest in music. He quickly learned to play several instruments, including the
flute, pianoand bass, and in 1986 became the lead singer and song-writer for a band called Les Charts, that he started together with his brother, Gioacchino, and a childhood friend, Francis Maggiulli. Between 1989 and 1997, Les Charts released 5 albums.
As the band began to lose its momentum, Calogero decided to launch himself as a solo artist and gathered important connections by writing songs and collaborating with already popular artists, such as
Zazieand Pascal Obispo. The latter helped produce Calogero's first solo album "Au milieu des Autres" (2000). His second album, "Calogero" (2002) was a huge success with the hit singles "En apesanteur", "Aussi libre que moi", "Tien an men" and "Prendre racine". Finally, in 2004, Calogero released "3", featuring "Face à la mer" a duet with French rapper Passiand several other top singles such as "Yalla" and "Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer". Calogero's moving lyrics and frail, tender voice have made him one of France's top pop/rock singers.
Calogero released his fourth studio album "Pomme C" on 12 March 2007.
Collaborations as composer
Since the late 1990s, Calogero composed songs for many artists, often in collaboration with his brother Gioacchino. For example, he composed songs for
Florent Pagny("Châtelet-les-Hâlles"), Hélène Ségara("Au Nom d'une Femme" and "Regarde"), Ismael Lo("L'Amour a tous les droits" and "Faut qu'on s'aime"), Pascal Obispo("Millesime"), Jenifer Bartoli("C'est de l'or"), Julie Zenatti("La Vérité m'attire" et "Toutes les douleurs"), Patrick Fiori("Que tu reviennes", "Être là", "Encore", "Tout le monde", "Tera umana" et "Il n'y a pas grand chose à dire"), Fred Blondin ("Je manque de toi" and "Perso et les Aimants"), Mario Barravecchia ("On se ressemble"). He also composed three song for the musical "The Ten Commandments": "Je n'avais jamais prié", "Une Raison d'espérer" et "Y'a tant d'amour".
Calogero also participates in numerous charities. He is currently member of
Les Enfoirés, he also participated in the single "Noël ensemble" recorded by many artists in 2002, he sang for the "Sidaction" with Jenifer, and recently, he participated in the single "Douce France" led by Marc Lavoinein order to combat against discrimination and help young people to have work.
Stanislas Renoultrecorded a duet with Calogero entitled "La Débâcle des sentiments".
Calogero describes his own musical style as "pop rock". He also said that he listens musical work of various artists such as Barbara,
William Sheller, the Cureand the Whoand that "words and melodies are very important to [him] ". He has a great admiration for the Beatles, especially for Paul McCartneywhose song "Live and Let Die" is covered on "Live 1.0". Calogero said about McCartney : "Paul McCartney? A myth! For all bassists he is Uncle Paul". Between his first solo album and his last tour, the musical style evolved significantly to a more percussive rock, and he also said that his fourth album, "Pomme C", had the closest sound to him.
Calogero is a bass player but he also plays
keyboardsand guitar. His initial training was made to the organ. On his first solo album, he plays the guitar, while on the next two he plays bass.
* "Prendre l'air", 1999
* "De Cendre et de Terre", 2000
* "Devant toi", 2000
* "Aussi libre que moi", 2001
En apesanteur", 2002
* "Tien An Men", 2003
* "Prendre Racine", 2003
* "Yalla", 2003
Face à la mer", 2004
Si seulement je pouvais lui manquer", 2004
* "Safe Sex", 2005
* "Devant toi", 2005
* "Un Jour parfait", 2005
* "Le Saut de l'ange", 2007
* "Pomme C", 2007
* "Danser encore", 2008
*fr icon [http://calogero.artistes.universalmusic.fr/main/intro.php?d=0 Calogero Official Website]
* [http://www.rfimusique.com/siteen/biographie/biographie_7420.asp Biography of Calogero] , from
Radio France Internationale
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