Éric Lapointe (singer)

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Éric Lapointe
Éric Lapointe 2012.jpg
Lapointe in 2012
Background information
Born (1969-09-28) 28 September 1969 (age 45)
Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, Canada
Origin Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Labels Diffusion YFB Inc., Disques Gamma
Website www.ericlapointe.com
Members Martin Bolduc
Rick Borque
Bruce Cameron
Éric Lapointe
Mic Miette
Past members

Stéphane Dufour

Ange E. Curcio
Notable instruments
Piano, keyboard, guitar

Éric Lapointe (born 28 September 1969 in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, Canada) is a francophone lead singer, keyboardist, and occasional guitarist for his eponymous band. His band is characterized by a heavy metal style containing elements of punk, grunge, pop and hard rock from guitarist Stéphane Dufour's riffs. Lapointe has released six studio albums, three compilation albums, and two live albums. He is currently the most successful male music artist in French Canadian history in terms of sales, having sold more than one million total discs.[citation needed] He has also made appearances on film.

Biography[edit]

Childhood[edit]

Lapointe is the eldest of three children; he has two brothers, Marc and Hugo. Hugo is also a singer and started as a technician for his brother's band.[citation needed] Their father, Serge, was a manager for Zellers and his family often had to move. By the age of 16, Lapointe had moved a total of 13 times. As a result, he was shy and reserved, had difficulty making friends and stayed close to his mother, Doris.[citation needed]

At nine years old, Lapointe asked his father for a plastic guitar from a Sears catalog. His father bought him a real guitar instead and Lapointe soon learned how to strum chords thanks to the help of his uncle, who was also a musician. He wrote his first songs at the age of ten and started touring Quebec and France at the age of 15.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 18, Lapointe joined the Parti Québécois and was discovered by Yves-François Blanchet (president of l'ADISQ) who went on to manage his early career. Lapointe started out by playing at local bars and CEGEPs. To supplement his income, Lapointe worked side jobs as a pool installation technician, garbage collector, waiter and credit card salesman.[citation needed]

At the age of 20, Lapointe collaborated with Roger Tabra, writing his first hit single "N'importe quoi" ("Anything"). Despite having little money, Lapointe organized a showcase at a popular bar called Club Soda for record industry scouts. A representative of Disques Gamma, Patrice Duchesne, was impressed by Lapointe's talent and offered him a record contract. Gamma helped produce his debut album Obsession which was released in 1994.[citation needed] Aldo Nova produced the album, which caused some internal friction within the band.[why?]

1994-1995: Release of Obsession, rise to popularity[edit]

Local radio stations initially refused to play Lapointe's music.[citation needed] However, the video for his second single, "Terre promise (poussé par le vent)," found a new fan base and helped trigger sales.[citation needed] On 12 August 1994, Lapointe played for a crowd of 45,000 people at the corner of Jeanne-Mance and Saint Catherine in Montreal. Obsession was later certified platinum with over 250,000 copies sold.[citation needed]

In 1995, the Rolling Stones invited him to open their two Paris concerts during the Voodoo Lounge Tour along with Bon Jovi. They also played a concert at la Rochelle FrancoFolies festival along with French artist Florent Pagny.[citation needed]

1996-2007: Continued success[edit]

Lapointe and his band produced several other albums including Invitez les Vautours ("Invite the Vultures," 1996, 180,000 copies sold), À l'ombre de l'ange ("In the Shadow of the Angel," 1999, 225,000 copies) and Adrénaline, a live album which sold as of 2006 nearly 200,000 copies. In November 2004, Lapointe launched Coupable ("Guilty") and sold over 100,000 copies in its first few weeks. His first five albums were certified platinum and sold 900,000 total discs in 12 years.[citation needed]

On 8 April 2002, he launched Adrénaline, a double-album containing 25 live tracks that includes several covers. He also participated in the compilation of Le Petit Roi, and was especially noticed for his interpretation of "Une chance qu'on s'a" by Jean-Pierre Ferland.

Lapointe released the album Coupable a few weeks later, which quickly reached platinum status. The most notable hit was "La Bartendresse", featuring a video written by Quebec actor Patrick Huard. Lapointe wrote the vast majority of this album.[citation needed]

On 22 November 2006, Lapointe released a greatest hits album called 1994-2006: N'importe Qui.

In 2007, he made a guest appearance on the eponymous song of Dennis DeYoung's album One Hundred Years from Now as a singer and lyricist.[citation needed]

2008-present[edit]

On 22 April 2008, Lapointe's fifth studio album, Ma Peau, was released. Prior to its release, Dufour, who had been the band's guitarist since before Obsession and Lapointe parted ways.[citation needed]

The 2009 compilation album, Ailleurs, Volume 1 includes duets with Céline Dion, Isabelle Boulay, Dan Bigras, Nanette Workman, and Les Divans, as well as a trio with Garou and Claude Dubois. The Dion duet is a remake of her 1991 hit "L'amour existe encore". A cover album entitled Volume 2 was released later in 2009.

Lapointe also teamed with Marjo for a remake of her 1990 hit "Ailleurs" as a blues-rock ballad. It appears on her greatest hits remakes album Marjo et ses hommes.

Lapointe's latest studio album, Le ciel de mes combats, was released 30 November 2010. His sixth studio release, it features the return of Roger Tabra as cowriter, Aldo Nova on guitar, and the return of Dufour as producer. These songs deal with themes such as friendship and suicide.[citation needed] As of 2011, Lapointe collaborated with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to create Lapointe Symphonique.

Filmography[edit]

In 1997, Lapointe released two songs: "Le Screw" (written by Richard Desjardins) and "Les Boys", written for the movie with the same name. In 1998, he wrote two more songs for Les Boys II: "Rocket" and "Alléluia." The soundtrack sold 25,000 copies in six weeks.[citation needed] He also produced seven additional songs for the soundtrack of Les Boys III including "Le Boys Blues Band." Released in 2001, this album sold 35,000 copies.[citation needed] Lapointe also cameoed as Bruno in several episodes in the television series.[1]

Lapointe went on to work on Bon Cop Bad Cop with Patrick Huard, contributing his song "Tattoo" which became an instant hit.[citation needed] He also played the role of a notorious criminal named Johnny "Le Chat" Charland in the Quebec television series Le Négociateur which aired on TVA in 2005 and 2006.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 1995, Éric Lapointe was nominated for and won a series of awards. Nominated for five Félix Awards in all, he won Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Rock Album at the Gala de l'ADISQ.[when?] He was also nominated for Best Male Artist of the year, Best Album Sales and Best Composer-Author-Performer of the Year. He also received three record industry nominations.[specify] In 1995, he became the first artist to receive two Prix Miroir in each the Public Choice and Best Public Performance categories at the Quebec City Summer Festival. Lapointe also received an award from Francophone radio stations[which?] for best song in 1995 for "Terre Promise." "N'importe quoi" was voted best song by the Québec public on Radio Énergie radio stations across the province.[citation needed]

Lapointe was nominated for three more Félix awards in 1997; Éric won his second for Best Rock Album. In 2000, À l'ombre de l'ange garnered five additional Félix wins. Adrénaline also garnered a fourth Félix for Best Rock Album. He again won the Public Choice Award at the Quebec City Summer Festival in 1997 and 2000, becoming the first artist to receive four awards in the event's 30-year run.[citation needed] Radio Énergie also voted Lapointe's singles "Loadé comme un gun" in 1997 and "Mon ange" in 1999 as the People's Choice for Song of the Year.

Singles[edit]

Overall, Lapointe has had nearly 30 No. 1 hits on the Quebec charts, which were either on Radio Energie network, Montreal's Francophone station CKOI, the Rock Détente network, or MusiquePlus:

  • "N'importe quoi"
  • "Terre promise (poussé par le vent)"
  • "Marie Stone"
  • "L'exquise"
  • "Je rêve encore"
  • "Deux fois la même histoire"
  • "D'l'amour, j'en veux pus"
  • "Bobépine"
  • "Loadé comme un gun"
  • "Les Boys"
  • "Rocket"
  • "Laisse-moi seul"
  • "Rien à regretter"
  • "On commence à s'quitter"
  • "Mon ange"
  • "Ma gueule"
  • "Le Boys Blues Band"
  • "Qu'est-ce que ça peut ben faire?"
  • "Un beau grand slow"
  • "Reste là"
  • "La Bartendresse"
  • "Coupable"
  • "100 Years From Now"
  • "Toucher"
  • "1500 Miles"

The band[edit]

Current musicians[edit]

  • Martin Bolduc – bass
  • Rick Bourque - drums
  • Bruce Cameron – keys
  • Mic Myette – guitars
  • Stephane Dufour - Guitars

Past musicians[edit]

  • Adrien Bance - guitars
  • Stéphane Campeau - bass
  • Dennis Chatrand - keyboard, organ
  • Ange E. Curcio - Drums (1996-2006)
  • Stéphane Dufour – guitars (1994–2007)
  • Tino Izzo - guitars
  • Aldo Nova - piano, keyboards, guitars

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle Coudé-Lord (29 April 2009). "Les Boys - Éric Lapointe reviendra au jeu" (in French). Canoe.ca. 
  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – December 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Gold & Platinum Certification – December 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2007.

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