Christophe Maé

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Christophe Maé
Christophe Maé NRJ Music Awards 2012.jpg
Christophe Maé during NRJ Music Awards (2012)
Background information
Birth name Christophe Martichon
Born (1975-10-16) 16 October 1975 (age 39)
Origin Carpentras, France
Genres Pop
Instruments Guitar
Violin
Harmonica
Years active 2007—present
Labels Warner Bros.
Website http://www.christophe-mae.fr/home

Christophe Maé (born 16 October 1975 in Carpentras, Vaucluse) is a French pop singer.

Career[edit]

Maé learned to play the violin at age five, and later began playing the guitar and harmonica at age 16 after he was immobilised from a chronic illness. He has stated that this was the time when he became inspired by Stevie Wonder.[1] In 2005 he rose to fame by playing the role of Monsieur, brother of King Louis XIV in the musical "Le Roi Soleil".

Releases[edit]

Maé's first album was entitled Sa Danse Donne, and released in 2002–2003. This album is not considered his first studio album. He released his first studio album, Mon paradis (My Paradise) on 19 March 2007, with the singles "On s'attache", "Parce qu'on sait jamais" and "Ça fait mal". His fourth single is "Belle Demoiselle". Mon Paradis was France's second best-selling album of 2007 after Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika, selling more than 1 600 000 albums to date.

Maé opened for Seal at the Grand Rex in Paris and for Cher at the Zénith de Paris, both in 2004. In 2010, Maé's second studio album, On trace la route, was released. It has sold more than 600,000 units to date.[2]

Musical style[edit]

Maé's music is largely acoustic. He has cited Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, and Jack Johnson as well as French singer-songwriters Francis Cabrel and Gérald De Palmas as musical influences. He allegedly began to learn harmonica as a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who is commonly cited as his biggest influence musically.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Christophe Maé has two sons, Jules and Marcel, with his longtime girlfriend Nadège Sarron. Jules was born in March 2008.[4] In August of 2013, the couple welcomed Marcel.[5]

Discography[edit]

Christophe Maé (2011)

Studio albums[edit]

Year Information Charts Certification
FR
[6]
FR
(DL)
BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
SWI
2008 Mon paradis
1
1
-
1
18
France: Diamond[7]
2008 Comme à la maison (Acoustic album)
1
8
-
1
13
France: 2×Platinum
2010 On trace la route
1
1
-
1
3
France: Diamond[2]
2013 Je veux du bonheur
1
32
1
4

Live album[edit]

Year Information Charts Certification
FR
[6]
FR
(DL)
BEL
(Wa)
BEL
(Vl)
2009 Comme à la maison (Live)
(2-CD set with Mon paradis)
181
-
-
-
2011 On trace la route - Le live
1
6
99
1

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
FR
[6]
FR (DL) SWI BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
2007 "On s'attache" 1 2 27 - 4 Mon paradis
"Parce qu'on ne sait jamais" 6 12 52 - 10
"Ça fait mal" - 3 - - 16
2008 "Belle Demoiselle" 13 13 74 - 10
"C'est ma terre" - 11 91 - 18 Comme à la maison
"Mon p'tit gars" 2 18 - - 33
2009 "Je n'attendais que vous"
(Maé, Lara, Maurane, Bruel, La Chorale des Voisins du Dessus)
- - - - 38
"Dingue, dingue, dingue" 1 3 37 - 4 On trace la route
2010 "J'ai laissé" - 2 - - 16
"Je me lâche" - 16 47 - 12
"Pourquoi c'est beau" - 33 - - -
2011 "La rumeur" 53 - - - 4
(Ultratip)
"Un peu de blues" 29 - - - 24
2013 "Tombé sous le charme" 11 - 38 82
(Ultratip)
7 Je veux du bonheur
"Je veux du bonheur" 90 - - - 4
(Ultratip)
"La poupée" 40 - - - 2
(Ultratip)
"Ne t'en fais pas" 200 - - - -
2014 "Ma douleur, ma peine" 144 - - - -

Awards[edit]

  • NRJ Music Award
    • 2007: French revelation of the year
    • 2008: French male artist of the year
    • 2008: French song of the year for "On s'attache"
    • 2009: French male artist of the year
    • 2009: French song of the year for "Belle demoiselle"
  • Victoires de la musique
    • 2008: Public revelation of the year
  • World Music Awards
    • 2008: French artist of the year
  • Others
    • 2008: Winner of song of the year on TF1

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Miss Dominique
Victoires de la Musique
Group or artist popular révélation of the year

2008
Succeeded by
Sefyu