Gérald de Palmas

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Gérald De Palmas
Gérald de Palmas par Claude Truong-Ngoc juin 2014.jpg
Gérald de Palmas, 2014.
Background information
Birth name Gérald Gardrinier
Born (1967-10-14) 14 October 1967 (age 46)
Saint-Denis, Réunion, France
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts Jean-Jacques Goldman, Francis Cabrel, Christophe Maé, Raphaël Haroche, Stephan Eicher, Axelle Red
Website depalmas.artistes.universalmusic.fr

Gérald De Palmas (born Gérald Gardrinier, on 14 October 1967 in Saint-Denis, Réunion) is a French singer.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Gérald de Palmas was born in France. His father was a land surveyor from Britanny and his mother was a French teacher from Réunion. At the age of 10, De Palmas' family left Réunion, to live in Aix-en-Provence, France. At the age of 13, he discovered ska music, and became a fan of the UK band The Specials. Then he met Étienne Daho and formed a group called Les Max Valentin together with Edith Fambuena and Jean-Louis Pierot. They released the single 'Les Maux Dits' in 1987, but De Palmas was uncomfortable with this group, and went solo. After seven years of writing and singing solo, Da Palmas won a talent contest on the French M6 TV network.

Career[edit]

In 1994, Gérald de Palmas or just De Palmas as an artistic namereleased his first album La dernière Année (The Last Year), which contains the hit song Sur la Route (On the Road). He won a Victoires de la Musique award in 1996.

De Palmas released his second album Les Lois de la Nature (Laws of Nature) in 1997. The album was less successful than his debut album, probably due to the dramatic change in his style. He was in the slumps for two and a half years, until 2000. That's when Jean-Jacques Goldman restored his confidence and wrote a song for him titled J'en rêve encore (I still dream about it).

De Palmas composed and wrote 10 of the 12 songs in his third album Marcher dans le sable (Walking in the sand). He was reborn as a star in 2002, as he won the Victoires de la Musique and the NRJ Music Awards, while playing more than 180 concerts. His songs even crossed the Atlantic, when Céline Dion sang his hit song Tomber (falling) in English, titled Ten Days. At the end of that year, Live 2002 was released on DVD and on CD, to commemorate his great tour of 2002.

Two years later, De Palmas returned with his fourth album Un homme sans racines (A man without roots), a more intimate album with less music, but still in the same melancholic style. After having problems with Universal, Gérald de Palmas is going to come back in November 2009 with his new album of which the first single is expected to be aired in May.

Personal life[edit]

Gérald de Palmas is married and has two children, a boy, Victor (born in 1996) and a girl, Rose (born in 2003).

Awards[edit]

  • NRJ Music Awards :
    • Best francophone male artist (2003)
    • Best francophone album (Marcher dans le sable) (2002)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Charts Certification
FR
[1]
BEL
Wa

SWI
1994 La dernière année
1997 Les lois de la nature 32
2000 Marcher dans le sable 2 2 28
2001 La dernière année 50
2004 Un homme sans racines 1 6 36
2009 Sortir 2 4 32
2011 Sur ma route 10 8
2013 De Palmas 11
Live albums
Year Album Charts Certification
FR
[1]
BEL
Wa

SWI
2002 Live 2002 3 7 28

Singles[edit]

Year Single Charts Certification Album
FR
[1]
BEL
Wa

SWI
1997 "Sur la route" 14 La dernière année
2000 "J'en rêve encore" 7 4 Marcher dans le sable
2001 "Une seule vie (marcher dans le sable)" 30
"Tomber" 35
2004 "Elle s'ennuie" 35 73
"Elle danse seule" 22 46 Un homme sans racines
2011 "L'étranger" 59 Sur ma route
2013 "Je me souviens de tout" 130 Da Palmas
Featured in
Year Single Charts Album
FR
[1]
BEL
Wa

SWI
2012 "Toi + moi"
(Maurane, Le Forestier, Keim, Darmon, Zenatti, De Palmas, Foly, Leroy, Les Enfoirés)
187

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Henri Salvador
Victoires de la Musique
Male group or artist of the year

2002
Succeeded by
Renaud