Garou (singer)

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Garou
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Garou on 13 June 2006
Background information
Birth name Pierre Garand
Born (1972-06-26) 26 June 1972 (age 42)
Origin Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer
Instruments Piano, Guitar, Trumpet
Years active 1997–present
Labels Sony Music Canada, Sony Music France
Associated acts Daniel Lavoie, Patrick Fiori, Celine Dion, Marilou, Michel Sardou, Elizabeth Blouin-Brathwaite, Notre-Dame de Paris
Website www.garouonline.com

Pierre Garand[1] (born 26 June 1972), known by his stage name Garou (a diminutive of his last name "Garand"), is a Canadian singer from Sherbrooke, Quebec.

He is known for his work in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris and the #1 hits "Belle", "Seul", "Sous le vent", and "La Rivière de notre enfance". He currently holds the SNEP record for most weeks at #1.

Profile[edit]

Garou began playing the guitar at the age of three at the encouragement of his father (he also plays piano and trumpet). He went on to serve in the military and started a band in 1992 called the Untouchables. In 1997, he was discovered by Luc Plamondon while singing American blues tunes in a Sherbrooke bar. He was drafted by Plamondon to play the role of Quasimodo in his musical Notre-Dame de Paris, which made him a star in France.[2] After the musical, he launched a successful international pop music career in Quebec, France, and many other European countries.

His first album Seul became the best-selling French album of 2001 and remains one of the best-selling French albums of all time, achieving 2 million sales in Europe and going three times platinum in Canada.[3] The title track remains his best-selling solo single, peaking at #1 for 11 weeks and selling nearly a million copies.

He continued his string of hits with a live album and his sophomore effort Reviens in 2003. Sales for his third album Garou remained strong and he released his English crossover Piece of My Soul in 2008. The album debuted at #2 in Canada and #3 in France. Despite this, the album became his first album in France not to reach platinum status although it became his best-selling album in North America in seven years. His next album, Gentleman cambrioleur features cover songs in French and English and became his first album to miss the top five in France, where it modestly peaked at #35, staying on the charts for 17 weeks. He released Version Intégrale in 2010 which became another Top 40 hit in France and Canada.

Garou performed the Jean-Pierre Ferland song "Un peu plus haut, un peu plus loin" (A Little Higher, A Little Farther) at the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia.[4] He had previously performed the song with Celine Dion to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Quebec and received airplay on Quebec radio. He has also performed at the charity event Les Enfoirés for the past 13 years.

His latest effort Rhythm and Blues became his highest peaking album in four years. It is his second covers album and pays tribute to classic R&B music.

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Collaborations[edit]

Garou has become well known for his collaborations. He has worked with Luc Plamondon in Notre-dame de Paris. The single "Belle" was lifted from the musical and stayed atop the French charts for a record-breaking 18 weeks. The single remained the most successful song in French history until 2009.[5] In 2000, he had a successful duet with Celine Dion. "Sous le vent" became his third number one single in France. In 2004 he worked with the legendary Michel Sardou for his fourth and final number one single, "La Rivière de notre enfance". The following year he appeared with 15-year-old singer Marilou on "Tu es comme ça."

He has also worked with several popular songwriters, including Jean-Jacques Goldman and Pascal Obispo. For his first album in English, Garou collaborated with some of the biggest names in music. The single "Stand Up" was written by Rob Thomas. He also sang the song "First Day of My Life", which was a big hit all over Europe in 2006 for former Spice Girl Melanie C, written by Guy Chambers and Enrique Iglesias.

Personal life[edit]

Garou has a daughter named Emelie, with his ex-girlfriend, Ulrika, a former model. After they broke up he dated a former Iraqi singer and entertainer Arwa Jassem known as Lahlouba.[6] From 2007 to June 2010 [7] he dated French singer Lorie.[8] Since 2010 he has been dating Stephanie Fournier, a Canadian model.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications[9][10][11]
CAN FR
[12]
BEL
(Vl)

[13]
BEL
(Wa)

[14]
SUI
[15]
POL
2000 Seul
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: 13 November 2000
1
1
9
1
France: Diamond (1,553,500)

Canada: 3× Platinum (300,000)[16]
Belgium: 2× Platinum (60,000)
Switzerland: 2× Platinum (60,000)
Poland: Platinum (100,000)
Europe: 2× Platinum (2,000,000)

2003 Reviens
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: 10 May 2003
3
1
5
2
France: 2xPlatinum (582,200)

Belgium: Gold
Switzerland: Gold
Poland: Gold[17]

2006 Garou
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: 3 July 2006
1
1
5
24
France: Platinum (217,000)
2008 Piece of My Soul
  • 4th studio album (1st English album)
  • Released: 6 May 2008
2
3
3
8
7
Canada: Gold (50,000)[18]

Poland: Gold[17]
Russia: Gold (15,000)[19]

2009 Gentleman cambrioleur
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: 4 December 2009
35
15
30
17
2010 Version intégrale
  • 6th studio album
  • Released: 29 November 2010
30
33
20
2012 Rhythm and Blues
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: 24 September 2012
2
154
2
18
2013 Au milieu de ma vie
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: 18 November 2013
5
167
2
11

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Sales and certifications
CAN BEL
(Wa)

[14]
SUI
[15]
POL
2001 Seul... avec vous
  • 1st live album
  • Released: 6 November 2001
3
5
20
9
France: Platinum

Belgium: Platinum
Canada: Gold
Switzerland: Gold

  • Other works

Singles[edit]

Year Title CAN FR
[12]
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratop

[14]
BEL
(Wa)

Ultratip

[14]
SUI
[15]
Album
1998 "Belle"
(With Daniel Lavoie & Patrick Fiori)
1 1 Notre Dame de Paris
1999 "Dieu que le monde est injuste" 56
2000 "Seul" 1 1 10 Seul
2001 "Je n'attendais que vous" 34 20
"Sous le vent"
(Duet with Celine Dion)
14 1 1 2
"Gitan"
2002 "Le monde est stone" 27 20 Seul... avec vous
2003 "Reviens (Où te caches-tu?)" 9 10 23 Reviens
2004 "Et si on dormait" 2A 85
"Passe ta route"
"La Rivière de notre enfance"
(Duet with Michel Sardou)
1 1 14
2005 "Tu es comme ça"
(Duet with Marilou)
10 4 23 La fille qui chante (Marilou)
2006 "L'Injustice" 11 17 44 Garou
"Je suis le même"B 1B 8A
"Plus fort que moi"C
"Que le temps"
2008 "Stand Up"D 68 6A Piece of My Soul
"Heaven's Table"
2009 "First Day of My Life" 13A
2010 "J'avais besoin d'être là" 8A Version intégrale
2012 "Le jour se lève..." 115 22A Rhythm and Blues
"Sur la route" 28A
2013 "Quand tu danses" 38A
"Avancer" 57 31 73 Au milieu de ma vie
2014 "Du vent, des mots"
(with Charlotte Cardin)
131 7A

Footnotes:

  • A Peak is for the Belgian Ultratip charts.
  • B "Je suis le même" hit #1 in Quebec for seven weeks.
  • C "Plus forte que moi" was released as the second radio single from Garou in Quebec.
  • D "Stand Up" peaked at #3 on the Top 100 BDS Anglophone chart in Quebec and #19 on the National AC audience chart (BDS).

Single certifications[edit]

  • "Belle": Diamond - France (750,000)
  • "Seul": Diamond - France (990,000); Platinum - Belgium (50,000), Switzerland (40,000)
  • "Sous le vent": Diamond - France (750,000)
  • "Reviens (Où te caches-tu?)": Silver - France (125,000)
  • "La Rivière de notre enfance": Gold - France (425,000)
  • "Tu es comme ça": Silver - France (125,000)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Like his ancestor Pierre Garand baptized in the parrish Sainte-Croix-des-Pelletiers at Rouen, France, who emigrated to French America in the 17th century. He is the ancestor of all the American Garands, for example the inventor of the M1 Garand rifle.
  2. ^ "Garou Biography". Artist. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards-2002". IFPI. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Canada unveils its 'landscape of dreams' to welcome athletes and world at the Opening Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games". VANOC. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Les mielleurs-singles" (in French). lescharts. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Garou". Rfimusique.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Lorie parle de sa rupture avec Garou". Staragora.com. 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Des projets de mariage pour Garou" (in French). Radioactif. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  9. ^ Certifications des albums et des singles en France
  10. ^ Charts français
  11. ^ Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Certification Results
  12. ^ a b Lescharts.com - Garou discography
  13. ^ Ultratop.be/vl/ - Garou discography
  14. ^ a b c d Ultratop.be/fr/ - Garou discography
  15. ^ a b c htparade.ch - Garou discography
  16. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – May 2002". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  17. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  18. ^ Garou Official website
  19. ^ Garou Myspace Announces Gold In Russia

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