Imany

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Imany
Imany 2011.jpg
Imany performing in Paris on Bastille Day 2011
Background information
Birth name Nadia Mladjao
Born (1979-04-05) April 5, 1979 (age 35)
Martigues, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Genres Folk, soul, blues
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008-present
Labels Think Zik !
Website Imanymusic.com

Nadia Mladjao (born 5 April 1979), better known by her stage name Imany, is a French Afro-soul singer. Her stage name, Imany (Imani) means faith in Swahili. Her debut album, The Shape of a Broken Heart,[1] which was released in 2011, reached Platinum status in France, Greece and triple Platinum in Poland.

Life and career[edit]

She was born in Martigues near Marseille, in a family from the Comoros Islands[2] in 1979.

As a youth, she was an athlete, doing high jump. She became a model for the Ford Models Europe. She went to the United States for seven years,[3][4] before coming back to France, when she started her singing career.[5][6][7]

In 2008, she began singing. She performed at the Beau Lounge, at the Réservoir, at the Bellevilloise, and at the China Club.

Imany’s first album, Shape of a Broken Heart, which was named after a drawing she made with closed eyes,[8] contains twelve songs written in English.

Imany produced the soundtrack for the 2014 film Sous les jupes des filles by Audrey Dana[9] and on 26 May 2014 released her second album of the same name.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
FRA
[10]
BEL
(Vl)

[11]
BEL
(Wa)

[12]
GER
[13]
ITA
[14]
POL
[15]
SWI
[16]
The Shape of a Broken Heart 19 55 47 47 10 4 36
Sous les jupes des filles
  • Released: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Idol
  • Formats: CD, digital download
84 120 16

Extended plays[edit]

  • 2010: Acoustic Sessions

Singles[edit]

As main artist[edit]

List of singles, with chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[10]
POL
[19]
ITA
[20]
"You Will Never Know" 2011 26 5 2 The Shape of a Broken Heart
"Please and Change" 2012 81
"The Good The Bad & The Crazy" 2014 79 Sous les jupes des filles

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak positions Album
FRA
[10]
BEL
(Wa)

[12]
"Le mystère féminin"
(Kery James feat. Imany)
2013 120 10
(Ultratip)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sandra Zistl (14 June 2012). "Super Musik, Super-Model" (in German). Focus. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Get to Know: Afro-Soul Singer, Imany Mladjao". Afromag. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Imany (27 January 2013). Imany im Interview bei ZDF. (Interview). ZDF.kultur. ZDF. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Mina Soundiram (10 December 2012). "Imany, princesse soul" (in French). L'Express (France). Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Une journée avec Imany" (in French). Elle. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Interview with France Today
  7. ^ "Imany – Vom Topmodel zur Soul-Diva" (in German). Die Welt. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Ten minutes with... Imany
  9. ^ Imany signe la bande-son de Sous les Jupes des Filles
  10. ^ a b c Peak chart positions in France:
  11. ^ "Charts Vlaanderen - Imany" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Peak chart positions in Belgium (Wallonia):
  13. ^ "Charts.de - Suche nach Imany" (in German). Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Album - Classifica settimanale WK 32 (dal 05-08-2013 al 11-08-2013)" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 15 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Peak chart positions in Poland:
  16. ^ "Hitparade - Imany". Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Certifications Albums Platine - année 2012" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Platynowe CD" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  19. ^ "Imany - You will never know (Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video)". ZPAV. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  20. ^ "Italian Charts - Imany". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "Italian single certifications – Imany – You Will Never Know" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 27 September 2013.  Select Online in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Imany in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca

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