Jean-Michel Soupraya

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Jean-Michel Soupraya
Born (1973-04-25) April 25, 1973 (age 41)
Origin Paris, France
Genres Pop, funk, soul, swing, jazz, traditional pop, hiphop, classical, bossa nova,
Occupations Record producer, composer,
arranger, conductor,
Instruments Piano
Years active 1985–present
Labels JMWest Entertainment
Associated acts Franck Gelibert, Guy Nsangue Aka , Justice, RuZANNA, Karle Philip Zamor, Kylie Marcus, Finn
Website Official Website


Jean-Michel Soupraya (born April 25, 1973), is a French record producer, music conductor, musical arranger, film composer and musician. Often referred to as "The Next Quincy Jones."[1][2] Soupraya is noted for his talent at piano and keyboard and unique eclectic musical abilities.[3][4] He has been heavily influenced by his time spent in the West Indies where he was surrounded by percussions, marimbas, singers, dancers, carnivals, etc. Using his extensive composition skills throughout his earlier years in Paris, France, Jean-Michel Soupraya became much in demand as a keyboardist for Zionbar, an international reggae band Polygram/Universal; and collaborated with Guy Nsangue, Abraham Laboriel, Paul Jackson Jr., John JR Robinson, Luis Conte, Franck Gelibert, Lenny Waronker, Phil Tan, Mick Guzauski of Barking Doctor Recording, Henri Gravier, Luck Mervil, Malcolm Pollack, Dave Aron, Curtis King, popular French rappers Tonton David and MC Solaar.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

During his youth, Soupraya was a dedicated soccer player. But at the age of twelve he sustained a paralyzing injury that nearly disabled him permanently. Jean-Michel had to be sent to a special children's hospital in Paris where his mother introduced him to music by bringing him keyboards, believing in the power of music to heal him. During this two-year convalescence, Jean-Michel became a self-taught master of the keyboard and walked out of the hospital despite a grim initial prognosis.

In his early teens, Soupraya attended boarding school in Le Mans, France where his popularity grew with self-inspired concerts. Discovering another passion, Soupraya also taught himself how to read, write, and compose music[5]

Musical career[edit]

Soupraya spent five years under contract at television channel France 2, composing music for several popular television shows. In addition to composing popular music, he has created music for film, stage, orchestras, and video games. A song he composed called "Tenderness" (sung in French) made it to the[6]Eurovision 2000 competition finals. Soupraya then began working internationally, between London, Paris, New York, and Montreal, as he worked to debut his first multi-cultural album, "L'enfant du monde." The album, produced in Montreal, united musicians from four countries.

Soupraya began work with a French singer Jenny Zana, seventeen at the time, in 1998. The large scale production of the song "Tenderness," performed by Zana in the Eurovision competition (2000), shaped the musical direction of Soupraya's work and prompted the French media to begin comparing him to music great, Quincy Jones.[7]

In 2000, Jean-Michel discovered and partnered with Sofie Mazeyrat, a Parisian born singer of Italian Descent, who gained recognition and an international following, singing in English, French, Italian and Spanish. After Sophie appeared in the Eurovision television contest at[8]"L'Olympia," the largest concert hall in Paris, Jean-Michel produced her debut album "I Can Do It", featuring hit single "Desire", to glowing reviews pairing her with top musicians in New York, Paris, and Montreal.[9]

With Hollywood beckoning, Soupraya moved to Los Angeles in 2004, where he founded JMWest Records USA (2004), and produced the Lea Jones album, "Lucky Boy," which was critically received encouragingly well. Inspired by the American music scene, Soupraya has amassed a music library of more than 600 unencumbered titles in genres that include: pop, jazz, bossanova, electronic, ambiance, rock, hip hop, orchestral, jingles, scores. Soupraya currently splits his creative time between composing music and film scores, collaborating with existing artists and producers, and developing signed talent.

Soupraya created JMWest Entertainment label (www.jmwestentertainment.com) in 2006, devoting himself to the development and production of multiple artists. Including, pop recording artist Citlalii, (2009), Kazakhstan born alternative pop recording artist and songwriter RuZANNA, (2010), female pop recording artist JUSTICE (Lauren Justice – www.JUSTICEmusicDaily.com),(2011), R&B/Pop recording artist/songwriter Kylie Marcus (2013), and Finn (2013).

Soupraya produced and co-wrote for JMWest Entertainment "Find A Way" by JUSTICE, the pop artist's Top 40 (#30 TOP 40 Billboard Indicator) debut single (March 2012).[10] Soupraya also produced "Will You Be There (Kazakh Version)" by RuZANNA which released on music television in Kazakhstan (September 2012). In March 2013, JUSTICE's second single "By My Side" was released – also produced and co-written by Soupraya.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17] In November 2013, "Yellow Shirt" by Kylie Marcus (co-written/produced by Soupraya) released.

Soupraya settled in Beverly Hills, where he currently resides and operates JMWest Entertainment Group, LLC and JMWest LIVE!.


Social Activism[edit]

In 2005 Jean-Michel Soupraya produced the new CD single—HOPE—for JMWest Records, performed by Lea Jones with Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Tom Walsh, Franck Gelibert, JD Daniel, Dave Aron and others. Title song lyrics were by Solomon J. LeFlore, for the documentary produced by Solomon J. LeFlore and Susan Gee to benefit the Mary Ellen Gerber (M.E.G.) Foundation about the devastating 1999 Orissa, India cyclone and the 2004 Indonesian tsunami and the foundation started by Mary Ellen Gerber to "nurture children in need."

Frequently applauded for his unique ability to recruit top talent[18][19] Soupraya began JMWest LIVE! in 2010. JMWest LIVE!'s altruistic effort to provide up and coming artist (musicians, singers, songwriters, AND production team) with an affordable forum with which to introduce themselves to the industry has hosted events at venues throughout Los Angeles including the Roxy, VIP Lounge and The House of Blues, Foundation Room.

Timeline[edit]

1997 Jean-Michel Soupraya creates JMWest Records

1998 Joint Venture with the Canadian Label "Black Light Production”

1999 First Realization of "Children of the World" with Canadian and French Artists

2000 Eurovision contest. Jenny Zana with Sofie Mazeyrat

2001 Production agreement with Patrick Geindre to develop and internationalize the company and the artists

2002 Realization of the album "Desire" for Lea Jones in New York

2004 Creation of JMWest Records USA.

2004 Joint Venture with Solomon J. LeFlore

2005 Development of what would later become the JMWest Entertainment Duplication Division

2005 Realization of the song "HOPE" with Lea Jones, Abraham Laboriel for the Katrina victims through MEG Foundation.

2005 Produced and composed music for "Mothering Children in Need", a documentary produced by Vision Quest Entertainment – Burbank CA for the Mary Ellen Gerber Foundation.

2006 Creation of JMWest Entertainment LLC.

2006 Arrangements, compositions, songwriting, CD/DVD Duplication

2007 Development & creation of JMWest Entertainment Duplication Division www.jmwestentertainment.com

2007 Creation of Lea Jones' New album LUCKY BOY

2008 Development of Music Library to over 400 songs.

2009 Development of Music Library to over 500 songs.

2009 Entered development contract with Citlalii

2010 Creation of JMWest LIVE! http://www.jmwestlive.com.

2010 Signed pop artist Citlalii.

2010 Signed Artist RuZANNA.

2010 Entered development contract with Stephanie Quartararo

2011 Signed artist JUSTICE

2011 Development of Music Library to over 600 songs

2012 US release of TOP 40 single (#30 TOP 40 Billboard Indicator) "Find A Way" by JUSTICE

2012 Kazakhstan release of Music Video for "Will You Be There" (Kazakh Version) by RuZANNA.

2013 Release of TOP 40 radio single "By My Side" by JUSTICE

2013 Signed recording artist Kylie Marcus

2013 Signed recording artist Finn

2013 Release of single "Yellow Shirt" by Kylie Marcus

2014 Release of single "You Don't Know How To Love" by RuZanna

2014 Release of single "Lover" by Finn

2014 Release of EP "No Disguise" by Kylie Marcus

Discography[edit]

  • 1998: Jean-Michel Soupraya - Fleur De Carcassonne
  • 1999: Various Artists - Children of the World
  • 2002: Sofie Mazeyrat – Album "I Can Do It
  • 2002: Sofie Mazeyrat – Desire
  • 2005: Various Artists - Hope (For Katrina)
  • 2005: Celeste Lear – Live Passionately
  • 2007: Lea Jones – Lucky Boy
  • 2012: JUSTICE – Find A Way (feat. Sean-Gemini)
  • 2013: JUSTICE – By My Side
  • 2013: Kylie Marcus – Yellow Shirt
  • 2014: RuZanna - You Don't Know How To Love
  • 2014: Finn - Lover
  • 2014: Kylie Marcus - EP "No Disgusie"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff – "Jean-Michel Soupraya: Auteur –compositeru at denicheur de talents” (Le journal de la ville Puteaux, Feb 2000)
  2. ^ Rene Guyomarc’h – “Jean-Michel Soupraya, compositeur: Aujourd’hui le monde, demain l’Eurovision?” (Le Maine libre, January 25, 2000)
  3. ^ Rene Guyomarc’h – “Jean-Michel Soupraya –Effacer les distances...” (Le Maine libre, Mai 22, 1992)
  4. ^ Staff – “Danse – A l’assut du Mans” (Le Maine libre, May 22, 1992)
  5. ^ Etienne Ribaucour – "Redevenier le Jean-Michel d'avant" (Ouest France , February 29, 1992)
  6. ^ Staff – "Jean-Michel Soupraya: Auteur- compositeur at denicheur de talents" (Le Journal de la ville Puteaux, Feb. 2000)
  7. ^ Rene Guyomarc'h – "Jean-Michel Soupraya, compositeur: Aujourd’hui le monde, demain l’Eurovision?” (Le Maine libre, January 25, 2000)
  8. ^ Eric Jolo – "Une voix chaude sur des compositions veloutees" (France-Antilles Magazine, March 11, 2001)
  9. ^ Staff – “Sofie Mazeyrat, en direct de Paris” (France-Antilles Magazine Guadeloupe, December 21, 2001)
  10. ^ SOURCE: Beatwire, "JUSTICE Releases "Find A Way", her debut single produced by Jean-Michel Soupraya", CWsPlace.com, March 22, 2012
  11. ^ "JMWest Entertainment Announces Single Release Party for JUSTICE's 'By My Side'" – March 18, 2013 – Christopher Simmons, www.bx.business.com
  12. ^ "JMWest Entertainment Announces Single Release of JUSTICE's "By My Side"" – March 18,2 2013 – Staff, Mi2N.com
  13. ^ "Vie D'ailleurs Vue D'ailleurs" – March 18, 2013 – Christophe Cuby, Guadeloupe 1ère
  14. ^ "Vie D'ailleurs Vue D'ailleurs" – March 19, 2013 – Christophe Cuby, Guadeloupe 1ère
  15. ^ "Vie D'ailleurs Vue D'ailleurs" – March 20, 2013 – Christophe Cuby, Guadeloupe 1ère
  16. ^ "Vie D'ailleurs Vue D'ailleurs" – March 21, 2013 – Christophe Cuby, Guadeloupe 1ère
  17. ^ "Vie D'ailleurs Vue D'ailleurs" – March 22, 2013 – Christophe Cuby, Guadeloupe 1ère
  18. ^ Rene Guyomarc'h – "Jean-Michel Soupraya, compositeur: Aujourd’hui le monde, demain l’Eurovision?” (Le Maine libre, January 25, 2000)
  19. ^ Staff – “Jean-Michel Soupraya: Auteur –compositeru at denicheur de talents” (Le journal de la ville Puteaux, Feb 2000)

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