Sarina Paris

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This article is about the Canadian singer. For album of the same name, see Sarina Paris (album).
Sarina Paris
Born (1973-12-22) December 22, 1973 (age 40)
Origin Toronto, Canada
Genres Dance-pop, electropop / synthpop, Europop, eurodance, eurobeat, italo dance, bubblegum pop
Occupations Singer
Years active 1995–2005
2011-present
Labels Capitol Records

Sarina Paris (born December 22, 1973) is a Canadian dance-pop singer/songwriter, best known for her international dance-club hits, and "Look at Us" and "Just About Enough" released in 2002 and 2001, respectively.

Early life[edit]

Born on December 22, 1973, Paris is of Italian descent and grew up in Toronto, Canada, in a working-class family who were originally from Italy. She moved back to Italy in 1996 after her mom died to get in touch with her roots.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1995, Paris' debut track "Mystery Man" was released in Canada. In 1996, She was discovered by Italian manager/producer Vince Tempera (Kill Bill) and he invited her to become a member of the Gam Gam Project alongside producers Max MOnti and Mauro Pilato in Rimini, Italy which aimed at teaching Italian children to sing in English. A year later she moved to Milan where she worked as a receptionist at a CX music publishing and production where she was discovered by Charlie Marchino and Nico Spinosa of EMI's Italian division, and began her career as a recording artist.[2] Her initial single, "Look at Us", charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001,[3] but did not reach the Top 40. The song did make it onto the Rhythmic Top 40.[citation needed] It also became a dance-club hit internationally.[4] As a result of the success, she was signed to the US label Priority Records. In 2001, she released her debut album, Sarina Paris, comprising all songs she co-wrote, with the exception of a cover version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors".[2] In an interview, she said the album was "nothing too intellectual—just music to make you happy and to make you feel good." I wanted to make an album that kids could listen to with their parents. Songs that were clubby for mom, but weren't x-rated so the kids could play and dance along with." [2] She would receive feedback from her 14-year-old niece as she wrote and recorded, and indeed the record label's target demographic was noted to be 12- to 25-year-old women.[2] The single "Just About Enough" was released as a club-exclusive single.[2] She released another dance track, "This Is My Life", found exclusively on a Canadian Dance Compilation "Euro Mix 5" through SPG Records. Also in 2000 "Do You Love Somebody" was released exclusively on the compilation "Dancemania x7" in Japan under Toshiba/EMI record label.

A remix of "Look at Us" (called "Look at Us (Daddy DJ Mix)") appears on the Konami dance simulation video game DDRMAX2.[5]

Paris toured with La Toya Jackson in various parts of Hawaii in May 2004. Her music career has since been mostly on hold, although she did release a new song, "You Are My Valentine", available only on EuroBeats Vol. 3.

On May 27, 2011,[6] nearly marking its tenth anniversary of "Look At Us", Paris released the single "Sophisticated"[7][8] which is said to be the first single from her second studio album.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Look at Us" (2000) #59 U.S.
  • "Just About Enough" (2001)
  • "Sophisticated" (2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bonacich, Drago. "Sarina Paris: Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved May 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Housman, Steven (April 21, 2001). "Dance single's success brings Sarina Paris her priority debut", Billboard 113 (16): 10.
  3. ^ Hay, Carla (June 2, 2001). "Popular uprisings", Billboard 113 (22): 31.
  4. ^ Joyce, Mike (June 8, 2001). "Sarina Paris: Sarina Paris", The Washington Post, p. T7.
  5. ^ "DDRMAX2 -music-". Konami.jp. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/sophisticated-single/id442547434
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/sarinaparis/status/12940574197809152
  8. ^ https://twitter.com/sarinaparis/status/78251771629281282