Diane Tell

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Diane Tell
Birth name Diane Fortin
Born (1958-12-24) 24 December 1958 (age 57)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Origin Quebec City, Canada
Genres Pop Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1977–present
Website www.dianetell.com

Diane Tell (born Diane Fortin, 24 December 1958 in Quebec City, Quebec)[1] is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She first studied music (violin and classical guitar) at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Val-d'Or, then studied jazz guitar at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montreal. She started writing songs at the age of 12 and signed her first record deal at 18. She was probably the first female French Canadian singer songwriter to record her own songs exclusively. "Gilberto", her first hit song was a tribute to João Gilberto but it was "Si j'étais un homme" on her third album that made her a popular artist both in Canada and Europe. She moved to Paris in 1983 and now lives in Biarritz, France.

During her residency in France, she wrote songs with Boris Bergman, Maryline Desbiolles, Maryse Wolinski, Yann Moix and Françoise Hardy. She also participated in three original musicals, La légende de Jimmy, Marilyn Montreuil and recently Je m'voyais déjà.


  • 1977: Diane Tell
  • 1979: Entre nous
  • 1980: En flèche
  • 1982: Chimères
  • 1984: On a besoin d'amour
  • 1986: Faire à nouveau connaissance
  • 1988: Dégriffe-moi
  • 1990: La légende de Jimmy
  • 1991: Marilyn Montreuil
  • 1993: Morceaux choisis
  • 1996: Désir Plaisir Soupir
  • 2003: Tout de Diane (compilation)
  • 2005: Popeline
  • 2009: Diane Tell Original Album Classics (5-CD set)
  • 2009: Docteur Boris & Mister Vian
  • 2011: Rideaux Ouverts CAN[2]
  • 2013: Une
  • 2013: Passe Simple (Best of)


  • Félix best singer-songwriter (1980) Quebec
  • Félix best new artist (1980)
  • Félix best song for "Si j'étais un homme" (1981)
  • Félix best album En Flèche (1981)
  • Félix best singer-songwriter (1981)
  • Félix best female artist (1981)
  • Juno Awards, nomination, most promising female vocalist (1984) Canada
  • Midem Awards best female artist (1982) France
  • Victoire de la musique best francophone album Faire à nouveau connaissance (1986) France

Live performances (selection)[edit]



  1. ^ Sources claims two different years for birth date, please see discussion page for more explanations
  2. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". 

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