Gérald de Palmas

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Gérald De Palmas
Gérald de Palmas, 2014.
Gérald de Palmas, 2014.
Background information
Birth nameGérald Gardrinier
Born (1967-10-14) 14 October 1967 (age 53)
Saint-Denis, Réunion, Overseas France
LabelsUniversal Music
Associated actsJean-Jacques Goldman, Francis Cabrel, Christophe Maé, Raphaël Haroche, Stephan Eicher, Axelle Red

Gérald Gardrinier (French pronunciation: ​[ʒeʁald ɡaʁdʁinje]; born 14 October 1967 in Saint-Denis, Réunion), better known by his stage name Gérald de Palmas, is a French singer-songwriter.


Early life[edit]

Gérald de Palmas was born in France. His father was a land surveyor from Brittany and his mother was a French teacher from Réunion. At the age of 10, De Palmas' family left Réunion, to live in Aix-en-Provence, France. At the age of 13, he discovered ska music, and became a fan of the UK band The Specials. Then he met Étienne Daho and formed a group called Les Max Valentin together with Edith Fambuena and Jean-Louis Pierot. They released the single 'Les Maux Dits' in 1987, but De Palmas was uncomfortable with this group, and went solo. After seven years of writing and singing solo, Da Palmas won a talent contest on the French M6 TV network.


In 1994, Gérald de Palmas, or just De Palmas as an artistic name, released his first album La dernière Année (The Last Year), which contains the hit song Sur la Route (On the Road). He won a Victoires de la Musique award in 1996.

De Palmas released his second album Les Lois de la Nature (Laws of Nature) in 1997. The album was less successful than his debut album, probably due to the dramatic change in his style. He was in the slumps for two and a half years, until 2000. That's when Jean-Jacques Goldman restored his confidence and wrote a song for him titled J'en rêve encore (I still dream about it).

De Palmas composed and wrote 10 of the 12 songs in his third album Marcher dans le sable (Walking in the sand). He was reborn as a star in 2002, as he won the Victoires de la Musique and the NRJ Music Awards, while playing more than 180 concerts. His songs even crossed the Atlantic, when Céline Dion sang his hit song Tomber (falling) in English, titled Ten Days. At the end of that year, Live 2002 was released on DVD and on CD, to commemorate his great tour of 2002.

Two years later, De Palmas returned with his fourth album Un homme sans racines (A man without roots), a more intimate album with less music, but still in the same melancholic style. After having problems with Universal, Gérald de Palmas came back in November 2009 with his new album "Sortir" (Leaving) with the hit single "Au bord de l'eau".

His latest album is "La beauté du geste" released in the summer of 2016.

Personal life[edit]

Gérald de Palmas is divorced and has two children, a boy, Victor (born in 1996) and a girl, Rose (born in 2003).


  • NRJ Music Awards :
    • Best francophone male artist (2003)
    • Best francophone album (Marcher dans le sable) (2002)
  • Victoires de la musique :
    • Best male artist of the year (2002)
    • Male revelation of the year (1996)



Year Album Charts Certification

1994 La dernière année
1997 Les lois de la nature 32
2000 Marcher dans le sable 2 2 28
2001 La dernière année 50
2004 Un homme sans racines 1 6 36
2009 Sortir 2 4 32
2011 Sur ma route 10 8
2013 De Palmas 11 11 68
2016 La beauté du geste 3 14 56
Live albums
Year Album Charts Certification

2002 Live 2002 3 7 28


Year Single Charts Certification Album

1994 "Sur la route" La dernière année
1995 "Comme une ombre"
"Sans recours"
1997 "Comme ça" Les lois de la nature
"Mary Jane"
"Les lois de la nature"
2000 "J'en rêve encore" 7 4 Marcher dans le sable
2001 "Une seule vie (marcher dans le sable)" 30
"Tomber" 35
2002 "Regarde-moi bien en face"
"Elle s'ennuie" 35 73 Live 2002
2004 "Elle danse seule" 22 46 Un homme sans racines
"Au paradis"
"Elle habite ici"
2009 "Au bord de l'eau" Sortir
"Dans une larme"
2010 "Mon cœur ne bat plus"
2011 "L'étranger" 59 Sur ma route
2013 "Je me souviens de tout" 130 De Palmas
2016 "Il faut qu'on s'batte" La beauté du geste
"Le jour de nos fiançailles"
Featured in
Year Single Charts Album

2012 "Toi + moi"
(Maurane, Le Forestier, Keim, Darmon, Zenatti, De Palmas, Foly, Leroy, Les Enfoirés)


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Henri Salvador
Victoires de la Musique
Male group or artist of the year

Succeeded by