Irma (singer)

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Irma during a charity concert on 14 July 2011
Background information
Birth nameIrma Pany
Born (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 30)
Douala, Cameroon
OriginParis, France
GenresFolk, pop
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, drums
Years active2007–present
LabelsMy Major Company, Universal Republic Records

Irma Pany (born 15 July 1988), better known as Irma, is a Cameroonian singer-songwriter living in France.[clarification needed]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Douala in a family with musical background. Her father is a guitarist and her mother was in a church choir.

As a child Irma was performing at masses too. At age 15, she went to a high school in Paris, France, to improve her school education.

In 2008, Irma entered ESCP Europe (Top French Business School) and graduated in the Master in Management in 2012.[1]


By 2007, she had posted her first videos on YouTube. Those included her own compositions, including "Letter to the Lord" and a piano piece "Somehow", as well as cover versions of songs including "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5, "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat and "New Soul" by Yael Naim.

She released several home-made videos with acoustic covers on YouTube in collaboration with French and international musicians, including Tété ("Hey Ya!"), Matthieu Chédid ("Rolling in the Deep"), Gad Elmaleh ("Isn't She Lovely?"), Tom Dice ("Talkin' 'bout a Revolution") from Belgium and Patrice ("The Times They Are a-Changin'") from Germany. Together with from the Black Eyed Peas she performed a cover version of "I Want You Back".

In the summer of 2008, she met Michael Goldman (son of a French musician Jean-Jacques Goldman), who in 2007 co-founded the music label My Major Company. Irma signed a record deal with My Major Company and released her first album Letter to the Lord in February 2011 in France, where it peaked in the top ten and was certified platinum a year after the release. In Switzerland, she debuted at number 46 and in Wallonia, Belgium, at number 18. The first single "I Know" reached number two in France.[2] The music video was directed and shot by J.G. Biggs.

In 2011, she went on tour around Europe and in late 2011, signed a record contract to release her debut album in the US with Universal Republic Records. In 2012, she was featured in a European Google Chrome ad which chronicles her rise to fame after posting videos on YouTube, and she was nominated for the best French act at the 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. In early 2013, she re-released her successful single "I Know" as a duet for the German market with German singer-songwriter Mic Donet.

Irma's music video Save Me (directed by Xavier Maingon) won 2014 the "Starz People’s Choice Award" in the section Music Video at the 37th Starz Denver Film Festival.[3][4]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

Letter to the Lord 18 6 46
  • Released: 2 June 2014
  • Label: My Major Company
68 17 27
  • 2012: Letter to the Lord (Special 'Collectors Edition')


Year Single Charts Album

2011 "I Know"[8] 7 2 42 Letter to the Lord
2012 "Letter to the Lord"[9] 128
2014 "Hear Me Out" 51*
54 Faces
"Save Me" 98

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.

Year Single Charts
2011 "Watching Crap on TV"[10]  –
2012 "I Know" (Remix Street version)
(featuring Youssoupha)
2012 "I Know"
(featuring Mic Donet)


Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012 Irma Talent Découverte France Bleu[11] Won
Irma MTV European Music Awards - Best French Artist[12] Nominated
Irma Victoires de la musique - Live discovery[13] Nominated
2014 Irma - Save me 37th Denver Film Festival - Starz People’s Choice Award for Music videos[3] Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Irma, the Voice of ESCP Europe
  2. ^ "Charts in France (SNEP)". SNEP. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b The 37th Starz Denver Film Festival Award Winners
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "Irma discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b c "Irma discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  7. ^ "French certifications – Irma" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  8. ^ Irma - "I Know" page.
  9. ^ Irma fait des étincelles dans "Letter to the Lord".
  10. ^ Irma à New York pour le clip "Watching Crap On TV".
  11. ^ France Bleu - Une soirée avec les meilleurs moments des "Talents France Bleu 2012" Archived 10 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Soutenez les artistes français aux MTV Europe Music Awards.
  13. ^ Irma aux Victoires de la musique.

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