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Izïa Higelin
Izia at the Week-End des Curiosités, Ramonville, 2015
Background information
Birth nameIzïa Higelin
Born (1990-09-24) 24 September 1990 (age 28)
OriginParis, France
InstrumentsVocals, electric guitar, piano.
Years active2006 (2006)–present
Associated actsCasseurs Flowters
WebsiteOfficial website

Izïa Higelin (born 24 September 1990), more commonly known by her stage name Izia, is a French rock singer, guitarist and actress. She released her first extended play in 2006, and her debut studio album, Izia, was released in June 2009, reaching a peak position of #31 on the French albums chart.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Izïa at an Aéronef concert in Lille in 2010.

Izïa was born in Senegal on 24 September 1990 to Jacques Higelin, a famous French singer of Belgian and Alsatian descent,[2][3] and Aziza Zakine, a dancer and chorist of Tunisian descent.[4] She comes from a family of artists; beside her father and mother, her two half brothers are Arthur H and Kên Higelin. She was influenced by music from an early age when her father introduced her to jazz and British pop music.[5] At the age of seven, she formed a duo with her father; she provided the vocals while he played piano. When she was 13, Izïa started to take an interest in rock bands such as Nirvana and Led Zeppelin. At this time, she wrote her first song, titled "Hey Bitch", which later featured on her debut album.

A year later, she met Caravan Palace bassist Antoine Toustou through her parents and the pair played their first live show in 2004.[5] Six months later, her backing group was expanded to three people when Izïa and Toustou were joined by Sébastien Hoog and Vincent Polycarpe.[6] She left school at the age of 15 in order to concentrate on a career in music.[5]

In 2006, Izïa released her first extended play and the following year she opened for Iggy & the Stooges at the Printemps de Bourges music festival.[6] She consequently embarked on a tour of France, which consisted of over thirty dates.[5] On 8 June 2009, her eponymous debut studio album, Izia was released in France.[7] In some reviews, the album garnered comparisons to Janis Joplin.[8] The album performed reasonably well in the French albums chart, achieving a peak position of #31 and staying in the top 100 for 17 consecutive weeks.[1]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certification

2009 Izia 24  –
2011 So Much Trouble 10 96
2015 La Vague 13 52


Year Album Peak positions Singles
2009 "So Much Trouble" 84 So Much Trouble
2009 "La Vague" 80 La Vague


Year Title Role Director Notes
2012 Bad Girl Louise Patrick Mille César Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated—Lumières Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actress
2014 Samba Manu Olivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Nominated—César Award for Best Supporting Actress
Fils de Hervé P. Gustave
Mune: Guardian of the Moon Glim Alexandre Heboyan
Benoît Philippon
2015 Summertime Delphine Catherine Corsini Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actress
2016 Saint-Amour Benoît Delépine
Gustave de Kervern
2017 Rodin Camille Claudel Jacques Doillon


  1. ^ a b "Izia - Izia". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  2. ^ Higelin, Jacques; Lehoux, Valérie (2015). Je vis pas ma vie, je la rêve. Fayard. p. 7.
  3. ^ Chanter pour la paix. Paris: Mango jeunesse. 2003. p. pink. ISBN 2-7404-1630-X.
  4. ^ Janua, Thomas. "Qui est Aziza Zakine, la mère d'Izia Higelin ?". telestar.fr. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "Izia: Sa Biographie" (in French). concerts.fr. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  6. ^ a b "Izia Biographie" (in French). music-story.com. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09. Retrieved 2004-09-24.
  7. ^ About her eponymous studio album, Izia, Artistik Rezo, Annabelle Verjus. 2009-07-15. (French)
  8. ^ Carl Kieser (2009-06-05). "Album Review - Izia". Rock'n'France. Retrieved 2009-10-24.[dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Izia discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Izia discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 April 2015.

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