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Izïa Higelin
Izia at the Week-End des Curiosités, Ramonville, 2015
Background information
Birth name Izïa Higelin
Born (1990-09-24) 24 September 1990 (age 24)
Origin Paris, France
Genres Rock
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar, piano.
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Universal
Associated acts Casseurs Flowters
Website Official website

Izïa Higelin (born 24 September 1990), more commonly known by her stage name Izia, is a French rock singer, guitarist and actress. She comes from a family of musicians; her father is Jacques Higelin and her brother is Arthur H. 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 Paris, France on 24 September 1990. She was influenced by music from an early age when her father, singer Jacques Higelin, introduced her to jazz and British pop music.[2] 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.[2] Six months later, her backing group was expanded to three people when Izïa and Toustou were joined by Sébastien Hoog and Vincent Polycarpe.[3] She left school at the age of 15 in order to concentrate on a career in music.[2]

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.[3] She consequently embarked on a tour of France, which consisted of over thirty dates.[2] On 8 June 2009, her eponymous debut studio album, Izia was released in France.[4] In some reviews, the album garnered comparisons to Janis Joplin.[5] 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 Mauvaise fille 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
2015 Mune, le gardien de la lune Glim Alexandre Heboyan
Benoît Philippon
La Belle saison Delphine Catherine Corsini
2016 Saint-Amour Benoît Delépine
Gustave de Kervern


  1. ^ a b "Izia - Izia". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Izia: Sa Biographie" (in French). concerts.fr. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Izia Biographie" (in French). music-story.com. Retrieved 2004-19-24.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ About her eponymous studio album, Izia, Artistik Rezo, Annabelle Verjus. 2009-07-15. (French)
  5. ^ Carl Kieser (2009-06-05). "Album Review - Izia". Rock'n'France. Retrieved 2009-10-24. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Izia discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Izia discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 

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