June 24, 1934 |
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Genres||Folk rock, folk, rock, blues, country|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, author, poet|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards/piano|
Life and career
Ferland began work with Radio-Canada in 1956 as an accountant, but his career there was short lived. Shortly after, he began taking guitar lessons with Stephen Fentock and began to fall in love with music, writing his first musical pieces. After two years of work with Radio-Canada, in February 1958, he began recording the first songs that would eventually comprise his first album Jean-Pierre. However, it was not until 1961 that he became known to the public, with the release of his second album, Rendez-vous à La Coda.
From 1962 to 1970, Ferland spent much time in Europe (mainly in France and Belgium), writing music and recording albums, as well as performing at a multitude of venues, including shows in Olympia and Bobino. In 1968 he won the Académie Charles Cros Award.
In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec. In 2005, Jean-Pierre Ferland was honoured by the AV Trust of Canada for the album Jaune with collaboration of Michael Georges. In 1999, Ferland was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual SOCAN Awards held in Montreal.  On 5 August 2000, Ferland performed at the wedding of the Hell's Angel René Charlebois, and at the same wedding posed for photographs with Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the leader of the Angels in Quebec at the time.
On October 12, 2006 Jean-Pierre Ferland had a stroke caused by fatigue and stress, causing him to cancel his final concert at the Bell Centre the following day. He did recover quickly, allowing him to give his farewell concert on January 13, 2007. Since retiring from the spotlight, Ferland has made an appearance on the plains of Abraham to perform with Céline Dion on August 22, 2008.
- Jean-Pierre - 1959
- Rendez-vous à La Coda - 1961
- J'aime, j'estime, j'amoure - 1962
- Jean-Pierre Ferland à Bobino - 1963
- M'aimeras-tu, m'aimeras-tu pas - 1964
- Jean-Pierre Ferland vol 4 - 1965
- Jean-Pierre Ferland vol 5 - 1966
- Je reviens chez nous - 1968
- Un Peu Plus Loin - 1969
- Jaune - 1970 (with notable, at the time very young, American session musicians Tony Levin and David Spinozza)
- Soleil - 1971
- Les Vierges du Québec - 1974
- Le Showbusiness - 1975
- Quand on Aime on a Toujours 20 Ans - 1975
- 1 Fois 5 - 1976
- La Pleine Lune - 1977
- Jean-Pierre Ferland - 1980
- Y'a pas deux chansons pareilles - 1981
- Androgyne - 1984
- Bleu blanc blues - 1992
- Écoute pas ça - 1995
- L'amour c'est d'l'ouvrage- 1999
- Bijoux de famille - 2009
- Jaune/Les Noces D'or - 2011 #51 CAN
- Chansons Jalouses - 2016
- Jean-Pierre Ferland at The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Jean-Pierre Ferland (contains video clip) AV Trust.ca MasterWorks recipient 2005
- "Jean-Pierre Ferland - Biographie", website. Date uncertain. Accessed 2009-02-28.
- Cherry, Paul The Biker Trials Bringing Down the Hell's Angels, Toronto: ECW Press, 2005 page 96.