Jil Caplan

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Jil Caplan
Birth name Valentine Guilen
Born (1965-10-23) 23 October 1965 (age 51)
Origin France
Genres Pop music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1987–present
Labels EnT-T

Jil Caplan (born Valentine Guilen; 23 October 1965, Paris, France) is a French singer and songwriter.


Paris-born Valentine Guilen studied modern literature at the Sorbonne and theatre at the Cours Florent, where she met Jay Alanski, producer and composer of the most influential pop songs of the 1980s.[1] In August 1986, she met her friends Les Innocents, then unknown by the general public, in a recording studio, where the group recorded their first single "Jodie", under the leadership of Alanski, who quickly offered her the chance to sing.

Jil Caplan, as she became known,[why?] accepted, and that was what led to her first album, "À peine 21".[2] They made three albums together. They directed most of the videoclips, as well as designing the CD covers.[citation needed]

In 1992, Caplan won a Victoire de la Musique for Female revelation of the year.[2] Then Alanski decided to turn to electronic music. Caplan wrote her own songs then, and chose Jean-Philippe Nataf (ex-member of Les Innocents), to produce her album Toute crue (2001, Warner).[3] Alongside her musical activities, Caplan, always fascinated by the film, produced and directed a 45-minute film for the group Lilicub. She wrote articles for the independent magazine Brazil.[citation needed]

In 2004, she released "Comme elle vient", a single made with another ex-member of Les Innocents, Jean-Christophe Urbain. Together they went on an acoustic tour of Burma. In 2006, she directed the making-of [clarification needed] the recording of French singer Patxi Garat's debut album ("S'embrasser"), directed by Urbain. In 2007, after a decade's absence, Caplan joined up with Alanski again. She wrote most of the lyrics, while he composed all the music of her seventh album, entitled Derrière la porte. The first single was "Des toutes petites choses".[3]

In 2012, Caplan collaborated with producer Dub Mentor on the single Want You More, a rendition of a Robert Palmer song. A year later they collaborated again on a version of The Crying Game. Both singles were part of Dub Mentor's Versions project (released on the alternative/minimalist label EnT-T) and she directed both video clips for the songs.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Profile, artists.letssingit.com; accessed 11 August 2014.
  2. ^ a b Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, pp. 208-209; ISBN 2-9518832-0-X
  3. ^ a b Caplan biography MCM.net; retrieved 10 February 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d Jil Caplan's songs, with peak positions for the singles on French Singles Chart Lescharts.com; retrieved 10 February 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Albums chart trajectories in France, database" (in French). Infodisc. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2010.