|Birth name||Lise Jalbert|
18 August 1959 |
Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec, Canada
She began her career with the band Volt in 1985. The band won CKOI-FM's L'Empire des futures stars competition in 1987, but recorded only one single, "Nobody Knows", before breaking up in 1988. Jalbert went on to a solo career, choosing to use the stage name Laurence over her birth name Lise because she felt it better suited the strong and independent image she wanted her music to project.
She released her self-titled debut album in 1990. Supported by the hit single "Tomber", the album sold 26,000 copies in its first two weeks of release, and was certified platinum by 1991. In addition to her own material, her concerts in this era frequently included live covers of songs such as Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", Patti Smith's "Because the Night", Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights", and Janis Joplin's "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart".
At the Gala de l'ADISQ in September 1990, Jalbert won two Prix Félix, for Best Newcomer and Best Video for "Tomber". In 1992, she was again a Félix nominee for Best Song, for the single "À toi".
In 1993, Jalbert released her second album Corridors. Certified platinum, Corridors won two Prix Félix in 1994, for Best Pop/Rock Album and Song of the Year for "Encore et encore", and was a Juno Award nominee for Francophone Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 1994.
She released her third album Avant le squall in 1998. At the Prix Félix that year, she again garnered three nominations for Best Female Singer, Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Song ("Pour toi"). The following year, she was again nominated for Best Female Singer.
Through 1999 and 2000, Jalbert undertook an extended concert tour in collaboration with Dan Bigras. In 2000, they released the live album Communio, which was recorded live at the Spectrum in Montreal, Quebec.
Her fifth album, ... et j'espère, was released in 2001. The album included the single "Jeter un sort", a French-language version of Michel Pagliaro's 1975 hit "What the Hell I Got", and was a Félix nominee for Pop/Rock Album of the Year in 2002.
In 2006, she released another live album from her Évidemment tour, followed by the further studio albums Tout porte à croire (2007), Une Lettre (2011) and Ma route (2016).
- Laurence Jalbert (1990)
- Corridors (1993)
- Avant le squall (1997)
- Communio (2000, with Dan Bigras)
- ...et j'espère (2001)
- Ses plus grands succès (2004, greatest hits)
- Noël des anges (2004)
- Sur la route... Évidemment (2006, live double disc)
- Tout porte à croire (2007)
- Une lettre (2011)
- Ma route (2016)
- "Laurence Jalbert sous le choc". Le Journal de Québec (in French). Canoe. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-10-21.
- "Quebec singer's struggle pays off". Edmonton Journal, 23 February 1990.
- "Quebec rock's 'angry young woman'; Laurence Jalbert is part of the new breed of the province's female singers". Ottawa Citizen, 20 June 1991.
- "Jalbert in concert measures up to gem disc". Montreal Gazette, 5 October 1990.
- "Dion turns down English-artist Felix; Late Gerry Boulet is among other winners at ADISQ gala". Montreal Gazette, 22 October 1990.
- "Dion heads nominee list for Felix music awards". Montreal Gazette, 1 September 1992.
- "Jalbert's voice matches emotional range". Ottawa Citizen, 31 October 1993.
- "Belanger, Dion top of pops in Quebec". The Globe and Mail, 18 October 1994.
- "Juno Award nominations". Calgary Herald, 9 February 1994.
- "Pelletier, Lili Fatale, Dufresne lead ADISQ nomination derby". Montreal Gazette, 16 September 1998.
- "ADISQ awards to be handed out on Halloween". Montreal Gazette, 8 September 1999.
- "Here are tomorrow's ADISQ nominees". Montreal Gazette, 26 October 2002.
- "New music: Newly released compact discs". Montreal Gazette, 19 February 2004.
- "New Music: Newly released compact discs". Montreal Gazette, 9 December 2004.
- Roy, Marie-Josée. ""À la vie, à la mer": entretien avec la chanteuse Laurence Jalbert" (in French). Huffington Post. Retrieved 30 November 2016.