|Birth name||Marilou Bourdon|
September 20, 1990 |
Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
|Genres||Pop, soft rock|
|Years active||2005 - present|
|Labels||Sony Music Canada|
Background / early life
Marilou was born on September 20, 1990 in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. At 8 years old, Marilou began singing for friends and relatives and by age 10 she was already a local success. Her first appearance was in several of several hundred spectators at an annual concert show. She was discovered in 2001, when she sang a duet with Natasha St-Pier in a Quebec show called Stars à domicile. She started her recording career by signing children’s songs for TV shows and movies. This led to a feature appearance at age 12 on one of French Canada’s biggest TV shows where she paid homage to her idol, Celine Dion, as part of a two-hour special that reached 3 million viewers. She sang Dion's first hit song, “Ce n’était qu’un reve”, and received rave reviews.
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Her career started in 2002 when she had her first single, Je serai la pour toi, in a duo with Canadian Gino Quilico. The song was the French version of There For Me, covered by Sarah Brightman in a duet with José Cura. Marliou signed with Sony BMG Canada in 2004 before going on tour, opening for Garou.
In 2005, at the age of 15, she released her debut La Fille qui Chante. One of its singles included a duet with Garou.
She started her first own music tour in 2006 while continuing with her high school studies.
In 2007, her self-titled second album was released with the most notable song being '"Danser sur la lune", which included a non-Canadian version duet with Merwan Rim. A European version of the album was also released a few months after the Canadian release.
Later in the year, she made her Tout simplement Marilou province-wide tour.
Word about her performance spread quickly among producers, managers, and labels; even Dion and Angélil took notice. Her first official project was a duet of a French version of a Sarah Brightman song with world-renowned opera star Gino Quilico. The song went to number one, the album went gold, and Marilou became a star at 12 years old. She then signed with Sony Music Canada and Sony Music France – the first joint venture between the two countries – and recorded her debut album “La fille qui chante”. The album was released in numerous countries and included no less than four Top 10 singles, two of which, “Chante” and “Tu es comme ca”, went to #1. In 2004 Marilou scored an opening slot on Garou’s European tour and at age 14 she was performing on some of Europe’s biggest stages. It was at this time that Marilou was signed by Feeling Mgmt, the company owned by Céline Dion and René Angelil and together with Mario Lefebvre, they began to chart her path to success. Marilou’s sophomore album was released in 2006 and this time, the songs “Danser sur la lune”, “Emmene-moi” and “Un monde en amour” went to the top of the chart. The latter was written especially for her by legendary lyricist Luc Plamondon who was smitten by the young prodigy. A final song from those sessions, “Tactile”, was released in late 2007 and once again topped the radio charts. As she neared her 18th birthday, Marilou’s artistic ambitions changed and she decided to try her hand at songwriting. Inspired by artists she admired like Alanis Morissette, John Mayer and Muse, she collaborated with numerous writers and quickly produced no less than 30 songs. At the same time, she was introduced to Sam and JB, two young Montreal hotshot producers who were also talented musicians. The three of them locked themselves in Montreal’s Piccolo Studio and recorded her latest album, 60 Thoughts A Minute. Featuring 13 songs co-written by Marilou, the album was mixed by Tom Lord-Alge and mastered by Ted Jensen. It marked the beginning of Marilou’s adult career.
Premier on television
Marilou premiered in the first season of the 2008 French television series Chante! (Sing!).
- 2005: La fille qui chante
- 2007: Marilou
- 2012: 60 Thoughts a Minute (#60 CAN)
- 2013: Au Milieu de mon écart
- 2002: Je serai là pour toi (duet with Gino Quilico)
- 2005: "Tu es comme ça" (duet with Garou)
- 2005: "Chante"
- 2007: "Danser sur la lune" (solo in Canada, duet with Merwan Rim in France)
- 2007: "Emmène-moi"
- 2008: "Tactile"
- 2012: "Bruises" (duet with Train)
- 2005: "Entre les 2 yeux" (limited release in Canada)
- 2008: Chante! (French TV entertainment series)
- 2011: Funkytown
- 2012: Brave (Canadian French voice of Princess Merida)