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Renan Luce (born 5 March 1980, Paris) is a French singer and songwriter. His songs are inspired by the 20th century singer and songwriter Georges Brassens and depict everyday life with a dose of humour and poetry.
He will be the voice of Wirt in the French dub of Over the Garden Wall which will also be his first acting role.
Born in Paris, Luce spent his childhood and adolescence in Plourin-les-Morlaix, Brittany.
He started his musical career singing in a choir with his brother Damien and his sister Claire. Later, he took up classical piano at the conservatory of Brest and then at Saint-Brieuc. He gave up the piano for the saxophone and taught himself the guitar on which he composed his first songs.
Luce has been successful in France with the songs like "Les Voisines" and "La Lettre".
In September 2006 Renan Luce released his first album Repenti that includes 13 tracks + 3 live versions. The album ended up selling more than 800,000 copies. On October 2009 Renan Luce released his second studio album Le Clan des Miros, which includes the song "On n'est pas à une bêtise prês" from the original soundtrack of the movie "Le petit Nicolas".
After three years of study at Toulouse, Luce moved to Paris and soon decided to focus exclusively on song writing and performing. He quickly found his publisher Olivier Lefebvre (Universal Publishing) and his manager, Jeff Genie, who set him up for several months of concerts at the theater Méry (Place de Clichy). Among his early followers are the singers Renaud and Bénabar, and many artistic directors [ref. needed]. Luce signed a record deal with Barclay late 2005. Luce got exposure through several festivals (Francofolies de La Rochelle, Montauban So Sing) and Bénabar had him play as support act: The Zenith (Paris) 7 June 2006. He is often invited by other artists opening the show for Maxime Le Forestier, Clarks, Jeanne Cherhal, Thomas Fersen [ref. needed] ..
His first album, Repenti (Repentant), was released in September 2006. It was directed by Jean-Louis Pierot and recorded at Studio Manor (in Landes), Studio de la Seine (Paris) and Studio ICP (Brussels). He was on the road until spring 2008, touring French speaking destinations, performing in front of nearly 200,000 spectators. He played four times in Quebec during 2007. Over a period of 18 months, all his concerts in Paris were fully booked [ref. necessary]: Café de la danse, Trianon, La Cigale, Olympia Grand Rex. Bernard Chereze of France Inter radio station added Luce to his play list long before other stations picked him up. For several months, Luce had three singles simultaneously in the French rankings (Yacast): The Letter, The Neighbour, and The Repentant [ ref. needed]. His album Repenti was certified platinum in December 20072 with more than 250 000 copies sold. End of August 2009, the album reached 800,000 copies sold (vendus3), It also went platinum in Belgium in April 20084 (with 40,000 copies sold). Nominated in three categories, this album won two prizes at Victoires de la Musique 2008: "album revelation of the year" and "stage revelation of the year." He participated in the show Enfoirés in 2009, from 21 to 26 January 2009 at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy. At the Victoires de la Musique 2009, he was nominated for "Song of the Year" with Repenti. The victory went to Thomas Dutronc.
Clan Des Miros (2009-present)
12 October 2009, his second album, The Clan Des Miros, was released. The singles extracted were "La Fille de la Bande" and "On n'est pas à une bêtise près", which was used as generic for the film ["Le Petit Nicolas"], and ["Nantes"]. Renan Luce began a tour on 1 October 2009 which extended into 2010, including concerts at La Cigale in Paris in October, three in Olympia (fully booked) from 10 to 12 May 2010 and some time in Quebec. Following one of his concerts at the Olympia, he received a double platinum album for sale of 230,000 albums in France (and got gold disk in Belgium).
D'Une Tonne a un Tout Petit Poids
On 7 April 2014, after a 3-year break, Luce brought out a new album D'Une Tonne a Un Tout Petit Poids (from a ton to a very little weight). This album was produced with the Swede, Peter von Poehl. On 10 February 2014, a single from the album was released: Appelle Quand Tu Te Réveilles (Call me when you wake up).
|2009||Le Clan des Miros||1||2||19||Track list
|2014||D'une tonne à un tout petit poids||17||7||62||Track list
- 2006: "Les Voisines"
- 2007: "La Lettre et Lacrymal Circus"
- 2008: "Repenti"
- 2008: "Monsieur Marcel" (new version)
- 2009: "La Fille de la bande"
- 2009: "On n'est pas à une bêtise près"
- 2010: "Nantes"
- 2014; "D'une tonne à un tout petit poids"