|Born||December 22, 1973|
|Genres||Dance-pop, electropop / synthpop, Europop, eurodance, eurobeat, italo dance, bubblegum pop|
|Labels||Capitol Records, Sony Music Italy|
Sarina Paris (born December 22, 1973) is a Canadian dance-pop singer and songwriter, best known for her international dance-club hits "Look at Us" (2000) and "Just About Enough" (2001).
Early life and education
Born on December 22, 1973, Paris is of Italian descent and grew up in Toronto, Canada, in a working-class family who were originally from Italy. She moved back to Italy in 1996 after her mother died to get in touch with her ancestral roots.
In 1995, Paris' debut song "Mystery Man" was released in Canada. In 1996, She was discovered by Italian manager/producer Vince Tempera (Kill Bill). He invited her to become a member of the Gam Gam Project alongside producers Max MOnti and Mauro Pilato in Rimini, Italy which aimed at teaching Italian children to sing in English.
A year later she moved to Milan where she worked as a receptionist at a CX music publishing and production where she was discovered by Charlie Marchino and Nico Spinosa of EMI's Italian division, and began her career as a recording artist. Her initial single, "Look at Us", charted on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001, but did not reach the Top 40. The song did make it onto the Rhythmic Top 40. It also became a dance-club hit internationally. As a result of the success, she was signed to the U.S. label Priority Records.
In 2001, she released her debut album, Sarina Paris, composed of songs she co-wrote, with the exception of a cover version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors". In an interview, she said the album was "nothing too intellectual—just music to make you happy and to make you feel good" and that "I wanted to make an album that kids could listen to with their parents. Songs that were clubby for mom, but weren't x-rated so the kids could play and dance along with." She received feedback from her 14-year-old niece as she wrote and recorded. Indeed, the record label's target demographic was noted to be 12- to 25-year-old women. The single "Just About Enough" was released as a club-exclusive single. She released another dance track, "This Is My Life", found exclusively on a Canadian dance compilation Euro Mix 5 through SPG Records. In 2000 "Do You Love Somebody" was released exclusively on the compilation Dancemania x7 in Japan under Toshiba/EMI record label.
- Sarina Paris (2001)
- TBA (TBA)
- "Look at Us" (2000), #59 U.S.
- "Just About Enough" (2001)
- "Sophisticated" (2011)
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