Soan (singer)

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Soan
Birth name Julien Decroix
Born (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 36)
Origin France
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, Record Producer, musician
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1998 – present
Website www.soan-officiel.fr

Julien Decroix, better known as Soan, (born on 4 May 1981) is a French singer-songwriter who won in 2009 the seventh series of the French music competition Nouvelle Star.

Beginnings[edit]

Soan left home at 17 over family discords and traveled a lot as a singer to earn his living but without notable success. He also sang at Paris Metro underground train stations.

Nouvelle Star[edit]

At 27, he took part in the Paris auditions of Nouvelle Star (French version of Idol) and was accepted to qualification rounds, without his audition being shown on the program. His rendition in the second round was also not shown. His first showing on the broadcast series was while doing a trio interpretation of BB Brunes's Dis-moi with two other candidates after which went to the lives rounds. On the show of 31 March 2009 on M6, judge Philippe Manœuvre announced his selection for the prime shows with 15 finalists left.

On 9 June 2009, he was declared the winner against tough competition from finalist and eventual runner-up Leïla Aissaoui[1] as well as from third Camélia Jordana. He proved to be a phenomenon with his piercings and tattoos, pretty face, smoky eye makeup (l'oeil de biche), deep baritone voice and unique sense of fashion. Jean Paul Gaultier designed several of Soan's costumes and outfits.[2]

Appearances during Nouvelle Star[edit]

Solo
Date Title Original artist Marks
7 April 2009 "Le vent nous portera" Noir désir 4 blues
14 April 2009 "Ma petite entreprise" Alain Bashung 4 blues
21 April 2009 "Boys Don't Cry" The Cure 3 blues
28 April 2008 "Les mots bleus" Christophe 4 blues
5 May 2009 "Alabama Song"
(The Doors version)
Kurt Weill 3 blues (on 3)
12 May 2009 "Requiem pour un con" Serge Gainsbourg 2 blues
12 May 2009 My Way
(Sid Vicious version)
Paul Anka 4 blues
19 May 2009 "Seven Nation Army" The White Stripes 3 blues
19 May 2009 "Ces gens-là" Jacques Brel 3 blues
26 May 2009 "La Mauvaise Réputation"
(Sinsemilia version)
Georges Brassens 4 blues
26 May 2009 "One" U2 2 blues
2 June 2009 (semi-finals) "Poupée de cire, poupée de son"
(Wizo version)
France Gall 1 blue
2 June 2009 (semi-finals) "L'Accordéoniste" Édith Piaf 2 blues
2 June 2009 (semi-finals) "Personal Jesus"
(Johnny Cash version)
Depeche Mode 3 blues
9 June 2009 (finals) "J'veux du soleil" Au P'tit Bonheur 4 blues
9 June 2009 (finals) "Aux sombres héros de l'amer" Noir Desir 2 blues
9 June 2009 (finals) "Break on Through (To the Other Side)" The Doors 3 blues
In duos / trios
Date Title Fellow contestants in duo / trio Original artist
2nd day in theater "Dis-moi" Yoann and Théophane BB Brunes
7 April 2009 "Temps à nouveau" Yasmina, Yoann, Mahdi and Thomas Jean-Louis Aubert
14 April 2009 "Tout le bonheur du monde" Camélia Jordana and Mahdi Sinsemilia
21 April 2009 "Tu veux ou tu veux pas" Camélia Jordana and Lary Marcel Zanini
28 April 2009 "Mes mains sur tes hanches" Leïla Salvatore Adamo
5 May 2009 "Est-ce que tu viens pour les vacances?" Damien David et Jonathan
19 May 2009 "Spacer" Leïla and Thomas Sheila
26 May 2009 "Mon frère" Thomas Maxime Le Forestier
26 May 2009 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" Camélia Jordana James Brown
2 June 2009 "Les histoires d'A" Leïla Les Rita Mitsouko
2 June 2009 "Walk on the Wild Side Camélia-Jordana Lou Reed
9 June 2009 "Should I Stay or Should I Go" Leïla The Clash
9 June 2009 "Here's to You" Leïla Joan Baez
9 June 2009 "Comment te dire adieu?" Leïla Françoise Hardy
In groups

Group interpretations including Soan at the beginning of program

Date Title Original artist
21 April 2009 "I Want You Back" The Jackson Five
28 April 2008 "Born to Be Alive" Patrick Hernandez
5 May 2009 "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go George Michael
12 May 2009 "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
(The Blues Brothers version)
Solomon Burke
19 May 2009 "Waterloo" ABBA
26 May 2009 "Another One Bites the Dust" Queen
2 June 2009 "London Calling" The Clash
9 June 2009 "YMCA" Village People

After Nouvelle Star[edit]

On 22 June 2009, he was featured as supporting act before a Jean Corti concert at Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, in Paris, and between June and October 2009 took part in the Nouvelle Star 2009 Tour with 4 other finalists.

His debut album, Tant pis was released on 27 November 2009 on Jive Records. On 9 June 2010, he was invited to interpret one of his songs, "Séquelles", during the Nouvelle Star 2010 semi-finals. He also appeared at Laurent Ruquier's program On n'est pas couché.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Notes
FR FR Download BEL
(Wa)
2009 ...tant pis 52 27 79 Track list:
  1. Next Time (2:55)
  2. Sequelles (3:37)
  3. En chemin (3:10)
  4. The Storm (3:28)
  5. Putain de ballerine (3:06)
  6. Pas pour lui (5:04)
  7. Puisque rien (3:35)
  8. Emily (2:52)
  9. Parisiennes (3:03)
  10. Ethylotent (3:20)
  11. Monster (3:36)
  12. Belleville (3:58)
2012 Sous les yeux de Sophie 22 23 91 Track list:
  1. "S'il y a du monde" (feat. Christian Olivier) (3:48)
  2. "Pas peur du ciel" (3:49)
  3. "À tire-d'aile" (feat. Melissmel) (2:54)
  4. "Paris" (3:28)
  5. "Drosophyle" (3:46)
  6. "Les z'anges" (3:09)
  7. "1 heure de plus" (2:58)
  8. "Pour de bon" (2:27)
  9. "De mémoire d'enfant" (2:56)
  10. "C'est pour ça" (2:55)
  11. "Inch alleluia" (2:51)
  12. "Make Me Sober" (3:34)
  13. "Dam Didam" (2:42)
  14. "Je reste" (3:53)
2013 Sens interdits 35 80 Track list:
  1. "No pasa nada" (Intro) (0:38)
  2. "No pasa nada" (3:08)
  3. "Rêver d'en haut" (3:24)
  4. "Me laisse pas seul" (with la Demoiselle Inconnue) (3:42)
  5. "Regarde-moi" (3:07)
  6. "J'ai deux amours" (0:08)
  7. "Il ne se passe rien" (2:48)
  8. "Psycho Cinderella" (2:35)
  9. "Sens interdits" (with Rachid Taha) (3:35)
  10. "Bobo" (2:25)
  11. "Elsa" (3:21)
  12. "Conquistador" (3:40)
2016 Retourné vivre 39 104

Singles[edit]

  • 2009: "Next time"
  • 2010: "Emily"
  • 2010: "Séquelles"

References[edit]

External links[edit]