Soren Mounir

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Soren Mounir
Soren Mounir (Dorian Gray)
Background information
Also known asDorian Gray
OriginGeneva, Switzerland
GenresProgressive rock, rock, pop, soul
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Musician, producer
InstrumentsVocals, drums, keyboards
Years active1987–present
LabelsMoonLand Music
Associated actsDuffy (UK), Carmen Rizzo (USA), David Hallyday (F), Lucie Bernardoni (F).
Websitehttp://www.moonlandmusic.com/

Soren Régis Mounir (born 31 July) is a Swiss-American singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist, record producer and radio commentator; also known as the artist Dorian Gray.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Soren was born in Geneva, Switzerland. His professional career began as a drummer, first with progressive rock group KGB (CH) and then more famously in his country with band Alesia (CH) as a drummer-songwriter-producer. In KGB, Soren originally supplied drums and began to write songs.

Soren Régis Mounir's song "Mon Coeur l'aime" was performed by Kathy Leander to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest,[1][2] in 1996, which was hosted by a-ha singer Morten Harket in Oslo, Norway.

Solo career[edit]

2007: Soren decides to go solo and signs an important Publishing deal with Editors "SIDOMUSIC B. LIECHTI & Cie" for most of his songs and also signs a production deal for his solo project under the name of Dorian Gray with debut album "Hurt By The Moon".[3] The album is co-produced and mixed by Chief Engineer Yvan Bing (Phil Collins) and mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound NY.

Producer / songwriter[edit]

2002: Soren Mounir discovers Welsh singer Duffy on the Internet,[4] she's 17; together they write and produce more than 50 songs under the name of Soulego. In July 2003 they perform as a duet at the Wakestock (Wales) festival.

2003: Soren writes Star Academy 4 (French "Pop Idol") Lucie Doni's 1st single, "Je suis mes pas", which remained at 57 on the French Top 100 for six weeks (Atoll Music/Sony Music Entertainment France).

2004: Soren collaborates with producer Carmen Rizzo and Jamie Muhoberac in Los Angeles on the Invisible Sun Odyssey (I.S.O.) solo project; it's a tribute to composer/producer Jeff Lynne from ELO. CDs and vinyl records of "I.S.O". are released in France for the French Nightclubs.

2004 - 2005: Soren collaborates with French talented author Jerome Attal.

2006: Soren is featured on the "BRU(i)T" compilation CD (CH) - based on an idea by Antoine Bellwald (Phil Collins) and Alban Chaperon - with an original two minutes track called "BUDDAM".

2007: Soren collaborates with French singer and superstar David Hallyday who officially supports the project Dorian Gray and becomes Dorian's stage drummer for a few concerts.

2008: Soren is the composer of the new film soundtrack "PANORAMA 08" [5] for the "International Committee of the Red Cross" (ICRC)

Discography[edit]

  • 1993 : Time To Tell (Alesia) – LP
  • 1996 : "Mon cœur l'aime" (Eurosong 96) – Single
  • 1997 : "So Much In Love" (Fullmoon) – Vinyl Single
  • 1998 : Changer (Soren) – Demo LP
  • 2000 : Les mots dits (Brice Parelli) – Demo LP
  • 2001 : A Piece Of Life (Reldie) – Demo LP
  • 2003 : Koto Buki (Duffy feat, Soulego) – 47 songs demo project
  • 2004 : Invisible Sun Odyssey (I.S.O.) – Single, Vinyl single
  • 2004 : "Le monde danse" (Eurosong 04) – Single
  • 2006 : Hurt By The Moon (Dorian Gray) – LP
  • 2006 : Buddam (BRUiT compilation) – LP
  • 2006 : "Back To Tears" (Fantastic Day, compilation UK) – Single
  • 2006 : "Forever More" (The Big Indie Comeback, compilation UK) – Single
  • 2006 : "Back To Tears" / "Violent Thoughts" (The Big Bang, Compilation USA) – Singles
  • 2006 : "Forever More" (Suisse Rock, Couleur 3 Swiss Radio compilation) – Single
  • 2008 : Hurt By The Moon (Dorian Gray) – International LP
  • 2008 : PANORAMA 08 (International ICRC Movie score) – Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.esctoday.com/annual/songinfo.php?contest=1063&song=1
  2. ^ http://www.esc-history.com/details.asp?key=779
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.downtown.co.uk/article.asp?id=903943
  5. ^ http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/f00980?opendocument

External links[edit]

  • Soren Mounir's official MySpace [1]
  • Soren Mounir on Musicians Page [2]
  • MoonLand Music (Productions and Publishing) [3]
  • Dorian Gray official MySpace [4]
  • Duffy feat. Soulego official MySpace [5]
  • Soulego Medley 01 [6]
  • Soulego Medley 02 [7]
  • Eurosong 96 [8]
  • Invisible Sun Odyssey (I.S.O.) official MySpace [9]
  • ICRC Panorama08 Movie [10]
  • "Hurt By The Moon" on Amazon.com [11]
  • France 4 – Hosted by Ray Cokes [12]
  • Sébastien Vuignier about Dorian Gray on Léman Bleu TV [13]
  • Paléo Festival – « The Reason I Love » [14]
  • Dorian Gray, conquered singer David Hallyday [15]
  • Dorian Gray by Sandra Lou – Paléo Festival 2008 [16]
  • Dorian Gray – Léman Bleu Report – Paléo Festival 2008 [17]
  • Dorian Gray – TSR 12.45 Interview, Jan. 2007 [18]
  • Dorian Gray LIVE - "I Can Be Wrong" - with David Smet-Hallyday [19]
  • Interview Dorian Gray 08 / psbmusic-live [20]