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born on 1/5/1980 in Tours, Centre, France

Alias Isabelle Geffroy

Zaz (singer)

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Zaz (singer)

Isabelle Geffroy[1] (born 1 May 1980 in Tours, France), better known by the nickname Zaz, is a French singer-songwriter who mixes jazzy styles, French variety, soul and acoustic. She is famous for her hit "Je veux", from her first album, Zaz, released on 10 May 2010.[2]

Early life

Her mother was a Spanish teacher, whereas her father worked for an electric company. In 1985, she entered the Conservatoire de Tours with her sister and her brother, attending courses from the ages of five to eleven. She studied music theory, specifically the violin, piano, guitar, and choral singing. In 1994, she moved to Bordeaux. In 1995, she took singing lessons and played sports for a year in Bordeaux, all while studying kung fu with a professional coach.[3] In 2000, she won a scholarship from the regional council, which allowed her to join a school of modern music, the CIAM (Centre for Musical Activities and Information) of Bordeaux. Her musical influences included 'Four Seasons' by Vivaldi, jazz singers such as Ella Fitzgerald, and other singers such as Enrico Macias, Bobby McFerrin, and Richard Bona, as well as African, Latin, and Cuban rhythms. In 2006, she moved to Paris.

Singing career

In 2001, she started her singing career in the blues band "Fifty Fingers". She sang in musical groups in Angoulême, especially in a jazz quintet.[4] She became one of the four singers of Izar-Adatz (Basque for "Shooting Star"), a variety band which consisted of sixteen people with whom she toured for two years, especially in the Midi-Pyrenees and the Basque Country. She worked in the studio as a backing singer in Toulouse and performed with many singers, including Maeso, Art Mengo, Vladimir Max, Jean-Pierre Mader , Eduardo Sanguinetti, the latinoamerican philosopher and land-artist,[5] and Serge Guerao.

In 2011, Zaz won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

In May 2010, French magazine Telerama announced: "Rumor has swelled in recent weeks: Zaz is a sacred voice, and she will be the revelation of the summer!".[6] On 10 May 2010, Zaz released her first album. It contains songs she wrote ("Trop sensible") and co-composed ("Les passants", "Le long de la route", "Prends garde à ta langue", "J'aime à nouveau", "Ni oui ni non"). Kerredine Soltani produced the album on the label "Play On" and wrote and composed the hit single "Je veux". The pop singer Raphaël Haroche wrote her songs "Éblouie par la nuit", "Port Coton" and "La fée". In 2010, she signed a contract for her tours with Caramba and publisher Sony ATV. She was invited to make several television appearances (such as Taratata or Chabada) and was featured in several programs on the radio. On Sunday 6 October 2013, Zaz appeared on BBC1 Tv program The Andrew Marr Show in London and sang "Je veux" live.

Zaz then toured France (Paris, La Rochelle, Montauban, Saint-Ouen, Chateauroux, Landerneau, Fécamp...), performed at the Francofolies of Montreal (Canada), and sang in Monthey (Switzerland), Brussels, Berlin, and Milan. In autumn Zaz topped the charts in Belgium, Switzerland, and Austria. Matthieu Baligand, her manager and producer at Caramba Entertainment, explained to Liberation: "We talk a lot of her right now and people are waiting her at the turn... Despite the demand, it seems preferable to do her first tour in fifty small places which will render her credible. Zaz is a popular, intuitive artist, who is familiar with music, who can sing, but doing a quality show is something else (...)." In November 2010, the debut album Zaz became double platinum and she was awarded "Revelation Song" by the Academy Charles Cros. Zaz also won the European Border Breakers Award: she was named the French artist most played abroad in 2010. According to a survey published by L'Internaute, Zaz was the most popular French singer in the 2010 ranking.[7]

In 2011, she joined the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble. She is also featured on the song "Coeur Volant" for the soundtrack of the 2011 film, Hugo. Her live CD and DVD Zaz live tour Sans Tsu Tsou was revealed.

In 2012, Zaz went on tour and held concerts in various countries around the world including Japan, Canada, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Turkey, among other countries.[8]



Year Title Chart[9][10][11][12] Certifications
2010 ZAZ 12 51 1 1 3 3 19 1 10 56 3 3 93
  • AUT: Platinum[13]
  • BEL: 3× Platinum[14]
  • FRA: Diamond[15]
  • GER: 2× Platinum[16]
  • POL: 2× Platinum[17]
  • RUS: Platinum[18]
  • SWI: 2x Platinum[19]
2013 Recto Verso 4 16 3 2 2 5 1 73 1 21
"" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Live albums

Year Title Chart Certifications
2011 Sans tsu tsou Live Tour 27 24
"" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Year Title Chart Album
2010 "Je veux" 16 34 2 34 22 23 23 Zaz
"Le long de la route" 821 16 62 39
2011 "La fée" 7 40 17
"Éblouie par la nuit" 17 34 37
2013 "On ira" 74 36 12 47 15 Recto Verso
"Si" 34
"" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

1 Did not chart on main chart Ultratop, but bubbling under Ultratip Chart, reaching #32. Added 50 positions to actual Ultratip position for reporting purposes in table.

Other charted songs

Year Title Chart Album
2013 "Trop sensible" 52 Zaz
"Belle" 136 Non-album single
2014 "Gamine" 169 Recto Verso


  1. Zaz : de saltimbanque chanteuse de rue... au sommet des charts ! (French). Purepeople. Retrieved on 28 May 2010.
  2. interview et live de Zaz, chanteuse aux actualités A2 (French). 2424actu. Retrieved on 28 May 2010.
  3. ZAz, cinq questions au finish (French). Berrysports. Retrieved on 5 January 2011.
  4. Zaz n'a pas la voix dans sa poche (French). Respectmag. Retrieved on 5 January 2011.
  5. Carlos Espartaco, Eduardo Sanguinetti: The Experience of Limit Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ediciones de Arte Gaglianone, first published 1989 ISBN 950-9004-98-7
  6. "Zaz chanson". Telerama.
  7. Musique: Zaz personnalité préférée de l'année (French). Linternaute. Retrieved on 4 January 2011.
  9. ZAZ ZAZ, in various albums charts (French). Lescharts. Retrieved on 5 January 2011.
  10. ZAZ ZAZ, in various albums charts. acharts. Retrieved on 13 November 2011.
  11. ZAZ ZAZ, in various albums charts (Russian). Retrieved on 7 August 2012.
  12. Zaz Zaz, Czech Albums Chart (Czech). NS IFPI. Retrieved on 18 November 2011.
  13. Zaz Zaz, Austrian certification (German). IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  14. Zaz Zaz, Belgian certification. IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  15. Zaz Zaz, French certification. SNEP. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Zaz Zaz, German certification (German). IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  17. Zaz Zaz, Polish certification (Polish). IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  18. Zaz Zaz, Russian certification (Russian). IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  19. Zaz Zaz, Swiss certification (German). IFPI. Retrieved on 24 May 2013.
  20. Belgian Certifications in 2013. Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  21. SNEP Certifications October 2013. SNEP. Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  22. 2013 Polish Certifications. Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
  23. SCHWEIZER HITPARADE ALBEN TOP 100 << 22.09.2013 (in German). Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  24. Zaz discography. Retrieved on 13 November 11, 2011.
  25. Zaz discography. Retrieved on 13 November 11, 2011.
  26. 26.0 26.1 ZAZ "Je veux", in various singles charts (French). Lescharts. Retrieved on 10 October 2013.
  27. Archiwum notowa Listy Przebojów Programu Trzeciego Retrieved on 25 March 2012.

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