Kendji Girac

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Kendji Girac
Kendjin.jpg
Kendji in 2015
Background information
Birth name Kendji Jason Maillié
Born (1996-07-03) July 3, 1996 (age 20)
Périgueux, Dordogne, France
Origin France
Genres Gypsy pop, Pop-folk
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar
Years active 2014–present
Labels Mercury
Website kendji.fr

Kendji Girac (born Kendji Jason Maillié,[1] July 3, 1996) is a French singer. He is the winner of Season 3 of the music competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Mika.[2] He has released two studio albums, Kendji and Ensemble as well as a string of hit singles. On March 9, 2017, his wax statue at the Musée Grévin was revealed.

Biography[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

The youngest of a Catalan Gitano family, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist.[3] His first language is Catalan.[4] He gained some fame through publishing materials online. His gypsy version of "Bella" by Maître Gims filmed by a friend went viral. His video garnered almost 3.8 million views.[5] Another popular song he uploaded was "Si j'étais president" a cover of Gérard Lenorman.

The Voice: la plus belle voix[edit]

For season 3 of The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with the song "Bella" by Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.

In the Musical Battles Round broadcast on March 8, 2014, Mika put him against Youness both singing "Tous les mêmes" from Stromae. Kendji moved to "L'épreuve ultime" round where he performed "Hotel California from The Eagles in the 29 March 2014 emission.

In the live rounds he interpreted "Ma philosophie" from Amel Bent (5 April 2014), "Mad World" from Tears for Fears (19 April 2014) and "Allumer le feu" from Johnny Hallyday (19 April 2014). In the semi-final on 3 May 2014 he sang "Belle" from Garou and Daniel Lavoie qualifying for the finals as Team Mika's finalist.

In the final broadcast on Final: 10 May 2014, He sang "Amor de mis amores" / "Volare" from Gipsy Kings, "Temps à nouveau" from Jean-Louis Aubert and "L'Aigle noir" from Barbara. He won The Voice title for season 3 with 51% of the public vote against 21% for runner up Maximilien Philippe, with Amir Haddad finishing third with 18% and Wesley with only 10% fourth.

Career[edit]

His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his EP,[6][7] his official album released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" as Francophone Song of the Year.[8] His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015,[9] and over 1 million copies by October 2015,[10] certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae. As of now, he is nearing 1.2 million copies sold.[11] He is currently the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. His follow-up single "Andalouse" proved even more successful commercially. Other notable singles included "Conmigo" from the repackaged version of Kendji released on May 4, 2015.[12]

A second album titled Ensemble was released on October 30, 2015.[13] Notable singles from his second album include "Me Quemo", "Les yeux de la mama" and "No Me Mirès Màs" (jointly with Soprano).

He is also going to be a part of the movie "Chacun Sa Vie" directed by Claude Lelouch. The movie is set to release in theaters on March 15.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
[14]
BEL
(Fl)

[15]
BEL
(Wa)

[16]
NLD
[17]
SWI
[18]
Kendji
Including 2015 reissue
1 119 1 53 22
Ensemble
  • Released: 30 October 2015
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 88 1 1

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
FRA
[14]
Kendji Girac EP
  • Released: 1 January 2014
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: digital download
44

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[14]
BEL
(Fl)

[16]
BEL
(Wa)

[16]
POL
[19]
"Color Gitano" 2014 11 12 Kendji
"Andalouse" 3 64* 3 10
"Elle m'a aimé" 22 53*
"Cool" 20 17
"Je m'abandonne" 25
"La bohème" 61 Aznavour, sa jeunesse
"Conmigo" 2015 7 6 Kendji (2015 reissue)
"Les richesses du cœur" 57
"Me Quemo" 7 8 Ensemble
"Les yeux de la mama" 5
"No me mirès màs"
(with Soprano)
2016 9 11
"Sonrisa" 25 42 TBA
"Ma câlina" 2017 40 15 Ensemble

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. For Ultratip peaks, added 50 positions to arrive at an equivalent Ultratop position

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[14]
BEL
(Fl)

[16]
BEL
(Wa)

[16]
POL
[20]
"One Last Time (Attends-moi)"
(Ariana Grande featuring Kendji Girac)
2015 11 My Everything
and
Kendji (2015 Reissue)

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA
[14]
"Amor de mis amores" / "Volare"
(credited as Kendji)
2014 94 The Voice 3 - La Plus Belle Voix (2014)
"Belle"
(credited as Kendji)
96
"Mi amor" 118 Kendji
"Avec toi" 179
"Baïla amigo" 187
"Mon univers" 192
"Ma solitude" 2015 130 Ensemble
"C'est trop" 142
"Besame" 198
"Tu y yo" 2016 153
"Elle a tout" 80
[21]
"Jamais à genoux" 85
[21]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Song
2014 NRJ Music Awards/Francophone Song of the Year "Color Gitano"
2014 NRJ Music Awards/Francophone Breakthrough of the Year
2015 NRJ Music Awards/Nominated for Best French Male Artist of the Year Album Kendji

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.verif.com/societe/K7G-PRODUCTIONS-809215890/
  2. ^ "Kendji Girac - Biography | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  3. ^ VIDEO. Kendji: « Avant The Voice, j'avais une vie de gitan » (French)
  4. ^ Kendji Girac et le français : "Parfois, c'est un peu compliqué pour moi" (French)
  5. ^ Original YouTUbe gypsy version of Maître Gims' "Bella" by Kendji Girac
  6. ^ MetroNews (Paris): "The Voice" : Découvrez Color Gitano, le premier single de Kendji Girac (French)
  7. ^ Charts in France: Clip de "Color Gitano" : Kendji Girac ("The Voice") profite de la vie et impose son style (French)
  8. ^ Les grands vainqueurs des NRJ Music Awards sont... sur le site leparisien.fr
  9. ^ Kendji franchit le seuil des 600.000 ventes avec son premier album (French)
  10. ^ "Kendji Girac franchit le cap du million d'albums vendus". Le Figaro. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  11. ^ "An Odyssey into France best selling albums ever: Kendji by Kendji Girac (2014) – ChartMasters". chartmasters.org. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  12. ^ Bientôt une nouvelle réédition de son premier album !
  13. ^ "Kendji : "Ensemble", son deuxième album, bientôt dans les bacs". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  14. ^ a b c d e Lescharts.com; Kendji Girac discography
  15. ^ ultratop.be/nl/ Kendji Girac discography
  16. ^ a b c d e ultratop.be/fr/ Kendji Girac discography
  17. ^ dutchcharts.nl Kendji Girac discography
  18. ^ hitparade.ch Kendji Girac discography
  19. ^ "Kendji Girac - Andalouse (Airplay Top 20 - 11.04. - 17.04.2015)" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  20. ^ "Kendji Girac - Andalouse (Airplay Top 20 - 11.04. - 17.04.2015)" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  21. ^ a b "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 48, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Yoann Fréget
The Voice: la plus belle voix Winner
2014
Succeeded by
Lilian Renaud