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La Grande Sophie

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Sophie Huriaux, better known by her stage name La Grande Sophie born July 18, 1969 in Thionville, France, is a French singer-songwriter who got her start in the mid-1990s in the Paris alternative scene1


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 Childhood
    • 12 The beginnings
    • 13 Kitchen Miousic and the first album
    • 14 The majors
    • 15 Des vagues et des ruisseaux
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Albums
    • 22 Singles
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links



Sophie lived the whole of her youth in Port-de-Bouc, near Marseilles, where her parents moved to when she was quite young She had her first musical idea while watching Jacques Demy's film Peau d'Ane on television She began playing guitar at age 9, then at age 13 she started a band called "Entrée interdite" with her brother and her neighbor2 As well as performing covers of hits, she wrote and composed for this group, where she was the leading vocalist and musician In June 1983 the first Fêtes de la Musique took place in France At almost 14 years old, Sophie managed to convince the management of the school to let her group perform

The beginningsedit

At first attracted to the visual arts, especially sculpture, she studied at the École des beaux-arts in Marseilles She continued to write, compose, and play covers, as well as her own songs, at sidewalk restaurants in Marseilles After two years of courses in fine arts she chose to quit her studies to dedicate herself exclusively to music In 1994, she met Julien Bassouls, the entrepreneur of "Life, Live in the Bar", a group which arranged concerts for young artists, and went up to Paris in 19953 She played in many bars and small venues there, accompanied by guitar and bass drum

In collaboration with other young artists, including Jean-Jacques Nyssen, Clarika and Philippe Bresson, she participated in writing and staging a musical, La Marée d'Inox, played at the Théâtre Jean Vilar in Suresnes in February 19964

Kitchen Miousic and the first albumedit

She created "kitchen miousic", which she defined as considering musical activity as little different from any other daily task This popular and lifelike approach to writing and performing music was one of her distinctive characteristics This self-definition also expressed her desire not to be pigeonholed into a specific genre

Her influences ranged from Jacques Dutronc to Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders through Polly Jean Harvey and Joe Hisaishi In 1996 she was invited to the Francofolies festival in La Rochelle Next year, she released her first self-produced album, La Grande Sophie s'agrandit La Grande Sophie grows up, on the independent label "Les compagnons de la tête de mort"

The majorsedit

In 2001, accompanied by other musicians, she released her second album, Le Porte-bonheur Lucky Charm, on a major label This album sold over 50,000 copies, thanks to the single "Martin"

On May 11, 2004, she released her third album, Et si c’était moi If it were me, which earned her her first Victoire de la musique in 2005 With the singles "Du courage" and "On savait", the album sales exceeded 130,000, allowing her to appear at the Olympia for the first time in her career She also recorded a duet with Lee Hazlewood, who she regarded as "one of the most beautiful voices in the world" She also wrote a song, Seventy-Seven, especially for the anniversary of Lee Hazlewood She also participated in the album On dirait Nino, in honor of the singer Nino Ferrer

She returned to stores in October 2005 with an album titled La suite… The sequel…, the tone much more rock, with pushed-forward guitars The album was accompanied by a long tour through France and Belgium, passing again through the Olympia and ending at the Zénith de Paris in January 2007

At this point in her career, Sophie paused and questioned herself She wanted to give herself time to redefine herself in new ways, go back to basics, and refine her style and her arrangements, which she felt were weighed down with layer after layer of guitars In the summer of 2007, she was invited to the Francofolies in La Rochelle for two concerts:

  • July 12, 2007: An event in honor of Barbara, following the publication of her biography5 by Valérie Lehoux, journalist from Télérama For the occasion, Sophie covered six titles by Barbara6 Sophie also covered "Dis, quand reviendras tu" during her concerts in 2008 and 2009
  • July 14, 2007: On the main stage, she appeared with sixty musicians from concert bands from Lille-Fives and La Rochelle7 The initial plan was to use Arno, but following his defection from rehearsals, La Grande Sophie agreed to take up the challenge Five of his titles and a piece of Barbara were rearranged, with the participation of David Hadjadj

On February 25, 2008, La Grande Sophie released a digital-only EP, containing acoustic versions of four songs and two previously unreleased tracks "Un jour de fête" and "Avec un Grand F" In March 2008 she began a solo acoustic tour, "Toute seule comme une grande", in France, Belgium and Switzerland In the spirit of her beginnings, she played in small venues with only a guitar, bass drum and pedal Also, she participated in Autrement dit, an albums of covers of Claude François released March 10, 2008, with the song "Le jouet extraordinaire"

Des vagues et des ruisseauxedit

The new, long-matured album Des vagues et des ruisseaux Waves and streams was released January 26, 2009 The first single was called "Quelqu'un d'autre", a piece for which a video was also released, a nod to the film Inland Empire by David Lynch According to the artist, the album was distinguished by its "woodsy" tone, and very consistent throughout More emphasis was given to her voice La Grande Sophie arranged the pieces on the album herself, with the participation of Edith Fambuena for three of them

The tour started immediately with two dates at the Alhambra Sophie was accompanied by three musicians, in broad outline, a drummer, a bassist, and a keyboardist-trumpeter, and, at times, a cellist The tour lasted 15 months and had around a hundred appearances in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, including at the Casino de Paris and at the Olympia in November 2009 where she received a gold record, as well as the Francofolies at La Rochelle, Spa and Montreal La Grand Sophie also received gold discs earlier for Et si c’était moi and La suite…

At the end of 2009, the jury of "Les Sonos tonnent", representing Le Nouvel Observateur, L'Express and Télérama designated the song "Quand le mois d'avril" as one of the best of the year as well as "Ton Héritage" from Benjamin Biolay8 In January 2010, she was awarded the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros for her album Des vagues et des ruisseaux9



Year Album
1997 La Grande Sophie s'agrandit
Les Compagnons de la tête de mort
2001 Le Porte-bonheur
Epic/Sony Music France
2003 Et si c'était moi
27 84
2005 La suite
21 9 47
2009 Des vagues et des ruisseaux 12 10 21
2012 La place du fantôme 9 7 12
2015 Nos histoires 12 20


Year Single Peak
2013 "Ne m'oublie pas" 111
2016 "Les portes claquent" 194


  1. ^ La Grande Sophie, une grande classique - RFI, 23 février 2009 in French
  2. ^ RFI, Bande Passante, broadcast of 16 March 2006
  3. ^ La grande Sophie, biography, RFI, accessed on line November 30, 2010
  4. ^ Un tour du côté d'une petite comédie musicale montée sans tapage par une bande de jeunes talents dans la proche banlieue parisienne A Suresnes, la marée était en Inox Libération, le 24/2/1996 in French
  5. ^ Barbara, Portrait en clair-obscur, Valérie Lehoux, Fayard/Chorus 2007, ISBN 978-2-213-62452-5
  6. ^ Le Hall de la Chanson
  7. ^ Dans le Show Business, documentary on FR3 Nord Pas-de-Calais Picardie by Caroline Béhague, broadcast 8/09/2007
  8. ^ Les Sonos Tonnent #9 : les meilleures chansons de l'année et les pires, 29/12/2009 in French
  9. ^ Grand Prix du disque et du DVD 2009Charles Cros, 62e Palmarès, Académie Charles Cros, 7 January 2010 Accessed on line 2 December 2010
  10. ^ Downloads
  11. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP Week 27, 2016" in French Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique Retrieved 9 July 2016 

External linksedit

  • Official site in French
  • Official myspace in French

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