Nicole Rieu


16 May 1949

Nicole Rieu began in the mid-1960s in a group of teenagers called 'Les Spits'. In 1969, she met Lucien Morisse, director of Europe 1 and Disks AZ. Morisse, excited after hearing the young singer, immediately offered her a recording contract at AZ. She recorded her first single with Jean Musy and soon afterwards started to write and perform her own compositions. She sang at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, opening for Daniel Guichard, Joe Dassin, Serge Lama, Enrico Macias and Salvatore Adamo.

In 1973, she was spotted by record company Barclay, with whom she signed a record deal. Her first single with Barclay, 'Je suis' ('I am') (music by André and Jean-Pierre Georget Mirouze and lyrics by Mitzi Bravinbecame), became a very popular song in France and launched her career. The following year, Nicole released her first solo album, 'Naissance' ('Birth').

In 1975, Nicole represented France at the Eurovision Songcontest in Stockholm, Sweden, with the song 'Et bonjour à toi, l'artiste' ('And good day to you, artist'). Her popularity in France but also in Canada is growing rapidly. She toured throughout Europe and Quebec in 1976 to launch his album 'Le ciel c'est ici' ('Heaven, that's here'). In 1977, she recorded an album under the supervision of the Quebec composer Paul Baillargeon, 'Si tu m'appelles' ('If you call me'). It was recorded at tha Sound Studios in Montreal and Quebec-Saint-Charles Longueuil.

Iin 1978 she participated with Marouani Didier, Jean-Michel and Nicolas Caradec Peyrac in the musical 'Le rêve de may' ('The dream of May'), reviving the events of May 1968 exactly ten years later. In 1979, Nicole wins a Hexagon d'or at the Grand Prix at Midem, Cannes, with 'La goutte d'eau' ('A drop of water'). The same year a full album by the same title was released.Two years later, in 1981, after spending almost ten years at Barclays, the singer recorded the album 'Zut', that was produced and co/written by Simon Monceau, for RCA Victor.

She then takes a break and leaves Paris to raise her son Julian. Her son inspired her to release a series of albums especially for children in 1983. Since the second half of the eighthies, Nicole records singles and albums every once in a few years. She does not meet chart succes anymore, but she enjoys touring and performaning throughout France and Canada. With the release of 'Vas-y' in 1998, Nicole seems to have re-invented herself . A series of high standard creative albums follow in the next decade, presenting Nicole as a serieus singer-songwriter.

In 2010, Nicole Rieu released the album 'Femmes' ('Women') which, as its title clearly indicates, is a tribute to all women in the world. Three songs were written in collaboration with her son Julian Rieu Pey. Nicole toured during 2010/2011 to present the album to her audience live.

On the web:

- Nicole's website: http://nicole.rieu.free.fr

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What do we think:

PR: Nicole Rieu posesses a very special, tender voice, that is her trademark. She often accompanies herself on guitar. Her lyrics are written from a feminin point of view and she really aims to communicate her vision on life to us. She has a very sympethatic, modest personality. Although her output is very decent typical singer-songwriter material (apart from the Christmas and children albums), I think her more poppy album 'Vas-y' is a gemm.


Naissance - 1975

Le ciel c'est ici - 1976

Si tu m'appelles - 1977

Le rêve de mai - 1978

Nicole Rieu - 1979

Zut - 1982

Bonjour la fête volume 1 - 1983

Bonjour la fête volume 2 - 1983

Avec le petit Armen Djerrahian - 1983

♪♪ - Chante Noël - 1986

♪♪♪ - Pécheurs d'éponges - 1993

Chante pour les enfants - 1993

♪♪♪♪♪- Vas-y - 1998

♪♪♪ - Ah-Ah - 2001

Camargue rouge - 2005

♪♪ - En voix - 2007

♪♪ - Jardins - 2008

Noël, chants d'espoirs - 2008

♪♪♪♪ - Femmes - 2010


♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


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