The voice of an Angel

I am not really into music. What I mean is that I don’t go to concert, I can’t name my “favorite” singer or group, I am not a “fan”. Not really. But there are artists that I greatly admire and respect. Musics I love to listen to.

And today, I would really love to introduce you to an incredibly gifted French singer. His name is Gregory Lemarchal. It is possible that you know him already, but if it is not the case yet, by all mean, listen to his songs!

In 2004, Gregory was a contestant of a French singing reality TV show called “La star académie”. To be perfectly honest, I really dislike reality TV, but in this case, in this particular case, I must admit that something good came out of it.

Some of you might be familiar with what cystic fibrosis is. To be simple, it is a rare genetic disease that causes breathing difficulties, repeated infections and digestive problems. Gregory suffered from cystic fibrosis, and him appearing in such a popular as La Star Académie was actually a much-needed breath of hope for everyone suffering from this disease, as there is no treatment for it yet. I know that his fame put cystic fibrosis under the spotlight. Suddenly millions of people discovered this disease, discovered its very existence and those people started to care. Many researchers are now working on finding an effective treatment against this terrible disease and it is in great part thanks to Gregory and his talent.

I can’t imagine how hard it was for him to sing, and it totally gives another feeling to all his performances. He put his soul and heart into the songs he was singing. Cystic Fibrosis affects respiration, and I am sure it must have been very difficult, yet he continued to sing.

When he died in 2007, it was incredibly sad and heartbreaking. So many years passed since then and each time I listen to his songs I can’t help but thinking “this man was incredible”. He really was.

So please, do listen to Gregory’s angelic voice!

This song is one of my all time favorites. It is called “Je suis en vie” (I’m alive). But do search for other of his covers on YT, he is really good and it’s worth listening, I swear!

I did a translation of the lyrics, for those of you who want to cry a little and feel guilty to complain about our daily troubles :) (no judgement intended, I do complain sometimes for silly stuff and feel guilty afterward because… well, some people do have it harder than me)

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Tori Kelly: A star on the rise

Time for Littlemissfran to write a post and sorry again for not writing for a while! This post will be about Southern Californian songstress Tori Kelly. Never heard of her? It’s time to fill you up then.

Tori Kelly is a 20 year-old singer whose name is now on every mouth because her voice and talent are simply breathtaking. Her music is influenced by soul, pop, rnb singers such as Jeff Buckley, Jill Scott, John Mayer, Michael Jackson etc. Scooter Braun’s (Justin Bieber’s manager) protégée started her career at a very young age by showcasing her voice during talent shows. After being a contestant on the ninth season of American Idol in 2009, Tori Kelly started posting videos on Youtube, then creating a buzz. Her cover of Thinking Bout You by Franck Ocean has now reached more than 14 million views! Last year, the singer released an EP called ‘Homemade Songs’ composed of 6 songs produced by Tori herself. She recently started her first American tour called the ‘Fill A Heart’ tour with a majority of sold out shows. She is definitely an artist to keep an eye on!

> As a huuge fan of Tori for a few years now, she’s not new to me anymore. I am now trying to spread the word about her to everyone because she really deserves it. I’ve met Tori a few months ago in London and all I can say is wow! Her talent is undeniable. I got chills all over the show. Not only Tori is an amazing singer but she’s also a beautiful person, when I told her I came from Paris she was so overwhelmed she hugged me twice! She is just a sweetheart and I’m very happy she is getting more recognized. Here is my favorite cover of Tori, PYT, originally by Michael Jackson. Please watch it and fall in love with Tori Kelly’s voice :)