France : Patrick Fiori turns 40

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Today, Patrick Fiori turns 40 years old. The man is still touring French-speaking territories, with a special show following the release of the album Les choses de la vie, in November 2008. A total of 7 concerts are scheduled in October and 9 in November.

Patrick Fiori (born Patrick Jean-François Chouchayan to an Armenian father and a Corsican mother) has been singing since he was a child. He began his career on stage at the age of 12, playing the role of a teenager in a musical. He then entered a lot of talent shows and managed to sing as a supporting act in concerts by Gilbert Montagné and Michèle Torr. Patrick was still unknown to the general public when he was chosen to go to Millstreet, with a song composed by François Valéry. Nothing really changed for him after the Eurovision experience.

A first CD album on a big label was published in 1998 (Prends-moi). At the same time, Fiori joined the Notre-Dame De Paris' cast and placed at number 1 of the French charts three months and an half with the song Belle, performed with Canadian singers Garou and Daniel Lavoie. Belle was elected Best Song Of The Year at the French Grammies (Victoires) in 1999 and Notre-Dame De Paris received the Best Musical award.Patrick Fiori was back on top of the French selling list for two weeks in August 2007, with the song 4 Mots Sur Un Piano, performed with Jean-Jacques Goldman and Christine Ricol.

Together with the present tour, in every town where the concert is given, Fiori's management organises a talent show to make it possible for a young girl to get on stage and to perform the female part of the song 4 Mots… together with Patrick himself!

A special website was launched last November, with the release of Fiori's latest CD album Les Choses De La Vie, an album made of personal versions of songs from movie pictures (The Godfather, Borsalino, Mayrig, Forbidden Games, The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg and Fame, to name a few) .

Patrick Fiori singing French version of Godfather's theme song Speak softly love (Parle plus bas)

Video clip of Merci, a previously unreleased song

Patrick Fiori represented France at the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Mama Corsica and placed 4th.

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