The Scrapbook Star Academy 2022 highlights the voices of the 15 Academicians. Behind this extraordinary work, there are five directors who shared the songs of the 2022 cohort according to their professional affinities. Touching, colorful and quite simply vibrant, this album of interpretations will allow you to continue the magic of Star Academy.
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Here are the songs that are on the Star Académie 2022 album:
Audrey Louise: From dream to daydream by Barbra Streisand
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“Barbra Streisand is one of my favorite singers! I love to sing his songs because his repertoire goes well with my voice. However, I did not know From dream to daydreamnor its original English version, Evergreen. However, I think it’s a fantastic coincidence that I sang a song from the film at my audition. A star is bornreleased in 2018 and starring Lady Gaga, and thatEvergreen either a song from the soundtrack of the 1976 version of the film. The circle is complete.”
Olivier: Jenny by Richard Desjardins
“I knew Richard Desjardins well, but I had never heard his song Jenny before I was offered to record it on the album of Star Academy. The first time I listened to it, however, I was a bit confused. It has a rather serious tone, and I admit that I didn’t quite know how to render it at its fair value. The team of directors and I finally decided to raise the tone of my interpretation. Thanks to this decision, I really feel that Jenny has become my song. I live the lyrics singing them as if I had written them. I have to say that Jenny is a love song that reflects very well my emotions when I’m in love.
Yannick: I’m still thinking about you by Sylvain Cossette
“I didn’t know this song, but I liked it right away when I listened to it. At first, I imagined it as a song of heartache, but the more I listened to it, the more the words reminded me of my grandfather. He died 10 years ago, and certain stanzas reminded me of his departure. He was sick, and I didn’t see him in his last week of life, so I couldn’t say goodbye to him properly. I blamed myself for a long time, because I was very close to him. From this angle, I’m still thinking about you affects me personally.”
Julian: Sensuality by Axelle Red
“I love the song Sensualityof which I had made a soulful, almost Motown version, in CEGEP. I was confident when recording her for the album, as I had previously worked with director Benjamin Nadeau. Since he knows me well, he imagined a perfect atmosphere for me. Sensuality is a very sexy, even intimate song. Whether I sing it alone in the studio or in front of a large crowd, it’s always my boyfriend that I think of when interpreting it, as if we were alone in the world. I was really impressed with the quality of the recording material in the Mixbus. It was a great experience.”
Eloi: That’s life by Chuck Berry
“I knew the song That’s lifenot the version of Chuck Berry, but rather that of the group Salebarbes on his album Salt water gin. Recording it was a nice wink, because I had chosen to perform a song by Salebarbes at the Final Audition and that one allowed me to enter the Academy directly. It was my first time recording a song, and doing it on the Mixbus made the experience really beautiful and special. I was a bit intimidated getting on the bus, but the directors quickly put me at ease. It allowed me to concentrate on my pleasure of singing a song like That’s lifetotally in my style.”
Laurie: die on stage by Dalida
“The first time I heard this song was when Flora Stein performed it at the semi-finals of The Voice 8. The text is so strong! This piece speaks of a passion so deep for the stage that we would like to end our days there. As the melody is quite complex, I had to listen to it often to make it my own. Fortunately, Andréanne A. Malette, who produced my song, was a good adviser for me during the recording. She designed a version that suits me very well.”
Sarah Maude: Different when I sing by Maurane
“This song extremely picks me up. As the lyrics express, I really feel different when I sing. It’s only behind a microphone that I feel like I can show my true colors. Even though it wasn’t my first studio recording, I found it impressive to have to do it in the Mixbus. Fortunately, the directors quickly made me feel at ease. As Maurane was an exceptional singer, it is very important for me to pay tribute to her at her fair value.
Mary: The answering machine roommates
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“The answering machine is a very intimate text that Dédé Fortin wrote shortly before his suicide. I wondered if I was going to be able to convey such heavy emotions, I who had never known depression so far. However, I remembered the words of Guylaine Tremblay, who told us: “A drop of water in the ocean is still the ocean.” So I reconnected with my darkest emotions. It is nevertheless very important for me to keep a glimmer of hope in my interpretation.
Sandra: In the skin by Marie-Carmen
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“I took advantage of Marie Carmen’s presence on the show to tell her that I was going to record one of her songs on the album. She was really happy, even honored. I really like the energy that emanates from In the skinme who loves to sing naturally pieces that make you move. As for the director Toby Gendron, he gave me several good tips: he notably showed me how to sing the end of certain stanzas.
Gaelle: Winter Garden by Henry Salvador
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“I did not know at all Winter Gardenbut now I love it! I love the vibe of this song so much, with which I can do a lot of creative things! I may have a softer voice, but I didn’t get a chance to show it off at the Academy. It’s really this sweetness that I use to sing Winter Garden. I sometimes dare a few vocally more powerful keys, which allows me to show the full range of my voice. Gautier Marinof, the producer of the song, and I prepared a very unique version of this song. I will not reveal more to you, I prefer to let the public discover it.
Edward: Leave me a place by Julien Clerc
“Leave me a place is a beautiful song that I did not know. However, I realized that I must be the only one in the world who didn’t know it, because a host of artists had already covered it. I even heard a version made by Lara Fabian. My big challenge with this piece was to deliver the text in a personal and original way, despite the many repetitions. I loved the Mixbus experience, which is mobile. It’s a funny effect to go from bed to the recording studio in a few minutes!
Rating: Till the end of the world by Paul Daraiche
“I grew up in a country musical universe, so I know Paul Daraîche’s repertoire through my parents. I’m sure it makes them proud to see me record his song Till the end of the world. It is an honor to represent Quebec country. I feel privileged to have Andréanne A. Malette as director. I had dreamed of working with her for a long time. She inspires me because she is an accomplished singer and producer.”
Jeremy: Before leaving by Roch Voisine
“I learned thatBefore leaving would probably be my song on the album during our hotel lockdown, which gave me time to read and re-read the lyrics and think about it. This piece touches me, because I often go on tour and then I have to say goodbye to the people I love. It was special to record it in the Mixbus. Interpreting it was still quite natural for me, because my tone is similar to that of Roch Voisine.
Matthew: woman like you by K. Maro
“I grew up listening to K. Maro. His songs made me dance in primary school. So I feel very privileged to come full circle by performing woman like you on the album of Star Academy. This song provokes in me an intense feeling of nostalgia. After all, it’s one of the pieces that got me into making music. My big challenge with this song is to make a personalized version. It’s such an earworm that it can be hard to get out of the original version! I’m confident, because the Mixbus band is very effective. They know where they are going.”
Camellia: Here is by Barbara Pravi
“As soon as I heard the song Here isI fell in love with it. It’s a text song where interpretation is important, just the way I like it. Also, it feels like the lyrics are telling my story. It’s about a singer who wants to make a career, but who only has her voice to offer to succeed. I loved recording it in the Mixbus, different from other studios where I worked. It was funny, because, as I am very tall, I had to sing sitting on a stool so as not to hit my head.
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The album is also available on listening platforms.
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