Ariane Moffatt

Ariane Moffatt, singer-songwriter, performer (b at Lévis, Qué 26 Apr 1979). Ariane Moffatt showed an interest in piano and jazz singing very early on and did her training at the Cégep Saint-Laurent in Montréal. People took notice of her when she won fame as best performer in several contests including "Cégep en spectacle" (1996), and "l'Empire des futures stars" (1998). She then enrolled in popular music and singing at the Université du Québec à Montréal, but abandoned these studies to train with Marc Déry. She went on tour with Daniel Bélanger, who suggested that she become a keyboard player and chorus member on his "Rêver Mieux" tour. He also offered her a chance to perform the first part of the program in his concerts.

In June 2002, Moffatt released her first album, Aquanaute, on the Audiogram label. The style is a blend of electro-folk, jazz and pop. Among the titles are "Point de mire," "Fracture du crâne," and "Poussière d'ange" which immediately won over audiences and earned excellent reviews. The album sold more than 120 000 copies and collected 3 Félix awards at the Adisq Gala in 2003: discovery of the year, pop-rock album, and album producer of the year (an honour Moffatt shared with colleagues Francis Collard and Joseph Marchand).

Moffatt's second album, Le cœur dans la tête, appeared in November 2005, and the next year garnered the singer awards for best pop-rock album and best female performer. In February 2006, prior to the expected May release of the French version of her album, Ariane Moffatt had the honour of appearing in the first half of the show of the very celebrated French singer Alain Souchon. Mathieu Chédid (known as "M"), who would become a great friend, supported her in France.

In August 2007, Moffatt performed in front of tens of thousands of spectators at the Francofolies de Montréal. Her long awaited next album Tous les sens, which finally appeared in April 2008, won 4 Félixes: best pop-rock album, best pop song for "Je veux tout," best arranger (with credit to Alex McMahon, Jean-Phi Goncalves, Mélik-Alexandre Farhat, Jean-Nicolas Trottier and Franck Deweare), and best sound recording (Pierre Girard and Jean-Phi Goncalves).

In 2009, Ariane Moffatt was the winner of the Prix de la Chanson française from the Fondation Diane et Lucien Barrière - a business foundation closely associated with art and culture - for Tous les sens. In addition, thanks to this widely acclaimed album, Moffatt was nominated as discovery of the year for the Victoires de la musique in France. She also won the Juno for best French album.

Moffatt participated in the soundtrack for the Radio-Canada television series Trauma and sang Serge Gainsbourg's "Fuir le bonheur" in an album created for Doctors Without Borders. She also distinguished herself through her music videos. "Je veux tout" (produced by Alexandre Saltiel) is an imaginative masterpiece in which various characters come to life, and in "Réverbère" (produced by Alex de Lamberterie and John Londono) human protagonists confront each other as heroes in a Japanese series. Adored by her faithful audiences, Ariane Moffatt continues to pursue her career in highly interesting ways, and to prove her authenticity and devotion to her public through live performances.