Kendji Girac (born Kendji Maillé, July 3, 1996) is a French singer of Spanish Romani descent. He is the winner of Season 3 of the French music competition series The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Mika.
The youngest of a family of travellers, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather from the age of 13. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan.
He auditioned with "Bella" from Maître Gims in the first episode of season 3 broadcast on January 11, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.
Audition (11 January): "Bella" from Maître Gims (only one judge Mika turned chair, in Team Mika by default)
Musical Battle Round (8 March): "Tous les mêmes" from Stromae (Kept by coach, Youness eliminated)
L'épreuve ultime Round (29 March): "Hotel California" from The Eagles (Saved by coach alongside Fréro Delavega. Cloé eliminated)
Prime 1 Live (5 April): "Ma philosophie" from Amel Bent (Saved by public vote, with Caroline Savoie saved by coach and Spleen eliminated)
Prime 3 Live (19 April): "Mad World" from Tears for Fears (Saved by public vote alongside Fréro Delavega, Élodie Martelet saved by coach, Caroline Savoie eliminated)
Prime 4 - Quarter-finals (26 April): "Allumer le feu" from Johnny Hallyday (Saved by public vote with Élodie Martelet saved by coach. Fréro Delavega eliminated)
Prime 5 - Semi-finals (5 May): "Belle" from Garou, Daniel Lavoie and Patrick Fiori (Public vote 72.7/100 and coach vote 23/50. Qualified to the final. Élodie Martelet eliminated)
Final (12 May):
"Amor de mis amores" & "Volare" from Gipsy Kings
"Temps à nouveau" from Jean-Louis Aubert (duet with original artist)
"L'Aigle noir" from Barbara (duet with coach Mika)
Result: Won with 51% of the public vote. Maximilien Philippe runner-up with 21%, Amir Haddad third with 18%, Wesley fourth by 10%.
The first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish flamenco/dance/pop song "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album being released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae.
Kendji started his official national tour in January 2015. On February 16, 2015, he appeared in the French version of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", renamed "One Last Time (Attends-moi)" that was released in France and Belgium. A lyric music video was released on February 19, 2015.
Kendji fourth single "Conmigo" was released on March 16, 2015.
A repackaged version of Kendji was released on May 4, 2015.
A second album titled "Ensemble" has a release date of October 30, 2015.
Kendji - 2014
Ensemble - 2015