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Kendji Girac
   
Number of songs: 12 | Total weeks on charts: 430
Appearing in a total number of: 49 charts | Total period running: 1698 days
Biography

Kendji Girac (born Kendji Jason Maillié, July 3, 1996) is a French singer. He is the winner of Season 3 of the music competition The Voice: la plus belle voix as part of Team Mika. He has released three studio albums, Kendji, Ensemble and Amigo as well as a string of hit singles.

The youngest of a Catalan Gitano family, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan. He gained some fame through publishing materials online. His gypsy version of "Bella" by Maître Gims filmed by a friend went viral. His video garnered almost 3.8 million views. Another popular song he uploaded was "Si j'étais president" a cover of Gérard Lenorman.

For season 3 of The Voice: la plus belle voix, he auditioned with the song "Bella" by Maître Gims in the second episode of season 3 broadcast on January 18, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.
In the Musical Battles Round broadcast on March 8, 2014, Mika put him against Youness both singing "Tous les mêmes" from Stromae. Kendji moved to "L'épreuve ultime" round where he performed "Hotel California from The Eagles in the 29 March 2014 emission.
In the live rounds he performed "Ma philosophie" from Amel Bent (5 April 2014), "Mad World" from Tears for Fears (19 April 2014) and "Allumer le feu" from Johnny Hallyday (19 April 2014). In the semi-final on 3 May 2014 he sang "Belle" from Garou and Daniel Lavoie qualifying for the finals as Team Mika's finalist.
In the final broadcast on Final: 10 May 2014, He sang "Amor de mis amores" / "Volare" from Gipsy Kings, "Temps à nouveau" from Jean-Louis Aubert and "L'Aigle noir" from Barbara. He won The Voice title for season 3 with 51% of the public vote against 21% for runner up Maximilien Philippe, with Amir Haddad finishing third with 18% and Wesley with only 10% fourth.

His first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish "Color Gitano", which was released in June 2014 from his eponymous EP, followed by his official album release 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, and over 1 million copies by October 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae. He is currently the biggest selling The Voice alumnus worldwide. His follow-up single "Andalouse" proved even more successful commercially. Other notable singles included "Conmigo" from the repackaged version of Kendji released on May 4, 2015.
A second album titled Ensemble was released on October 30, 2015. Notable singles from his second album include "Me Quemo", "Les yeux de la mama" and "No Me Mirès Màs" (jointly with Soprano).
On August 31, 2018, his third album titled Amigo was released. It started at number one on the French sales chart with 48,408 sales.

Discography:
Kendji - 8 September 2014
Ensemble - 30 October 2015
Amigo - 31 August 2018
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia


Kendji Girac in the news
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Soka Performing Arts Center Presents Alexander String Quartet With Joyce Yang (20/02/2019) Banana Slug String Band Duet Opens Premiere Of Bumblebee Kids With Award-Winning, Fun And Interactive, Nature-Themed Songs On March 10, 2019 (05/02/2019)
Yamaha CG-TA Introduces Transacoustic Technology To CG Series Nylon String Guitars (24/01/2019) Yamaha Re-Thinks How Student Strings Are Made And Played (24/01/2019)
The Infamous Stringdusters Announce New Album 'Rise Sun' Due April 5, 2019 (19/01/2019) 2019 Marks 20th Anniversary For Vitamin String Quartet (16/01/2019)
Danish String Quartet Receives Grammy Nomination For Prism I (07/12/2018) Strung And The Namm Foundation Fight To Save Music With Guitar String Bracelets (04/12/2018)
Samuel Proffitt & Yoke Lore Releases "Stringsnoise" (01/12/2018) The Infamous Stringdusters Announce New Live Album 'Live From Telluride' And Additional 2019 Tour Dates (14/11/2018)
'Vitamin String Quartet Performs The Hits Of 2018 Vol. 2' Transforms Pop Favorites Into Chamber Music, Out Dec. 7 (06/11/2018)
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