Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine

The renowned singer, Joseph Armand Roch Voisine, was born on March 26, 1963, in Edmundston to Real and Zelanda Voisine. He grew up in Saint-Basile but moved to Notre-Dame-du-Lac after his parents divorced.

As a child, Voisine was passionate about hockey and dreamed of playing professionally. However, a knee injury forced him to give up on that dream. He then shifted his focus to playing guitar and writing music while also studying physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa.

Eventually, Voisine realized that music was his true calling and began recording compositions with his friends. Paul Vincent, a disc jockey and friend of Voisine’s uncle, recognized his talent as a singer and composer and decided to become his manager.

Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine made his debut in 1986, performing at LaRonde in Montreal on Canada Day. He later hosted the television show “Top Jeunesse” on a private Quebec channel and appeared in the TV series “Lance et Compte” as Dany Ross. These experiences helped Voisine garner a substantial fan base, and he soon established himself as a musician.

In 1989, he released his album, “Hélène” which garnered colossal success, selling over three million copies not just in Quebec but also in Switzerland, Belgium and France. In 1990, “Hélène” won Voisine the awards for “Best Album”, “Best Singer” and “Best Song”. Riding on the success of his album, he quickly released his second album titled, “Double” which contained songs both in French and English, which yielded positive reviews and won him the award for “Best Album” at the Victoires de la Musique awards.

Following this, he conducted international tours which further magnified his stardom and became the youngest musician to be awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”.

Voisine released more successful singles and collaborated with David Foster on his album “I’ll Always Be There.” The album earned him a Juno Award for “Best Canadian Singer,” while the title track reached number four on Canadian music charts and the album peaked at number seven. Throughout his career, he has released albums in both English and French.

In 1993, Roch Voisine appeared in the American TV movie “Armen and Bullik,” starring alongside Mike Connors. Unfortunately, the movie did not achieve much success.

Armen and Bullik

However, his album “Europe Tour,” released around the same time, became an instant hit. His success waned a bit when his 1994 album, “Coup de tête,” failed to impress fans and critics alike. After some tours, Voisine relocated to Los Angeles, where he released “Kissing Rain” in 1996. This album also did not make a significant impact in Europe.

In 1997, Voisine received the title of “Officier de l’Ordre du Canada” after performing for the Queen on Canada Day. In 2014, he became a member of the Order of New Brunswick.

Roch Voisine - order of New Brunswick

In 2000, Roch Voisine released his album “Chaque Feu,” which was successful in both France and Canada, reestablishing his former fame. He released the albums “Je te serai fidèle” in 2003 and “Sauf si l’amour” in 2005, which brought him back into the spotlight. Some of his other work includes the album series “Americana” in 2008, “Confidences” in 2010, and “Duophonique” in 2013.

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