First of all… Grégory has technique. Then there is that vocal emotion that can transform a technical singer into a grand performer. Grégory Bakian has that unexplainable extra something that makes him stand out from the mass of French artists who are all searching for fame.

His musical career was a “false start” : being a karting champion in the early 21st century, Grégory fell in love with the stage at 17 and understood quickly that his ultimate thrill would be music. His first victory was facing the casting jury for the show “Graines de Star”, which ended in a convincing win at Bandol in front of 5000 spectators. Unfortunately, the rules of the game kept him from participating in the well deserved prime time show. However, Grégory didn’t give up, got other auditions and moved to Paris where he enriched his scenic art with Gérald Wagner, Balavoine and Bécaud’s former teacher.

His first single, “Je vis ma vie” was released in 2005. Through the promotion for this song, Grégory met Mischa Aznavour, the great Charles Aznavour’s son. Mischa is also a producer at Raoul Breton Publishing, who owns a rich catalogue with songs by Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and many others. Feeling at home in this world where music is written with a capital “M”, Grégory deepened his operatic singing with Jean-Pierre Blivet, renowned professor, studied his future trade, wrote and met many authors. He invented himself, musically.

In 2007, Grégory’s ready to attack important performances, sharing the microphone with Hélène Ségara for the duet “Vivo Per Lei” and he also opened for Patrick Fiori.

Concert after concert, he continued to open for some of the most famous artists : Liane Foly, Tina Arena, Michel Fugain, Amel Bent. Professionals recognized his talent and many media influencers and journalists shared their admiration. The Bakian Machine had been started and nothing could stop it.

Gregory’s talent, his strong, operatic voice, sensitivity and repertoire that does not cease finally opened up the door to a recording contract with Seiya Records, a company created explicitly for him and that which will become his first album. After two years of developing the album, the first single is finished and entitled : “Ce Qui Ne Tue Pas Nous Rend Plus Fort” (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger) co-written with Thierry Sforza, lyricist for Patrick Bruel and Patricia Kass. The music has been composed by two international successes : Peer Aström (Madonna, Britney Spears, Cyndi Lauper) and Aldo Nova (Céline Dion, Garou, Jon Bon Jovi).

We can now fully discover Gregory Bakian’s musical world where his influences range from Josh Groban to Muse. We can also hear the string section from the prestigious Davout Studio Symphonic Orchestra recorded by Steve Forward (Paul Mc Cartney, Ray Charles, Johnny Hallyday). Co-directed by Gregory and Olivier Reine, arranger for Obispo and M. Pokora. The song’s meaning was profoundly completed when Philippe Streiff, former Formule 1 driver who is now quadriplegic, became the main sponsor. It is dedicated to all of those who struggle day in and day out with every day challenges and also pays hommage, via a video filmed at high speed, to legendary drivers who risk their life for their passion for auto racing.

As a delicious cherry on the cake, Mr. Aznavour himself offered an unedited song to Grégory, “L’Adolescence” that he composed with lyrics by Michel Jourdan (Frank Sinatra, Calogéro, Julio Iglésias).

Grégory Bakian is ready now to spread his wings, from variety and pop rock, between strength and fragility. He will be touring to prove it in Autumn 2012 with a Parisian concert on October 20th at L’Alhambra.

Olivier Cachin