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  • Born: Ixelles, Belgium
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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Belgium's Claude Maurane was the antithesis of the stereotypical jazz vocalist, eschewing the hard living and hard times so integral to the jazz mythos to celebrate the joys of motherhood and domestic life. Born Claudine Luypaerts in Ixelles on November 12, 1960, Maurane was the child of professional musicians. Raised on a steady diet of Bach and Debussy, she began studying violin at age eight, moving on to piano and guitar. Film musicals including West Side Story and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort proved her greatest inspiration, and in 1979 Maurane co-starred in the stage production Brel en Mille Temps. Her performance captured the attention of producer Pierre Barouh, and in 1980, she cut her debut single, "J'me Roule en Boule," for his famed Saravah label. Subsequent singles including "Fais Soleil," "T'as Pas la Pêche," and "Moi l'Argent, Toi Jeune" appeared to little notice, and Maurane continued touring clubs and cabarets, guesting on sessions headlined by Jo Lemaire and Philippe Lafontaine. In 1985, Maurane won the esteemed "Prix de la Meilleure Chanson," and later that year collaborated with saxophonist Steve Houben and pianist Charles Loos on the LP HLM. The record was a critical success and resulted in the 1986 release of Maurane's proper solo debut, Danser, which proved a commercial smash as well, thanks in part to the singer's soulful approach and emphasis on narrative, in particular family life, the dominant theme of her oeuvre. The 1989 follow-up, Maurane, sold over 500,000 copies in France alone, and she also built a fervent following in Canada and Switzerland. Ami ou Ennemi followed two years later, and in 1994 Maurane issued her first live LP, Une Fille Très Scène. With 1995's Différente, she hit her stride as a songwriter, penning lyrics for five songs and composing the melodies of three others -- she even co-produced 2000's Toi du Monde. In between Maurane starred in the 1998 feature comedy Le Comptoir, directed by Sophie Tatischeff, daughter of the legendary filmmaker Jacques Tati. Apart from "Tu es Mon Autre," a duet with pop singer Lara Fabian, Maurane did not resurface on record until 2003, issuing Quand l'Humain Danse. Another live effort, L'Heureux Tour, followed a year later, and in 2005 she co-starred in the film Palais Royal. Un Ange Passe, a reunion with Houben and Loos, preceded 2007's Si Aujourd'hui.


Maurane (born Claudine Luypaerts; 12 November 1960) is a Belgian singer and actress. She lives in Schaerbeek.

Maurane was born at Ixelles. Her father was director in the Académie de Musique de Verviers, and when she was a teenager she took part in several musical contests. In 1979, she participated in the show, Brel en mille temps, with Philippe Lafontaine, she was discovered there by the French songwriter, Pierre Barouh.

She later got small contracts singing backing vocals in cafés for Jo Lemaire and Philippe Lafontaine until she released her first album in 1986.

In 2012, she became a member of the Jury in Nouvelle Star broadcast on television station D8.

She has a daughter named Lou with the singer Pablo Villafranca.


1986 - Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre

Selected discography[edit]

1986 : Danser - HLM1988 : Starmania (Rôle de Marie-Jeanne)1989 : Maurane (100 000 copies selling - Gold Disc in France)1991 : Ami ou ennemi (300 000 copies selling - Platinum Disc in France)1994 : Une fille très scène1996 : Différente - Les années Saravah (100 000 copies selling - Gold Disc in France)1998 : L'un pour l'autre (300 000 copies selling - Platinum Disc in France)1999 : Collection master série - Maurane à l'Olympia2000 : Toi du monde (50 000 copies selling)2003 : Quand l'humain danse (200 000 copies selling - Gold Disc in Belgium & Double Gold Disc in France))2005 : Un ange passe (as part of the HLM trio)2007 : Si aujourd'hui (100 000 copies selling - Platinum Disc in Belgium & Gold Disc in France)2009 : Nougaro, ou l'esperance en l'homme (130 000 copies selling - Platinum Disc in France)2014 : Ouvre
1986 : "Danser"1988 : "Les uns contre les autres - Toutes les mamas"1989 : "Tout pour un seul homme - Pas gaie la pagaille"1990 : "Où es-tu?"1991 : "Du mal - Mentir"1992 : "Sur un prélude de Bach" - "Ami ou ennemi" - "Qui es-tu Marie-Jeanne?"1993 : "Ça casse - Décidément"1994 : "Boum" (en concert)1996 : "Différente quand je chante" - "Le paradis c'est l'enfer" - "Juste une petite fille"1997 : "Tout va bien dans ce monde"1998 : "L'un pour l'autre" - "Les yeux fermés"1999 : "Désillusionniste" - "Chanson de l'autruche" (Émilie Jolie) - "La chanson des vieux amants" (en concert)2000 : "Pour les âmes, pour les hommes" - "Qui à part nous?" - "Il neige des e-mails"2001 : "Toi du monde"2002 : "Tu es mon autre" (with Lara Fabian, nominated to Victoires de la Musique)2003 : "Tout faux" - "Quand les sangs"2004 : "Des millions de fois"2014 : "Trop forte" ^ http://www.jukebo.fr/maurane/clip,boum,vv8rp.html


1987 : Carnaval by Ronny Coutteure - (TV)1998 : Le comptoir by Sophie Tatischeff2005 : Palais Royal ! by Valérie Lemercier2010 : My Afternoons with Margueritte by Francine2014 : Get Well Soon by Jean Becker


2001 Knight of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France)2003 Knight of the Order of the Crown (Belgium)2011 Officer of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France)^ Article in "La Libre Belgique"^ Culture Ministry of the French-speaking Community of Belgium, promotion 2003^ Website RTL Belgium, Maurane, Officer