Lara Crokaert (born January 9, 1970), better known as Lara Fabian, is a Belgian singer. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide and is the best-selling Belgian female artist of all time.
She was born in Etterbeek, Brussels to a Belgian father and a Sicilian mother. Since 1996 she has also held a Canadian passport alongside her original Belgian citizenship.
With a career spanning over three decades and over twenty million records sold world-wide, Lara Fabian has steadily worked her way into becoming an international superstar. The Belgian born multi-lingual Belgo-Canadian singer started her career entering and winning various European singing competitions, her three octave range and incredible talent did not go unnoticed. Taking the decision to sing in French, Fabian released her debut single ‘L'Aziza est en pleurs / Il y avait’ in 1986 as a homage to the French singer Daniel Balavoine. In 1988 she was invited by the Luxembourg channel RTL TV to represent the country in the Eurovision song contest. With her song ‘Croire’ she came 4th in the competition, losing out to Canadian songstress Celine Dion who won it for Switzerland. Despite not winning the competition, the single was a huge success in Europe and sold over half a million copies. In an attempt to kick-start her career, Fabian moved from Belgium with her music collaborator and settled in Montreal, Canada. Welcomed with open arms, in 1991 she released her self-titled debut album in French which sold over 100,000 copies, eventually being certified platinum. To get the radio stations on her side she released the dance-pop singles ‘Le jour où tu partira’ and ‘Les murs’. Fabian’s biggest success however came when she released her second album ‘Carpe Diem’ in 1994 which went gold three weeks after release and earned her two Felix Awards. Following her mainstream success she signed with the subsidiary French Polydor in 1997. Still riding the train of success, Fabian released her first English self-titled album in 1999 which went straight to number one spurring her first English dance-pop hit ‘I Will Love Again’. Touring extensively across the world, Fabian has continually won the hearts of all who see her live. She sings with so much passion which warms the room as she brings an endearing level of intimacy. There is an elegance and grace about her as she connects with every single member of the audience who have avidly followed her career from the beginning. Easily floating through various musical styles with ballads and more poppy songs really demonstrates her incredible versatile vocals capabilities. With tonnes of personality oozing out of every pore, Lara Fabian puts on a truly magical show.
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