A beautiful barge moored right downtown Paris... This is where you might have a chance to meet Eric VINCENT. Beyond that, The Singer-Songwriter who began his career in Paris at the famous cabaret Le Port du Salut, with Coluche,  has a special passion for taking his music to every corner of the globe, and, as the world press affirms,  he is considered one of  the best contemporary French Singer-songwriter, in the pure tradition of la chanson française, in the line of Jacques Brel, Claude Nougaro, Georges Brassens...

Eric was born in a small village, next to Laval (Mayenne) in the Western part of France. He began playing banjo, then violin, when he was a kid. After some years of brilliant classical studies he got his first guitar and composed his first tunes. Passionated by la chanson française, his only goal was to become a professional singer. For that he had to go to Paris, to try his luck. Quite soon he signs a first contract with Barclay, a Major French record company, and in the meantime he gets gigs in cabarets like l'échelle de Jacob, le Port du Salut... and also gigs, to open the show, with confirmed French stars like Johnny Hallyday, Claude François, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud...

After a few years of performances in the Parisian cabarets and several tours in France, he is hired for a concert-tour in the Indian Ocean Islands: Madagascar, Mauritius, La Réunion... The tour is a success and will be, for him, the beginning of an international career. Today, His name has appeared on marquees in more than 140 countries... From the Opera of Hanoï (Vietnam) to the Opera of Manaus (Brasil), he has performed, in many prestigious venues, on the five continents…

In the USA, where he is touring every year, most of the time, for school concerts in High and Middle schools and Universities, he has performed in every State, except Hawaï and Alaska. He has appeared on radio and television and has, also, been invited to perform at several congresses like ACTFL in Boston, Ma, or National AATF congresses, MAFLA, etc...
He has filled, several times,  the Brooklyn Auditorium, in New-York City, with a public composed, for the most part, of Haitian people, probably, thanks to his song Haïti Kimbe fo’,  that is a great hit in Haïti. A few weeks before the terrible hearthquake in Haïti,  he was singing in front of 5000 persons, place Toussaint Louverture, in Jacmel and, as well, in Port-au-Prince, where  a crowd had filled the gardens of the French Institute, to sing his tunes with him....

     Si du méringué tu es dingue

     Pose ton flingue à Saint Domingue
     Si c'est un calypso fais un saut                        
     À Trinidad ou Tobago 
     Ça sent bon, ça sent beau, ça Samba
     San Salvador da Bahia...

If you're crazy about the meringue
Set your sight on Santo Domingo
If it's calypso that turns you on, jump right over
To Trinidad or Tobago
It feels good, it smells good , it Sambas
San Salvador of Bahia...

Eric's appearances elicit uniformly enthusiastic responses. With a beautiful resonant voice, he is personable and dynamic, as well as a poet and an outstanding musician. During his concerts, the language barrier is overcome  by his unique showmanship and by the lively spirit of his music. His songs, a blend of folk, jazz, rock and ethnic rhythms, inspired by his world travels, deal  with universal themes and touch deeply the young audiences as much as adult people. he exhibits an extraordinary presence on stage. His charisma dazzles his audiences. They always ask for an encore... 

Mon pays ce sera

Là où tu seras bien 
Là où je serai moi  
Là où tu seras belle 
Mon pays ce sera 
Là où mes ritournelles 
N'ont pas peur de mourir
Sans avoir dit pourquoi...

CD Un Pays quelque Part

My country will be
Wherever you feel free and at ease
Where I can be myself
Where you will be seen as beautiful as you are
My country will be
Wherever my songs
Don't have to die
Without knowing why.

On Stage, Eric VINCENT always leaves his audience in a heightened state of emotion. His electrifying performance charges the audience. His virtuosity,
as a guitar player, is impressive. His style, personal and unique is surprisingly sophisticated, but in no way interferes with the warm and relaxed atmosphere
he creates and, when he performs a one man band show, he makes us forget that he is alone on stage.

"Eric Vincent's return to NEW YORK a success. His Music is universal"
"Composotor francès ultrapassa fronteiras da linguagem"
"Music for a world without borders"
"Eric Vincent : Canciòn sin barreras"
"French singer Eric Vincent overcomes the language barrier"

Faut trois notes pour faire un accord
Trois accords pour une chanson
Un peu de terre, d'eau et de feu 
Sept couleurs pour un arc-en-ciel
S'il faut de tout pour faire un monde
Si des différences naît l'harmonie 
Nos solitudes se confondent
À l'épicentre de la vie... 

We need three notes to make a chord   
Three chords for a tune
A bit of earth fire  and water
Seven colors for a rainbow
If we need everything to make a world
If from differences we get harmony
Our lonelinesses are mingling
By the epicenter of life...

Eric VINCENT is featured in several  textbooks: "Discovering French Today: Blanc (Level 2)" by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt © 2013), "SAM Contacts:
Langue et Culture Françaises
, 9th edition ", by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage, © 2014) "C'est Comme ca", by Valette and Valette (D.C Heath and Co), "Sans Bornes"
(Holt, Rinehart and Winston), "Si on chantait avec...Eric Vincent" (Hatier/Didier), and in a video "Reflets Français",  (Bernard Petit Prod.), promoted by AATF...

A few  years ago, He has been involved in a world-wide project against violence  Opération Boule de neige,  initiated by school children from France. Those 10 years old kids
thought that violence on TV programs was  a very bad exemple. Eric worked with the children, helped them to write the song Jamais plus de violence and directed it's recording

The program "Sous les Etoiles exactement"  on the French National Radio (France Inter) has given Eric Vincent a "Carte Blanche" to host his friends artists from the world, e.g.
 Emily SALIERS (Indigo Girls), Georges MOUSTAKI, Chéri SAMBA, Lokua Kanza, etc…

Some years ago,
Eric VINCENT met James TAYLOR, and  after a friendly contact with the american singer, he decided to record the album Faut-il Encore 2000 Ans ?, French
adaptation written by Eric on the music of Carolina in my mind. This eleven songs album includes eight tunes composed by James TAYLOR  and written,
into French, by Eric.

Other Eric VINCENT's CDs and LPs: Survol, Un Pays Quelque part featuring Haïti Kimbe Fo  and A la Claire Fontaine, Lula, Harmoniques, Il n'y a de nouveau que c'qui est oublié....

In the last CD, L’or de l’Instant,  we feel,
for this eponym title, the inspiration of Albert Camus  (Le Mythe de Sisyphe). Alfred  is a tribute to Alfred JarryLes bosses dans le Jardin
Dino BuzattiPeinture Hongroise  to the Hungarian painter Tivadar Csontvary. Etrange Mélancolie has been written with the collaboration of his friend Georges MOUSTAKI,
who has composed the music on his lyrics

Musicians:  Pierre Chérèze, Sylvin Marc, 
Tony Rabeson, Vincent Hamamdjian,  Patrick Huard, Jean-Philippe Audin, Billy Drewes, Eddy Louiss, Roland Romanelli, Justin Vali, Christophe Guiot...

                            These albums are  available on line at http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/EricVincent.

Éric Vincent is published in:

  "Les Arrangeurs de la chanson française Serge Elhaïk (Editions Textuel  © 2018)

"Petit abécédaire d'un amoureux de la chanson" Georges Moustaki (Éditions de archipel-2012)

"SAM Contacts: Langue et Culture Françaises, 9th edition" , by Valette and Valette (Heinle Cengage © 2014)

"Discovering French Today": Blanc (Level 2) by Valette and Valette (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ©2013)

« La Chanson de Paris » Jean Lapierre (Aumage editions)

« Georges Moustaki La Ballade Du Métèque » Louis-jean Calvet (Fayard/Chorus)

« Îles » Centre Georges Pompidou (Gallimard)

« J’aime Chéri Samba »Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Actes Sud)

  « Florilège de la chanson de mer » Jacques Yvart (EMOM)

"C'est Comme ça"  by Valette and Valette (D.C Heath and Co),

"Sans Bornes" (Holt, Rinehart and Winston)

"Reflets Français (Bernard Petit Prod.)

"Si on chantait avec... Eric VINCENT" (Didier/Hatier)

On the  Ricardo Vilas CD "Mon cher ami",  featuring Bernard Lavilliers, Francis Hime, Wagner Tiso,
Anna Torres, Kay Lyra...  Eric sings in duet with Ricardo the song "Les mots en Té"


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