About Christophe Maé
October 16, 1975
|Place of Birth||:||Carpentras, Vaucluse, France|
|Also Known As||:||Christophe Martichon|
|Imdb Profile||:||IMDB Profile|
Christophe Martichon (born 16 October 1975 in Carpentras, Vaucluse), better known by his stage name Christophe Maé, is a French pop singer. Maé learned to play the violin at age five, and later began playing the guitar and harmonica at age 16 after he was immobilised from chronic polyarthritis. He has stated that this was the time when he discovered Stevie Wonder's music which inspired him to take up playing the harmonica. He also discovered Bob Marley's music to whom, years later, he dedicates a song: "Mon père spirituel". It is at the same period that he started playing the guitar. In 2005 he rose to fame by playing the role of Monsieur, brother of King Louis XIV in the musical "Le Roi Soleil", for which he won the NRJ Music Award for revelation of the year 2006. Maé's first album was entitled Sa Danse Donne, and released in 2002–2003. This album is not considered his first studio album. He released his first studio album, Mon paradis (My Paradise) on 19 March 2007, with the singles "On s'attache", "Parce qu'on sait jamais" and "Ça fait mal". His fourth single is "Belle Demoiselle". Mon Paradis was France's second best-selling album of 2007 after Life in Cartoon Motion by Mika, selling more than 1 600 000 albums to date. In 2010, Maé's second studio album, On trace la route, was released. It has sold more than 600,000 units to date. In 2013, Maé's third studio album "Je veux du bonheur ", was released. It ranked number one of the top French album during its first week of release with 103,680 copies to date. The album was sold more than 500,000 units to date in July 2014. In 2016, Maé's fourth studio album "L'attrape-rêves ", was released. It ranked number one of the top French album for 5 weeks. Until the end of 2016, it has sold 300,000 units to date. Maé's music is largely acoustic. He has cited Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, and Jack Johnson as well as French singer-songwriters Francis Cabrel and Gérald De Palmas as musical influences. He allegedly began to learn harmonica as a tribute to Stevie Wonder, who is commonly cited as his biggest influence musically. Christophe Maé has two sons, Jules and Marcel, with his longtime girlfriend Nadège Sarron. Jules was born in March 2008. In August 2013, the couple welcomed Marcel. Nadège Sarron operates a school of dance which she founded in Aix-en-Provence, where she lives with the two boys. Christophe Maé works half the week in Paris, and reunited with his family sweetheart the rest of the time in the South. Christophe Maé finally proposed to Nadège in 2016 through his song "Ballerine", the couple married in Porto-Vecchio on 29 June 2017. Maé has been a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 2008. Source: Article "Christophe Maé" from Wikipedia in english, licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.