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Yoann Freejay

Yoann FreeJay
(Fréget) is a singer of extraordinary warmth, talent, grace and musical diversity. He has been a dedicated vocalist since his early childhood as his fa­ther, Eric Fréget, singer, pianist & songwriter, was his first inspiration, while his mother, Em­manuelle Fréget, used to do back­ing vo­cals on his father's songs.

Yoann's mu­si­cal ca­reer started as early as the age of 15, soon after he dis­cov­ered Gospel music through a con­cert of the well-known choir 'Gospelize It! Mass Choir', di­rected by Em­manuel Pi Djob - one of the most famous Gospel music pi­o­neer in France, orig­i­nally from Cameroon. This con­cert was a deeply trans­for­ma­tive mu­si­cal and spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence for Yoann.

Only a few months after, Yoann succeeded the audition to integrate the professional en­sem­ble of nearly 100 singers, and quickly be­came not only one of the very few soloists of the choir, but also the younger one, giving a stir­ring ren­di­tion of 'Amaz­ing Grace' at every con­cert, and tour­ing France with the group for more than 3 years. 

Through this unique experience, Yoann benefited of an intense initiation to Gospel music by Emmanuel Pi Djob and was deeply impregnated by the in­her­ent search for free­dom and peace that com­es along with this music, which never ceased to be one of Yoann's stronger musical influences.



By the age of 18, Yoann began tour­ing as lead singer for var­i­ous pop­u­lar gospel, soul, and rhythm & blues bands around France, such as BRBB (Otis Red­ding Trib­ute Band) , The Soul    Trav­el­ers Gospel Quar­tet , Gospel Shak­ers and Gospel Jam . He also cre­ated his own band at the time, along with a trib­ute for Ste­vie Won­der .

Later on, Yoann ap­peared as soloist in the most fa­mous Eu­ro­pean gospel choir, 'Gospel Pour 100 Voix' ('The 100 Voices of Gospel') . His tal­ent was nur­tured and en­hanced through col­lab­o­ra­tion with ex­cel­lent Amer­i­can gospel singers, such as Linda Lee Hop­kins, Jean Car­pen­ter, Francine Ealey Mur­phy, and Tori Robin­son. While as­so­ci­ated with 'Gospel Pour 100 Voix', he per­formed on some of the most pres­ti­gious stages in Eu­rope, in­clud­ing all thZénithsParis-Bercy Arena, and Brus­sel's Cirque Royal in Belgium.


In 2008 and at the age of 21, Yoann grad­u­ated as a Music Ther­a­pist from the Uni­ver­sity of Mont­pel­lier. While there, he worked ex­ten­sively with chil­dren suf­fer­ing from autism, and teenagers with stut­tered speech syn­drome (SSS). In the lat­ter case, Yoann was teach­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence, as he him­self has been af­fected by se­vere stut­ter­ing dis­or­der from the age of 3 to 19 years old. He to­tally over­came SSS through the prac­tice of music and med­i­ta­tion.

That same year, Yoann also started to con­duct his own gospel choir, 'Le Choeur En­chanté' and to give singing work­shops all over Eu­rope (Eng­land, Ger­many, Italy, Bel­gium, Swe­den, Aus­tria, etc...).

THIS IS A MAN'S WORLD - "THE VOICE" 1st Live Show (2013)


In 2010, Yoann made a life-chang­ing jour­ney of five months to India, in order to deepen his knowl­edge of music ther­apy and In­dian clas­si­cal music. He came back re­newed and mu­si­cally trans­formed by this unique ex­pe­ri­ence in total im­mer­sion in the In­dian culture.

A few months after, Yoann was in­vited for his first solo tour in Canada , and USA . Dur­ing 3 months, he per­formed more than 50 con­certs in var­i­ous cities and toured US from New York to Los An­ge­les. He in­au­gu­rated a per­sonal per­for­mance style which fea­tured con­certs en­tirely a cap­pella, em­pha­siz­ing on the unique beauty and mov­ing ex­pres­sive­ness of his voice. This en­abled him to pre­sent his music to a whole new au­di­ence and cap­ti­vate new lis­ten­ers, and to sing, for the first time of his car­rer, as guest in the black com­mu­nity churches, where his per­for­mances were over­whelm­ingly well-re­ceived , and where he truly felt home. After this first US tour, Yoann's de­sire to live in Amer­ica was born.

CALLING YOU (Jevetta Steele)
"THE VOICE" - Semi-Finals (2013)


When he re­turned to France in 2011, Yoann won first place in France's largest Soul music com­pe­ti­tion 'The Sankofa Soul Con­test' , while singing two songs by one of his mu­si­cal he­roes,   Ste­vie Won­der . Yoann's con­test prize was to travel back to the US and have the great op­por­tu­nity to per­form, with Erykah Badu's mu­si­cians back­ing him up . This con­cert was spe­cially     tai­lored for him in Dal­las, Texas. Yoann also used that great tour ex­pe­ri­ence to travel to New Or­leans, where he was in­vited by his friend and New Or­leans na­tive, Craig Adams, a pop­u­lar Amer­i­can Gospel or­gan­ist and singer. Craig in­vited Yoann to sing as guest in many in­flu­en­tial churches of New Or­leans, ac­com­pa­nied by him on keys. These new ex­pe­ri­ences gave to Yoann in­spir­ing and pow­er­ful im­mer­sions into the African Amer­i­can cul­ture and music, with the com­mon ground of an in­cred­i­bly good re­cep­tion from his Gospel and Soul music raised peers    when­ever he performed.

Yoann has also had the honor to per­form as a back­ground singer for out­stand­ing artists such as Ste­vie Won­der , Liz Mc­Comb, Nicole Slack Jones, Helen Carter, and Mar­i­anne Aya Omac.

AMAZING GRACE, Dallas (USA, 2011)


On 18th May 2013, Yoann won the world-fa­mous TV show 'The Voice' in France. With an in­cred­i­ble ren­di­tion of 'The Great­est Love of All' , re­ceiv­ing a stand­ing ova­tion from the stu­dio au­di­ence at the mid­dle of the song, Yoann was se­lected by all four judges to be part of their re­spec­tive teams. The judges were as­ton­ished to dis­cover such a singer in France.

With more than 7 mil­lion view­ers each week - and 10 mil­lion dur­ing the final show - dur­ing 5 months of air­ing, Yoann won over the hearts of mil­lions of peo­ple. Dur­ing his jour­ney on 'The Voice', he cov­ered some of the great­est stan­dards of vocal music, from Pop ('Earth Song' / Michael Jack­son; 'Vole' / Ce­line Dion; 'Call­ing You' / Jevetta Steele) to Soul ('Man's World' / James Brown; 'Can You Feel It?' /Jack­son 5; 'Free' / Ste­vie Won­der) to Gospel music ('Amaz­ing Grace' / in duet with his coach Garou). He did so with ex­tra­or­di­nary vocal agility, dex­ter­ity, and a hum­ble spirit that en­deared him to au­di­ences through­out Europe.


On the 6th Jan­u­ary 2014, his first album with Uni­ver­sal Music France, 'Quelques Heures Avec Moi', was re­leased. This record em­pha­sized great melodies with deep and yet ac­ces­si­ble lyrics by fa­mous writ­ers like François Wel­gryn (Ce­line DionGarou, etc) and Jacques Veneruso (Ce­line DionJohnny Hal­ly­dayTina Arena, etc), his amaz­ing vocal abil­i­ties, and a great crossover of French pop and Amer­i­can soul music. One of the songs on the album, 'Sauras-tu m'aimer?' was spe­cially cho­sen as the world­wide sound­track for the biggest movie of the year in France (36 mil­lion $ bud­get), 'Beauty and The Beast', di­rected by Christophe Gans (with Vin­cent Cas­sel & Lea Sey­doux as first roles). The movie gar­nered the num­ber one movie spot in most coun­tries where it has been aired, and al­lowed Yoann's music to reach a broader in­ter­na­tional audience.

On the same year, Yoann was in­vited by the in­ter­na­tional pop singer Lara Fabian (30 mil­lion records sold world­wide) to record a duet ('On Se Retrou­vera') on the album 'Les En­fants du Top 50', which met great re­cep­tion of the French pub­lic when per­formed live on French TV chan­nel M6.

Ever since, Yoann has been per­form­ing as a solo artist for sold-out shows all over France and abroad (Mau­ri­tius, USA, Canada , Bel­gium , Switzer­land , Nige­ria, etc...). He has also been in­vited to be the opening act for stars as Will I Am (for his AccorArena concert in Paris) or for collaborations with composers such asVladimir Cosma (one of the most prominent soundtrack composers in France).

Always involved in the act of giving, Yoann has been dedicating an appreciable amount of his time to sing for hu­man­i­tar­ian events and char­ity galas in the whole world as well (Eva Lon­go­ria's Global Gift Gala, Les Restos du Coeur Bel­gique, Les Femmes Dy­namisantes de Clar­ins, Tout le Monde Chante Con­tre le Can­cer, Les Pe­tits Princes, Arthri­tis, Leurs Voix pour l'Es­poir, etc).

" SAURAS-TU M'AIMER ? " (Clip)
Official Soundtrack of "Beauty and the Beast" (French adaptation by Christophe Gans)
(biggest French movie budget of 2014)


On May 2016, Yoann ob­tained the US Visa for 'Artist with Ex­tra­or­di­nary Abil­i­ties', for 3 years , and has been liv­ing be­tween New York City and Paris ever since.

In US, Yoann has been per­form­ing in front of thou­sands for pres­ti­gious venues, as in one the most myth­i­cal place for Soul Music in Man­hat­tan: 'The Ash­ford & Simp­son's Sugar Bar'. He did so under the mentorship of the leg­endary Motown composer Va­lerie Simp­son ('Ain't No Moun­tain High Enough', 'I'm Every Woman', 'You're All I Need To Get Bye', etc...) and multi-awarded movie-director Euzhan Palcy ('A Dry White Season', 'Sugar Cane Alley', 'Ruby Bridges', etc), who chose him as her artistic nephew. 

He also sang as Gospel singer in renowned US churches (as Don­nie Mc­Clurkin's PFC, Hezekiah Walker LFC, Harlem Kelly's Tem­ple, Pleas­ant Grove, etc), for International Music Con­ven­tions in Las Vegas (Thomas A. Dorsey's 2017 GMC, James Cleve­land's 2017 GMWA ), and special events as the An­nual Hol­l­i­day Tree Light­ing of Man­hat­tan's Wash­ing­ton Square Park, or the NYC Cou­ture Fash­ion Week at Crowne Plaza Times Square Man­hat­tan.

Currently, Yoann is dividing his time between his performances for special events world-wide and the songwriting of his next album, in English, which will reunite with complete artistic freedom his various and rich mu­si­cal in­flu­ences, with the assistance of the best musicians. 

He is also working on the preparation of the first role of a major musical in Paris, scheduled to tour all over France in 2019. The Best Is Yet To Come ! 


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