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Yoann Freejay


Yoann FreeJay (Fréget)
singer of extraordinary warmth, talent, grace and musical diversity, has been a dedicated vocalist since his early childhood. His fa­ther, Eric Fréget, singer, keyboardist, writer & com­poser, was his first inspiration, while his mother, photographer, 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.


 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME - PARIS- 06/21/16

EARLY PROMISE

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.

THE HEALING POWER OF MUSIC

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)

STUDIES IN INDIA AND FIRST TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA

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 - "THE VOICE" Semi-Finals (2013)

RETURN TO FRANCE AND VICTORY OF THE "SANKOFA SOUL CONTEST"

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)

WINNING "THE VOICE" TV SHOW 

In 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.

FIRST ALBUM IN FRENCH, SOUNDTRACK OF "BEAUTY & THE BEAST", AND MORE

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 this 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.

Yoann was also in­vited to per­form for the open­ing act of WILL.​I.​AM's con­cert in Paris-Bercy Arena.

After his vic­tory of The Voice, Yoann sang and ap­peared on nu­mer­ous TV shows (Vive­ment Di­manche , La Par­enthèse In­na­ten­due , etc), news­pa­pers and ra­dios.

He has been per­form­ing ever since for sold-out shows under his own name in France and abroad (Mau­ri­tius , Canada , Bel­gium , Switzer­land , Nige­ria , etc...), as he has been in­vited as well to sing with renowned French artists as Nico­letta , or Vladimir Cosma , and for nu­mer­ous hu­man­i­tar­ian galas and fundrais­ing char­ity events (Eva Lon­go­ria's Global Gift Gala, 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)

SECOND ALBUM-MAKING, BETWEEN FRANCE & USA 

In May 2016, Yoann ob­tained the US Visa of 'Artist with Ex­tra­or­di­nary Abil­i­ties' for 3 years , and has been liv­ing be­tween New York Cityand Paris.

Since then, Yoann has been per­form­ing in US in front of crowds of thou­sands for pres­ti­gious venues: renowned churches ser­vices (Don­nie Mc­Clurkin's PFC, Hezekiah Walker LFC, Harlem Kelly's Tem­ple, Pleas­ant Grove, etc... ), Gospel music con­ven­tions (LAS VEGAS Thomas A. Dorsey's 2017 GMC, James Cleve­land's 2017 GMWA ), and global events as the An­nual Hol­l­i­day Tree Light­ing at Man­hat­tan's Wash­ing­ton Square Park , or the NYC Cou­ture Fash­ion Week at the renowned Crowne Plaza Times Square Man­hat­tan.

On De­cem­ber 2nd 2016, Yoann gave his first NYC's sold-out solo con­cert at one of the most myth­i­cal place for Soul Music in Man­hat­tan: 'The Ash­ford & Simp­son's Sugar Bar'. He did so under the gra­cious at­ten­tion of the leg­endary Va­lerie Simp­son (com­poser of 'Ain't No Moun­tain High Enough', 'I'm Every Woman', 'You're All I Need To Get Bye', etc) along with the         men­tor­ship of his God­mother, the world-wide ac­claimed film di­rec­tor Eu­zhan Palcy (A Dry White Sea­son, Ruby Bridges, etc).

Presently, Yoann is prepar­ing his sec­ond album, which has been an­nounced to be: 'out-of-the-lit­tle-boxes', 'mix­ing all his mu­si­cal in­flu­ences with com­plete artis­tic free­dom', 'en­tirely writ­ten in Eng­lish" by Yoann him­self, and 'co-com­posed with multi-tal­ented mu­si­cians'.
His fans are ea­gerly await­ing for this new album as its mak­ing has been ad­ver­tised at the oc­ca­sion of his last TV ap­pear­ances, in­ter­views and con­certs.

Yoann has also been chosen as the first role of an upcoming major musical, scheduled to tour in Paris and all over France. The Best Is Yet To Come !
 

 

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