Chanteuse Nolwenn Leroy was one of a generation of French pop luminaries who rocketed to overnight fame via the television amateur showcase Star Academy. A fan of the fledgling TV series, Leroy signed up to study under program judge and music teacher Armande Altaï in 2001, who encouraged her new pupil to audition for the show's sophomore season. Leroy's faith was rewarded on December 21, 2002, when she was crowned champion in viewer voting. Her self-titled debut LP followed in March 2003, launching the hit singles "Cassé" and "Suivre une Étoile." For the 2005 follow-up, Histoires Naturelles, Leroy teamed with legendary French pop composer Laurent Voulzy, forging a mystical, deeply romantic record that earned critical comparison to the likes of Kate Bush and Tori Amos. ~ Jason Ankeny
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