Kendji Girac Biography
The youngest of a family of travellers, Kendji grew up in Saint-Astier and was taught to play the guitar and sing by his grandfather from the age of 13. He left school at 16 to follow the family business as an arborist. His first language is Catalan.
He auditioned with "Bella" from Maître Gims in the first episode of season 3 broadcast on January 11, with only judge Mika turning his chair, whereas the three others, Florent Pagny, Jenifer and Garou refrained.
The first official single was the bilingual French/Spanish flamenco/dance/pop song "Color Gitano", released in June 2014 from his EP, his official album being released in September. In December 2014, he won two NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year and "Color Gitano" as Francophone Song of the Year. His album Kendji sold 600,000 copies by January 2015, certifying Diamond and becoming France's second highest selling album of 2014 after Racine Carrée by Stromae.
Kendji started his official national tour in January 2015. On February 16, 2015, he appeared in the French version of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time", renamed "One Last Time (Attends-moi)" that was released in France and Belgium. A lyric music video was released on February 19, 2015.