Martine Saint-Clair

Martine Saint-Clair. Singer, lyricist, b Montreal 22 Jul 1964. She gave her first shows while in school, at 15, singing songs by Gino Vanelli and Jean-Pierre Ferland, her sister providing the piano accompaniment.

Saint-Clair, Martine

Martine Saint-Clair. Singer, lyricist, b Montreal 22 Jul 1964. She gave her first shows while in school, at 15, singing songs by Gino Vanelli and Jean-Pierre Ferland, her sister providing the piano accompaniment. She was noticed by Luc Plamondon who saw her perform excerpts from the rock opera Starmania at the 'Cégeps en spectacle' competition; he offered her the role of Crystal in the Quebec production that played at the Comédie nationale in Montreal in 1980 (recorded on Beaubec BB-106).

She won a Félix Award as discovery of the year in 1981. Her first album, Coeur-ordinateur (1982, Pro-Culture PPC-6023) contained songs by Plamondon. It was followed by Il y a de l'amour dans l'air (1984, ADM International ADM-4001) which won her the Félix for pop LP of the year in 1985. With her third LP, Ce soir l'amour est dans tes yeux (1986, ADM International ADM-4004), which sold over 100 000 copies, she won Félix awards for pop song, best-selling single, pop LP and as female performer of the year in 1986. Her fourth album, Martine Saint-Clair (MJM International MJM-200), was launched in 1988. She starred in the second Paris production of Starmania, once again in the part of Crystal which she sang for over a year (this production was recorded on 2-WEA 24-42131 and Apache CD-44213). The anthology Mes plus belles chansons was released on the Star label (STR-CD-51) in 1988. Denis Lavoie wrote in (Montreal) La Presse: 'Discovered with Starmania, she entered our lives (...) for good with her shrill voice, her love cries, and songs that shot tenor times to the top of hit parades'.


Further Reading

  • Lavoie, Denis. 'Les Choix de Martine,' Montreal La Presse, 5 Mar 1988