Ginette Reno

In 1972 Reno won first prize for performance at the Tokyo International Song Festival with Les Reed's "I Can't Let You Walk Out of My Life.

Reno, Ginette
(photo by Michael Slobodian)

Reno, Ginette

Ginette Reno, née Raynault, singer and actor (b at Montréal 28 Apr 1946). Ginette Reno has been an undisputed leader of the chanson québécoise for more than 30 years. Her repertoire consists mainly of sentimental ballads, and her powerful voice radiates great warmth and passion. Equally at ease performing in English and French, she has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe and the US. Her first recordings in 1961 (on the Apex label) brought her immediate acclaim. Reno's numerous hits include "Tu vivras toujours dans mon coeur,""Les Yeux fermés,""Aimez-le si fort,""La Dernière valse,""Reste auprès de moi,""Le Sable et la mer,""À ma manière" and "Je ne suis qu'une chanson." Her popularity has never declined over the years; she remains active as a singer and actor, and has produced over 60 albums. In 2000, she released two Christmas albums on her private record label (Melon-Miel): Un Grand Noël d'Amour and The First Noel. In addition to the more than 600 songs in her astounding repertoire, she has also distinguished herself on television, stage, and in films such as Léolo (1992), Million-Dollar Babies (1994), C'T'À TON TOUR LAURA CADIEUX (1998), Mambo Italiano (2003), and Le secret de ma mère (2006).

In 1972 Reno won first prize for performance at the Tokyo International Song Festival with Les Reed's "I Can't Let You Walk Out of My Life." She received JUNO awards for three consecutive years in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year in 1970, and Outstanding Performance-Female in both 1971 and 1972. She won a total of eight ADISQ (Association du disque, de l'industrie du spectacle québécois et de la vidéo) awards for recordings and concert performances in 1980, 1989, 1992 and 1996. Ginette Reno became the youngest star to ever be named an Officer of the Order of Canada (1982). At the Métrostar Awards Gala in 1987 she received trophies as the public's most-loved star and as singer of the year and in 1995 was honoured with an ADISQ homage award for lifetime achievement. She was given the GOVERNOR GENERAL'S PERFORMING ARTS AWARD in 1999, was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 2000, and was named a Knight of the NATIONAL ORDER OF QUÉBEC in 2004. Reno's 2009 album Faise-moi la tendresse won the ADISQ Félix Award for Popular Album of the Year. The title single from that album was selected as Popular Song of the Year and she also won the Félix for Female Artist of the Year. Ginette Reno was nominated in 2010 for the Juno Fan Choice Award.