Christophe Maé is a french singer and musician who was strongly influenced by his father, a jazz lover, and musician.
Christophe Maé was born as Christophe Martichon on Thursday, October 16, 1975 (age 47 years; as of 2022) in Carpentras in the Vaucluse. His zodiac sign is Libra. At the age of 6, he learned musical instruments like violin and piano. He had to give up sports after suffering from chronic arthritis which rendered him immobile at the age of 16. Stevie Wonder inspired him to learn the harmonica at the same time period. Later on, he was also inspired by Bob Marley for whom he also wrote a song “Mon père spirituel”. Christophe Maé began his career as a pastry chef after obtaining his CAP pastry chef training and working for his parents’ bakery in Carpentras for a while before giving it up. His first musical appearance was on the show Graines de star as a performer of Jamiroquai’s song, Virtual Insanity.
Height (approx): 5 ft 7 in / 170 cm
Weight: 143 lbs / 65 kg
Eye color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Family and ethnicity
Parents and Siblings
His father’s name is Guy Martichon, a french singer and his mother’s name is Christine Martichon.
Relationships/ Affairs, Wife, Children
He was in a relationship with Nadège Sarron (dancer and owner of a dance school), with whom he has two sons: Jules (born March 11, 2008) and Marcel (born August 16, 2013). He proposed to Nadège in 2016 in his song “Ballerine”, and they married in Porto-Vecchio the following year on June 29, 2017. A civil ceremony took place on June 29, 2017, in Corse-du-Sud, at the town hall of Porto-Vecchio, and a religious ceremony took place on July 1, 2017, in Porto-Vecchio.
Maé’s first album was entitled Sa Danse Donne, and released in 2002–2003. This album is not considered his first studio album. He was discovered by Olivier Schultheis, who introduced him to Dove Attia in 2005 and invited him to appear in the musical Le Roi Soleil, where he was cast to play the king’s brother (Emmanuel Moire).
He released his first studio album, Mon paradis (My Paradise) on 19 March 2007.
The following year he embarked on his first solo tour. A tour began in small French venues, quickly sold out, and was immediately followed by a second, at the Zéniths, the following year. Subsequently, he joined the Enfoirés troupe in 2008, except between 2015 and 2019. In January 2008, he joined the choir of 52 artists who urged people to stop downloading from the internet.
The musicians of Maé’s group generally use acoustic instruments. Musicians he has cited as influences include Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, and Jack Johnson, as well as French singers and songwriters Francis Cabrel and Gérard De Palmas. Stevie Wonder has been one of the biggest influences who inspired him to learn the harmonica. Christophe Maé performs french pop songs. A Caribbean influence had been noticed in his first album, an African influence in his second, and a Northeast American influence is present in his third. In his public performances, you can hear a mixture of blues, soul, jazz, etc.
NRJ Music Awards
- 2007: French Revelation of the Year
- 2008: French male artist of the year
- 2008: French song of the year for “On s’attache”
- 2009: French male artist of the year
- 2009: French song of the year for “Belle demoiselle”
- 2013: NRJ Honor Award
- 2016: Video of the year for “Il est ou le bonheur”
- 2008: Public Revelation of the Year
World Music Awards
- 2008: French artist of the year
- 2008: Winner of the song of the year on TF1
- 2014: Winner of the song of the year on TF1
Facts / Anecdotes
- Christophe Mae is a big fan of Johnny Hallyday, a French rock and roll and pop singer as well as an actor.
- He travels a lot for his concerts.
- Maé has been a member of the charity Les Enfoirés since 2008.
- A talented athlete, he was passionate about tennis and skiing but was forced to give up his favorite sports at the age of 16 due to a chronic illness that left him immobile. Then, he decided to perfect his musical talents and began learning the guitar and the harmonica.
- In 2005 he rose to fame by playing the role of Monsieur, brother of King Louis XIV in the musical “Le Roi Soleil”, for which he won the NRJ Music Award for revelation of the year 2006.
- He has cited Bob Marley, Ben Harper, Tracy Chapman, and Jack Johnson as well as French singer-songwriters Francis Cabrel and Gérald De Palmas as musical influences.
- Maé opened for Seal at the Grand Rex in Paris and for Cher at the Zénith de Paris, both in 2004.
- In addition to being a sponsor, he became a member of the association A smile, a hope for life, founded by Pascal Olmeda.