Patrick Fiori is a French singer of Armenian origin.
Patrick Fiori, born Patrick Jean-François Chouchayan, Lyrics was born on Tuesday, September 23, 1969 (age 53 years; as of 2022) in Marseille, France. His zodiac sign is Libra. Growing up, he spent some time in Marseilles in the south of France, and sometime in Ajaccio in Corsica. At 12, he began to make music thanks to the encouragement of Franck Fernandel, who offered him a role in the musical La Légende des Santonniers. At 16, he recorded his first song “Stéphanie” with the money he received from his parents. He then recorded other songs such as “Dans ton regard” and “Le Cœur à fleur d’amour”.
Eye color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Family and ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Marie Antoinette Fiori was the name of his mother. His father is Jacques Chouchayan. The author’s father escaped the Armenian Genocide with his family. He has five other siblings.
Relationships/ Affairs, Wife, Children
Patrick Fiori and Julie Zenatti had a romantic relationship for eight years. The two met during the production of Notre-Dame de Paris where they both played leading roles. During their romantic relationship, Fiori and Zenatti took part in a collaborative artistic process where they wrote and composed for each other and for others. It was Fiori who wrote Zenatti’s first and most important hit, “Si Je m’en sors”. Even after their separation, they remained close and met whenever they could.
Fiori was in a relationship with singer Lara Fabian, Canadian-Belgian between 1998 and 2000.
The marriage of Patrick Fiori and Ariane Quatrefages took place in June 2008. Quadrefages was a finalist in the Miss Rhône-Alpes 1999 competition and finished fourth in Miss France 2000 competition. In 2009, they welcomed their first child, Sevan. The couple welcomed their second child in 2014. Several songs were written by Ariane with her husband Fiori.
Original hits until 1993
Participating in Léon Zitrone’s Les Habits du Dimanche program helped him gain notoriety. Gilbert Montagné invited him to open a number of performances in 1987. His later performance schedule also included openings for other renowned artists like Michèle Torr and Barry White. In 1992, while the Francophonie was on the move, he enjoyed great success with “Au fil de l’eau” written by childhood friend Bernard Di Domenico. His winning entry was in the Fenouillèdes song contest, held in Sournia, Pyrénées-Orientales). His participation in that year’s event was sponsored by Fabienne Thibeault, who pushed him forward in his career.
Eurovision Song Contest 1993
After having attracted the attention of the public when, at the age of 23, the songwriters François Valéry and Marie-France Brière (director of variety and entertainment at France 2) offered him to represent France at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 With the song “Mama Corsica” composed by Valéry, a bilingual song composed mainly in French but with some additional lyrics in Corsican. In this particular song, the Corsican language was heard on a very rare occasion in the Eurovision Song Contest. After 18 years, the next appearance of Corsican was with France’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song “Sognu” by Amaury Vassili, sung entirely in Corsican.
Performing as France’s representative at the competition held in Millstreet, Ireland that year, Fiori sang “Mama Corsica” at the Green Glens Arena on May 15, 1993. Fiori finished fourth with 121 points out of 25 competing nations.
First albums and Notre-Dame de Paris (1994-2000)
The first Fiori album released in 1994 was entitled Puisque c’est l’heure. The same year, he released the self-financed album Cœur à l’envers. Several of his recordings have been the subject of variety shows, including La Chance aux chansons hosted by Pascal Sevran where he sang “Ma vie” an original composition by Alain Barrière in his presence.
He recorded the song “Belle” with Daniel Lavoie and Garou. The song went on sale as a single reaching number 1 on the French Singles Chart and the Wallon French Belgian Charts. The song was awarded “Best French Song of the Year” and the staging of Notre-Dame de Paris was named “Best French Show of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique in 1999.
In addition, in 1998, Patrick signed a contract with Sony Records and recorded his third album, Prends Moi. On the French Mulan soundtrack, he sang the role of Shang, and on the French version of The Prince of Egypt (in French, Le Prince d’Egypte), Ramses II was the voice of a song. His participation in Enfoirés dates back to 1999 and he has been involved for years. He decided in 2000 to leave Notre-Dame de Paris to concentrate on his fourth album, Chrysalide. There is a collaboration between Calogero and the group “Que tu reviennes” on the album. During the same year, he made his first appearance at the famous Olympia in Paris. Among his other works is “Si Je m’en sors”, written for Julie Zenatti.
Other hits (2000 – present)
A year after the release of Patrick Fiori’s eponymous album, Patrick Fiori released his fifth single, Marseille, dedicated to his hometown and written by Jacques Veneruso. For the album, Fiori collaborated with Jean-Jacques Goldman, who wrote four songs, including “Je sais où aller”.
With a new album Si on chantait plus fort, he released three singles that year: “All the sentences”, “4 Words on a piano”, and “It seems”. It was written by Jean-Jacques Goldman for the single “4 Mots sur un piano.” 2008 saw the release of his album Les chose de la vie. Some of the songs are remakes of films from the past, including The Godfather (in French The Godfather), Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (in French The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Borsalino, Manon des Sources, Jeux Interdits (in French Forbidden Games), Mayrig and others. Platinum was achieved with the album. “Liberta” by Borsalino, with new Italian lyrics by Bernard Di Domebico, appears as a single from the album. French film Mayrig released an Armenian-themed soundtrack in 2009 titled “Les Montagnes d’Arménie”. It was created as a tribute to the Armenian Genocide. In 2009 he also recorded a duet with Tina Arena with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. His 2015 song Corsu Mezu Mezu is part of the Corsican musical project Corsu Mezu Mezu, which includes 16 distinctive Corsican tunes. The album includes three reinterpretations: “Corsica” with Patrick Bruel accompanied by a video clip; “Stop! Stop! Let’s dance!” with Chjami Aghjalesi; and “Ô Corse island of love” with Antoine Ciosi. A single from the album “Où Je vis” was released in September 2017 from his tenth album Promesse. There have been collaborations with the Franco-Comorian singer and rapper Soprano and Slimane. As part of Jean-Jacques Goldman’s collaboration “Au Revoir (Plan d’Aou, Air Bel)” for the soprano quartet, the piece pays homage to immigrants in France, in particular to the inhabitants of Air Bel, a suburb of Marseilles. The song was accompanied by a music video in which Fiori’s parents were portrayed as Armenian immigrants. Several other writers collaborated on this project, including Arianne Quatrefages, Serge Lama, and Ycare. A Fiori Tour performed the album during the summer of 2018.
He has worked with many artists throughout his career. The artists we have already mentioned are added Gérard Lenorman, Zucchero, Chico, and Anne Etchegoyen of the Gitans. He joined The Voice Kids France as a coach on season 2 in 2015. His team’s finalist, Jane, went on to win the show. During season 3 in 2016, he was invited to coach with Jenifer and M. Pokora.
Charities play an important role in Fiori’s life. Member of the star charity ensemble Les Enfoirés since 1999, Fiori has regularly participated in the charity show for the benefit of the Restos du Cœur for 15 years.
It supports several associations such as Children of the Earth, Flood Solidarity, Sidaction, Operation Yellow Pieces, Pink Blouses, Telethon, Sol En Si (Solidarity Children AIDS), The Harvest of the Heart, The Stars of Hope, Télévie, Association against leukodystrophies (ELA), among others. In addition to being godfather (sponsor) of the Grégory Lemarchal Association, he appeared on TF1 on January 7, 2017, as part of the program Grégory Lemarchal, 10 years after the story continues, in which he performs an unpublished song written by Grégory Lemarchal, “To better love each other”, all profits being donated to the Grégory Lemarchal Association.
In addition, Fiori is a member of the Corsican association La Marie-Do against cancer, as well as of the Franco-Armenian Foundation.
Facts / Anecdotes
- In 1995, he co-wrote four songs for Nathalie Santamaria’s first album, Between Dreams and Realities (France).
- Anggun Sasmi (France 2012) and he sat together on Miss France 2016 jury.
- Patrick Fiori has written a children’s book called “ZINO – On my father’s shoulders”. It is illustrated by the artist Yann Tisseron.
- His first post on Instagram was a video of himself on February 23, 2017, with the caption “Bienvenue sur mon compte Instagram” (Welcome to my Instagram.”)