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    by » 05-11-17, 19:39

    Never knew Lara Fabian had a short lived romance with Walter Afanasieff, but I found the following interview translated from Russian:

    ~ LFR exclusive ~
    Interview with WALTER AFANASIEFF !!
    “I have a Russian soul, but I'm an “american boy” ”
    LFR proudly presents ENGLISH translation of the excerpt where Mr Afanasieff talks about Lara Fabian !
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    Journalist: You have worked with international stars. Which of these encounters have been the most important for you?

    Walter Afanasieff: In fact there have been a lot of such encounters... It was a great pleasure and honour for me to work with Michael Jackson... People like him – that's one in a million. Actually that's impossible to mention everyone... Whitney Houston, Darren Hayes, my close friend saxophonist Kenny G, Celine Dion, Lara Fabian. For Lara Fabian I wrote a very beautiful song “Broken Vow”. Do you know such a singer, Lara Fabian?

    Journalist: Yes, of course.

    WA: Me and her, we had a very sad story. We had a “romance”; I almost got married to this woman. But we broke up. I broke her heart a little bit, and she stopped mentioning my name. Today, when she talks about the song “Broken Vow”, she says that she wrote it [on her own]. That's it! (/Voilà!) I have had a few high-profile stories like this one. Let's not go there. (Gets lost in his thoughts.) But you know what's interesting – when I had a love story with Fabian, Celine Dion simply hated her, but Lara wanted to sing like Dion. Not an easy situation. I happened to be between both of them. Eventually both women stopped communicating with me. Celine thought that I wrote the best songs for Fabian, that only with her I shared the musical secrets... By the way, around the same time Mariah Carey left me.
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    Source: "OK Magazine" (Russia, April 5, 2013)
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    by » 05-11-17, 20:13

    Lara responded to the interview in French, but someone translated it:

    Dear all,

    I'd like to respond to something that has been written on the Romanian Facebook page, where they translated Mr. Afanasieff's interview. I'd like to say a few words and in all humility and re-establish some truth.

    I hold Walter in the highest respect, musically. I never stopped mentioning him. It is an honor to have worked with such a talent. It is true I have always said "Broken Vow" is my song, because it is based on my personal story with him. Here is the story of how we wrote Broken Vow . Maybe Walter will be humble enough to remember it.

    The day we wrote that song, we got into Wally World Studios in San Francisco (his own studios) and sat at his beautiful Bosendorfer piano. As usual our night had been complicated and full of heart felt complex tortuturing conversations. That's mostly where I drew my inspiration from to write this record. I was totally convinced something was wrong, and when we sat at the piano I felt in my heart a great song was going to come out of that particular moment.

    Before I wrote every bit of of the lyric, which sadly became prophettic, the harmonies in the melody were created. Walter is totally responsible for the foundation of that music, he wrote all the harmonies and most of the melody. We both sat at the piano that day and as he was unfolding the harmonies, we both created the notes. Yet the bridge is my responsibility. When Walther hit that part of the harmony at that very second out of my heart came the melody you hear in the bridge.

    The truth is that when I asked to be quoted as a composer for that part of the song, he refused it and I did not have the power to make him go for what was right and fair to me at that time.
    So yes, in time I specified to whoever asked me, that some of the song was not just his melody as he claimed, but also mine. Because I felt it was right to correct him and say the truth.

    I wanted to respond to that interview even when I was not asked anything, because despite the pain which made me grow, I can say that thanks to this story I became a better songwriter, working with such a genius. Even through despair sometimes, the most extraordinary experiences happen in life.

    I am sorry he felt our story destroyed his relationships with other female singers. Yet I think it does not depend on that. I guess I will have to write the rest in my biography. As for his quote about me wanting to sing like my peer Celine, it is so stupid... Indeed we are part of the same family of singers and mostly hold the same range. That being said, I never wanted to be anything but me and learn to become the best I could. Yet, as I said and repeated but let me say it again. She's been a great guide and inspiration along with Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Whitney Housotn, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. The rest is history.

    Sincerely yours,
    Lara
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    by » 08-11-17, 18:46

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay
    Lara responded to the interview in French, but someone translated it:

    Dear all,

    I'd like to respond to something that has been written on the Romanian Facebook page, where they translated Mr. Afanasieff's interview. I'd like to say a few words and in all humility and re-establish some truth.

    I hold Walter in the highest respect, musically. I never stopped mentioning him. It is an honor to have worked with such a talent. It is true I have always said "Broken Vow" is my song, because it is based on my personal story with him. Here is the story of how we wrote Broken Vow . Maybe Walter will be humble enough to remember it.

    The day we wrote that song, we got into Wally World Studios in San Francisco (his own studios) and sat at his beautiful Bosendorfer piano. As usual our night had been complicated and full of heart felt complex tortuturing conversations. That's mostly where I drew my inspiration from to write this record. I was totally convinced something was wrong, and when we sat at the piano I felt in my heart a great song was going to come out of that particular moment.

    Before I wrote every bit of of the lyric, which sadly became prophettic, the harmonies in the melody were created. Walter is totally responsible for the foundation of that music, he wrote all the harmonies and most of the melody. We both sat at the piano that day and as he was unfolding the harmonies, we both created the notes. Yet the bridge is my responsibility. When Walther hit that part of the harmony at that very second out of my heart came the melody you hear in the bridge.

    The truth is that when I asked to be quoted as a composer for that part of the song, he refused it and I did not have the power to make him go for what was right and fair to me at that time.
    So yes, in time I specified to whoever asked me, that some of the song was not just his melody as he claimed, but also mine. Because I felt it was right to correct him and say the truth.

    I wanted to respond to that interview even when I was not asked anything, because despite the pain which made me grow, I can say that thanks to this story I became a better songwriter, working with such a genius. Even through despair sometimes, the most extraordinary experiences happen in life.

    I am sorry he felt our story destroyed his relationships with other female singers. Yet I think it does not depend on that. I guess I will have to write the rest in my biography. As for his quote about me wanting to sing like my peer Celine, it is so stupid... Indeed we are part of the same family of singers and mostly hold the same range. That being said, I never wanted to be anything but me and learn to become the best I could. Yet, as I said and repeated but let me say it again. She's been a great guide and inspiration along with Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, Whitney Housotn, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox. The rest is history.

    Sincerely yours,
    Lara
    As I sais in the Mariah thread, Walter is known to be a bit of a jerk. Very talented!!! Kind of dated songwriter but he did beautiful things for many singers. I admire and love Lara as well and how classy and articulate she responded to his silly comments
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    by » 24-12-17, 21:41



    Her voice works so well on Christmas songs.
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    by » 25-03-18, 19:40

    Lara released remixes of Chameleon, the third single of her Camouflage album.

    Just two months now before I see her live in Amsterdam.
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    by » 18-05-18, 21:56

    So I went to see Lara for the fourth time. And she was brilliant again.
    Best performer I've ever seen. Her voice is so clear and full of emotion.
    She performed for almost two hours.

    Setlist of Lara Fabian in Amsterdam, Thursday 17 May 2018:

    She started with a very special song as it was the first time this tour that she sang it. She was very emotional during this song as it was this same day that she had burried her friend/singer Maurane who recorded this song with her. After the song she walked off stage and came back to really "start" the show.

    1. Tu Es Mon Autre (solo version with a huge picture of Maurane on the screen behind Lara)
    2. Chameleon
    3. Growing Wings
    4. Keep The Animals Away
    5. If You Let Me Love You
    6. Humana
    7. Painting In The Rain
    8. J'ai Zappé
    9. We Are The Storm
    10. Je T'aime
    11. Choose What You Love Most (Let It Kill You)
    12. Broken Vow
    13. Pas Sans Toi
    14. Je Suis Malade
    15. Camouflage
    16. I'm Breakable
    17. Perfect
    18. Communify
    19. I Will Love Again

    Encore:

    20. Adagio
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    by » 11-10-18, 21:27



    New single from her forthcoming album (February 2019).
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    by » 28-10-18, 06:11

    Looking forward for the album. Should listen to the single once again. Still can't understand my feelings about it.
    This photo is so wonderful and cute) just mimi
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    by » 12-12-18, 20:05

    Lara will be touring in 2019/2020.
    Some dates (Brussels and Paris) have already been announced.
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    by » 02-01-19, 23:22

    Release date new album Papillon: February 8

    Tracklist:
    Papillon
    Je Suis à Toi
    Changer Le Jeu
    Par Amour
    Je Ne t’aime Plus
    Alien
    Pardonne
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    by » 10-02-19, 21:21

    New album Papillon was released last Friday!
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    by » 10-02-19, 21:45

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay View Post
    New album Papillon was released last Friday!
    What's your impression 'bout the album?
    I will listening to it now)
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    by » 10-02-19, 22:10

    Quote Originally Posted by Christinamuse View Post
    What's your impression 'bout the album?
    I will listening to it now)
    Hard to say right now. I have to listen to it more often to give a good impression.
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    by » 14-02-19, 15:43

    How are you guys feeling about Papillon( the album)? Want to hear your thoughts
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    by » 14-02-19, 20:57

    Quote Originally Posted by chilled View Post
    How are you guys feeling about Papillon( the album)? Want to hear your thoughts
    I like it, but it's not a favorite of mine, I think. Maybe it has to grow on me more.
    My favorite French albums are Pure and 9.
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    by » 14-02-19, 21:23

    I think it's a good album, but being a pretty new Lara fan I don't have a lot to compare it to. Alien is my favourite so far, as well as the two singles. I also love the 90s vibe of Changer Le Jeu.

    Not as good as Camouflage however. Usually I prefer French music, but that album is great. Growing Wings is everything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaGarazzi View Post
    I think it's a good album, but being a pretty new Lara fan I don't have a lot to compare it to. Alien is my favourite so far, as well as the two singles. I also love the 90s vibe of Changer Le Jeu.

    Not as good as Camouflage however. Usually I prefer French music, but that album is great. Growing Wings is everything!
    I love Growing Wings. Other English songs I really love:
    I Will Love Again (album version as well as the ballad version), Adagio, I've Cried Enough, Love By Grace, No Big Deal.
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    by » 15-02-19, 00:50

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay View Post
    I like it, but it's not a favorite of mine, I think. Maybe it has to grow on me more.
    My favorite French albums are Pure and 9.
    I think it's good. My favorite is Nue though from the french ones.
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    by » 15-02-19, 00:53

    Quote Originally Posted by GaGarazzi View Post
    I think it's a good album, but being a pretty new Lara fan I don't have a lot to compare it to. Alien is my favourite so far, as well as the two singles. I also love the 90s vibe of Changer Le Jeu.

    Not as good as Camouflage however. Usually I prefer French music, but that album is great. Growing Wings is everything!
    Camouflage it's brilliant. Other english songs I like are Broken vow, I've cried enough, Love by Grace, No big deal, intoxicated
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