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“I will go to the United States and have a music career there”, LiLi told her friends as she was just 14. Growing up on la Côte d’azur with a multi-instrumentalist father, she learned music as it was all around her. She has actively been pursuing music since Middle School: from recording lead and backup vocals in solo or in duet for side projects or albums, to programming, and performing live with numerous bands. She released “A Taste of Departure” as the lead singer/writer of her first American pop-rock band, Phizzy Lager. She then quickly proved her professionalism in Cleveland – home of rock’n’roll – during the recording of the alternative-rock album “Neverending Sundown” with band Hate Dies Hard at Bill Korecky’s Mars Studio (home for bands from Universal Records, Victory, Century Media) who then recommended her to composer/producer Sean Bilovecky (Disengage). She worked with him on a side project and the song “I Saw You” was born. Pushing herself to living music to the fullest, she moved to New York City and started writing her own projects, while performing live on the piano. Entirely funded by fans, her first solo EP was mixed and mastered by three-time Grammy Award winning engineer Marc Urselli and it includes her Multi-Award-Winning music video for “I Saw You”. Her second solo release “Will you hate the rest of the world or will you renew your life?” and her music video “Should you get mad” (directed by Arnaud Muller/RNO Pictures who worked with band U2) received movie, documentary and TV Features and placements (Lifetime Network, MTV… ), awards, airplay, press attention, exciting her fanbase at concerts and on social-networking sites. Introspective confessionalist, she is aware there is strength in vulnerability, and with that knowledge she shares her growth as an individual as well as a musician.
In the 3rd solo release “Beautiful Sun”, this singer-songwriter-composer invited in bassist/guitarist Askold Buk (Abc, MTV) on guitars and bass, and cello players the Wandering Cellist and Christopher Marion (Bill Evans, CBS Orchestra) to follow her directions through this audio journey she takes the listener on. The mix of Marc Urselli (Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone) and mastering by Roman Vail (JLM Mastering; Moby, The Black Crowes, Sinnead O’Connor) allow the grace and style of LiLi’s compositions to shine as brightly as the beautiful sun of which she sings.
One of the best things about LiLi Roquelin is that she wears her heart on her sleeve through her music, and new album “Beautiful Sun” is no exception.
The record smoothly blends soft ethereal pop ballads with electronic alternative that supports her unique vocals and piano performance, and the outcome is something that touches the soul.
The grace of “Like A Feather”, and emotionally driven “Thank You” invite her listeners along on an insightful journey. The moving string orchestration adds an organic feel to the lush sonic textures throughout the record.
With its complicated atmospheric tones and arrangements, title track “Beautiful Sun” excels in giving a unique expression to a basic universal desire. The songs sway, caress, mesmerize and most definitely rock. The darkly swirling “Try To Remember” reminds the listener of LiLi’s Rock experience; her fans will certainly love the righteous “The Only One”, layered with energized piano rhythms and adrenalized guitars. The album includes other powerful tracks such as the jazz-edged bluesy “Don’t Wait”, the poignant theme of “Oh Brother”, and the haunting “Bliss of My Soul”. Ending the album with “N’attends Pas (La Vie)” reminds us of the international level of LiLi’s career and passions.
A new music video for “Thank You” has been released.
On her previous solo releases, LiLi Roquelin has had her music placed in documentaries and TV shows, accompanying dance performances, receiving songwriting and music video awards and extensive press and radio coverage. Her talent spans from the craft of songwriting, composing, and programming to the usage of unusual technologies for live performances. She blurs the boundaries between pure artform and creative entrepreneurship using social networking and video blogs to create a personal connection and engage her fanbase.
A must hear…. and see.
2010 Award for 2nd Place “Pop music video” International Indie Gathering Festival, “Should you get mad”
2010 Official Selection Zero Film Festival (LA-Miami-NYC-London), “Should you get mad”
2009 Honorable Mention at the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, “Blues Alone”
2009 Best Music Video in the “pop category” The Indie Gathering Fest, “I Saw You”
2008 Best Music Video Queens International Film Festival, “I Saw You”
Lili Roquelin’s New Album “Beautiful Sun”
Listen to full songs from Lili’s latest album “Beautiful Sun” here
“Like anything rich and worth having in this world, the album involves the listener to attentively practice in the pursuing.”
““Lili’s lush gift of darkened tale is immediately vital and her ability to usher that honest emotion to the listener elevates her to the good stuff shelf. Her writing sense is unearthly and her voice is miles beyond the many pseudo songbirds flocking to the East Coast. Smart production technique and the romantic melancholy feel of this disc make for an addictive hotshot to the heart”
“LiLi is a fantastic songwriter and performer. She has a beautiful and unique voice and I enjoy her performances very much especially “Give you my love” and her very-own version of “Sally’s song””
“ A room full of eyes blink toward her — consumed. “A nightmare I had,” invites you in, bathing you in its melody, on the low end of the spectrum, giving the impression of a half-slumber waking.”
“How We Grow” is a music box waltz; “Renew” a bitter operetta and “Give you My Love” is a poignant call for the return of an old lover. Violins composed by Roquelin give this song the profound coating of old folk tradition.
“Who is LiLi Roquelin and how did she warrant such high praise from the harshest pop culture critic in the Los Angeles area? Her talents as a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumental musician are certainly more than enough to mark her as a true talent in the music world.”
“LiLi has a voice that can bring goose-bumps to a person; her music is ethereal, otherworldly. The diminutive beauty with big beautiful doe eyes is a MySpace staple, staying at the top of the charts. The unique arrangements swirl around your mouth, like a fine vintage French wine. I envision her music playing in a European made period movie.”
“LiLi Roquelin has a sincere, warm and loving spirit that is so rare these days. Artists like these are encouraging to see.”
- “LiLi Roquelin – American Music with French Style”, (New York Social Status: Tastes, Trends, and Tunes of NYC; May 2013)
- “LiLi Roquelin – Beautiful Sun – (Track by Track, by William Phoenix, Los Angeles Examiner, April 2013)
- “Lili Roquelin – Beautiful Sun” (Whole Page Album Review, by John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian, March 2013)
- Singer-songwriter LiLi Roquelin felt an awakening to the power of gratitude and shares her experience in this music video (Teen Links, Gratefulness.org, February 2013)
- “LiLi Roquelin’s New Music Video” (Times Ledger, February 2013)