Lorène Aldabra has that "je ne sais quoi." She is captivating and beyond talented with the voice of a superstar, singing songs she calls 'purposeful pop' that she writes herself. Lorène was born to perform and electrify on stage. We met in Paris last month at an event during Fashion Week and the evening turned into an inspiring one as we continued on with dinner accompanied by a mutual friend of ours and celebrity hair stylist, Riccardo Rojas. She has accomplished a lot already in her career, but Lorène is one of those true artists who's not chasing fame, but driven by the passion to share her soulful, thoughtful, poetic music with others. We are thrilled to feature this beautiful singer songwriter who has a heart of gold.
What is your favorite quote or life motto?
It's a French motto my mum used to tell me that goes “ Il n’y a que l’impossible qui est possible”. Only the impossible is possible. Her way of teaching me to never to give up on anything that I truly want.
Tell us a bit about you.
I am a French singer and songwriter. I especially love to perform live in over the top and colorful performances! There is always a lot of rhinestones and thigh high boots involved.
You are a shining star with such talent. When did your love of music begin?
Way too early! I sang before I could even talk! I also remember performing for the first time in a Parisian cabaret when I was just 9. They squeezed me in between a stripper and a raunchy comedian as a “novelty act.” I performed “On my Own” from Les Miserables and I stole the show!
How would you describe your music genre?
I sing what I like to call purposeful pop. Trying to focus on intricate lyrics with many references from my literature and poetry hall of fame, but with a very euro dance beat to it. I love to show people that pop music can have substance.
What’s the process like when writing songs? Do you have a specific process or is it more fluid and spontaneous?
That’s actually quite a painful process if I am being honest. I need to have my heart broken in any which way and only then I can start a new album. I get overwhelmed with the need to write as a catharsis. I can totally write a full album on a single “muse.”
Writing your own music and sharing it with others is a very vulnerable experience, especially with your songs that are written from the heart. What do you hope to share with your music with others?
As weird as it may sound when I mentioned that my heartbreaks inspire my songwriting, I have never in my life written a proper love song. I just can’t. The best compliment you could ever give me on my music is one I get a lot: "I don’t understand everything literally, but I feel that it’s like a code that I need to crack.” It’s exactly what good poetry is supposed to be: not a literal thing, but an actual feeling.
What inspires you?
Magic. It doesn’t need to be a relationship, but it needs to be transcending. And end up badly, of course!
You’ve accomplished so much already, but to date, what would you consider your greatest accomplishment?
I think that my proudest moment was writing my show for my first album. I didn’t want it to be just a concert with songs back to back, but a real theatrical piece, with dancers, costumes, a story line and all. I never thought I could do it, but I did and the show was amazing!
What are some future goals that you have for you both personally and professionally?
I would say having the opportunity to tour outside of France, in Europe for a start. I make euro-pop after all, so that would make sense. On a personal level, I am in quite a good place at the moment, so my goal is to keep it that way. Fingers crossed!
If you could sing a duet with anyone in this world, who would it be?
I have been practicing my secret duet with Elton John since I was 12 years old, but that’s a little unrealistic. Otherwise, I would love to sing with Natasha Bedingfield. She is such an amazing vocalist and songwriter, so let’s manifest that.
What is one fact that most would not know about you?
I am also a voice over actor for big commercial campaigns in France. Sometime people think they recognize my speaking voice from somewhere… And they are right!
What does your perfect day in Paris look like?
Love to start my day with a hot green tea, going through my emails and any “office work,” the boring but important kind, then I workout (usually following a Chloe Ting session on YouTube, she is so good!). I then write a little or I go to the studio to record a new song or work on production. The best part of my days is that they never look the same. When the work is done, I usually meet with my friends for cocktail hour. We have our spots around Palais Royal, my favorite area. I also attend a lot of events in the evening, so I would usually end the day with a movie premiere or a brand party. It’s Paris, there is never a dull moment!
How would you describe your own personal style?
I don’t describe my style as trendy per say, mostly because I don’t follow trends to a T. You will often catch me wearing something very colorful, sexy and sparkling. When you have pink hair, people expect a show every time you step foot our the door and I am happy to oblige.
How would you describe your on-stage performer style?
It’s my party style on steroids! I was honored to have had my stage outfits made by the incredible Charly Lavado who makes garments for Chanel or Valentino, to name a few. He captured the essence of the performance perfectly and delivered iconic outfits.
What’s your go-to outfit when you’re pressed for time?
I have this one pink dress from House of CB I once saw on Bebe Rexha that I HAD to get and now I wear it every time I don’t have time to think of an outfit. Also a silver Fendi jacket that can dress up any casual outfit in the summer is a no brainer for me.
What’s your fashion or beauty indulgence?
Bags and shoes. Could this be the most boring answer ever? Beauty wise I discovered micro needling a few years back then and I have been hooked ever since. I have it done 2-3 times a year by the best skincare specialist Selina Beutler and I trust her with my eternal youth.
Favorite shoe brands?
I wear Zanotti on stage a lot, but two of my favorite shoe brands would be Le Silla and Casadei. They have killer heals, quite literally.
Who’s your celebrity style crush?
Harry Magic Styles. It’s a given.
Which cocktail best describes your personality?
A Negroni. Gin (a good one!), Campari, Vermuth. One big rock. Orange quarter squeeze. Carcasse in. Classy, sweet but bitter!
If you could have dinner with any three guests, who would they be?
Let’s have dinner with you and Ricardo and add Natasha, somewhere near Palais Royal. Petit Chablis is on me this time around ;)
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