Born on December 5, 1966 in the German-French border region, Patricia Kaas has long been one of the most internationally successful French singers.
“One minute as the crow flies from Saarrebruck”
Patrizia is a latecomer: the youngest of seven children of the French miner Joseph Kaas and his German wife Irmgard, she grew up in a miners’ settlement in Stiring-Wendel: “Une minute à vol d’oiseau de Saarrebruck”. Patricia Kaas had once described this short distance to the German Saarbrücken in this way: She only had to stretch her neck a little to be in Germany right away.
Patrizia Kaas owes her first name to her mother. She was an almost ardent admirer of the Monegasque princess Grace Kelly alias Grazia Patrizia. It is also her mother who projects her own dreams of an artistic career onto her daughter: she therefore ensures that her daughter’s career begins quite early. Thus, little Patrizia, always equipped with a distinctive voice, soon appears at the fair and carnival, in pubs, at beer festivals and in singing competitions.
In addition, authentic reports tell us that thirteen-year-old Patricia, accompanied by her mother, caused a sensation at Je-ka-mi events in 1979. Je-ka-mi means “anyone can join in” and referred to regionally popular events during which more or less talented amateurs performed their songs. They were accompanied by a live band, which also made the difference to the karaoke events that emerged later. In any case, little Kaas won these singing competitions. After that, Patrizia Kaas gave her first professional performances – always under the supervision of the Youth Welfare Office, as the organizers emphasized.
“Mademoiselle chante le blues”/”Mademoiselle chante le blues”.
“Rumpelkammer” was the name of the establishment in Saarbrücken’s Cecilienstraße, where Patrizia Kaas was the drawing card for a whole seven years. In the beginning her fee was 50 marks, later 80 marks. At some point, an influential architect from Bitche in Lorraine discovered her.
Enthusiastic about the voice, he also became Patrizia’s manager for some time. The man had connections in Paris and in 1985 arranged for the first single production of a Patricia Kaas song: Produced by none other than Gérard Depardieu, “Jalouse” was created – and flopped.
Only two years later, with “Mademoiselle chante le blues”, Patricia Kaas began a steep ascent. She quickly became a top international star and the French singer with the most record sales.
The dark side of fame.
Dark, full, smoky is her voice, unforgettably beautiful. In her chansons and her later film roles, Patrizia Kaas tells of great love, close relationships and deep friendships – but also of problems between people.
Golden albums and world tours are just as characteristic as the darker side of her success: just as her constant traveling makes solid partnerships impossible, the excessive love of her fans becomes a problem. A nightmare is that a stalker penetrates into their living quarters.
Patrizia Kaas’s glamorous life is also overshadowed by hardships, self-doubt and strokes of fate. Today, she also wishes she could finally stop being perfect.
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