Kaas's inimitable husky singing voice and evocative style have won her fans around the world. The daughter of a miner, Kaas revealed herself to be prodigiously talented at a very young age. She began her career performing on stage when she was eight. At eleven, she made her debut in the Rumpelkammer Club in the German City of Saarbrucken, where she was compared with a young Marlene Dietrich because of the low timbre of her voice and her mysterious air. She continued to frequent the club for the next seven years.
At age 19 she was noticed by a Lorraine architect who helped her audition with Phonogram in Paris. Out of this exposure the French actor Gerard Depardieu heard Kaas, and decided to produce her first single, Jealous. The lyrics were written by his former wife Elisabeth.
Kaas's first album, Mademoiselle Chante, immediately drew acclaim and she was named Revelation of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Awards in France. The album sold 3.5 million copies around the world. Kaas' subsequent albums include Scene de Vie, Je Te Dis Vous, Tour de Charme, Dans ma Chair and Le mot de Passe. By 1999, she had sold more than 14 million albums worldwide.
In 2002, Kaas released Piano Bar, a collection of stirring songs she chose herself as representative of the best French chansons known around the world, a tribute to Piaf, Trenet, Aznavour, Becaud and Brel. These are the songs that inspired Claude Lelouch in the creation of And Now Ladies & Gentlemen.
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