Music: Oliver Dragojević

In 2019, I visited Croatia as part of a Rick Steves tour and our guide introduced us to the music of Oliver Dragojević , who was a beloved Croatian singer. He was born in Vela Luka on the Croatian island of Korčula in 1947 when it was part of Yugoslavia and died in Split in 2018 in present day Croatia.

Dragojević performed around the world and will be honored with a concert at Spaladium Arena in Split for his birthday on December 7, 2019. 

I love his music and have listened to hours of it. I am so glad I was introduced to this great artist even though I don’t speak or understand his language. The audience in the following video seems to adore him. During my visit to Croatia, Croatians spoke about him with great love and admiration.

2CELLOS & Oliver Dragojevic – Sto To Bjese Ljubav

My photos of Croatia are here.

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Music: Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer with a glorious voice. She was born in 1965 in New Jersey and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her paternal was a grandfather Russian who grew up in France and later moved to the United States where he taught Kent French. Once she learned French, it was the only language she spoke with her grandfather. Kent travelled to England after college to study music in London, where she met saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married in 1991.

I have the impression Kent is better known in France than in the United States. Her album Raconte-moi was recorded in French and became the second best selling French language album worldwide in 2010.

Kent has also faced serious health challenges. In a 2004 interview with Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post, Kent recounted that she’s been in comas three times caused by brainstem encephalitis:

Each time, baffled doctors were not certain they could bring her back. The last coma was in 1999, and Tomlinson nursed her through it. On doctors’ advice, he brought records to her hospital room. When she awoke he was playing Mildred Bailey, one of the great jazz singers of the ’30s. “There’s just so much emotion in that voice,” Kent says. “It’s a cry — even when she’s singing a happy song.”

I love Stacey Kent’s music and recently discovered this marvelous 2018 interview en français with her. It is also available as a podcast on iTunes and Overcast.

You can listen to Stacey Kent’s sublime voice on Spotify or iTunes. She also has a lovely website worth exploring.

Music: Lara Fabian

Lara Fabian sings beautifully and speaks four languages: French, Spanish, Italian and English. She was born in Belgium to a Flemish father and an Italian mother. I especially love her French music. Fabian is best known for the dance pop song “I Will Love Again,” which was released in 2000 and peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

I saw her perform in Washington, DC in 2018 at the Warner Theater and her voice knocked my socks off.

Her music is in the same genre as Laura Pausini with whom she has performed. Together they are an exceptional treat.

Lara Fabian and Laura Pausini
Lara Fabian TV Interview

Lara Fabian on iTunes