Born on July 6, 1972, in Sainte-Félicité (Quebec), Isabelle Boulay has grown into an international star. On top of her 19 Félix and her 2 Victoires de la musique awards, Boulay holds the record, with Céline Dion, for the most wins in the “Female singer of the year” category at the Adisq Gala in Quebec, a title she won 7 times.
Isabelle Boulay’s journey started in the ’90s, after she won three performance awards at the Festival de la Petite Vallée and the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, two notable music festivals in Quebec. Following these wins, Boulay was approached to provide the singing voice for Quebec singer Alys Robi in the eponymous TV miniseries, and landed a role in the popular musical Starmania. In 1996, she launched her first album, titled Fallait pas, followed by États d’amour, which cemented her popularity amongst the public by selling over 240,000 copies in Quebec. With her immensely popular follow-up album, Mieux qu’ici-bas, Boulay joined the very select group of francophone artists selling over a million copies of a single album.
Over the course of her career, Isabelle Boulay released 13 albums, for which she sold over 4.5 million copies. She shared the stage with a number of world-renowned artists, including Gilbert Bécaud, Charles Aznavour, Serge Lama, Francis Cabrel, Serge Reggiani, Kenny Rodgers and Dolly Parton Her biggest hits are known by all: “Je t’oublierai, je t’oublierai”, “La lune”, “Parle-moi”, “Jamais assez loin”, “Depuis le premier jour”, “Entre Matane et Bâton Rouge”, just to name a few. Her duo with French signer Johnny Hallyday, “Tout au bout de nos peines”, spent 21 weeks at the top of the charts in France. Boulay’s live shows have been seen by millions, whether at Montreal’s Place des Arts, at the prestigious Olympia de Paris, or Tunisia’s breathtaking Carthage amphitheatre.