My dear friends,
HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!
May you all be full of good health, happiness and strength!
Personally, I admit that I couldn’t wait for 2014 to come…!
As you may know, we are getting ready for my concert in New York on January the 22nd! I can’t wait for this day.. Many friends and fans will be there as well as scholars from the Horatio Alger Association.. I will present my new English album for the first time, sing most of the new songs for you but also a few of my favorite ones that are part of my journey.. For those of you who won’t be there, don’t worry! We are recording and filming the performance as it will be broadcast on TV.. more details to follow!!
I wanted you to know that your support and love over the last year gave me the strength to go on, even when I was ready to give up. I am grateful to you for that, always will be!
Here’s to a wonderful New Year with peace for the whole world and LOV between us, humans.
I hope we’ll all find the secret wisdom within us that makes us generous, loving and caring.
Sending you a warm hug,
My dear friends,
I’m writing to you, from the most amazing view of all views : the Greek sea and its sun…
It’s been so long!! I’ve missed you!! How are you all ?
After a very long trip that lasted more than 2 months I am back to Greece at last.. I am so excited that we will get the chance to meet this summer in various places around Greece and Cyprus..
As I had mentioned in one of my previous messages, I am so happy to work with Alkistis Protopsalti.. She is a legend and I have dreamt of this moment for a long time… We’ve already done our first 2 concerts and it was amazing!! She is one of the most valuable people I have ever met and I feel lucky that she is in my life…
As you may know, the Live dvd from the concert in Montreal was released in April exclusively here on my website.. Thank you for your messages.. I’m so happy we managed to share that unique evening with you..
I spent the whole month of May in Los Angeles recording my next album.. this time in English and it will be released in early 2014 in the US, Canada and then a few other countries.. I can’t wait to share with you my experiences but above all my brand new songs.. but you’ll have to be patient until after the summer !!!
I’m sure you’ve all heard about the torments that my country is going through.. However, keeping hope and faith is what will make us fix things.. I recently read a comment on my page from someone saying that “singers who sing about love are indifferent”.. Please allow me to say that love is the only solution to our problems. The kind of love that brings solidarity, support, tolerance, respect and the strength we all need to move forward.. So, please forgive me, but I will sing about love for as long as I live.
I’m thinking of you and hope you’re all well !
My dear friends,
Here’s a message coming from the most beautiful of all sights : in front of my Christmas tree with its lights and colours..
Sometimes I don’t realize how fast time goes… These last couple of months have been intense and wonderful…
The Canada tour was an amazing experience… the audience was so warm, full of love.. They embraced me and I really can’t wait to be back to Canada; this country that always welcomes its guests with such ardor..
I also had the chance to work with an amazing team.. especially my musicians who were all fantastic!
Soon we will share some videos from the last performance in Montreal !
I can’t even begin to describe how touched I am by all the messages I’ve received from you concerning the new “Live” album.. I’m so happy you like it and that it touched you… that is the most beautiful reward…
I wish you all a wonderful new year full of happiness… forget everything that troubles you, all the problems in the world.. Smile at the person walking across from you, don’t be afraid to change everything and to try to make your dreams come true! And don’t forget… Love is the only source of peace, the greatest proof of intelligence… genuine, invincible and eternal..
With all my affection,
My dear friends..
As usual I’m writing to you from inside a plane, looking at the clouds and lost inside my thought and ideas..
There’s so many things that I’d like to share with you, I don’t know where to start!
I wanted to tell you how touched and how important it was for me to sing at the Herod Atticus theatre back home in Greece, invited by my friend Mario Frangoulis.
I have dreamt of setting foot on that stage ever since I was a child.. That night was a full moon… It illuminated the Acropolis and the audience.. I will never forget that image…
Last time I had spoken to you about an experience that changed me.. I couldn’t give you all the details at the time, but now I can!!
I had the chance and the honor to work with Alkistis Protopsalti for my new “Live” album that will be released in Greece in November… Alkistis is one of the most important singers that we have in Greece.. Our national treasure… Working with her was a unique lesson of professionalism, respect, sincerity and generosity.. I feel so lucky and privileged to have her as a friend.. I can’t wait for you to listen to the album! Hope you’ll like it!
At this moment while I’m writing to you, I’m just leaving Montreal… I adore this city and it feels almost like home being here ...
We have just spent the week promoting the tour in November.. It was a crazy week!! I had to get up everyday at 6 and wouldn’t return back home before 10 at night!! But I was touched by the way the Canadian media received me.. So respectful and hospitable..
They are simple people, no pretence.. I love them!
Of course I’m very anxious and nervous about the tour… Kind of when you flirt with someone for the first time…! Impatient!
But I can tell you one thing: we’re going to have FUN!!!
I will sing some songs from the French album, but also a few songs in Greek and some in English that I love particularly…
I can’t hide from you the fact that I was a little depressed these last few days, even though amazing these have been happening around me! Probably because I was a little homesick, far from the people I love and thinking of my country that is going through some difficult times.. I’m not complaining of course! It’s just that sometimes when we’re away from home we’re more fragile and vulnerable..
I hope that you’re all well and happy and with beauty knocking on your doors in all its forms!
I am writing to you from my house in Athens.. today is a beautiful sunny day! I’m loving it !!
I wanted to thank you for all your amazing messages.. they go straight to my heart.. I was so happy to read that you loved the album.. such a relief !!! haha
To answer your questions, for now the album is available in stores only in Canada, but you can download it on iTunes or order the cd from www.renaud-bray.com.
These days I am enjoying my return back home as much as I can.. I swim, I stay under the sun, I meet with my friends that I haven’t seen in a long time and in the meantime (!) I work… am working on the last small details of the new live album.. but shhhh I can’t tell you more right now.. in a few weeks !!
I also wanted to tell you that I will be performing with my dear friend Mario Frangoulis in Boston with the Boston Pops for the presentation of his new album “Beautiful things” in the USA.. it’s a great honnor for me and I can’t wait for June 21st to come !!
Right before that, I will be back to beautiful Montreal for the promotion of the album… I am so excited about this.. I’m like a 5 year old in front of a swimming pool full of candy !!! haha
As you may know, my country is going through some difficult times.. however.. don’t hesitate to come here on holidays for the summer under this gorgeous sun and the sea!
Be happy and smile non-stop !
All my love,
My dear friends..
Yes yes you are right ….!! I am so sorry it took me almost 10 (!) months to write you a new message !!
I’ve been swamped between concerts, recordings and travels..
As you may have seen.. the french album is FINALLY released in April.. Its journey will start from Canada and later in the year it will be released in a few more countries..
I’m sure you can imagine how excited I am! We have been working on this album for 3 years now and I just couldn’t wait for you to finally hear it… I hope you will love it as much as I do!
Very soon –as I have decided to write to you more often– I will have more exciting news to tell you.. about a current experience in my life that I can’t wait to share with you..
Spring with its beautiful colours is here! Enjoy it!
My dear friends,
How are you ? How have you been ?
I haven’t written to you in a long time but I honestly haven’t had the time!!
I enjoy writing to you through these letters… I find it romantic.. like in the old times… even though I spend hours and hours every day on facebook or writing emails!! ha ha
As you may know, Deborah Myers and I will be performing in Athens on the 16th of June at the Badminton theatre…
I can’t wait!! I’m sure it will be a wonderful night… although I have to admit that I’m starting to panic as the days go by…
I recently had the pleasure and honor to perform with Stephan Moccio in Toronto.. it was a magical night.. Stephan and I have an amazing chemistry on stage.. I was so happy to see that the audience loved the songs we did.. especially the one that Stephan composed for my french record. Soon we will upload a few videos from the concert… hope you’ll enjoy !!
Speaking of the French record… yes, I know, we’re running a little behind.. but there always difficulties that are beyond our powers, especially in the difficult times we live in… but I promise you that you will hear it very very soon!!
My country, Greece, is going through some rough times recently, and like all my other compatriots I worry a lot.. However, I do know that we’ll be back to our feet in due time.. A few days ago I was listening to “Medea” with Maria Callas and I realized that culture has always been and will always be one of our strongest assets…
As I’m writing to you now, I can see some fisherman boats sailing in the Aegean sea and I feel the afternoon sun on my face… What could be better than that ?!
My dear friends,
At last! We have an official website!! Just when I thought it would never be a reality… well… thanks to Sébastien’s hard work, here we are!
These last 2 years have been magical for me. Full of emotions, energy, and many journeys… I sang in so many countries and collaborated with some of the greatest artists in the world!
I will never forget the day I sang with Lara Fabian in Athens, only to be honored by her invitation to me to tour with her in France and Belgium. I was gobsmacked! Lara has always been one of my idols.. Such grace, generosity, and kindness – but above all – such a soul! Singing with her is a precious gift from the sky… In Paris, when we performed at the Zenith, I also met Nana Mouskouri who has been my idol ever since I was a child, but also the legendary Charles Aznavour!
When I was in London, with a symphony orchestra, I couldn’t help but wonder why I was chosen for such a concert! Between us, however, the 4 year old George in me, was as happy as ever! Same thing a few months later when I performed in Boston and St. Petersburg – I felt this way right before I went on stage.
Thanks to my dear friend Mario Frangoulis, I was fortunate to travel to Mexico, Kiev and New York, and meet amazing people… and in some cases all of you! Above all I learned the importance of being generous…
With this new website, you will be informed about all my news, albums, concert dates and of course you will be receiving messages from me from time to time as well! There will be new material, and surprises too!
I wanted to send you this message, to let you know that I haven’t stopped working [and dreaming], that I’m not lazy [ha ha] and that I’m preparing some beautiful music for you…
I finished recording my new French album a few weeks ago which will be released in the spring… I can’t wait!
As 2010 comes to a close, I wanted to thank you for being out there, for supporting me, and I wanted to wish you all a happy happy new year… full of joy and love – serenity and big smiles!
With all my affection,
P.S. There’s beauty everywhere around us… Don’t forget that!