PIERRE VIKIAN was born in Beirut, Lebanon at a time when that country was known as the “Switzerland of the Middle East”, a peaceful country, that is, until the war. Seventeen years of his youth were stolen and, out of necessity, the young Armenian faced the prospect of leaving his devastated homeland. With his passion for music and a war-torn heart, he despairingly sold his record collection which numbered in the thousands, and fled to France. Vikian’s faith and idealism helped him to overcome his heart-rending experiences and channel those feelings into songs with touching honesty. His new album L’Enfant du manège is an autobiographical reflection on his journey from Beirut to Paris and ending in Canada.
His Career Path
VIKIAN made his stage debut in London at 21 years of age. Under the pseudonym PETER MANN, he pursued his career in Paris, where he signed his first contract, a single for Polydor. It wasn’t long before his talent started turning heads and opportunities arose for him to collaborate with other artists. He wrote for Holly Jade, Dick Rivers, Peter Kingsberry as well as Audrey de Montigny, who was a finalist from Quebec on Canadian Idol. On top of all this, his song “Pire que l’amour” saw some success in Quebec in 2008.
In 1995, he embarked on a rewarding collaboration with filmmaker Robin Millar (Sade) and Robbie McIntosh (guitarist with Paul McCartney). Come to Me Right Now, his first English album at Warner Music, would later, in 1999, give him a Who's Who nomination for “Best Male Vocal Performance”.
In 2008, exit PETER MANN and enter VIKIAN. He resurrected his family name and returned to his homeland after a long trek through the desert. A series of successful shows encouraged him, along with his brother, to establish their own label and embark upon a solo career. VIKIAN now splits his time between the stage and studio. To create a friendly ambiance amongst the musicians, he decided to record his album live inside the Château de Faverolles Recording Studio with the best musicians of the day: Steve Prestage, filmmaker of Gérald De Palmas; and Doug Cook, engineer of Stereophonics and Ayo’s pianist. VIKIAN was looking for a '70s-inspired sound with rich and pronounced harmonies. He entrusted this task and all the final touches to Steve Prestage who, to name one, mixed some of the best songs of Johnny Hallyday.
L’Enfant du manège: a pop album with great variety
VIKIAN relates his incredible journey to us with 11 heartfelt songs in four languages. Arriving in Montréal in February 2011, VIKIAN will be putting the finishing touches on L’Enfant du manège. It is set for release this spring!