Voulzy, Laurent

Born on 18 December 1948 in Paris, France, Laurent Voulzy is a French singer/songwriter.
He originally led the English-pop-influenced Le Temple de Vénus before joining Pascal Danel as guitarist from 1969 to 1974. However he is best known for his collaborative songwriting efforts with singer/songwriter Alain Souchon and his solo singing career which spanned several successful albums.

Laurent Voulzy made an international hit with the song ‘Rockollection’. The French lyrics were interspersed with some lines from classic rock hits after the chorus. Since then, he’s released several solo albums and some ‘best-of’-collections, as well as one live album in 1994.

A very striking release was Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde, the 1986 single in which Laurent sings about how lonely the nights are without Kim Wilde. Kim contributed some vocals to the song, and appeared in the accompanying videoclip, a glamorous production which also features a pinball machine with Kim Wilde design.
Since then, Laurent and Kim have performed songs together a few times on French television, singing Bye Bye Love (in 1990) and Laurent’s song Belle-Ile en Mer Marie-Galante (in 1992).
The two were reunited in 2006 for a television show celebrating the music of Laurent Voulzy and Alain Souchon, and they sang ‘Les nuits sans Kim Wilde’ together.
In 2010, Laurent and Kim performed live at Night of the Proms in Charleroi (Belgium), singing ‘Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde’ and Oh Lori together.
In 2018, they released the song Amoureux des Rêves on the deluxe edition of the album Here Come the Aliens.

In 2006, Laurent released ‘La Septième Vague’, an album of cover versions of songs from the Seventies and Eighties. The album reached number 1 in France. Voulzy then toured France in 2007.

He now lives in Southern England, in the town of Haslemere. He moved to join his family who had already lived there for 20 years.