Like her American counterpart Jackie Evancho, teenage singer Caroline Costa has a voice that sounds incredibly mature. Her main influences are singers with big voices: Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston, to name a few.
Costa hails from the Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France. She attended music school in Castelsarrasin, and first performed on stage at the age of six. In 2007, she competed on a children's talent show called Iapiap!, where she was mentored by M Pokora. Upon winning on the show, she was placed in the mixed-gender teen singing group Pop System. The group scored a top 20 hit in 2007 with "Laissez-nous dire."
By the time her 'Evancho' moment came in 2008 during the reality competition La France a un Incroyable Talent (the French version of America's Got Talent), she was already a show business veteran. Never mind that she was just 12 years old at the time.
Her Incroyable Talent audition made her a judge's favorite and won her a standing ovation from the audience, who couldn't believe the pipes on the little girl. (She sang "Hurt" by Christina Aguilera.) Here's that performance:
And here's the performance that made Caroline Costa household name. Although Costa finished second in the competition, everyone remembers her rendition of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."
In 2010, she released an EP called "Qui je suis", which included a cover of Rihanna's "Take a Bow." The title track reached number 15 on the charts.
The singer released her debut album J'irai in 2012. Five of the songs on it were written by the award-winning writer behind the mega-hit "Je Veux" by Zaz. The first single is the duet "J'ai Menti," with the Swedish teenage YouTube sensation Ulrik Munther.
"J'ai Menti" is actually a cover of the English title "Kill for Lies," which appears on Ulrik's 2011 self-titled debut album. With a chorus consisting of lines like, "We kill for lies. Murder our love to save our pride," the subject matter seems rather heavy for their youth and blondness, but Caroline and Ulrik pull it off with their strong, unique voices. Check it out:
The second single from the album is the Doo Wop-style ballad "On a beau dire":
Costa returned to children's television as host of on the kids' music show Kids 20 from 2011-2013. She left the show to star with her labelmate and one-time mentor M Pokora in the French stage musical Robin des Bois (Robin Hood), which began in Fall 2013.
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