BIOGRAPHY

Wherever there’s music, Gregory Charles is nearby. Born February 12, 1968, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he stood out as a classical pianist from early childhood, winning his first national competition at age 10.

 

In 1989, Gregory made his TV debut as an actor in the TVA drama series Chambres en ville. He then went on to excel as a TV host, before joining the teaching faculty on the hit TVA singing competition show Star Académie. Meanwhile, his passion for music led him to a brilliant career as a radio host, as well as guiding the Collège vocal de Laval to new heights as the choir’s musical director.

 

In 1998, he accompanied Céline Dion on her world tour as a back-up singer and featured pianist. This unique experience inspired him to present his first one-man show in 2002. Titled Noir et Blanc, the performance was designed to showcase his vast musical knowledge. With this huge success generating insatiable audience demand, Gregory followed up with a succession of new shows – Vintage, Noir et Blanc 2, Music Man, L’air du temps – each more dazzling than the one before.

 

Never one to rest on his laurels, Gregory also teaches at his own virtual music school, called Gregory’s Academy, in addition to running Fondation Gregory and the virtual creative space Nocturne Studio, and preparing upcoming shows.

 

ON SCREEN

1989

Co-stars on hit TV drama Chambres en ville, airing on TVA

1990-2002

Co-hosts science-themed kids’ TV show Les Débrouillards along with Marie-Soleil Tougas (until 1997), and then with various young co-hosts

1992

Hosts Radio-Canada TV game show Que le meilleur gagne for 5 years

1995

Hosts late-night talk show Chabada

2001

Hosts variety TV show Multishow on French network TF1

2008

Hosts La cour des Grands on TVA

2011

Narrates French version of Disney documentary African Cats

2012

Joins teaching faculty on TVA singing competition show Star Académie

2014

Dubs Bruno Mars’ voice as Roberto in Rio 2

2015-2019

Produces and hosts the shows Virtuose, Crescendo and Le vrai nouveau monde on ICI Radio-Canada

2021-2022

Returns to teaching on TVA’s Star Académie

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ON THE RADIO

1991-1998

Hosts daily radio show on CKOI-FM

2001-2009

Hosts Des airs de toi on Radio-Canada’s Radio 1

2015

Acquires two classical musical stations, in Montreal and Quebec City

Depuis 2017

Hosts weekend show Sonnez les matines on Radio-Classique

Depuis 2020

Hosts 100 % Greg Saturdays & Sundays on Wknd radio station

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ON STAGE

1983

Plays New York’s Carnegie Hall, reaffirming piano prodigy status

1985

Plays piano as guest soloist with the Leeds, Prague, Winnipeg and Laval Symphony Orchestras

1998-2000

Performs on world’s biggest stages (Wembley, Stade de France, etc.) across USA, China and Japan as back-up singer and featured pianist on Céline Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love tour

Makes first of many stage appearances at Festival Juste pour rire

2000

Triumphs in Canada and U.S. in Two Pianos, Four Hands (“Deux pianos, quatre mains”)

2002-2007

Tours Canada and plays New York’s Beacon Theater with his first one-man show, titled Noir et Blanc – an interactive performance showcasing his impressive musical background, with the entire second act devoted to audience requests (show is seen by over 1 million people and runs for a record-breaking 43 performances at Montreal’s Bell Centre)

2005

Records debut original-music album I Think of You while convalescing from a fractured elbow, suffered in a fall from Bell Centre stage during his world tour

2009-2010

Presents his stage show Music Man, mainly in Quebec and France

2011

Plays Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and first of several performances at New York’s iconic Café Carlyle

2013

Acquires mobile theatre Le Qube, for which he creates the interactive show Vintage

2016

Presents Noir et Blanc 2, in collaboration with fellow singer and close friend Marc Hervieux

2018

Returns to stage with It was a very good year

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ALBUMS

2019

LEN

2017

Noël en Noir et Blanc

2016

Opus neige

2006

I think of you
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BOOKS

2013

N'oublie jamais

Gregory Charles

2019

GREGORY CHARLES

Julie Champagne

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OTHER PROJECTS

1986-2012

Musical director for Chœurs du Nouveau Monde and Collège vocal de Laval, leading the latter to several international competition victories

1988-1991

Studies Law at Université de Montréal

2003

Creates Fondation Gregory to support young musicians and artists

2005

Establishes Mondial Choral Loto-Québec, an annual music festival that hosts international choirs and vocal ensembles in Laval, Quebec

2010

Writes official theme song for 200-day Olympic Torch Relay ahead of Vancouver Winter Games

2017

Establishes Gregory’s Academy, a virtual music school where thousands of students study piano or guitar based on his unique intuitive method

2020

Establishes virtual creative space Nocturne Studio

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AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS

1978

Wins Grand Prize at Canadian Music Competition, establishing himself as a classical pianist at the age of 10

1995

Wins Artis Award for Favourite Youth-Audience Personality

2002

Wins Gémeaux Award for Best Youth-Audience TV Host, for Les Débrouillards

2003

Wins Félix Award for Live Performer of the Year, for Noir et Blanc

2004

Wins Gémeaux Award for Best Awards-Show Host, for Gala Metrostar

2005

Wins Félix Award for English-language Album of the Year, for Gospel Live en Noir et Blanc

2006

October: Releases the album I Think of You, which sells over 100,000 copies on its first day 

December: The album goes double-platinum (200,000 copies sold), on its way to triple-platinum in 2008, and eventually 500 000 copies sold

Spends 11 weeks at #1 on Quebec music charts with the smash radio single I Think of You

2007

Wins Félix Award for English-language Album of the Year, for I Think of You

2008

Wins Félix Award for Male Performer of the Year

2011

Receives honorary Ph.D. in Civil Law from Bishop’s University

2012

Becomes Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medallist

2013

Receives Martin Luther King Jr. Award for exceptional musical career

2016

Named Officer of the Order of Canada

Wins Gémeaux Award for hosting youth program Virtuose

2017

Wins Gémeaux Award for Best Youth Entertainment Program or Series, for Crescendo

2020

Wins 5th Félix Award, this time for Instrumental Album of the Year, for Len (dedicated to his father Lennox Charles)

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PERSONAL LIFE

2010

Weds Nicole Collet (Director, Dynamics Division, Microsoft France) on October 9 in Frelighsburg, Quebec

2012

Welcomes daughter Julia to the world on January 29

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