Every so often an artist comes along who is a reminder of the ephemeral power live performance can hold. They have the ability to silence a crowd with just the first few notes of a tune and elicit a fan-girl frenzy from even the most stoic audience members, almost as though casting a spell on an unwitting crowd. Faouzia is one of those artists.
Born in Morocco and raised in the rural town of Carman, Manitoba, Faouzia is a singer, songwriter, and a serious force to be reckoned with. Combining catchy pop rhythms, heartfelt lyrics and powerhouse vocals, this young sensation could make Adele blush.
After winning the Grand Prize at La Chicane Électrique 2015 for her original song “Mes Cicatrices”, Faouzia’s burgeoning career started to blossom. Going from playing hometown dates at Festival du Voyageur and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, to taking the stage at Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square for Canada’s Walk Of Fame Festival, Faouzia has wowed audiences with her heart-wrenching ballads and magnetic stage presence.
Switching seamlessly between composing songs in French and English, Faouzia follows her well-tuned instinct, and it’s a good thing she does. Her hit “Knock On My Door” is already in regular rotation on Canadian radio, a rare bragging right for a high school teen.
A far cry from the stereotypical child star, Faouzia matches killer pipes with a poised maturity.
Despite the strength of her live performance, it was Faouzia’s YouTube channel that lead to whispers of acknowledgment among music industry professionals, turning her Generation Z tech-savvy into internet hype. Growing up in an Arabic and French-speaking household, the young songstress was prone to crafting silly songs while playing around on her family’s piano. After tackling radio hits, learning to play them by ear, Faouzia took her self-taught talents to the web. Originally created as a fun way to gain an audience and share her favourite songs, the YouTube channel quickly gained attention, with several videos racking up thousands of views.
Faouzia’s music goes beyond the stiff plastic wrapping of radio pop, however. Influenced by hours spent listening to traditional Arabic music in her parents’ minivan, the songbird’s voice embodies a unique range, taking on subtle trills and stylings that combine effortlessly with contemporary pop hooks or Francophone lyrics. This accessibility also provides the artist with a broad audience and a perfect entry point for pursuing a variety of genres.
With a record in the works and more performances booking up daily, Faouzia’s star just keeps shining brighter. Who will she enchant next?
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