|78 Year old
|Singer, Songwriter & Photographer
|Date of Birth:
|April 27, 1942
Ann Grégory real name is Arlette Kotchounian, is a French songwriter, composer and photographer, born on April 27 that makes her 78 year old by 2020. She also called herself Arlette Avedian at the beginning of her career. Arlette has an estimated net worth of $1 Million.
A student in mathematics, she meets Eddy Louis, who is the best friend of his brother Serge, passionate about jazz, from Club Saint-Germain in Paris.
She also composes songs for Eddy Louis. In the 1960s, she decided to compose her own songs.
She read in a newspaper that Françoise Hardy had obtained an audition by telephoning a record company. She follows this example and obtains an audition at Pathé Marconi. First hearing; Roger Van Hest wants to hire her. But her parents are afraid that she will give up her studies and she must wait until she comes of age before signing a contract.
In 1963, she began a small singing career (which lasted until 1965), under the name of Arlette Avedian – a contraction of Avedissian – her mother’s last name, and recorded the first single “You laugh at me”.
Later, Ann meets Léo Missir, artistic director of Riviera, of the Barclay label, who suggests that she find a pseudonym that will be Ann Grégory and will be published a four-track single with “It rains on the Place Saint Germain.
Rudy Revil editions need an artistic director, Ann accepts the challenge. This is how she hears for the first time the American title “Angelica”. Convinced of the song’s potential success, she seeks a performer. Léo Missir signed Nicole Grisoni, the future Nicoletta. In 1967, Ann offered inspiration for the song “Angelica ”, then decided to adopt the text in French, for Nicoletta, “ La Musique ” was born and became the hit for the summer of 1967. On the same record, Ann wrote: “Think of summer “. Ann Grégory wrote the English version of “Il mort le Soleil ”, which will be performed by Ray Charles and reworked by Tom Jones and Betty Carter.
Her Biggest Achievement
She wrote for Jean Guidoni, Claude François, Sacha Distel, Pierre Groscolas, Sandie Shaw and other wonderful artists .
In 1973, she wrote the song “Sans toi “, music by Paul Koulak , for Martine Clémenceau at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest.
She organizes an album on the theme of Childhood, for the Foundation pour l’Enfance de Madame Giscard d’Estaing and Ray Charles records “A childhood”, the American version of “Unfenced” especially for this project.
Also, under her real name Arlette Kotchounian, she worked in photography for the record sleeves of certain artists: Claude Nougaro, Jacques Higelin, Ray Charles, Richard Galliano, and Caetano Veloso. In the illustration for Liberation, Match, SOS Racisme, El Globo, Unicef .
She participates in the organization of events with the Inauguration of the Human Rights Parvis at the Trocadéro, Van Gogh at the Musée d’Orsay. She contributes to the launch of the Bicentennial of the Revolution album for Yvette Horner and that of Richard Bohringer with Errance. And promotes exceptional meetings: Richard Galliano and Didier Lockwood in Orléans, Ray Charles and a large French orchestra in Marciac.
As of 2020, her net worth is calculated as $1 Million.
In 2000, “La Musique” was taken up as the theme of the Star Académy Television Show and the title sold more than two million copies.
His “musical” photographs are exhibited at the Rencontres Internationales de Montpellier with texts by Claude Nougaro, at the Nice Jazz Festival with “Figures”, in Miami Basel and Paris Photo.
She actively supports Sacem and moreover has the honour of having been: – Member of the Accounts Commission from 2006 to 2009 – Member of the Supervisory Board, as well as of the Ethics Committee from 2017 to 2019 -Member of the Memory Commission in 2019/2020.
The song “A childhood” sung by Ray Charles is used in “The Banker” first film distributed by the platform Apple TV + early 2020 with Samuel Jackson and Anthony Mackie.
Arlette Kotchounian Ray Charles Relationship
Ray Charles is the father of Vincent Kotchounian and the son of Arlette Kotchouian a Parisian songwriter & Photographer.