Renée Martel’s daughter is preparing a project in tribute to her mother

Renée Martel’s daughter is currently preparing a dial project that pays homage to her mother’s musical repertoire. In her own way, Laurence Lebel highlights the common passion that united mother and daughter: music.

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Laurence Lebel navigates the music industry after her childhood, having accompanied her mother, Renée Martel, backstage throughout Quebec. Or after ten years, it is by working in this industry, mainly with emerging artists, that Laurence makes his own way. This is what leads her today to set up uniting her passion musical project, her friends and the artists she cherishes in order to pay tribute to the vast musical repertoire of her mother, who died on December 18th. . “It’s a project that was already there for me when my mother was still with us. I talked to him about it, saying: “Can you imagine if I gathered all my friends from the next generation and we honored your catalog?” She supported and loved the next generation so much! My mother was eager for discoveries. When we discussed together, in the exchanges gravitated around the music. It was our rallying point,” Laurence tells us.

A photo of Renée Martel and her daughter, Laurence, in the late 1980s.

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A photo of Renée Martel and her daughter, Laurence, in the late 1980s.

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A personal touch to his mother’s catalog

Four years ago, Laurence Lebel approached producers to carry out her project, but unfortunately it didn’t work. Following the death of his mother, he contacted Productions Martin Leclerc, who took care of the management of Renée Martel after fifteen years. The response was positive. “It was an automatic yes! In my opinion, Pilou was the best person to work on this project. I knew him by pop jam, at MusiquePlus, where artists recover the title of another artist to adapt it to their own style. And that’s really what we want to do with this dial: bring together a new generation, or at least artists who have never participated in a project with my mother. We want to get off the beaten track. We offer them a catalog of 20 to 30 songs by my mother, in fanl they get it.”

What are his expectations? “I expect to listen to this album and wonder what the original song was. I would say that there is also the desire to remove the cliché and the country label from the catalogue. There are more and more up-and-coming artists, including Alex Burger, who is involved in the democratization of the style. So we are going to push even further and approach young people who grew up with the music of my mother and that of my grandfather. (Marcel Martel)but who will put their own touch to it.”

Excerpt from tribute album offers, Laurence Lebel in a received several following the departure of her mother. But he is already waiting for his idea in his head. “I didn’t want to take it easy and bring together artists who had already sung with her. I had sent to put this in danger. I also wanted to tell a story. This is my very personal way of highlighting his career.”

This album, which will see the light of day in 2023, should also have three important points for her: “It was essential for me that it was equal, so 50% men and 50% women. From this percentage, I want to take up-and-coming artists, plus also other established ones”, she adds while confirming that the artists are enthusiastic about this project, including Pilou, who shed tears when Laurence told him the request to make the album. “He was moved by my request. For us, it’s a first professional achievement, which has turned into a strong friendship.

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A silent mentor

The taste for music comes from his family. By his mother, Renée Martel, and his grandfather, Marcel Martel. “I have always been accompanied by artists and producers. When I was very young, I followed my mother and went to see shows. It was like our daily life. As a child, I was interested in new bands. I listen to the radio and all the Galaxie channels. I had a desire to know everything. One thing leading to another, I started working at HMV, and I couldn’t see myself in another field.

Laurence started working in this environment in the early 2010s. “I’ve already worked in quite a few positions to learn the inner workings of the industry, especially since now I was looking into it as a professional. However, when I was 15, I went to see my guidance counselor and told him that I wanted to work promoting French-language music in a record company. So I always focused on promoting music in all styles, in every way I could.

If Laurence made her own way, her mother always served as her guide. “She hatched like a silent mentor. While working in this environment, I happened to regularly meet people with whom she had worked. There was an exchange of knowledge between these people and me, and between my mother and me. Whenever I had a doubt, unites “insecurity” for report to the environment, I called her and she helped me to put things into perspective, to see things differently thanks to her experience.

A dose of love that feels good

The death of Renée Martel surprised Quebec and the singer’s fans. Testimonies of love merged from all parties for the family, who received them with great affection. “It touched me enormously and it also helped me to overcome this shock. I was moved to see artists and politicians show their love for my mother. It was then that I realized the magnitude of his career. In 2022, it is rare to see artists with 70 years of career and an audience that is still renewing itself.

Of her mother, Laurence Lebel keeps a very precious memory: “I would tell you that at the moment, what comes to my mind the most is her risore. These are the discussions we had on the phone, the somewhat naive exchanges between a mother and her daughter. It was also his birthday in June; she would have I am 75 years old. That, too, came to my mind,” she told us, moved.

Laurence Lebel is concentrating on several other music projects, including the management of Super Plage and Alexe Gaudreault. She is also the general manager of the company Artifice, dedicated to music and emerging artists.

Laurence Lebel’s musical project will see the light of day in 2023.

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