Saturday, March 19, 2011

Chicago Schlager Saturday: Francine Jordi

Saturday is customarily the slowest day in the blogosphere. With the coming of Spring it's sure to get even slower since we'll finally be able to crawl out of our battened-down Chicago winter caves, get out from in front of the computer and begin to enjoy some semblance of habitable weather.

So, rather than treat weighty matters, I think I'm just going to devote all forthcoming Saturday posts to a different artist from the European "Schlager" genre -- which is so little known here in the USA.

It's kind of like the Euro version of our Country & Western.

This week's featured performer on Chicago Schlager Saturday (try saying that fast 10 times in a row) is a rather vibrant 33 year old Swiss girl named Francine Jordi. The video has some nicely scenic Swiss pastoral footage and has kind of an up-tempo "Sound of Music" ambience:

Here she performs, Tu's Doch Tu's (rough translation - Do it, Just Do it):

Multi-styled pop singer Francine Jordi (real name: Francine Lehmann) was born in Worb, Switzerland on June 24, 1977.

Her first big break came when she won the German Grand Prix der Volksmusik in 1998. 2002 saw her hit the European big time, when she represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest (a celebrated pan-European event which in 1974, spawned the careers of Swedish pop superstars, ABBA.)

To date, she has released nine albums, of which her 2007 platter, Dann Karnst Du, was a top thirty hit. 2007 also saw Francine Jordi make her operatic debut.

Read more about Francine Jordi and other Schlager music personalities at: The Chicago Schlager Music Review