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Carla Bruni Biography

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Born: 1967/12/23
Birth Place: Turin, Italy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rock, World

Carla Bruni, now known as Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (born Carla Gilberta Bruni Tedeschi, December 23, 1967) is an Italian-French singer, songwriter and former model. She married the then President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy in February 2008. Bruni was born in Turin, Italy.

She signed with City Models at age 19. Bruni subsequently worked for designers and fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Yves Saint-Laurent, Shiatzy Chen, Chanel and Versace. By the 1990s, Bruni was among the 20 highest-paid fashion models. While modeling, Bruni dated Eric Clapton, then Mick Jagger.

In 1997, Bruni quit the world of fashion to devote herself to music. She sent her lyrics to Julien Clerc in 1999, based on which he composed six tracks on his 2000 album “Si j'étais elle.” In 2002, her debut album, “Quelqu'un m'a dit,” produced by Louis Bertignac, was released in Europe with success in Francophone countries. In 2004 Bruni won an EBBA Award. Annually the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of 10 emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

In 2005, she wrote the lyrics for 10 out of 12 songs for Louis Bertignac's album “Longtemps,” and performed two duets with him on the album, “Les Frôleuses” and “Sans toi.” In 2006, Bruni recorded “Those Little Things,” an English-language translation of the Serge Gainsbourg song “Ces petits riens” for the tribute album “Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited.”

Her second album, “No Promises,” containing poems by William Butler Yeats, Emily Dickinson, W. H. Auden, Dorothy Parker, Walter de la Mare and Christina Rossetti, set to music, was released in January 2007. She continued recording after her marriage and released her third album “Comme si de rien n'était” in July 2008. The songs were self-penned except for one rendition of “You Belong to Me”" and another song featuring Michel Houellebecq's poem “La Possibilité d'une île” set to music.

In September 2009, she recorded a duet with Harry Connick, Jr. for the French edition of his album “Your Songs.” They sang the Beatles song “And I Love Her.” The album was released in France in October 2009. In September 2010, she contributed a cover of David Bowie's “Absolute Beginners” to the War Child charity record “We Were So Turned On : A Tribute to David Bowie.” Her fourth solo album, “Little French Songs,” was issued in April 2013.