Faouzia

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Faouzia
Faouzia performing at the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Faouzia performing at the 2017 Canada Summer Games
Background information
Birth nameFaouzia Ouihya
Born (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 20)
Casablanca, Morocco
OriginCarman, Manitoba, Canada
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • instrumentalist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • violin
Years active2015–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitefaouziaofficial.com

Faouzia Ouihya (born 5 July 2000), known mononymously as Faouzia, is a Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter and musician. She was born in Casablanca, and moved with her family at the age of one to Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes, Manitoba in Canada, before settling in Carman, Manitoba.[2][3] She speaks Moroccan Darija (an Arabic dialect), English, and French.[3] As of August 14, 2020, her Spotify profile has 1.6 million monthly listeners and 191 thousand followers.

Career

At fifteen, she won Song of the Year, the Audience Award, and Grand Prix at the 2015 La Chicane Éléctrique.[4] She began posting her songs and other covers on YouTube which led her to be noticed and signed with Paradigm Talent Agency.[5][3]

In 2016, she won second place in the Canada's Walk of Fame Emerging Artist Mentorship Program.[6] In 2017, she was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the Nashville Unsigned Only music competition.[3] The same year, she collaborated with fellow Manitoban artist Matt Epp on their single The Sound, and won the International Songwriting Competition, the largest songwriting competition in the world.[7][8] The two are the first Canadians in competition's 16-year history to win the top prize, beating 16,000 other entries from 137 different countries.[8][9] She performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at The Forks, Winnipeg celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada.[5]

Faouzia is featured in the song Battle on David Guetta's studio album "7", announced on 24 August 2018.[10][11] In a French language interview with Le Matin, Guetta noted Faouzia's great voice, powerful vibrato, and unique style for why he choose her for his album.[12] She also featured in the song Money on French rapper Ninho's studio album "Destin" and the song got certified "Gold Single" on 9 July 2019.

In April 16 of 2020, she was invited by Kelly Clarkson to do the Arabic cover of her song I Dare You. About a month later, the Swedish EDM duo Galantis invited her to feature in their song I Fly for the soundtrack of the movie SCOOB!.

Extended Plays

Faouzia released her first extended play, Stripped, on August 6, 2020. It features 6 stripped (piano version) songs: 4 of them from her singles ("How It All Works Out", "Tears of Gold", "You Don't Even Know Me" & "Born Without a Heart"), 1 of them being from 2018 ("Bad Dreams") & an unreleased song ("100 Bandaids").

# Title Length
1 "How It All Works Out" 3:24
2 "Bad Dreams" 2:51
3 "Tears of Gold" 4:10
4 "You Don't Even Know Me" 3:02
5 "100 Bandaids" 2:38
6 "Born Without a Heart" 2:52

Singles

As lead artist

List of singles as lead artist showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Knock on My Door" 2015 Non-album singles
"My Heart's Grave" 2017
"Bad Dreams (Piano Version)" 2018
"This Mountain"
"Exothermic (Piano Version)" 2019
"Born Without a Heart"
"You Don't Even Know Me"
"Tears of Gold"
"The Road" 2020
"Wake Me When It's Over"
"Secrets"
"How It All Works Out"

As featured artist

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Charts Album
FRA
"Battle"
(David Guetta feat. Faouzia)
2018 7
"Money"
(Ninho feat. Faouzia)
2019 12[13] Destin
"I Dare You (كنتحداك)"
(Kelly Clarkson feat. Faouzia)
2020 non-album single
"I Fly"
(Galantis feat. Faouzia)
Scoob! The Album
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References

  1. ^ "Faouzia". Faouzia Official. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ Groening, Jillian (8 July 2018). "On The Rise: Faouzia is One Up-and-Comer You Won't Be Able to Miss". Manitoba Music. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Eul, Alexandra (15 September 2017). "Manitoba's Faouzia becomes first teenager to win Nashville music competition". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "La Manitobaine Faouzia frappe à la porte de l'industrie musicale". Ici Radio-Canada Télé (in French). 1 November 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b King, Kevin (30 June 2017). "Province's bright young talent ready for the fireworks to start". Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ Lebar, Erin (20 September 2018). "Say Hello to Canada's next singing sensation". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Hoogstraten, Laurie; Alfa, Ismaila (17 September 2017). "Faouzia, 17-year-old singer from Carman, Man., signed to U.S. booking agency". CBC News. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  8. ^ a b Lebar, Erin (9 September 2017). "Manitoba's Faouzia takes Unsigned Only grand prize". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  9. ^ "'I think it has sunk in': Manitobans first Canadians to take home international songwriting competition". CBC News. 28 May 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  10. ^ "David Guetta Reveals '7' Album Tracklist, Featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Uzi Vert, Justin Bieber". Variety. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ Turner, Abigail; McGuckin, Amber (24 August 2018). "Manitoba singer Faouzia featured on David Guetta's new album". Global News. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  12. ^ Dell'anna, Fabio (14 September 2018). "DAVID GUETTA: "JE ME SENS UN HOMME LIBRE"" (in French). Le Matin. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  13. ^ LesCharts.com Ninho discography