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Fab Morvan at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, Children Uniting Nations/ Billboard afterparty, 2007.
Fabrice Maxime Sylvain Morvan
14 May 1966
|Partner(s)||Tessa Van Der Steen|
|Children||Sacha, Solange, Vince, Paris|
Fabrice Maxime Sylvain Morvan (born 14 May 1966) is a French singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, lip syncher, and model. He was half of the pop duo Milli Vanilli, along with Rob Pilatus, selling multi-platinum albums around the world. However, he was later involved in a scandal when the duo revealed that they had not actually sung on any of their recordings. After the scandal, the group reformed as Rob & Fab in the 1990s with limited success. Morvan had a solo comeback in the 2000s, releasing his first solo album, Love Revolution.
Morvan was born in 1966 in Paris, France, to parents from Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. At 18, he moved to Germany, where he was a dancer and model, and was influenced by funk, soul, hip hop, and pop. He met Rob Pilatus in a nightclub in Munich, and they decided to form a rock/soul group.
From fame to shame
Morvan and Pilatus were noticed by music producer Frank Farian, who signed them as part of a musical act. Shortly after a trip to Turkey, where they reputedly got the band's name from a local advertising slogan, Milli Vanilli was born. Morvan and Pilatus served as the public faces for singers Charles Shaw, John Davis, and Brad Howell, whom Farian thought were talented musicians but lacked a marketable image.
The first Milli Vanilli album was Girl You Know It's True. Despite critical derision, Milli Vanilli's fame continued to grow worldwide. The album had four hit singles: the title track, and the group's three #1 hits, "Girl I'm Gonna Miss You", "Baby Don't Forget My Number", and "Blame It on the Rain". Milli Vanilli won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on 22 February 1990 for Girl You Know It's True.
Morvan and Pilatus were a frequent target of rumors and allegations of on-stage lip-synching and not having sung on the album. Shaw told a reporter the truth about Milli Vanilli but recanted after Farian paid him $155,000 to do so.
When Morvan and Pilatus pressured Farian to let them sing on the next album, Farian admitted to reporters on 15 November 1990 that Morvan and Pilatus had not actually sung on any of the records. As a result, Milli Vanilli's Grammy was withdrawn four days later, while Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalogue, thus making Girl You Know It's True the largest-selling album to ever be deleted. A court ruling allowed any American who bought the album to get a partial refund.
Farian later attempted a failed comeback for the group without Morvan and Pilatus.
Months later, Morvan and Pilatus parodied the scandal in a commercial for Carefree sugarless gum. They began to lip sync to an opera recording. An announcer asked, as they were lip-synching, "How long does the taste of Carefree sugarless gum last?" The record then began to skip and the announcer answers, "Until these guys sing for themselves."
They then moved to Los Angeles, where they released an eponymous album under the name Rob & Fab. Despite positive reviews from critics, the album failed due to financial constraints, poor promotion, and the scandal surrounding Milli Vanilli's lip-synching allegations. Only around 2,000 copies were sold.
Rob Pilatus later served three months in jail for assault, vandalism, and attempted robbery. .....
Morvan spent several years as a session musician and public speaker. In 1998, he was hired as a radio DJ at famed L.A. radio station KIIS-FM. During this time, he also performed at the station's sold-out 1999 Wango Tango concert before 50,000 people at Dodger Stadium.
In 1997, Morvan was interviewed for the premiere episode of VH-1's Behind the Music. He was also featured in a 2000 BBC documentary on Milli Vanilli. Morvan then spent 2001 on tour, before performing in 2002 as the inaugural performer at the brand-new Velvet Lounge at the Hard Rock Café Hotel in Orlando, Florida.
In 2003, Morvan released his first solo album, Love Revolution, producing, recording, writing, and singing all the tracks. On 14 April 2011, Morvan released a new single, "Anytime", to digital outlets.
On 25 May 2012, Morvan released a single, "See the Light", with a new band, Fabulous Addiction.
In March 2014, it was mentioned that Morvan was working on his next single in Los Angeles with producer Clarence Jey and singer Delious Kennedy from U.S. R&B group All-4-One.
In 2016, Morvan appeared in a documentary-style KFC commercial that focuses on his life and music career after Milli Vanilli.
Morvan also DJs for private Heineken functions at the Heineken Experience center in Amsterdam. As a solo musician, Morvan has worked with several DJs/producers including Don Diablo, Guy J, Dance Spirit, Desert Minds, DJ Prinz, Patrick BP Bruyndonx, MuziJunki, Sean McCaff, Limoncello, and Guan Elmzoom, and he has collaborated on well-received dance releases with several. Some of Morvan's other pursuits include writing, painting, and fashion design.
On November 1st, 2022 Fab Morvan appeared in an ad/trailer for the Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell led Christmas Comedy “Spirited.” In the ad/trailer Reynolds and Ferrell are trying to “dispel rumors that they did not in fact LIP SYNC their singing in the holiday musical comedy.” The audience, however, will notice that Will and Ryan’s voices don’t sound quite right. It then cuts to a shot of Fab Morvan in a recording studio booth providing the voices for Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell.
Best of the Best album
On 26 March 2007, the Milli Vanilli Best of the Best album was released.
On 14 February 2007, it was announced that Universal Pictures was developing a film based on the true story of Milli Vanilli's rise and fall in the music industry. Jeff Nathanson, a screenwriter known for Catch Me If You Can, was to write and direct the film. Morvan was supposed to serve as a consultant, providing his and Pilatus's point of view. However, the project was never completed. In 2011 German director Florian Gallenberger declared that he was reviving the project and would be rewriting the script. This ultimately didn't happen.
2021/2022, Simon Verhoeven directed and wrote the Milli-Vanilli-Biopic Girl You Know It's True, which was filmed in Munich, Berlin, Cape Town, and Los Angeles. The film was produced by Wiedemann & Berg Film, with Leonine as the theatrical distributor, due to be released in cinemas 2023. The movie stars Elan Ben Ali and Tijan Njie as Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, as well as Matthias Schweighöfer as music producer Frank Farian. It is scheduled for a general theatrical wide release in 2023. One of the executive producers is R&B music producer Kevin Liles who composed the original version of "Girl You Know It's True" by his Baltimore DJ crew Numarx in 1986. Associate producers are Jasmin Davis, daughter of the late John Davis, and Brad Howell, the true voices behind Milli Vanilli. Carmen Pilatus, sister of the late Rob Pilatus, Milli Vanilli’s former assistant Todd Headlee, and Ingrid Segieth aka Milli, are also attached as associate producers. Since Morvan had previously sold his film rights to Ratner, he couldn't be involved in Verhoeven's film.
On 4 July 2022, Morvan announced on his facebook fanpage that there is also a new documentary film about Milli Vanilli in the works, which is "[...] going to be a major eye opener for the world [...]"
- Love Revolution (2003)
with Milli Vanilli
- All or Nothing (1988)
- Girl You Know It's True (1989)
- Best of the Best (2007)
with Rob & Fab
- Rob & Fab (1993)
with Fabulous Addiction
- "See the Light" (2012)
- "One of These Nights" (2014)
In Spanish: Fabrice Morvan para niños
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