10 Facts about Barbara Pravi

Barbara Pravi will represent France at Eurovision 2021 with her song “Voilà”.

Barbara earned the right to fly the French flag in Rotterdam after winning Eurovision France: C’est vous qui decidez! — France’s newly revamped national final. A favourite with fans and bookmakers alike, she won the hearts of both the jury and the French public. And now, she’s heading to The Netherlands, with hopes of bringing France its first song contest victory since 1977.

But who is the woman behind the song? We’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Barbara Pravi. Let’s do this!

France at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Barbara Pravi

1. She’s got Serbian and Iranian roots

Born and raised in Paris, Barbara Piévic is the daughter of a half-Iranian mother and a half-Serbian father. Barbara’s multicultural upbringing has given her a strong connection to her roots. She takes her stage name Pravi from the Serbian word prava, in honour of her grandfather.

“I feel connected to a lot of things”, Barbara tells our William. “I feel Serbian because I am in love with my grandfather. I’m in love with the history of my family. I feel Iranian because I love poetry, like Iranian poetry. But I also feel English, because I speak English. I love Italia, I love Spain”, she adds. “I feel everything.”

2. She’s a Junior Eurovision songwriting champion

The 27-year-old singer already has a taste of Eurovision glory. Barbara and her composing partner Igit co-wrote Valentina’s “J’imagine”, which brought France its first-ever Junior Eurovision victory in 2020. The pair also co-wrote Carla’s “Bim Bam Toi”, which placed fifth at Junior Eurovision 2019.

3. She’s written songs for music superstars

Barbara’s songwriting experience goes beyond Eurovision. She’s written for some high profile French stars including Louane, Chimène and Yannick Noah. She’s also written with American child star turned hip-hop artist Jaden Smith. One of the most notable artists Barbara has collaborated with is Florent Pagny. Through his extensive career, Florent has sold over 10 million records, becoming one of the best selling artists in France.  From 2017 to 2018, Barbara Pravi accompanied Florent Pagny as a supporting act on the 55 tour.

4. She’s a proud women’s rights activist

At the core of her personality, Barbara holds strong feminist values. She speaks openly about her experiences with misogyny in the music industry. When working on her first EP, producers tried to mould her into an image she disliked. “They wanted me to be the new little Lolita”, Barbara told Ma Musicale. “I refused because I wanted to be true to who I am. I think if you are a man you are forced to do a lot less.” Barbara continues to campaign for gender equality in the music industry. On March 8 every year, Barbara releases new music to celebrate International Women’s Day. This year, she launched her EP Les prières — a series of prayers celebrating freedom and independence.

 

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5. She’s delivered a TED talk

Barbara delivered a TED talk called A tous ceux qui, comme moi… — “To those who, like me…”. Speaking to students at Emlyon Business School, Barbara talks about her career path to becoming a musician, her struggles with self-confidence throughout the years and carving out her space in a male-dominated industry.

“I have the right to make mistakes”, Barbara says. “I also have the right to be successful — I can be a wife, a patron, a friend, a lover. If one day I have a daughter, when she is 15 I would tell her that anything is possible and there is no ambition too great, no dream too small. It will take a lot of work, willpower and resilience, that she will make mistakes and will have to recover, but that all these things to reach the end of her dreams she has inside her. Because we all have them in us and my child will be able to look at herself in the mirror and will be able to say in the same way as I am saying tonight: I am a songwriter, musician, singer.”

The lyrics of her Eurovision entry “Voilà” echo this sentiment and are reflective of Barbara’s emotional journey towards finding inner confidence.

6. She’s also an actress

Barbara is no stranger to the stage. In 2016, Barbara Pravi made her theatre debut in the French musical Un été 44 — “Summer ’44”.  Barbara played Solange Duhamel, one of six young people living in France during the German occupation. Then in 2017, Barbara scored her first TV gig, appearing in the TV movie La Sainte Famille. The film tells the tale of a traditional Catholic family living in Northern France, following the story of a priest who is torn between his faith and romance. Barbara plays the character of Marion, acting alongside French cinema stars Stanley Weber, Dominique Labourier and Gérard Desarthe.

7. She loves birds

In Barbara’s C’est vous qui decidez! winning performance of “Voilà”, fans were mesmerised by her intimate staging. One of the most eye-catching moments was the l’ombre chinoise — Chinese shadows — that transformed into a flock of birds. Moments after her victory, Barbara told our Diego that she loves birds. “I’m crazy about birds”, Barbara says. “I had a lot of birds in my head when I wrote the song. I feel very close to birds, in my imagination, it’s a very present figure so that was very natural for me to have my silhouette and my head become birds.”

8. She’s inspired by French chanson

Since she burst on to the Eurovision scene, fans have compared Barbara to chanson legends like Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. She takes heavy inspiration from the chanson genre and cites some of her other influences as Françoise Hardy, Georges Brassens and the French poet Aragon. “This is like 90% of the music I listen to. These are my references, I love them both. The particularity of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel is the words”, Barbara says. “It’s always so sincere, so just, so real. I am very influenced by the words, this is my first love.”

9. She released her debut EP in 2018

In 2018, Barbara launched her eponymous debut EP Barbara Pravi. The record has a poppier sound when compared to Barbara’s more recent works, and includes songs such as “Pas grandir” and “Deda”. She also collaborated with Britain’s Got Talent star Calum Scott on a French duet version of his track “You Are The Reason”.

10. She’s an artist

Adding another item to her long list of talents, Barbara is also an artist. She takes great pride in having control over the music and art she puts out into the world, and never loses her creative vision. In fact, she even designs her own album artwork — seen on Les prières. Barbara’s portrait art is quirky like that of Matisse, colourful like that of Kahlo, and abstract like that of Picasso.

 

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What do you think of Barbara’s career? Are you excited to see “Voilà” at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Tonton Fée
Tonton Fée
24 days ago

P U R E

Esc addict
Esc addict
25 days ago

An Artist with a big A, period.

notyourtoy
notyourtoy
25 days ago

11) After writing the winner song for France in JESC, she is capable of winning the ESC

Peppa Pig ?
Peppa Pig ?
23 days ago
Reply to  notyourtoy

Destiny won jesc and can win esc too cause she’s the fan favourite

Sabrina
Sabrina
25 days ago

Not just beautiful and talented, but also multifaceted, one of the most interesting artists from the lineup!

Pachaz
Pachaz
25 days ago

Amazing woman for a fabulous song ! Style And emotion …
Definitely one of the favorite this year.

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
25 days ago

I love this woman so much.

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
25 days ago

A perfect entry. That’s it.

Last edited 25 days ago by Jimmy Smit
KRM
KRM
25 days ago

Iranian and Serbian beauty

Leo
Leo
25 days ago

As a eurofan from Iran I’m really happy and proud someone that has connection to my homeland is representing france

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
25 days ago

Barbara is great !! I think it ‘s time for another Eurovision victory for Barbara and France !! “Voila” is a beautiful song and one of my big favorites this year.

Ende
Ende
25 days ago

Very weird to see her high in so many polls in wiwiblogs without having real fans (based on comments).

Esc addict
Esc addict
25 days ago
Reply to  Ende

“without having real fans” lol you’re …. weird, you mean she has fake fans then, but read again the comments on wiwi maybe…..

Ende
Ende
25 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Well first of all, I am not sure that calling anyone weird is a way to communicate and be respectful.
Second, what I wrote was absolutely not meant to be mean.
I just find weird, or surprising if you prefer, to compare the amount of comments supporting Gjon, Destiny, Stefania or Victoria with the amount of comments supporting Barbara as she is among the first choices in opinion polls.

Esc addict
Esc addict
25 days ago
Reply to  Ende

Well to think she has fake fans is not a good way to be respectful but you know she has fans as the others, maybe even more, they are quiet but efficient, and in May they will be present don’t be afraid. And read again the comments section on wiwi, maybe you are too selective on what you read, I don’t see more support for Stefania or Victoria than for others here.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
25 days ago

I didn’t know that she has Serbian roots! Well, France is definitely getting a high amount of points from Serbia this year! <3

Grft
Grft
25 days ago

Im sure she’s gonna become a real star in France after ESC 🙂

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
25 days ago

These are actually pretty cool facts. She’s the best French, Serbian and Iranian act this year.

American Boy
American Boy
25 days ago

She has been my #1 song at Eurovision 2021 since she won the right to represent France. No song has yet to pass her on my list. J’imagine was also my favorite song at Junior Eurovision 2020.

Vanja
25 days ago

This woman is an absolute gem.

Last edited 25 days ago by Vanja
myoozik
myoozik
25 days ago

She’s one of my faves this year <3 she’s such a great, inspirational human being

Last edited 25 days ago by myoozik