Valérie Marie and Grégory Benchenafi, Sunday evening at Toulouse Blagnac airport./ Photo screenshot Facebook
Since Monday, the video on which he sings the "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen, accompanied on the piano by the Toulouse Valérie Marie, is a hit on social networks, from Facebook to Twitter.
More than a million views
"We are at 1,030 million views," announces incredulously Grégory Benchenafi. "It's magic and for three days I've been reassured about the ability of the human being to convey the good around him. It's amazing what happens with this video, we get messages from everywhere. It's a real wave of love that overwhelms us. "
On Sunday, Grégory sang for a gala at Casino Barrière de Toulouse. Artist, singer, he was named to Molières in 2011 for the role of Mike Brant in the musical of the same name.
Before that, he began his career with Roger Louret, the Baladins, Monclar, taking the shows of the troupe as "The Java of Memories" or playing in "Dorian Gray".
On Sunday, then, he took the plane with his singing friends, in Blagnac: "A friend shows me a girl who was already playing the piano, I recognized the music of Leonard Cohen. Usually I keep my performances for the stage, and am pretty reserved outside. But here I came out of a complicated weekend, I probably needed to express my emotions. I approached her, asked her if she could replay the song. She asked me if I was a singer, I said yes and she played. Someone filmed who gave us the video right after. We exchanged our numbers, I said goodbye and I took my plane. Valerie put the video online before taking off. On landing, there were already 1,500 views. The next morning, Monday, we had exceeded 10,000. "Since the counter turns and hearts are racing.
In communion from beginning to end
"Artistically, the recovery is not exceptional," Gregory admits. "But our emotions were expressed together. When I sang more intensely she played harder at the same time, without being looked at. She played arpeggios, I was also gentle. We were in communion from beginning to end. Two strangers who meet and do what they do best, play music and sing. It was simple, spontaneous, sincere and I think that's what affects people. "
The two artists have no plan in mind, could collaborate for a tribute to Leonard Cohen. And dream of replaying their moment of grace on the set of a TV show at a prime time, in "Daily" for example. To be continued…
(1) Interview conducted at 16:30 this Wednesday, February 21.