Axelle Red, whose real name is Fabienne Demal, born in Hasselt (East of Belgium) on February 15th, 1968, is a Belgian singer and songwritter, a committed artist and a militant humanist.
Axelle graduated in 1993 as a lawyer from the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the same year her first album Sans Plus Attendre was released, which resulted in her artistic break out in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Canada, with more than 200,000 albums sold.
Her second album,
A Tâtons, recorded in 1996 in Memphis with musicians from the Stax label, was a first international recognition: Axelle received an International Federation of the Phonographic Industry platinum award for sales of more than 1 million
albums and a year later, she sold out the Paris Olympia for the first time.
Since 1997, Axelle has been an ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) standing up for the rights of children and women in war-torn
regions and developing countries.
Since then, Axelle Red has released many albums, all commercial as well as critical success. She has also win many prizes and among them the prestigious Victoire de la Musique; she sang with Youssou N'Dour
the official hymn of the Football World Cup La Cour des Grands in front of a few billion television viewers at the opening ceremony in the Stade de France in Paris in 1998.
In 2007, King Albert II presented her with the medal
of Commandeur de l'Ordre de la Couronne for her social commitment. And in 2008, the Universiteit of Hasselt awarded Axelle the honorary title of Doctor Honoris Causa for her social commitment as an artist and human rights' activist.
Her last album, Rouge Ardent, was released in 2013.