Helmut Lotti

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Helmut Lotti
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Lotti in 2018
Background information
Birth nameHelmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers
Born (1969-10-22) 22 October 1969 (age 52)
Origin Ghent, Belgium
GenresClassical, pop, rock & roll, easy listening
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1988–present
LabelsPiet Roelen Productions
Website www.helmutlotti.be

Helmut Lotti (born Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers; 22 October 1969), is a Belgian tenor [1] and singer-songwriter. Lotti performs in several styles and languages. Once an Elvis impersonator, he has sung African and Latino and Jewish music hit records, and he crossed over into classical music in the 1990s. [1]

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Life and music

The son of Luc and Rita (née Lagrou), Helmut Barthold Johannes Alma Lotigiers was born in Ghent, Belgium, and began his singing career with a visual and singing style in an obvious imitation of Elvis Presley, [2] and was described as "De Nieuwe Elvis" (in Dutch) or "The New Elvis". His first two albums were Vlaamse Nachten ("Flemish Nights", 1990) and Alles Wat Ik Voel ("All That I Feel", 1992). After a few more albums, he changed direction in 1995 with the first of what became a long series of "Helmut Lotti Goes Classic" albums, which proved to increase his popularity. Since 2000 he has also made successful recordings in traditional Latino, African and Russian-style music.

Lotti sings in his native language Dutch, as well as Afrikaans, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and others. His albums has sold over 13 million worldwide. [3]

Lotti does volunteer work as an ambassador for UNICEF. Lotti took part in the 0110 concerts against racism, organised by Tom Barman. [4]

He was married 3 times, divorced 3 times and has 1 daughter. Lotti was diagnosed with autism as an adult. [5] [6]

Discography

YearTitleSalesCertifications
1990Vlaamse Nachten / Flemish Nights
1992Alles wat ik voel / All That I Feel
1993Memories
  • BEL: Platinum [7]
1994Just for You
1995Helmut Lotti Goes Classic
  • BEL: 600,000 [9]
  • CAN: 202,000 [10]
  • NLD: 50,000 [7]
  • WW: 1,000,000 [11]
1996Helmut Lotti Goes Classic II
1997Helmut Lotti Goes Classic III
  • BEL & GER: 455,000 [9]
  • CAN: 47,000 [10]
1998Romantic
1998Helmut Lotti Goes Classic Final Edition
  • BEL: 4× Platinum [22]
1999Romantic 2
1999Out of Africa
2000Vlaamse hits / Flemish hits
2000Latino Classics
2001Latino Love Songs
2002My Tribute to the King
  • Europe: 600,000 [25]
2003Pop Classics in Symphony
2004From Russia with Love
2006Meine geliebte Klassik / My Favorite Classics
2006The Crooners
2008Time to Swing
2013Mijn Hart & Mijn Lijf
2015Faith, Hope & Love
2016The Comeback Album
2018Soul Classics in Symphony

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