WE Y WERE – Thursday evening, at La Cigale, the protege of Vianney, finalist of The Voice 2021, took the public on board thanks to its generous and radiant presence.
There are discoveries that delight. Lying is one of them. The 23-year-old Belgian installed her carpet on the Parisian stage of La Cigale on Thursday March 23, “to feel like home”. A way to reassure herself as she launched that evening for the first time on a Parisian stage of this magnitude. After 11 dates in the provinces to break in, and before a tour in France and Belgium, his passage at La Cigale in the 9e district, is the high point of his young career.
The public is rather young and discovered it in The Voice. Finalist of the 2021 edition, she did not win the trophy; but maybe it’s luck. Her coach Vianney – whom she calls her light, her mentor – has become a friend. He writes her the song And bam which becomes a huge success. She then accompanies him in the first part of his concerts, notably at the Olympia. On November 18, 2022, his first album is released, The twenteeth under the label Tôt ou tard, which is also that of Vianney. In February 2023, she was selected in the Female Revelation of the Year category at the Victoires de la Musique and joined the Enfoirés troupe.
This evening, the roles are reversed and it is Vianney who is in charge of his first part. “I’m not used to being a first part anymore.he laughs. AT “The Voice”, there are very beautiful voices, perhaps more beautiful than that of Mentissa. A good singer is good, but she is much more than that. But she will always win in emotion. She’s unbeatable.” he confides moved between two of his acoustic pieces.
Mentissa has charm and sweetness in her, an incredible voice and a beautiful stage presence. She is accompanied by three musicians: a keyboard, a drum set and a cello. Influenced by Adele, “which made her want to become a singer”Ed Sheeran or Olivia Rodrigo, his songs, like Balance or Oh mama, address the concerns of his generation with accuracy and emotion. Between pop and classic French song, the 11 titles confirm its maturity.
But the young woman has enough to be nervous tonight. Her boyfriend, with whom she has been with for many years, her parents, her in-laws (“What pressure!”) and his friends are in the room. “It’s cheating tonight, I know half the room”, she says. Another family came to support her, the one she created for herself during The Voice. Tarik, one of his former comrades from the singing show shares the title on stage They dream. Mentissa struggles to contain her tears. Another surprise: Slimane, winner of The Voice in 2016, performer in a duo Thousands of I love you. A true declaration of love. “Thank you for the artist that you are. You changed my life, he throws. During the broadcast of the show, I even called Vianney. You made me cry.” To make this evening even more unique, she performs a new song and a medley of hits with Rehab d’Amy Winehouse, Shape of you by Ed Sheran or Stromae. The public is standing, excited.
Vianney returns to the stage to close the concert with the cover of Axelle Red Because it’s you which they recorded together on the reissue of Vianney’s album Let’s not wait. This song, with a crescendo intensity, was a real launch for the Belgian singer with thirty million streams. This is just the beginning for Mentissa.
Mentissa will be in Nantes on March 28, in Bordeaux on March 29, in Lille on April 5, in Brussels on April 13, at the Francofolies de la Rochelle on July 16, at the Francofolies de Spa on July 22 before returning to Paris at the Folies Bergères December 6.