Smoky-voiced French singer Patricia Kaas was born on December 5, 1966. She lived in the Lorraine region of France where her father was a coal miner. The Kaas family spoke a local dialect, Lorraine Franconian as their first language, and she didn’t learn French until she started school. Kaas started singing at small gigs when she was only 8 and turned pro at 13. This wasn’t a successful venture, however.
Her luck changed when acting superstar Gerard Depardieu decided to produce her first single “Jalouse,” in 1985. This wasn’t a hit either, but it led to recognition by French hit-making songwriter Didier Barbelivien. He wrote “Mademoiselle chante le blues” for her. The single led to an album of the same name that went platinum in several countries and diamond in France and a Victoire de la Musique award as the Découverte de l’Année. Since then, her career has been incredibly successful with hits and awards following one after the other. Kaas was chosen to represent France in the 2009 Eurovision contest, although she did not win.
Today’s expression, tomber du ciel (tombay due seeL), means “to fall from heaven.” It refers to when something wonderful unexpectedly falls into your lap. Kaas’ encounters with Depardieu and Barbelivien would certainly qualify.