Discovered by a talent scout at age 15, Belgian pop superstar Axelle Red tasted her first success with the single "Little Girls," which became a national hit. Although she spent some time studying law in the late '80s and early '90s, she soon devoted herself fully to her music career, releasing the hit singles "Kennedy Boulevard" and "Aretha et Moi." Her first full-length, Sans Plus Attendre, dropped in 1993. The album became Belgium's best-selling record of all time, and spurred by the success of her soulful follow-up release A Tatons (1996), Red became an international superstar.
Since her rise to fame, Red has continued to release popular albums, including Face A/Face B (2002) and French Soul (2004), her tributes to American soul and disco music. Named an ambassador for the United Nations Children's Funds (UNICEF) in 1997, she has also used her fame to raise awareness of humanitarian crises worldwide, including children's and women's rights in war-torn regions and developing countries. Her album Jardin Secret (2006) served this activist agenda, painting a story of hope, optimism, and positive thinking in the face of the pessimism rampant in the world today. Recent years have seen her release an album entirely in English (2008's Sisters & Empathy) and return to her musical roots with her blues-influenced latest effort, Un Coeur Comme le Mien (2011). The recipient of many of Europe's highest musical honors, Red continues to excel as an artist and human rights advocate par excellence.