Hoshi (singer)

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Birth nameMathilde Gerner
Born (1996-09-14) 14 September 1996 (age 27)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
LabelsJo & Co

Mathilde Gerner, known by her stage name as Hoshi, is a French singer-songwriter, born 14 September 1996 in Versailles, Versailles, France.


Early life

Mathilde Gerner was born 14 September 1996 in Versailles and grew up in the commune Montigny-le-Bretonneux of the communauté d'agglomération Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines[1][2]. She started playing the piano at the age of six and the guitar at the age of fifteen[3], which is when she began writing her first songs[3].

Musical career

Gerner began her musical career with the amateur music group TransyStory, which formed in September 2011. She provided vocals, keyboard, and guitar[4] for this four-person group, occasionally putting on municipal performances in Montigny-le-Bretonneux[5]. Notably, the group played "Lou", their first recorded music[6]. Around the same time, Gerner by herself competed in and won in December 2011 the "Jeunes Talents, c’est maintenant !" competition, organized by the city[7]. As a result of this competition, she was noticed by Marc Isacco, then in charge of a musical section in Montigny, through whom she was then able to meet established artists and perform in larger venues[1][8]. TransyStory separated at the end of 2012 and Gerner continued her solo career.

Being passionate about Japanese culture, she chose her stage name to be Hoshi Hideko[9][10], then simply Hoshi (星), which means "star" in Japanese_language|Japanese[3]. She became known by publishing covers on the Internet and she received the support of the Record_label|label Styiens. In 2013, at the age of 16, she was invited by the casting director of the French The Voice. She successfully passed auditions, but decided not to continue when the show's production wanted to control her song choice[9].

Gerner left high school and devoted herself to music by performing in the streets[11][12]. In 2014, she participated in the show Rising Star (France)|Rising Star on the channel M6 but her cover of "Mistral gagnant" did not qualify her. She returned to singing in the streets[13], where she was able to try out compositions[14]. She also performed solo for small concerts[15]. She was contacted almost two years later by a manager, through whom she was signed by the label Jo & Co[13][15].

Gaining recognition

On 3 March 2017 she released her first single, "Comment je vais faire". The song and its music video achieved some success[3].

On 19 May 2017, she released her first Extended play, "Comment je vais faire"[3], through the label Jo & Co. It contained the eponymous track along with an acoustic version, as well as three original tracks entitled "Manège à trois", "En gros tout est gris", and "Parking sonne".

On 5 October 2018, she sang a duet in Ycare's song "À qui la faute".

On 23 March 2018, she released her first album, "[15]. Her breakthrough success came with the title "Ta marinière"[16].

In 2020, she was nominated in the Victoires de la musique in the category "Stage Révélation of the Year"[17].

Personal life

Gerner appeared with Gia Martinelli in on the red carpet at the NRJ Music Awards when she was nominated for the category of Francophone Breakthrough of the Year (Révélation francophone de l'année)[18]. In December the same year, she said she was the victim of a "forced coming out" due to the publication of an article in Paris Match that wrote about her homosexuality based on comments she denies ever making[19].


Gerner's varied influences include Jacques Brel[3], Serge Gainsbourg[20], Catherine Ringer[20], Les Rita Mitsouko[20], Noir Désir[3], Léo Ferré|Léo Férré[20], The Cranberries[21], Patti Smith[3], Janis Joplin[22], Izïa Higelin[22], and Nirvana (band)|Nirvana[3].



Year Album
2018 '
2020 '


Year Single Album
2017 Comment je vais faire
(single, then Extended play)
2018 Ta Marinière
2019 Je vous trouve un charme fou (feat. Gaëtan Roussel)
' '
2020 SQY
Enfants du danger
Marche ou rêve

External Links

  • Hoshi artist page on the Jo & Co label's website


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hoshi, étoile montante à Montigny" (PDF). L'Ignymontain. No. 142. Nov 2014. p. 3.
  2. Virgin Radio Officiel (2018-02-19). "L'interview de HOSHI - Le Lab Virgin Radio". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Vincent Kheng. "Interview : Rencontre avec Hoshi". just-music.fr. Retrieved 9 May 2017..
  4. "Biographie de l'artiste Hoshi de la communauté ZicMeUp". www.zicmeup.com. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  5. Philippe Chauveau-Beaubaton (2012-07-16). "Hoshi Hideko, la chanteuse tout droit sortie d'un manga !". LA LIBRE GAZETTE. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  6. Hoshi (2011-11-27). Lou (ma compo) en live. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  7. "Hoshi, étoile montante à Montigny" (PDF). L'Ignymontain. No. 111. Jan 2012. p. 7.
  8. Nicolas Gervais (Jan 2016). "Hoshi la voix du succès". Sqy Mag. No. 12. p. 23. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Damien Mercereau (2014-02-18). "The Voice : un talent tourne le dos aux auditions à l'aveugle". tvmag.lefigaro.fr. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  10. Reizak (2014-06-11). "Les Découvertes Du Mouton -Hoshi Hideko". Error404. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  11. Clémence Duranton. "Hoshi : "La musique m'a aidée à me créer des repères"". parismatch.com. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  12. Tanneguy de Kerpoisson (2018-11-22). "Retenez bien son nom : Hoshi, un soleil levant". Le Parisien. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "[Solidarités 2018] Hoshi : " Quand Gaetan Roussel m'a contactée, j'ai halluciné ! " Infos People". Télépro. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  14. "La voix de la jeunesse - Hoshi, étoile montante". Le Petit Versaillais. No. 55. November 2018. p. 5. Retrieved 2019-09-02..
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Biographie de Hoshi". Nrj.fr. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  16. "Hoshi : La chanteuse sort enfin son premier album !". Aufeminin.fr. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  17. "Victoires de la Musique 2020 : la liste complète des nominations". Télé 7 jours (in français). 14 Jan 2020.
  18. "Hoshi avec sa compagne aux NRJ Music Awards : Sa belle déclaration d'amour à Mia". purepeople.com. Retrieved 12 Nov 2018.
  19. "Hoshi victime d'un "coming out forcé" : la chanteuse pousse un coup de gueule". chartsinfrance.net. Retrieved 18 Dec 2018.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Musicnation, Steph. "La chanteuse Hoshi vous présente son actualité et ses projets à venir !". La Parisienne Life (in français). Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  21. "Hoshi : Découvrez son clip "Ta marinière"". aufeminin (in français). 2017-12-01. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  22. 22.0 22.1 "Hoshi / Il suffit d'y croire". Lemon (in français). 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2019-03-26.

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