Lara Fabian (born Lara Crokaert, January 9, 1970) is a Belgian-Italian international singer who also holds Canadian citizenship. Multilingual, she sings in French, Italian and English. She has also sung in Spanish, Portuguese, Russian (e.g., "??????, ??????? ?? ???", or "Love Resembling A Dream"), once in Hebrew on Israel's 60th Independence Day celebrations and in German in 1988 for a version of "Croire" (ger.: "glauben" eng.: "believe"), although she speaks neither language fluently. She also speaks a little Dutch (Flemish). She has sold over 18 million records worldwide so far. She is a lyric soprano with a vocal range that spans four octaves from E-flat 3 to G#6. She can belt up to A5.
Born to a Belgian father and a Sicilian mother in Etterbeek, Belgium, she spent her first five years in her mother's hometown of Catania in Sicily before moving back to Brussels, Belgium. She began singing, dancing and taking piano lessons at a very young age and began formal music lessons at age eight. She began writing and performing her own songs during her ten years of formal study. Fabian's songs were greatly influenced by both her classical vocal and music theory training and by contemporary artists such as Barbra Streisand and Queen.