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Damien Saez was a French singer/songwriter who first studied music — piano — at the Conservatoire National de Région de Dijon before signing to Island/Universal in 1999. Influenced by classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and U2, as well as '90s giants Jeff Buckley, Blur, and Radiohead, Saez — born in Savoy, France on August 1, 1977 — recorded and released his first album, Jours Étranges, late in 1999, and the collection sold well and earned him quite a good number of plaudits. 2001 saw the release of his first collection of poems, À Ton Nom, and in 2002, he released album number two, God Blesse — which was meant to be a companion to the online experimental instrumental album Katagena available as a free for download and contained the highly controversial single "Sexe." His 2004 album, Debbie, was his last for Island/Universal. In April of 2008, he released his fourth album, Killing the Lamb. In 2009 he released his first album entirely of English songs entitled Yellow Tricycle - A Lovers Prayer. He released J'Accuse in 2010 and followed this up with the 2012 Messina which was a more of dance-orientated record.