Helmut Lotti (né Lotigiers) was born in Ghent on October 22nd 1969 as the oldest son of Rita Lagrou and Luc Lotigiers. He gets the passion for music from his grandfather, director of the Ghent Opera. Listening to a worn-out record player, he discovers his love for the better crooners and for Elvis Presley. Helmut is barely 5 years old, still a toddler, when his grandfather takes him by the hand and guides him to the stage of the opera house.
Helmut enters the Dutch KRO Sound Mix Show. Initially Henny Huismans characterizes him as the “naïve Belgian”, but very soon has to humbly retract his words. Lotti’s interpretation of the Elvis song "My Boy" takes him to a remarkable second place in the grand finale. His first three singles – "Kom Nu", "Bij Jou Alleen" and "Waarom Ik" climb high in the Flemish hit parades. Furthermore he wins a "Gouden Oog" ('Golden Eye' award) for “most popular singer in Flanders".
Year after year Helmut improves his records. Where previous albums were rewarded with gold, the new CD shines even more. "Memories" is a collection of carefully chosen Flemish classics, of which the singer brings an English version. His public rewards him with platinum.
Helmut Lotti shows his talent for song writing for the first time on "Just For You". His own lyrics and music easily guide him swinging to – again – a gold record. On July 8th, Helmut Lotti gives a special concert in the Casino of Knokke. Mr. Cop of the Casino has requested whether there could be done something exceptional. Manager Piet Roelen suggests a concert with large orchestra, 32 musicians. This suggestions is considered too expensive. Helmut’s management decides to take the financial risk themselves. The concert is sold out in no time. Rob De Weerd, director of 'Holland Casino' in Breda who is sitting in the audience, gets the idea to organise a similar concert in ‘his’ casino.
It’s there that Helmut sings for the first time, and with trembling knees, the song "Caruso". The public is going wild. They give the singer a ten minute long standing ovation. At that moment manager Piet Roelen decides: the new project for Helmut will be "Helmut Lotti goes Classic".
In 1997 Helmut Lotti – barely 28 – climbs the stage of the "World Music Awards", together with Lionel Richie, Julio Iglesias, Los del Rio, Vanessa Mae, Khaled, the Bee Gees, Kenny G., Roberta Flack, Florant Pagny, Eros Ramazzotti, Ace of Base, DJ Bono, the Fugees, and Céline Dion. In the presence of Princess Stéphanie and Prince Albert of Monaco, he receives the award for "best selling artist of the Benelux". In addition to several "Classics" concerts in Belgium and The Netherlands, Helmut Lotti can be seen on TV stations all over the world in the illustrious special "Christmas in Vienna" (December). He shares the stage with Placido Domingo, Sarah Brightman, and Riccardo Cocciante.
By the end of January 2007 "The Crooners" album is good for two times Platinum and one time Gold. With over 12.500.000 sold CD’s, Helmut Lotti may call himself the most successful Flemish artist ever.
Gold and Double Platinum in Belgium for "The Crooners" (2006). Helmut Lotti obtained for his sales upon today 84 Golden and 105 Platinum awards worldwide.
"Helmut Lotti goes Classic'" is the best sold CD ever in Belgium, exceeding 768.000 copies in Belgium alone.
"Helmut Lotti goes Classic II" is the second best sold CD ever in Belgium, exceeding 679.000 copies in Belgium alone.
"Helmut Lotti goes Classic III" is the third best sold CD ever in Belgium, with over 462.000 copies. (Michael Jackson's "Thriller" is the fourth best sold CD ever in Belgium, with a sales of 380.000 copies).
Helmut Lotti may call himself "the most successful Belgian artist ever" and "the best selling Belgian singer of this time". On 15th February 2007 Helmut Lotti is honoured by Belgium's PM Guy Verhofstadt for a worldwide sales exceeding 12.5 million albums.
Helmut Lotti touches and moves hundreds of thousands of fans over the whole world. What is just as infectious is his sensitivity for injustice, his love for children. The Ambassadorship for UNICEF gives him the chance to work towards a better future for each and every one of them.
At the beginning of 2000 Helmut Lotti, just sworn in as Ambassador for UNICEF Belgium, visits the victims of the floods in Mozambique that spared no one and nothing. The images of the tens of thousands of displaced children, hungry, stranded and without a future, will remain a lasting impression. In May that same year, he gives a benefit concert that is sold out in no time. The first initiative of many.