Lara Crokaert (born January 9, 1970), better known as Lara Fabian, is a Belgian singer. She has sold over 32 million records worldwide and is the best-selling Belgian female artist of all time. She began singing, dancing and taking piano lessons at a young age, and began formal music lessons at age eight. She began writing and performing her own songs during her ten years of formal music study. Fabian's songs were influenced by her classical vocal training and by contemporary artists such as Barbra Streisand and Queen.