Born Claudine Luypaerts in Ixelles on November 12, 1960, Maurane was the child of professional musicians. Raised on a steady diet of Bach and Debussy, she began studying violin at age eight, moving on to piano and guitar. Maurane took part in several singing competitions as a teenager and had a role in the musical Starmania. Danser, the first of her ten solo albums, was released in 1986. In 1991, Ami ou Ennemi sold more than 300,000 copies and received a platinum disc in France. Its songs included Sur un Prélude de Bach, one of the most watched videos on her official YouTube channel.