Shy’m | Crossover French R&B ChickShy'm is the French equivalent of Beyoncé or Rihanna (take your pick), which basically means she's a former R&B chick who now enjoys broad crossover appeal.
Shy'm is the French equivalent of Beyonce or Rihanna (take your pick), which basically means she's a former R&B chick who now enjoys broad crossover appeal. She's become an important figure and one of the biggest names in the French music biz.
Shy'm is a stage name -- the "shy" is for her shyness, and the "M" for the island…
Tal Makes French Pop that InspiresThe French singer Tal is a young Urban Pop star known for her optimistic songs and authenticity. She's been celebrated as a fresh and vibrant voice in French music, largely because she focuses on universal themes of hope, courage, and brotherhood rather than trite love and breakup songs. Her style blends R&B with mainstream Pop.
Née Tal Benyerzi, she moved to Paris from Israel when she was 1 year old. She's a self-taught guitar and piano player, hailing from a family of musicians who were fond of American Soul,…
Vanessa Paradis: Finally, A Serious Songstress EmergesVanessa Paradis has certainly defied the odds. When an unlikely hit song catapulted her into the international spotlight at age 14, she seemed destined for one-hit wonderdom. But with luck and and some reinvention, she has parlayed her 15 minutes of fame into a successful career spanning over 25 years.
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Joyce Jonathan: Bubbly Pop, a la françaiseIf you like cheerful Folk Pop you'll enjoy singer/songwriter Joyce Jonathan. Her sweet voice and acoustic guitar strumming are an irresistible combination. At just 20 years old, she conquered the French music world with her award-winning debut album of feel-good acoustic Pop.
Jonathan grew up in the northwest suburbs of Paris, and began playing piano at the tender age of 5. By age 11, she was writing her own songs. Her musical influences include the late French R&B singer Teri Moise, Jason Mraz, and Tracy…
Alizee: Can the French Britney Spears Grow Up?It takes former teen stars a while to find their footing once they grow up. No one knows that better than Alizée, the one-time teenage protege of Euro Pop queen Mylene Farmer.
I'll admit up front that I am NOT a fan of Alizée's music. In her early days, she came off as a French Britney Spears, with a layer of icky Euro Pop icing. She was too "packaged" and manufactured, which I instinctively interpreted as a cover for a lack of talent. But the "Lolita" stuff was doing…
Natasha St-Pier: French-Canadian ChanteuseSuccess in Canada is no guarantee of stardom in France. Only a few have made the leap across the Atlantic in any significant way. Veteran singer Natasha St-Pier is one of the precious few. She's won over both Canadian and French audiences in her decade-long career. With six albums to her name and over 2 million records sold, she's an international music success story.
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Zaz Wins With Her Bohemian Throwback StyleThe French singer Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy) is perhaps the best ambassador for her country's music these days. She's topped the charts in France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany, and even won over some globally minded music fans in the U.S.
Something about her raspy voice, bohemian appeal, and throwback style of Gypsy Jazz-meets-Chanson Francaise struck a chord and made the world take notice of what the Frenchies were up to. It turns out that what they were up to was exposing a whole new generation to classic styles of French…
Amandine Bourgeois: The French Amy WinehouseAmandine Bourgeois has always stood at the intersection of Rock and Soul music. Before winning the 6th season of Nouvelle Star (French American Idol), she sang in both Rock and R&B/Funk bands.
Her bluesy sound hints at her wide range of influences, among which she counts Led Zeppelin, Rachelle Ferrell (an underrated American R&B singer) and Joss Stone.
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Rose: French Folk-Pop SingerRose performs a unique brand of acoustic Folk-Pop. Her songs are very honest and personal, which is part of her charm. Who can resist a cute, sweet French girl, strumming a guitar, playing her own songs?
This singer has a girl-next-door demeanor that's endearing to fans. Her voice is just a wee bit raspy and husky, which adds a sense of emotion and vulnerability to everything she sings.
If you like Folk and acoustic music, check out her top songs and albums.
Claire Diterzi Crafts Offbeat French FolkClaire Diterzi is one of my favorite female French alternative artists. Her music reminds me of Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, CocoRosie, Björk and fellow offbeat French singer Camille. There's something downright otherworldly about her sound.
Born Claire Touzi dit Terzi, Diterzi fronted and played guitar in two Alternative Rock bands (Forguette Mi Note and Dit Terzi) before embarking on a solo career.
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Caroline Costa: French Teen SensationLike her American counterpart Jackie Evancho, teenage singer Caroline Costa has a voice that sounds incredibly mature. Her favorite singers are those with big voices: Christina Aguilera, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston, to name a few.
Costa hails from the Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France. She attended music school in Castelsarrasin, and first performed on stage at the age of six. In 2007, she competed on a children's talent show called Iapiap!, where she was mentored by M Pokora. Upon winning on the show, she was placed…
Kenza Farah: French R&B SingerKenza Farah is a successful R&B singer known for her deeply personal and socially conscious lyrics. The Marseilles singer creates Hip Hop-infused R&B, often collaborating with French rappers.
She first emerged as a tomboyish, ghetto poetess of sorts, penning lyrics about overcoming obstacles or the struggles of minorities and immigrant youth. Four albums and 10 years later, she enjoys wide appeal and is one of the foremost female French R&B singers of today.
Born Kenza Maouche, the Algerian-born artist first made a name for herself…
Coeur de Pirate Charms with French Piano PopWith her breakthrough debut album of French piano Pop, Quebec singer Coeur de Pirate (nee Beatrice Martin) made Chanson Française cool in Canada, where singing in English usually paves the way to success
She also accomplished the rather rare feat of achieving mainstream success in France. That puts her on a very short list with exports like Celine Dion and Natasha St-Pier.
The singer/songwriter hails from a family of piano players, and she herself has been playing since the age of 3.
Camille: A Playful French SongstressIf you're a fan of French music, you should get to know the music of the talented French singer Camille Dalmais (who performs as just "Camille"). She's got a soulful, playful, and eclectic style, prompting some to call her France's answer to Bjork.
Camille was born and raised in Paris, and is fully fluent in English, thanks to having an English teacher for a mother. She's one of the "Nouvelle Chanson" singers, the crop of serious, intellectual, traditional musicians that emerged in the early…
Emilie Simon: Pop Goes the Electronic ChanteuseEmilie Simon is a French singer, songwriter and composer who draws unavoidable comparisons to Bjork and Kate Bush for her enigmatic music videos and avant-garde musical style.
Simon boasts an impressive resume of music study, with 7 years at a Montpelier conservatory, university-level music education, and even a post-graduate degree in music. The 3-time Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy) winner laces dense electronic soundscapes with orchestral sounds and Pop songwriting, delivered in her dreamy, childlike voice.
Her music seems to become more accessible with each…
Keren Ann Shows Hushed SophisticationKeren Ann has a voice that seems like it was made for soft French music. It floats tenderly over her superbly crafted compositions in a way that even Norah Jones would envy. A polyglot who's fluent in 4 languages, she imbues her music with a smart, cosmopolitan vibe..
Over the course of 6 albums, she's become a sought-after songwriter, and she remains the underground artist to name check when you wanted to impress your friends.
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Marie-Pierre Arthur: French Folk RockerFall in love with the charming Folk Rock of Indie darling Marie-Pierre Arthur. In the footsteps of Coeur de Pirate comes another French singer out of Quebec worthy of international crossover success. Your music collection will be better for having this singer / songwriter in it.
She's the kind of uber-talented, not yet mainstream (outside of Canada) artist that Paste magazine would fawn over. You could put her on a playlist with Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, and a much more famous Canuck, Feist.
Carmen Maria Vega Serves Up Nouveau Gypsy JazzCarmen Maria Vegais both the name of this band and its animated lead singer, who imbues their songs and videos with humor and charisma. The band helped fuel the recent resurgence of Jazz Manouche in France.
Carmen is the vocalist and the heart of the band, with her expressive visual and vocal performances on stage and on video. With its Rock edge, the group helped introduce Gypsy Jazz to a whole new generation.
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Melissa Nkonda Grabs the SpotlightMelissa NKonda is out to prove that she's much more than a reality show castoff. Though most people remember her from Nouvelle Star (French American Idol), she's since made a splash with a much different sound and image. Now a confident songwriter, she shines with acoustic Pop / Soul and a bilingual appeal.
Her earworm hit "Nouveaux Horizons" was among the contenders for song of the summer in 2011.
Hailing from Maubege in north France, Mélissa Nkonda (a.k.a. Mélissa Reffas) dabbled in cosmetology and hospitality before…
Yelle: Sassy French Electro PopYelle has captured fans around the world with a winning formula of danceable music, sassy French lyrics (for the exotic factor), and a swagger reminiscent of M.I.A.
Both the name of the band and the stage name of its lead singer (née Julie Budet), Yelle is rounded out by drummer GrandMarnier and keyboardist Tepr. The trio got its start under the name YEL, when it posted a brutal diss song about a misogynistic French rapper on MySpace.
The NSFW song was renamed and became the hit song…
This ‘Little’ Singer Is Big on CharmThe French singer Little (Aurelie Nguyen) is one of my favorite music discoveries. She's so cute -- I just want to put her in my pocket. Her stage name is an obvious comment on her diminutive stature. (She's all of 5'2".)
Little began playing the guitar at 16, inspired by young female singer/songwriters like Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne. She toes the line between Acoustic Pop and Indie / Electropop. I personally think her childlike voice shines brighter on the charming acoustic songs, but I like her danceable…
Camelia Jordana: Grown-Up Sound from the Girl Next DoorThe talented young singer Camelia Jordana has a certain je ne sais quoi, and I think she's just adorable. Her songs are catchy, yet her sound is timeless -- almost deliberately so. Her girl-next-door vibe makes her all the more endearing.
Born in the south of France, Camélia Jordana Riad-Aliouane was introduced to the world as a contestant on Season 7 of Nouvelle Star (the French American Idol), when she was just 16 years old and still in high school. In her debut performance, she breathed new…
Karimouche Channels Pop & PoetryKarimouche is a whimsical, multitalented artist. Part chanteuse, part rapper, and part slam poet, her songs incorporate her wide-ranging of influences of Pop, traditional French chanson, Hip Hop, and Reggae (particularly Ragga). The artist does not consider herself a singer, but rather a performer who sometimes sings, raps, or slams to bring variety to her performances. I'd compare her to Ani DiFranco in terms of the way she mixes it up within a verse.
Karimouche is a portmanteau of vocalist Carima Amarouche's first and last name, and also the…
Discover the best French Female singers of today including Coeur de Pirate, Vanessa Paradis, Zaz, and more.
Check out female French singers with a variety of different styles, from Pop, to Indie and Folk, to introspective singer-songwriters.