French Female Singers You Should Know
Discover the best French Female singers of today including Tal, Jenifer, Carla Bruni, Indila, Juliette Katz, and more.
Check out female French singers with a variety of different styles, from Pop, to Indie and Folk, to introspective singer-songwriters.
Here are some ladies to watch and add to your music collection:
10 French Singers You Should Know
Discover who's who on the French music scene.
Want to get your hands on new French music for 2014? Here's what's new and notable.
Many are already declaring this the album of the year. Beautiful, near-classical vocals and compositions that could easily play in a concert hall, mixed with a few Top 40 songs to keep things from getting too stuffy.
Le Grand Amour
The 90's music industry veteran and songwriter/producer for the likes of Celine Dion, Natasha St-Pier, Florent Pagny, Patricia Kaas is enjoying a comeback.
Les Yeux Plus Gros Que Le Monde
After the roaring success of Maître Gims' solo album, another member of the rap group Sexion d'Assaut releases a notable solo effort.
Mellifluous Indie Pop from France's favorite quirky heartthrob. This is his best album yet.
Want to get your hands on new French music for 2014? Here's what's new and notable.
The self-taught singer/songwriter and Benjamin Biolay protégé returns with her 4th album. She continues to fly under the radar, making gorgeous songs that will likely never get radio spins.
Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains
Intimate, atmospheric, Gallic Indie Pop from last year's breakout group. This album is the last in a trilogy from the band whose lead singer was once a touring musician with Camera Obscura.
Au Milieu de ma Vie
The gravelly-voiced Canadian crooner delivers his 8th album, and France is eating it up. If you like your Pop "lite" and grown up, check it out.
Enjoy pleasant Pop from a former (French) Idol contestant who's really blossoming as an artist. There's lots to like on his third album.
Check out music by top female singers:
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: The French Britney Spears Grows UpIt's hard out here for a former Lolita. Alizée, the one-time teenage protege of Euro Pop queen Mylene Farmer, continues to search for a grown-up fan base with her fifth album, 5.
I'll tell you up front that I was NOT a fan of Alizée's early music. She came off as a French Britney Spears, with a layer of yucky Euro Pop icing. She was too "packaged" and manufactured, which I instinctively interpret as a cover for a lack of talent. But "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.
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…
After years on the world stage as the First Lady of France, Mrs. Sarkozy triumphantly returns to her music career. Little French Songs is her first album in four years, and her 4th overall.
This young Parisian singer first made her mark lacing the tracks of French rappers like TLF, Rohff Nessbeal, and Youssoupha (on the track, "Dreamin'").
Now she steps out on her own with her first solo album, Mini World. Her first single, "Dernière Danse" is a bonafide smash hit. She sings beautifully, and her instrument is on display throughout the album. See the player for some of my favorites.
This singer from Nice rose to fame as the winner of the first season of the reality show, Star Academy. Since then, she's made 5 studio albums spawning upbeat hits like "J'attends L'Amour," "Ma Revolution" and "Tourner ma Page," with her third album Lunatique reaching number 1 on the charts.
This hot album L'amour & moi, features the hits "L'Amour et Moi" and "Sur le Fil," which was the song of the summer in France.
Tal is a self-taught guitar and piano player who hails from a musical family. What you might not expect is that her musical influences run the gamut from Old School Blues and Soul singers like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder, to modern Soul and R&B singers like Angie Stone and Alicia Keys. She was first discovered by the Pop singer Gary Fico.
She burst onto the scene in 2011 with a fresh voice, infectious energy, and a catchy debut single -- "On Avance." Her highly anticipated debut album, Droit de Rever debuted at number 7 on the charts, went double platinum, and spawned a string of hits including "Waya Waya" (with Sean Paul), "Le Sens de la Vie," "Je Prends le Large," and "Rien n'est parfait."
The singer teamed up with Matt Pokora (whom I consider the French Justin Timberlake) for a duet on the Generation Goldman tribute album. Together, they scored top 10 hit with her duet with the remake, "Evole-Moi." In 2013, she released her sophomore album A l'Infini.