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. The album is aptly titled, because "Mon Raymond" is definitely a cute little French song.
The French singer Chat (Charlene Juarez) is a classically trained pianist who pens charming little songs and delivers them with a childlike voice. If you were TOTALLY thinking of Coeur de Pirate as you read that last sentence, you're not alone. They have a similar biography, and also happen to sound a lot alike.
The media buzz is picking up about her, and I'm declaring her latest EP, Le Coeur an early favorite for one of the top 5 French releases this year. Check out the title track:
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 to number 1 on the charts.
Her latest 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 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."
Tal teamed up with M Pokora wor a duet on theGeneration Goldman tribute album. Together, they scored top 10 hit with her duet with the remake, "Evole-Moi."
Her sophomore album A l'infini is due out this fall. Here's the second single from it, called "À l'international." There's an English-language surprise in the middle. :-)
Juliette Katz is being heralded as the French Adele. Her debut album, Tout Va de Travers, features the duet "Vague a l'ame" with Sia, along with the hit title track (below), and this soulful single, "Tout le Monde." She should be the French singer whose name everybody knows. I hope she gets the popularity she deserves, because she's truly amazing.
If you like cheerful Folk Pop you’ll enjoy French 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 Chapman. Personally, she reminds me a lot of Colbie Caillat. Read More: Joyce Jonathan: French Singer Songwriter >>
It’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 icky Euro Pop icing. She was too “packaged” and manufactured, which I instinctively interpret as a cover for a lack of talent. But the “Lolita” stuff was doing it for men of France, apparently, who couldn’t get enough of her lip-synching and prancing around in rompers and pastel mini-dresses.
Thankfully, Mylene Farmer’s control over her music waned, and by her third album, and the Corsica native began to show some promise. 2007′s Psychédélices was the first half-listenable album in Alizee’s repertoire, and in my opinion, she’s been heading in a more serious direction ever since. Read More: Alizee: The French Britney Spears Grows Up >>
Success 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.
St-Pier endeared herself to Canadian audiences on the Quebec televised talent competition “Le pouvoir de la chanson” in 1993, making it to the finals at just 12 years old. She soon followed with her first album at 15.
She won over French audiences when she represented France and placed 4th in the long-running Eurovision Song Contest in 2001. (Another famous French-Canadian singer took a similar path to international stardom: Celine Dion.) France tightened it’s embrace of her when she was awarded the Victoire de la musique for Best New Artist in 2003. Read More: Natasha St-Pier: A French-Kissed Canadian Chanteuse >>
French music critics are easily excitable, and they get REALLY excited about artists who revive or carry on traditional forms of music.
The Female French singer Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy) is one such artist, and when first arrived on the scene, you couldn’t walk into a FNAC without tripping over a display for her debut, self-titled album of Jazz Manouche and Chanson Française. Read more about the French singer Zaz >>