French Male Singers You Should Know
Explore the music of contemporary male French singers like Mickael Miro, Thomas Dutronc, and more.
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In 2011, Mickael Miro scored a megahit with "L'horlage tourne." He's back with his sophomore album, Le temps des sourires, and its hummable hit, "La Vie Simplement."
One would think the son of 60's French pop icons Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc would aspire to Pop notoriety himself, but alas, Thomas Dutronc stepped out in a totally different direction -- embracing Gypsy Jazz (jazz manouche).
Dutronc was inspired by the 1930's gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, and at 34 years old, put out his first solo album, Comme un Manouche sans Guitare (like a Gypsy without a guitar), which enjoyed strong sales in France.
Now he's back with his second album in the same vein, Silence on tourne, on tourne en rond.
A French singer / songwriter, Canadian transplant, and Rwandan genocide survivor, Corneille has always stood between worlds.
Though inspired by the usual R&B legends -- Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Prince, and Michael Jackson -- his music has a universal appeal that has largely kept him from being pigeonholed by race. He fits on the musical spectrum somewhere between Christophe Mae and Tété.
Corneille (pronounced Kor-NAY) launched his career in his adopted home of Montreal, but it was France that first embraced him as one of their own. This platinum-selling artist triumphed over personal tragedy to become one of today's most popular singers in France and French-speaking countries around the world.
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Quirky French heartthrob Julien Dore is known for his playful approach to music, and his penchant for making downright wacky music videos. He gained notoriety during season 5 of Nouvelle Star (French "American Idol"), when his riveting performances quickly became the main draw.
But there's more to him than a pretty face, perfectly tousled locks, and a reality show title.
Born and raised near Nimes in the south of France, Julian Doré is the great-great-great-nephew of the artist Gustave Doré, illustrator for the literary works of Balzac, Victor Hugo, and others. He attended Fine Arts school in Nimes, studying music, acting, drawing, photography and film editing -- which explains the trippy music videos.
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Photo of -M- by Yann Orhan
The innovative French singer M is known for his playful Rock compositions and wildly theatrical live shows.
Born Matthieu Chedid, he chose the pseudonym "-M-" and fashioned a whimsical superhero alter ego (with his wild suits and an "m"-shaped hairdo à la Grandpa Munster) which helped him overcome his shyness on stage.
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Singer-songwriter Christophe Maé performs acoustic Pop infused with Folk, Reggae, Blues and Soul. His music has an upbeat acoustic vibe, similar to Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, or John Mayer. He's one of the biggest Pop stars in France today.
The singer, born Christophe Martichon, hails from Carpentras, a town in the Provence region of southeast France. A self-taught musician, Mae is heavily influenced by Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, Otis Redding, Ben Harper and Jack Johnson, and one can hear threads of them woven throughout his music.
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Biolay has a hushed, sensual, "talk-singing" style similar to Serge Gainsbourg and Etienne Daho. Even before he became a popular French singer, Benjamin Biolay had gained a reputation as a sought-after songwriter and producer, having launched the career of Keren Ann and written 4 songs on the successful 2000 comeback of singer Henri Salvador.
In addition to co-writing, producing, and playing instruments (including piano, guitar, and trumpet) on Keren Ann's first two albums, Biolay has worked with Raphael, Carla Bruni, Francoise Hardy, Jane Birkin, and Vanessa Paradis, to name a few. He's also the older brother of French singer Coralie Clement, whose albums he co-wrote and produced.
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