Béatrice Martin in 2013
|Also known as||Cœur de pirate|
|Born||September 22, 1989|
|Origin||Outremont, Quebec, Canada|
|Associated acts||Bonjour Brumaire, Indochine, Nicola Sirkis, Julien Doré, Bedouin Soundclash, Armistice|
Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate (French: pirate heart) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited with "bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth".
- 1 Career
- 2 Awards
- 3 Collaborations
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Discography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Born in the province of Quebec, Béatrice Martin started playing the piano when she was only three years old. She entered the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal at the age of nine and studied there for five years.
At the age of 15, she played as a keyboardist in the post-hardcore band December Strikes First which starred her best friend, Francis, who would later become the subject of the song "Francis" on her debut album. Martin had a brief stint as keyboardist for Bonjour Brumaire from late 2007 to April 2008.
2007–2009: Debut album and first success
In a report broadcast on French television, Martin explained that she chose the name "Cœur de pirate" to appear not "as an isolated musician, but to get a band identity from the start." She released her debut album Cœur de pirate on September 16, 2008 on Grosse Boîte. Described as "rather simple" musically, it mostly featured Martin's voice and piano playing with some minor additional instrumentation.
In February 2009, Martin attracted wider media attention when a photographer from Quebec City, Francis Vachon, used the song "Ensemble" as the soundtrack to a viral video on YouTube entitled "Time lapse of a baby playing with his toys", leading to coverage on Good Morning America, Perez Hilton's website, The Globe and Mail and elsewhere.
2009–2011: Side projects Pearls and Armistice
In March 2009, Martin released a song in English, "One for Me", under the name Pearls on MySpace. In a later interview she described the project as a joke and said she did not plan to continue it, though she did not not rule out the possibility of releasing music in English at a later date.
Martin performed with Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash in May 2010 on Q, and talked about collaborating with him in the future. She was later featured in a Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts", on the Light the Horizon. Martin, Malinowski, and several members of the American rock band The Bronx subsequently collaborated on a five-song EP under the band name Armistice, which was released on February 15, 2011.
2011 to present: Blonde and upcoming English project
On March 27, 2011, Martin revealed via her Facebook page that she was to return to the studio to commence work on her second album the following day. Her second album, Blonde, was released on November 7, 2011 in both digital and hard copy versions. "Adieu" and "Golden Baby" were released as singles from this LP.
After announcing her pregnancy in February 2012, Martin stopped touring during the second half of the year and gave birth to a daughter in September. In early 2013, Martin returned from her hiatus with a music video for "Place de la république", the first for which she acted as director, and an international tour beginning in March. She also revealed that she was currently working on a "totally different" English-language project after being approached by a label and artistic director and had already recorded some demos.
|2009||Cœur de pirate||Francophone Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Blonde||Francophone Album of the Year||Nominated|
The Félix Awards are presented by the Association du disque, de l'industrie du spectacle québécois to artists from Quebec. Martin has won four awards from 13 nominations.
|2009||Cœur de pirate||Debut Artist of the Year||Won|
|Female Singer of the Year||Nominated|
|Cœur de pirate||Pop Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2010||Cœur de pirate||Female Singer of the Year||Nominated|
|Concert of the Year||Nominated|
|Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec||Nominated|
|"Pour un infidèle"||Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2011||Cœur de pirate||Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec||Nominated|
|Female Singer of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Cœur de pirate||Female Singer of the Year||Won|
|Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec||Won|
|Blonde||Pop Album of the Year||Won|
|Best-Selling Album of the Year||Nominated|
|"Adieu"||Pop Song of the Year||Nominated|
|"Golden Baby"||Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Cœur de pirate (with Howard Bilerman)||Album Producer of the Year||Nominated|
Victoires de la Musique
|2010||Cœur de pirate||Group or Artist Newcomer of the Year (Public Vote)||Nominated|
|"Comme des enfants"||Original Song of the Year||Won|
|2011||Cœur de pirate||Female Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|2012||Blonde||Album of the Year||Nominated|
Canadian Independent Music Awards
|2009||Cœur de pirate||Favourite Francophone Artist/Group||Nominated|
|2010||Cœur de pirate||Favourite Solo Artist||Nominated|
|2012||Cœur de pirate||Francophone Artist/Group or Duo of the Year||Won|
|Solo Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|"Adieu"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
Martin has appeared in concert with French singer Julien Doré, performing a duet of the Rihanna hit "Umbrella". In 2009, she recorded a new version of her song "Pour un infidèle", with Doré featured as the male vocalist. They appeared together in the video for the song, styled as a 1960s-era celebrity couple.
Martin contributed vocals on "Brutal Hearts", the fourth track on the 2010 Bedouin Soundclash album Light the Horizon. Frontman Jay Malinowski and Martin subsequently collaborated under the band name Armistice, releasing a five-track self-titled album on February 11, 2011.
She also appeared in Peter Peter's eponymous debut album Peter Peter in the song "Tergiverse".
She appears on the track "Voila les anges," a cover of the song recorded originally in 1988 by Gamine, on the 2012 album Couleurs sur Paris by Nouvelle Vague.
On advertising campaigns
In 2009 she collaborated with Coca-Cola, sponsor of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to write the Canadian version of the song called "Open Happiness (Ouvre du bonheur)", for a Canada-wide advertising campaign.
In 2011, she recorded a version of Buddy Holly's song "Everyday" for an advertising campaign by Activia.
On February 29, 2012, Martin announced on Twitter and Facebook that she was expecting a girl with her fiancé, Alex Peyrat, a tattoo artist. Martin and Peyrat were married later that year on July 26 and their daughter Romy was born on September 4.
- Leijon, Eric (December 4, 2008). "Ride the Wave: Coeur de pirate ends her teens on a high note". Montreal Mirror. Archived from the original on March 9, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Deudon, Benjamin (July 8, 2010). "Mathieu Chédid et Coeur de Pirate : au Cœur du Mystère des Francofolies". Sud-Ouest (in French). Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Ballingall, Alex (April 19, 2012). "Canadians under 25: Here are the ones to watch". Maclean's. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- “Télé Matin, France 2, 13 September 2012.
- Birchmeier, Jason. "Cœur de pirate review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Dixon, Guy (February 11, 2009). "The indie It-girl and a YouTube baby". The Globe and Mail.
- Lawrence, Grant (February 23, 2009). "Coeur de Pirate Selling Records Thanks To Cute Baby Video". CBC Music. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Martin, Béatrice (December 8, 2009). Interview with Anika Mottershaw. The Line of Best Fit. Accessed on March 20, 2013.
- "Coeur de Pirate and Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski Announce Debut EP as Armistice". Exclaim!, January 12, 2011.
- CBC Radio 3, September 12, 2011.
- "Cœur de pirate présente le clip officiel de "Place de la République", son nouvel extrait (VIDÉO/PHOTOS)". Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Bondy, Halley (January 18, 2013). "Coeur de Pirate Returns, All Grown Up". MTV Iggy. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- "Artist summary: Cœur de pirate". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Hugues, Bastien (March 6, 2010). "Le palmarès complet des 25es Victoires de la musique". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Canadian Independent Music Awards. Past Winners and Nominees: 2010, http://indies.ca/nominees_winners/2011-nomineeswinners/ 2011], 2012. Accessed March 20, 2012.
- Lights to release Siberia acoustic in April - http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/news/musicnews/lights-to-release-siberia-acoustic-in-april/9454
- Agence QMI, Cœur de pirate est enceinte (French). Canoë. February 29, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013.
- "Cœur de pirate, bientôt maman… et désormais mariée" (French). RTL.be. July 28, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013
- "Cœur de Pirate, maman d'une petite fille" (French). quai-baco.com.