Madeleine Peyroux

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Madeleine Peyroux
MadeleinePeyroux2005.jpg
Madeleine Peyroux in 2005
Background information
Born (1974-04-18) April 18, 1974 (age 42)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Jazz, blues
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1990s–present
Labels Atlantic, Rounder, Decca
Associated acts The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band
Website madeleinepeyroux.com

Madeleine Peyroux (born April 18, 1974, Athens, Georgia, United States) is a French-American jazz and blues singer-songwriter.

Musical career[edit]

When Peyroux was six years old her family moved to Brooklyn and later southern California. At age 13 her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Paris.[1] In interviews, Peyroux describes her parents as "hippies" and "eccentric educators" who helped her pursue a career in music.[2] As a child her father listened to old records Peyroux learned to play her mother's ukelele.[3]

Peyroux started singing at the age of fifteen and performed with street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris. She joined a group called the Riverboat Shufflers. At age sixteen she joined The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band and toured Europe with them.[4][5]

Albums[edit]

On Dreamland (Atlantic, 1996), her debut album, she was accompanied by Cyrus Chestnut, Vernon Reid, Marc Ribot, James Carter, and Leon Parker. The album contained original songs by Peyroux and blues songs from the 1920s and 1930s (Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller).[6]

In 1997, she covered the song "Life is Fine" as a Rainer Ptácek tribute.[7]

In 2004 she released Got You on My Mind, an EP with William Galison.[8] The same year, she released her second solo album, Careless Love, which sold over a million copies worldwide.[citation needed] On September 3, 2006, Peyroux performed a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios[9] and in July 2007, she was selected as Best International Jazz Artist at the BBC Jazz Awards.[10]

Her third solo album, Half the Perfect World, was released a few days later. The record was with Jesse Harris, Walter Becker, producer Larry Klein and k.d. lang.[1] Her fourth solo album, Bare Bones, released in March 2009. The album was again produced by Larry Klein and Peyroux co-wrote many of the songs with Walter Becker, Joe Henry, David Batteau, and Julian Coryell.[11] In November 2009, Somethin' Grand, Peyroux's first live concert album and DVD were released.[12]

In June 2011, Peyroux released a new album on Decca Records. The album was produced by Craig Street (Norah Jones, k.d. lang, Cassandra Wilson)[citation needed]The album features Marc Ribot on guitar/banjo, Me'shell Ndegeocello on bass, drummer Charley Drayton (Keith Richards, Neil Young, Johnny Cash) and guitarist Chris Bruce (Seal, John Legend). [13]

Reception[edit]

In 2013 a New York Times music writer compared her vocal style to that of Billie Holiday.[14] Peyroux's rendition of J'Ai Deux Amours is featured in the 2014 film Diplomacy.[15]

Discography[edit]

Solo[16]
Albums and details Peak positions
AUS AUT BEL
(Fl)
BEL
(Wa)
FRA
[17]
GER NED NZ SPA SWI UK US
Dreamland
  • Date released: 1996
  • Record label: Atlantic
Careless Love
  • Date released: 2004
  • Record label: Rounder
5 54 33 28 18 91 7 71
Half the Perfect World
  • Date released: 2006
  • Record label: Rounder
26 42 41 31 15 55 19 25 38 41 12 33
Bare Bones
  • Date released: 2009
  • Record label: Rounder
64 42 49 40 18 75 33 28 39 46 12 71
Standing on the Rooftop 43 77 75 61 64 81 35 22 57 56
The Blue Room
  • Date released: 2013
  • Record label: EmArcy/Decca
54 42 50 28 65 67 31 82 43 62
Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: Best of Madeline Peyroux
  • Date released: 2014
  • Record label: Rounder
115
Secular Hymns
  • Date released: 2016
  • Record label: Verve
163 53 53
[18]
93 96

with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band

  • Spreading Rhythm Around
  • Best of

with William Galison

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b [1] Archived February 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux strips down to the Bare Bones | The Courier-Mail". News.com.au. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  3. ^ [2] Archived November 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Richard Skelly. "Madeleine Peyroux". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  5. ^ "Musician Madeleine Peyroux (Vocal) @ All About Jazz". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  6. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Madeleine Peyroux | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux". Furious.com. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Got You on My Mind - William Galison,Madeleine Peyroux | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  9. ^ [3] Archived October 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ [4] Archived November 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Peyroux Goes 'Bare' On New Album". Billboard. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  12. ^ [5][dead link]
  13. ^ "Shore Fire Media Press Release". Shorefire.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  14. ^ Haller, Val. "If You Like Billie Holiday, Try Madeleine Peyroux". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Berlin Film Review: 'Diplomacy'". Variety. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ Chart positions according to French website Lescharts.com
  17. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 38, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 

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