born on 18/4/1974 in Athens, GA, United States
Madeleine Peyroux (born April 18, 1974) is an American jazz and blues singer-songwriter. Her recording career began in 1996. Her repertoire spans jazz standards in English and French, American country classics, funk, blues and her original songs.
When Peyroux was six, her family moved from Georgia to Brooklyn and later southern California. At age 13 her parents divorced, and she moved with her mother to Paris. In interviews, Peyroux describes her parents as "hippies" and "eccentric educators" who helped her pursue a career in music. As a child, she listened to her father's old records and Peyroux learned to play her mother's ukulele.
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.
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).
In 1997, she covered the song "Life is Fine" as a Rainer Ptacek tribute.
In 2004 she released Got You on My Mind, an EP with William Galison. The same year, she released her second solo album, Careless Love, which sold over a million copies worldwide. On September 3, 2006, Peyroux performed a live session for Live from Abbey Road at Abbey Road Studios and in July 2007, she was selected as Best International Jazz Artist at the BBC Jazz Awards.
Her third solo album, Half the Perfect World, was released a few days later. The record featured Jesse Harris, Walter Becker, producer Larry Klein and k.d. lang. 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. In November 2009, Somethin' Grand, Peyroux's first live concert album and DVD were released.
In June 2011, Peyroux released a new album on Decca Records, Standing on the Rooftop. The album was produced by Craig Street. The album features Marc Ribot on guitar/banjo, Me'shell Ndegeocello on bass, drummer Charley Drayton and guitarist Chris Bruce.
In 2013 a New York Times music writer compared her vocal style to that of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf. Peyroux's song "A Prayer" was featured in the closing credits of Season 2, Episode 7 of the television show Deadwood (2005). Peyroux's rendition of "J'Ai Deux Amours" is featured in the 2014 film Diplomacy.
|Albums and details||Peak positions|
Half the Perfect World
Standing on the Rooftop
The Blue Room
Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: Best of Madeleine Peyroux
with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band
- Spreading Rhythm Around
- Best of
with William Galison
- Got You on My Mind (Waking Up, 2004)
with The Sachal Ensemble
- Song of Lahore (Universal, 2016)
-  Archived February 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Madeleine Peyroux strips down to the Bare Bones | The Courier-Mail". News.com.au. 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
-  Archived November 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Richard Skelly. "Madeleine Peyroux". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "Musician Madeleine Peyroux (Vocal) @ All About Jazz". Allaboutjazz.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- Skelly, Richard. "Madeleine Peyroux | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Madeleine Peyroux". Furious.com. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
- "Got You on My Mind - William Galison,Madeleine Peyroux | Releases | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
-  Archived October 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived November 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Peyroux Goes 'Bare' On New Album". Billboard. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- "Shore Fire Media Press Release". Shorefire.com. Retrieved 2012-12-22.
- Haller, Val. "If You Like Billie Holiday, Try Madeleine Peyroux". The New York Times. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
- "Berlin Film Review: 'Diplomacy'". Variety. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
- Chart positions according to French website Lescharts.com
- "Madeleine Peyroux discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 38, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
- Pakistan's Sachal Jazz Ensemble rises above the risks in 'Song of Lahore'
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