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Madeleine Peyroux

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Vocalist Madeleine Peyroux is an acclaimed performer with a dusky, lyrical style and a bent toward covering jazz and blues standards along with her own folky originals. Bursting onto the international scene in the '90s, Peyroux drew favorable comparisons to Billie Holiday. While her intimate sound certainly owes a debt to Holiday, Peyroux has carved out her own distinctive stylistic niche, balancing a modern pop sensibility with a respect for older vocal traditions. Born in Athens, Georgia in 1973, Peyroux grew up in Southern California and Brooklyn, before moving to Paris with her mother at age 13 after her parents' divorce. It was there that Peyroux began singing, inspired by the street musicians of Paris' Latin Quarter. By 1989, she was performing as a member of the old-timey jazz band the Riverboat Shufflers. Around age 16, she joined another vintage-inspired ensemble, the Lost & Wandering Blues & Jazz Band, and spent several years touring around Europe performing jazz standards by such legends as Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and others. Peyroux eventually caught the ear of Atlantic Records A&R man Yves Beauvais, who signed her to a recording contract. In 1996, she released her debut album, Dreamland. Featuring a lineup of top-level New York jazz musicians, including pianist Cyrus Chestnut, drummer Leon Parker, guitarists Vernon Reid and Marc Ribot, and saxophonist/clarinetist James Carter, the album showcased Peyroux's genre-crossing approach to standards from the 1920s and '30s. Along with songs like Fats Waller's "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," Billie Holiday's "Gettin' Some Fun Out of Life," and Bessie Smith's "Lovesick Blues," Peyroux also recorded three of her own tunes on Dreamland, including "Always a Use," on which she accompanied herself on guitar. Although Peyroux continued to tour and perform live, it took another eight years for her finish her follow-up, 2004's Careless Love. Working with producer Larry Klein at Rounder Records, Peyroux expanded her approach to included a more contemporary, stylistically wide-ranging set of covers, including Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars," Bob Dylan's "You're Going to Make Me Lonesome," and Hank Williams' "Weary Blues." The album received wide critical acclaim and achieved gold certification status in several countries, including the United States. On the heels of her sophomore success, Peyroux returned in 2006 with the Klein-produced Half the Perfect World. Along with standards and reworkings of songs by Serge Gainsbourg and Tom Waits, the highly anticipated album also featured a duet with k.d. lang. The well-received album reached number 33 on the Billboard 200. Her third Rounder release, 2009's Bare Bones, found Peyroux developing her sound even further with a set of all-original compositions, some co-written with producer Klein, Steely Dan's Walter Becker, and guitarist Julian Coryell. Although somewhat of a creative gamble, the album was welcomed by her fans and debuted at number one on the Billboard jazz chart. After some time off, Peyroux returned in 2011 with Standing on the Rooftop for Decca. Produced by Craig Street, the album featured Peyroux backed by a stellar lineup of musicians including violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarists Marc Ribot and Chris Bruce, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and drummer Charlie Drayton. Also included were guest appearances from Patrick Warren and Allen Toussaint, among others. Along with eight originals, Peyroux delivered elegant renditions of the Beatles' "Martha My Dear," Bob Dylan's "I Threw It All Away," and Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain." For her next album, 2013's Klein-produced The Blue Room, Peyroux drew inspiration from Ray Charles' revolutionary 1962 recording Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Along with tracks from Charles' original, the album found Peyroux reworking contemporary songs in a similar fashion, many with orchestral backing featuring arrangements by Vince Mendoza. The album garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. In 2016, Peyroux celebrated 20 years as a recording artist with the release of her seventh studio album, Secular Hymns. One of her most eclectic albums to date, the album featured a mix of soul, jazz, blues, and dub sounds, including covers of songs by Townes Van Zandt, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Willie Dixon, Linton Kwesi Johnson, and others. ~ Matt Collar
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Stations Featuring
Madeleine Peyroux

    Jazz Mix

    Jazz Mix
    3 songs

    Romantic Jazz

    Romantic Jazz
    5 songs

    Jazz Vocalists

    Jazz Vocalists
    6 songs

    French Classics

    French Classics
    1 song

    Coffeehouse Corner

    2 songs

    Female Focus

    2 songs

    Modern Jazz

    1 song

Albums by
Madeleine Peyroux

Top Songs by
Madeleine Peyroux

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   The Summer Wind
  3.   Don't Wait Too Long
  4.   Dance Me to the End of Love
  5.   Smile
  6.   I'm All Right
  7.   Everybody's Talkin'
  8.   The Kind You Can't Afford
  9.   La Vie en Rose
  10.   Careless Love
  11.   I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
  12.   Half the Perfect World
  13.   California Rain
  14.   You Can't Do Me
  15.   Weary Blues from Waitin'
  16.   J'Ai Deux Amours
  17.   A Little Bit
  18.   You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  19.   Keep Me in Your Heart
  20.   Between the Bars
  21.   I Think It's Going to Rain Today
  22.   Don't Cry Baby
  23.   I Must Be Saved
  24.   Love and Treachery
  25.   Once in a While
  26.   (Getting Some) Fun Out of Life
  27.   Hello Babe
  28.   I Can't Stop Loving You
  29.   The Way of All Things
  30.   To Love You All Over Again
  31.   Homeless Happiness
  32.   River
  33.   Blue Alert
  34.   I'll Look Around
  35.   Lonesome Road
  36.   No More
  37.   Meet Me in Rio
  38.   If the Sea Was Whiskey
  39.   A Prayer
  40.   La Javanaise
  41.   More Time
  42.   Walkin' After Midnight
  43.   Trampin'
  44.   Hard Times Come Again No More
  45.   Shout Sister Shout
  46.   Tango Till They're Sore
  47.   Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)
  48.   Moon River by Lang Lang
  49.   Desperadoes Under the Eaves
  50.   You Don't Know Me
  51.   Gentle on My Mind
  52.   Bird on the Wire
  53.   Guilty
  54.   Born to Lose
  55.   Bye Bye Love
  56.   Changing All Those Changes
  57.   The Party Oughta Be Comin' Soon
  58.   Wild Card in the Hole
  59.   Superhero
  60.   Leaving Home Again
  61.   Standing on the Rooftop
  62.   Love in Vain
  63.   Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love
  64.   Fickle Dove
  65.   The Things I've Seen Today featuring Charley Drayton
  66.   Martha, My Dear featuring Charley Drayton
  67.   Please Baby
  68.   I Live My Love
  69.   Somethin' Grand
  70.   River of Tears
  71.   Our Lady of Pigalle
  72.   Instead
  73.   Damn the Circumstances
  74.   Bare Bones
  75.   (Looking For) The Heart of Saturday Night
  76.   Give Your Mama One Smile
  77.   This Is Heaven to Me
  78.   Lovesick Blues
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