From Street Singer to Pop Diva - San Francisco Classical Voice

When vocalist Madeleine Peyroux began busking on the streets of Paris as a singer/guitarist at age 16, she didn’t have a clear plan for her life. Eight recordings later, with her ninth, Anthem, due out in August, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Peyroux’s genre is. With influences from early jazz, blues, folk, funk, and pop, her music reflects her own, unusual personal journey.

When she broke into the spotlight in 1996 with her debut album, Dreamland, her sultry, smoky voice immediately drew comparisons to jazz legend Billie Holiday. She didn't release her second album, Careless Love, for another eight years: Unprepared for the physical strain of being a professional singer, she lost her voice for a while. But her retro, French cabaret arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s song “Dance Me to the End of Love” put her back in the spotlight.

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