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Madeleine Peyroux
MadeleinePeyroux2005.jpgMadeleine Peyroux in 2005
Background information
Born(1974-04-18) April 18, 1974 (age 43)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
GenresJazz, blues
Years active1990s–present
LabelsAtlantic, Rounder, Decca
Associated actsThe Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band

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


  • 1 Musical career
  • 2 Albums
  • 3 Reception
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Musical career

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.[1] In interviews, Peyroux describes her parents as "hippies" and "eccentric educators" who helped her pursue a career in music.[2] As a child, she listened to her father's old records and Peyroux learned to play her mother's ukulele.[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]


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, Standing on the Rooftop. 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]


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]



with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band

  • Spreading Rhythm Around
  • Best of

with William Galison

  • Got You on My Mind (Waking Up, 2004)


  1. ^ a b [1] Archived February 11, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux strips down to the Bare Bones | The Courier-Mail". 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". Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  6. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Madeleine Peyroux | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux". 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". 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
  17. ^ "Madeleine Peyroux discography". 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. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Discography at Discogs.
  • Biography on All About Jazz
Articles and media
  • Via Paris, with Snaps article at Time Magazine
  • Madeleine Peyroux singing "I'm All Right" on YouTube.
  • Live From Abbey Road — film clip, slideshow and brief bio
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Interview and Biography on Female First

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Madeleine Peyroux has 11 upcoming shows:

City Winery (New York, NY)Buy Tickets
Howard Theatre (Washington, DC)Buy Tickets
Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)
City Winery (Nashville, TN)Buy Tickets
Royal Festival Hall (London, United Kingdom)Buy Tickets
Le Trianon (Paris, France)Buy Tickets
Paradiso Grote Zaal (Amsterdam, Netherlands)Buy Tickets
Paramount Theatre (Aurora, IL)
CAP CINEMA (Perigueux, France)Buy Tickets

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