French Female Vocalists

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I LOVE French singers...especially ones with husky, seductive voices...!! Current favorites: Pauline Croze, Coralie Clement, Keren Ann and Emilie Simon. Anyone have any other recommendations?

Eva van Rein (Gaia1981), Saturday, 5 November 2005 21:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Francoise Hardy, Laetitia Sadier, blah. Keren Ann is lovely.

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Saturday, 5 November 2005 21:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

blah is not good enough! I need names!!!! :P And Francoise Hardy is good too, id.

Eva van Rein (Gaia1981), Saturday, 5 November 2005 22:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Get the soundtrack to 8 Femmes - it's ace!

CharlieNo4 (Charlie), Saturday, 5 November 2005 22:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

isabelle adjani. her gainsbourg album is pretty good. there is a tradition in france that almost all actresses sing. brigitte bardot's gainsbourg songs are okay too, less good than adjani's interpretations though.

carla bruni is italian but she mainly sings in french. not really my cup of tea as it seems a little too sensually forced but still.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Saturday, 5 November 2005 22:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Carla Bruni is fantastic (especially if you can get by the fact that she's an ex-supermodel and has horrible taste in men - she's been linked to everyone from Donald Trump to Eric Clapton to Kevin Costner). Her album's a bit tired and overplayed by now though. She also picked up some bad guitar influences from Clapton (if I could purge the bluesy guitar solos off that album, it'd go up at least one notch in my mind).

As for others, Brigitte Fontaine is one of my favorites. Francoiz Breut and Jeanne Cherhal are also great.

Jacobo Rock (jacobo rock), Saturday, 5 November 2005 22:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Francoiz Breut put out one of my favorite albums this year.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Sunday, 6 November 2005 06:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

if you like keren ann & coralie clement then you'd love the album benjamin biolay made with his wife chiara mastroianni called 'home'.

zappi (joni), Sunday, 6 November 2005 07:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love France Gall, although she's way more flirty-tease than husky-seductive.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Sunday, 6 November 2005 07:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

vanessa paradis - "joe le taxi" and "be my baby".
mylene farmer
is it wrong to say britt ekland "do it to me once more with feeling/pribvate party' 12 inch vinyl with poster ?

retrogurl, Sunday, 6 November 2005 07:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Nick H (Nick H), Sunday, 6 November 2005 11:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

EDITH PIAF! Okay, so not exactly husky seductive, but unbelievably beautiful voice nonetheless.

And yeah Francoise Hardy, Keren Ann, Alizee, etc. most of my favourites have already been mentioned.

Try for more (mostly French) girly pop. And here:

Roz (Roz), Sunday, 6 November 2005 11:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

catherine ribeiro!

(what's a good album to start with for mylene farmer?)

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Sunday, 6 November 2005 12:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is the song "john lennon" by french singer Boulette

boulette, Sunday, 6 November 2005 15:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

April March, though she really doesn't count, technically.

gear (gear), Sunday, 6 November 2005 20:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

spring and suburbia, with the lovely voice of alex pavlou

joan vich (joan vich), Sunday, 6 November 2005 20:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

perhaps the ladies who contributed some vocals for the Nouvelle Vague album? most of the female vocalists are francophone.

sonore (sonore), Monday, 7 November 2005 05:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You absolutely have to hear Le Fil by Camille. Le Fils means the Filament, and sure enough there's a constant note that runs through all the songs.... It's also very mostly a cappella. awesome.

lee ward (lee ward), Monday, 7 November 2005 05:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

all of Francoiz Breut's albums are fantastic. Especially "Vingt a Trente Mille Jours".

Brett G. (Brett G.), Monday, 7 November 2005 05:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Mylene Khaski (Edith Nylon)
Ellie (Stinky Toys)

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Monday, 7 November 2005 09:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

April March should count. Chrominance Decoder and Triggers are two of my favourite French pop albums. She's actually American (and called Eleanor) but she's an honorary French singer as far as I'm concerned as she works with Bertrand Burgulat and sings in French and English. Don't know about 'husky' but 'seductive' fits the bill. Valerie Lemercier - Chante is very good too on the same label. She's quite a famous actress in France. For more recommendations, follow this link to see April March's own guide to French music!!!!

Kim Tortoise, Monday, 7 November 2005 12:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Haha great link, Kim! I love "Chick Habit" but that's the only song of hers I know. I guess I kind of thought, based on that song, that she was a cod-exotica novelty act.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Monday, 7 November 2005 13:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Patricia Kaas' whole career is based on a "husky and seductive voice".... Not really a fan though...

Baaderonixx says DANCE!! TAKE A CHANCE!!! are you ready for... TRUE ROMANCE (baa, Monday, 7 November 2005 13:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Souad Massi -- sings mostly in Arabic, but the music is primarily French singer-songwriter style. Lovely voice.

Vornado, Monday, 7 November 2005 14:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

j'adore this shit but a little goes a long way if your're not actually in paris or eating croissants on sunday morning or both,

nonetheless - francoiz breut thirded.

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Monday, 7 November 2005 14:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(jg) ((jg)), Monday, 7 November 2005 14:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I second Elli Medeiros of Stinky Toys/Elli & Jacno. Also, try anything with Catherine RInger of Les Rita Mitsouko or Muriel Moreno of Niagara. The French 80's marianne Faithfull would be Daniella Messia.

SoHoLa (SoHoLa), Monday, 7 November 2005 15:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I second Elli Medeiros of Stinky Toys/Elli & Jacno. Also, try anything with Catherine RInger of Les Rita Mitsouko or Muriel Moreno of Niagara. The French (80's) Marianne Faithfull would be Daniella Messia.

SoHoLa (SoHoLa), Monday, 7 November 2005 15:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

If you can find Swinging Mademoiselle Vol. 1 (anybody heard vol. 2?) then definitely buy it. Wonderful stuff!

mcd (mcd), Monday, 7 November 2005 15:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'le fil' actually means 'the thread'. between french and english the word 'filament' is a cognate.

now switching off pendantry mode...

m bott, Monday, 7 November 2005 20:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

My favourite French vocalist is Audrey from Kit :
Then, she is my sister, so it's not TOTALLY surprising (and can explain the shameless plug)

Arnault (arc73hk), Monday, 7 November 2005 23:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
m bott is right - 'le fil' refers to the tone/note Camille sings throughout the whole album.

Ten Very Husky French Girl-albums:

- The Isis Project - The Isis Project (husky girl: Sophie Hunter, songs written by Guy Chambers & Keren Ann)
- Francoiz Breut - Une Saison Volée
- Daphné - L'Emeraud
- Ariane Moffatt - Le Coeur dans la tête
- Austine - La Tendresse EP
- Benjamin Biolay & Chiara Mastroianni - Home
- Holden - Pedrolira
- Charline Rose - Charline Rose
- Coralie Clement - Bye Bye Beauté
- Clarika - Joker

some song of these filles are posted on my blog:

Guuz H (Guuz H), Wednesday, 23 November 2005 12:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Just inquiring about a French singer in the 80's-Muriel Mateau(not sure if last name is spelled right). Would you have any knowledge of her?. In your response, please put-re:M. Mateau for a subject. Thank You

karen Little, Wednesday, 30 November 2005 14:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mirelle Mattieu?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 14:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Mireille Mathieu, that is.

GzZz (Gzz), Wednesday, 15 February 2006 21:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

LIO! All her albums just remastered / repackaged!

Baaderonixx, born again in Xixax (baaderonixx), Thursday, 16 February 2006 08:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Was she in that Chantal Ackerman musical about the shopping mall?

Redd Harvest (Ken L), Thursday, 16 February 2006 09:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Piling in (metaphorically) on Francoiz Breut.

Also I highly recommend Autour de Lucie, although Valerie's voice isn't husky. She is supposed to be releasing her first solo album this year.

Mitya (mitya), Sunday, 19 February 2006 00:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

emilie renaudat, one day the ema derton cd will be released and i will be filled with joy.

fabienne delsol should be a star but she isn't.

keyth (keyth), Sunday, 19 February 2006 01:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

All the Ye-Ye girls from the Sixties with names such as Clothilde, Eline, Elsa, etc.

zeus (zeus), Sunday, 19 February 2006 11:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

the actress from "the beach" is a sensual singer too.

retrogurl, Sunday, 19 February 2006 11:53 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Colette Magny.

Brian Turner (btwfmu), Monday, 20 February 2006 02:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dominique Durand from Ivy.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Monday, 20 February 2006 07:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Habeu Habeu Brrrrlluuuuuuuuu Brrrrrrrrlllllluuuuuuuuu
Mijn naam is Daan van den Heuvel en ik ben een Walk-in stavenlaver !!!!

Daan Heuvel, Friday, 21 April 2006 13:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink


hank (hank s), Friday, 21 April 2006 17:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

gzip, Wednesday, 30 July 2008 22:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Some of these were mentioned, and I second (or third) them!

Keren Ann (I was not expecting this, but I liked Dean and Britta's live show more than Keren Ann's.)
Carla Bruni,
Yael Naim, (French-Israeli)
April March, (american)
France Gall,
Francoise Hardy,
Kahimi Karie (Japanese),
Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Brigitte Bardot,
Sylvie Vartan (bulgarian),
Jacqueline Taïeb (tunisian),

A bunch more ye-ye girls from the sixties:

Female vocalists involved with the band Nouvelle Vague:
Anaïs Croze,
Camille Dalmais, (Camille)
Phoebe Killdeer,
Mélanie Pain
Marina Céleste

rollerbeef, Thursday, 31 July 2008 01:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

not Charlotte Gainsbourg

blunt, Thursday, 31 July 2008 01:32 (nine years ago) Permalink

Lemon incest?

rollerbeef, Thursday, 31 July 2008 01:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

tru dat, but I heard the solo album last week and her voice is so thin and unremarkable (lyrics included). Plus the music was lamentable Air-fare. ha

blunt, Thursday, 31 July 2008 04:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Check out Alexandra Roos

baaderonixx, Thursday, 31 July 2008 07:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Brigitte Fontaine!

poortheatre, Thursday, 31 July 2008 08:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

Jacqueline Taieb is my favorite yeye girl. I have a song of her in my favorite songs muxtape:

Check her out. The horn section on that song is amazing.

Moka, Thursday, 31 July 2008 08:26 (nine years ago) Permalink

many good ones already.
dani was also pretty good (60s model/singer/actress). gainsbourg wrote "comme un boomerang" for her. his demo version is great (not too fond of the retake she did with daho).
and in some of her 60s scopitones dani was amazingly gorgeous (she also played in Truffaut"s "la nuit americaine").
claudine longet, francoise hardy and elli medeiros are also great favourites of mine.

AleXTC, Thursday, 31 July 2008 11:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yelle! Probably best described as France's Robyn. Check out her fantastic single "Je veux te voir".

HannahSolo, Thursday, 31 July 2008 11:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Don't forget Rose ("La Liste," etc.)! I second (third?) the votes for Camille and Pauline Croze. I also like Emily Loizeau and some of the French singers listed here:

French Songs

CupcakesInLuv, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can't believe no-one's mentioned Julie Delpy yet. Her self-titled album is gorgeous, not least the song she sings at the key moment in Before Sunset.

anagram, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:40 (seven years ago) Permalink


Nate Carson, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 20:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

La Grande Sophie

Enfonce bien tes ongles et tes doigts délicats dans la jungle de (Michael White), Tuesday, 29 December 2009 21:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

My fave psychedelic folk album released this year was Emily Loizeau's Pays Sauvage... If she sang in English and lived in a tree in Humboldt the freak-folkies would be all over it.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 23:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

There were some great albums by French female singers on the charts this year, like Camelia Jordana and Coeur de Pirate.

French Female Singers

Moosh89, Sunday, 17 October 2010 21:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Christelle Delaney

youn, Sunday, 17 October 2010 21:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

tell me baout '50s guitar pickers like Marie-Josée Neuville and Nicole Louvier and why they are so elusive.

Marie's voice is startlingly similar to that of '60s popstar Stella Zelcer (later of the avant-prog group Magma), another figure who challenged the sexist nature of French pop music at the time. none of 'em have husky, seductive voices, but whateva.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Sunday, 27 March 2011 16:55 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

some FFV's I've been liking lately:

  • Anne Sylvestre - poet-singer-songwriter (and one of the very first French female singer-songwriters when she debuted in 1959) in the vein of Georges Brassens or Jacques Prévert. she's best know for her children's songs but was writing heavy pro-life and rape-themed lyrics by the '70s. I've heard only a tiny portion of her ~500 song discography but would recommend Les pierres dans mon jardin (1974), Une sorciere comme les autres (1975), and Bye mélanco (2007).
  • Anne Vanderlove - Anglo-Americanophile folkie famous for her 1967 hit "Ballade en Novembre" but not much else. her warbly milkmaid voice and pristine guitar balladry can get a little cloying (cf. Joan Baez) on her early records, but her 1978 album Loguivy de la mer totally nails the spooked-out, Breton-Celtic psych-folk vibe that Emmanuelle Parrenin and Kristen Noguès did so well.
  • Emanuelle Parrenin already has her own thread, which I threadjacked to blather about Véronique Chalot.
  • I blathered about Kristen Noguès here, so that covers it.
  • Danielle Messia - artsy '80s synthpop + old-school "classically-trained" vibrato-laden vocals. it works somehow. search De la main gauche (1982) or her much more traditional (and harder to find: I've tracked down 6 of its 11 tracks online, but that's it) posthumous album Les mots.
  • Marina (Vénache) - lost the French version of American Idol about 5 years ago. search her only album Libellule (2008).
  • Agnès Bihl - a 21st century Anne Sylvestre, sorta. search Merci maman merci papa (2005).

y'allternative medicine (unregistered), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:32 (six years ago) Permalink

she's best know for her children's songs but was writing heavy pro-life and rape-themed lyrics by the '70s.

er, "pro-choice" is what I meant to write, but I r dumb.

y'allternative medicine (unregistered), Monday, 2 May 2011 15:56 (six years ago) Permalink

*-Mama Béa Tékielski

search her 1976 album La folle if you are a fan of Catherine-Ribeiro-style freakouts (and if you're not then wtf is wrong with you)

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Wednesday, 4 May 2011 05:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Juliette (Noureddine)

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Saturday, 7 May 2011 05:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Catherine Le Forestier

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Saturday, 7 May 2011 06:02 (six years ago) Permalink

huh. kind of a bonkers release from someone who usually records polite (musically, anyways) Edith Piaf chanson stuff. I think there's a Beth Ditto/Gossip dis in here somewhere (Il faut soigner son lookça c'est indispensable/ Je suis ronde et alors, je trouve ça formidable!/ Bouscouler les clichés tendance irrévérence/ Maintenant que Gossip a fait jurisprudence!) but I don't speak the language.

every time you touch me (I get hives) (unregistered), Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:45 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...


this is good.

the collab with her husband of the time, andy williams, is just wonderful.

mark e, Thursday, 12 September 2013 17:47 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Salomé Leclerc is nice and so is Liza Manili.

JacobSanders, Thursday, 27 February 2014 19:00 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Now you have a great generation of female vocalists

Agnès Bihl
Clémence Savelli
Lise Martin
Affaire Capucine

Bruno, Monday, 21 August 2017 21:21 (three months ago) Permalink

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