Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux

jazz, female vocalists, blues, vocal jazz, singer-songwriter

Madeleine Peyroux is a jazz singer who was born in 1974 in Athens, Georgia, USA, and raised in New York City and Paris, France. She is noted for her vocal style, which is highly reminiscent of Billie Holiday. Madeleine also has qualities similar to Ella Fitzgerald. Though Peyroux may remind some listeners of Holiday, there are differences, and she has her own sense of phrasing and interpretation. Peyroux started singing at the age of fifteen, when she discovered street musicians in the Latin Quarter in Paris.

Standing on the Rooftop [2011]
  • 1. Martha My Dear (2:32)
  • 2. The Kind You Can't Afford (3:59)
  • 3. Leaving Home Again (3:35)
  • 4. The Things I've Seen Today (3:35)
  • 5. Fickle Dove (3:28)
  • 6. Lay Your Sleeping Head, My Love (3:23)
  • 7. Standing On The Rooftop (5:46)
  • 8. I Threw It All Away (3:15)
  • 9. The Party Oughta Be Comin' Soon (5:00)
  • 10. Superhero (3:21)
  • 11. Love In Vain (3:40)
  • 12. Don't Pick A Fight With A Poet (4:28)
  • 13. Meet Me In Rio (3:51)
  • 14. Ophelia (5:12)
  • 15. The Way Of All Things (4:02)

On Standing on the Rooftop there's one very interesting collaborator that may have the key to opening new doors is the Rolling Stones', Bill Wyman, whom Peyroux met at the Nice Jazz Festival while waiting to hear B.B. King, and the two then began writing together. A strong point for Peyroux this year was performing their song for the children of a displaced persons' camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this summer. The song, entitled 'The Kind You Can't Afford', Peyroux says, is a testament to owning what money can't buy. Read more on Last.fm.