Madeleine Peyroux is largely known for her delightful versions
of jazz and blues songs from the twenties and thirties from artists
like Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. With these,
she conquered the streets of Paris when she was fifteen, and in
1996 she recorded her first album with jazz standards, Dreamland.
Her album from 2004, Careless Love, with material by more recent
singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, is both
introverted and intense. Five years later, she received good
reviews for an album with her own material, Bare Bones. This year,
a new album by the French/American singer will be released, again
with her own work. She has become more interested in a tougher,
rawer sound, as she indicates herself. Yet she remains the street
singer she was in her teen years: "I haven't given up anything,
there's just something that has been added."