Karim Ouellet is a Canadian pop singer-songwriter; his music is folk-pop, with reggae and African music influences. All these different influences blend into a unique and fun sound. Originally from Senegal, he was adopted by Canadian diplomats and lived in France, Rwanda and Tunisia before returning to Quebec City, Canada. His album Fox won the Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year in 2014. He has toured around in Canada and France, and is particularly popular in Mexico. His catchy and calming melodies are irresistible.
He explained in an Indie Music interview that his songs are “above all love stories,” even though they are not all true to life events. He wants to entertain and inspire people, “I try to make good songs that other people can love.”
Héloïse Letissier, otherwise known as Christine and the Queens, is a French singer and songwriter from Nantes. She was inspired by drag queen musicians such as Russella, who took her in while she was in London after a devastating break up. She has described her genre as “freakpop”, with her music and lyrics questioning feminism, gender and queer culture.
Christine and the Queens has slowly built up a following, and began to chart after the release of her third EP. She even has A-List fans such as Madonna, Mark Ronson and Lorde. She’s been awarded Best Female Artist in 2015, and was nominated for the IMPALA Album of the Year Award 2015 for her album “Chaleur Humaine”.
Dazed says that her newest album “Chaleur Humaine” “combines fractured, glitch-ridden electro-pop production with Letissier’s distinctively fluid, ice-clear voice.” We can't stop listening to her fantastic album, and her music videos are just as amazing with their fluid and contemporary choreography. Take a look at her video for her single "Christine"!
Coeur de Pirate (Pirate's heart) is a French Canadian singer/songwriter and pianist. Her real name is Beatrice Martin. She sings mostly in French and has been credited with bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth.
She began her recording career in 2007, posting demo versions of her songs on MySpace.
Nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards, Coeur de Pirate was released in France in 2009 in association with Universal Music. It became a big hit there, reaching the Top Ten of the French albums chart for several weeks in summer 2009 and spawning the Top Five hit single "Comme des Enfants."
Georges Brassens (22 October 1921 - 29 October 1981), is a singer-songwriter from Sète, France. He is an iconic figure and he has become a legendary part of French musical heritage. He is well known to have written and sang more than a hundred of his poems with his guitar, he sang many other authors' texts as well. Brassens recorded La Ballade Des Dames Dus Temps Jadis in 1953. The song is a poem by Francois Villon.