Concert Announcement: Coeur de piratePosted: January 23, 2012
For those of you who haven’t heard of Quebec-born singer/songwriter Coeur de pirate, the talented 22-year old hit the scene in 2008 with her self-titled debut album. In 2009, the album was both nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the Junos and a Polaris award. Winner of a Victoires de la Musique award, the French equivalent of a Grammy, for Comme des Enfants, she is a star not only in her home province but also in France and Belgium.
Her 2011 sophomore offering, Blonde, addresses the many phases of a relationship. Its catalyst, Place de la Republique, was the first song she penned after her debut album.
Singing exclusively in French until 2010, she wowed me last July when I heard her cover of The Weeknd’s Wicked Games, a pretty balsy move given the popularity of the Toronto artist’s original song. This could have gone wrong in so many ways but I think she NAILED it.
I’m probably partial to Coeur de pirate because of my French Canadian schooling during which musicians such as Mitsou and Vanessa Paradis were popular. But it’s undeniable that she has a kickass voice, even if you don’t understand what she’s singing about, and mad talent on the piano.