Over the years, Madeleine Peyroux
has recorded jazz, country and blues...sometimes all three on a single album. Her voice is often compared to that of jazz legend Billie Holiday
, but whether she is recording her own compositions or covering songs by Leonard Cohen, Edith Piaf, Joni Mitchell or Bessie Smith - she "owns" each piece.
Born in Athens, Georgia, Madeleine Peyroux has lived in Southern
California, Brooklyn and Paris. She moved to France as a teenager, where
she began her life as a musician busking on the streets of the Latin
Quarter of Paris.
Peyroux's seventh and latest album, The Blue Room
, includes cuts from Ray Charles's
, as well as songs by Randy Newman and Buddy Holly. She was in Toronto to perform in a concert with the Art of Time Ensemble
as part of
an annual event called the Songbook music series. Madeleine Peyroux came to our studio to talk with Laura Lynch.