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Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork to be released September 16 on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates of the last two years -electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori- the trio crafted the album in a live setting in a small church in the Oxfordshire countryside of England. The result is a stirring collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness.
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Madeleine Peyroux talks with Vermont/New Hampshire's WOOL91.5
Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), ...
'It's a pleasure to present a rare, exclusive interview with Madeleine Peyroux - The Paul Leslie Hour
Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara Bareilles, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner, Ziggy Marley) and David Baerwald (Joni Mitchell, David and David, Sheryl Crow), who are also the basic rhythm section players...
On Anthem, Madeleine Peyroux shows her chops as a songwriter / WVIA Public Media
In the early 2000s, there was a revival of popularity in the chanteuse style of vocalist, women singers with a mix of jazz, theatrical and cabaret influences. The best-known was Norah Jones, but preceding Ms. Jones' debut album in 2002 by about six years was the appearance of Madeleine Peyroux, whose own first release Dreamland appeared when she was 22. It attracted a lot of attention at the time, with m...
Legendary background singers add some additional spice to Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem / ginalovesjazz
It adds some additional spice to have legendary background singers Maxine Waters, Julia Tillman Waters, and Clydene Jackson singing on her new album "Anthem", which is the 8th album for this hard-to-categorize artist who nevertheless has found her own niche which is a somewhat quirky mix of folk, country, pop, soul, and jazz. Most of the songs were written by Madeleine Peyroux herself and her longtime pr...
Madeleine Peyroux interviews with 'SIMPLYTIMELESS'
Recently, Jay Daniels had the great pleasure of interviewing internationally renowned vocalist and Decca recording artist, Madeleine Peyroux. She's just released a new album called Anthem, It's mixture of covers and original tunes, but most importantly, it's filled with the stories of life. Here's his interview with Madeleine Peyroux. Anthem, finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with write...
Madeleine Peyroux set for SLO's Fremont Theater / New Times
Close your eyes when Madeleine Peyroux sings and you can forget when and where you are. It could be a smoky French café in the 1930s, a blues-drenched American juke joint in 1940s, or tonight Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Fremont Theater. Peyroux had a fairly peripatetic upbringing. Born to "hippie" parents in Athens, Georgia, she was raised in New York and California before her parents divorced...
Madeleine Peyroux delivers her most bonafide troubadour'd album in years / Jazz Weekly
Madeleine Peyroux delivers her most bonafide troubadour'd album in years, possibly since her debut Dreamland. Producer Larry Klein keeps the atmosphere like you're sitting around the campfire and taking in Peyroux's delivery of songs by herself, Klein, Leonard Cohen and others as well as a poemby Paul Eluard. All through the album, Peyroux is in charming mode as she mixes and match with Klein (who ...
Leonard Cohen hovers over the proceedings on Madeleine Peyroux's 'Anthem' / METRO
THIS will not be the first time the work of Madeleine Peyroux has been described as ‘haunted'. But with Anthem, it's not simply a matter of mood. The spectre is identifiable, and for once it is not Billie Holiday, though Peyroux was among the earlier contemporary revivalists of her vocal stylings. Rather, the late Leonard Cohen hovers over proceedings, brooding and wry, as was his manner in his lat...
Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem makes npr: all songs considered's 'essential new albums out on Aug. 31'
All Songs Considered's Robin Hilton talks with NPR Music's Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson about the essential new albums out on Aug. 31, including; Madeleine Peyroux's new album, Anthem, which finds the singer-songwriter collaborating with writers/musicians Patrick Warren (Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Brian MacLeod (Sara B...
Madeleine Peyroux' Anthem, drawn together by inspired arrangements and a touch of melancholy / theartsdesk
Peyroux made her name by channelling the sultry sensuality and soul of Billie Holiday and breathing new life into well-known songs written by others - notably Elliott Smith and Leonard Cohen. She still brings enchantment to covers, but has increasingly found her own distinctive voice, without losing that element of sensual magic - those long drawn-out notes - inherited from the great Lady Day. Her new al...
Madeleine Peyroux - Anthem has consistency, focus and a wonderfully laid-back eccentricity / EXPRESS
US vocalist Peyroux works with a whole range of songwriters here and has Joni Mitchell's ex-husband and producer at the controls but there's a consistency and focus that centres on the singer's wonderfully laid-back eccentricity. Who else but Peyroux could come up with a track like the brilliant Party Tyme in which the celebration in question appears to be taking place in some sort of wonky crack house? ...
With a enviably rich catalog, Madeleine Peyroux releases new album - Anthem / MusicTaP
With a enviably rich catalog, the talent of Madeleine Peyroux has provided years and albums worth of great music. Not only has she recorded some original material, but Madeleine Peyroux has also lent her extraordinary vocal and musical qualities to songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Willie Dixon, the recent Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and ...
Madeleine Peyroux makes triumphant Glasgow come-back / Herald Scotland review
After a decade's absence from Glasgow, the American singer-guitarist Madeleine Peyroux made a triumphant come-back on Sunday, to the delight of an adoring audience which hung on her every last word and note. Accompanied by just guitar and bass, she performed songs from across her career, and although she has moved through the genres in the 13 years since her first major album, she has clearly taken fans ...
Madeleine Peyroux set for Old Rock House / STLtoday.com
For her latest album, "Secular Hymns," blues/jazz/pop singer Madeleine Peyroux was able to record in an idyllic place: a small church in rural Oxfordshire, England, in front of an audience of about a hundred or so. The songs, which include such gems as Townes Van Zandt's "The Highway Kind," Willie Dixon's "If the Sea Was Whiskey" and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's not-so-secular "Shout Sister Shout," were recor...
Madeleine Peyroux commands Arlington Theatre / Santa Barbara Independent review
Madeleine Peyroux commanded the Arlington Theatre stage Friday night, March 17. Sashaying through the Great American Playbook, she, bassist Barak Mori, and guitarist Jon Herington - impeccably tight, tasty, and complementary - quietly chomped on Tom Waits's "Tango Till They're Sore," Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love," and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "Shout, Sister, Shout!," with an emotionally ch...
Madeleine Peyroux plays Santa Barbara's Arlington Theatre / Jazz Weekly
Madeleine Peyroux showed at her Arlington Theatre concert that she has been able to accomplish what is surely the goal of every artist; that of finding one's own voice. That has been doubly hard for Ms. Peyroux, as early in her career she was unjustly labeled as a Billie Holiday sound-alike. Yes, her voice still has a stroke of Lady Day's lilt and tone, but Peyroux has wisely emphasized the bohemian and ...
Madeleine Peyroux, Rickie Lee Jones tour. Next stop, Atlanta / WABE 90.1
Not all that long ago, bluesy singer Madeleine Peyroux was an American in Paris, performing on the streets with hat in hand. Today, she performs on stage to sold-out crowds. Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with here most recent Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork released on Impulse!/Verve L...
Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux on tour throughout March / Here & Now
Singers Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux have individually built up devoted followings over the years. Jones has won two Grammy awards, and Peyroux's voice has drawn comparisons to Billie Holiday. Peyroux most recent recording - Secular Hymns is a spirited and soulful masterwork on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates, guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Ba...
Rickie Lee Jones - Madeleine Peyroux NATour starts 3/1
On the eve of Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux embarking on a North American tour, let's revisit a vintage video of Jones' jazztastic, acoustic-guitar-driven hit single "Chuck E's in Love," from 1979. The duo also just released a politically charged video for a newly recorded cover of David Essex's "Rock On." The video involves a poignant (and sometimes hard to watch) series of clips focusing on wo...
Madeleine Peyroux set for Middle Eastern debut at the Royal Opera House Muscat / The National
When you are in the middle of a world tour, venues can often blend into each other. But when it comes to Amsterdam's hallowed rock venue, Paradiso, Madeleine Peyroux is almost misty-eyed. Talking exclusively to The National before her recent gig there, the American soulstress recalled busking outside the venue during her travels in her youth. "It is amazing," she says. "I had a great time just doing ...
Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux announce co-headlining North American tour / axs
Since her 1979 self-titled debut album, Rickie Lee Jones has influenced various female artists for nearly 40 years. The Californian earned two Grammy wins for Best New Artist in 1980 and Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group for "Makin' Whoopee" in 1990. Fellow jazz musician Madeleine Peyroux spent time performing with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band before embarking on a solo career with ...
Madeleine Peyroux set for Kent Stage in March / Cleveland Scene
Singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux emerged some 16 years ago when she issued her acclaimed debut, Dreamland, a jazzy affair that features elegant covers of tunes such as "Walkin' After Midnight" and "Reckless Blues." In 2004, she attained mainstream recognition with Careless Love, an album that launched a collaboration with producer Larry Klein. She continues to regularly tour and record and relea...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / New Zealand Herald review
Until now Madeleine Peyroux's debut album Dreamland, released when she was 22 and still fresh from busking on the streets of Paris, has remained my favourite of her now six studio albums. However, my favouritism is now being seriously challenged by this new release, Secular Hymns. Saint Mary's church in the tiny village of Great Milton in Oxfordshire provided the inspiration when Madele...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / Jazz & Blues Report review
Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork released on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates of the last two years -electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori- the trio crafted the album in a live setting...
Madeleine Peyroux is not as famous as she ought to be / Daily Mail
Madeleine Peyroux is part-French, part-American, and not as famous as she ought to be, given her radiant voice and the fact that she can fill the Festival Hall in London after starting out as a busker on the streets of Paris. Appearing at the EFG London Jazz Festival, she is introduced as ‘the queen of the unhurried'. Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Peyroux&n...
Madeleine Peyroux releases the best album of her career / The Times
This wasn't the Madeleine Peyroux we have come to know over the years. Gone were the fretful glances, the awkward silences and the sense that she would rather be in her hotel room. Just for a change, the American singer-guitarist seemed to be enjoying herself at this EFG London Jazz Festival concert. As well she might, given that she has just released the best album of her career. Recorded in the unlikel...
Madeleine Peyroux plays Royal Festival Hall / LondonJazz review
Although Madeleine Peyroux doesn't really need one, certainly not amongst the packed out concert hall of super fans last night, she was nevertheless given a nice introduction. Coined here as "Queen of the unhurried" - a term I found particularly inspired - and an unparalleled songstress who is a strong believer in the power of song, she's quoted as having said "Music, song, the voice: this is m...
Madeleine Peyroux visits with WABE 90.1ATL
LISTEN TO WABE: ATLANTA - Lois Reitzes interview with MP Here's some transcript - After playing at a Michelin-starred restaurant, Madeleine Peyroux and her band stumbled into a 12th-century French church. "It had this immediate effect on me," said Peyroux in an interview with Lois Reitzes. "You don't have the opportunity to go in a 12th-century church in America." Oddly enough, it was living...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / Evening Standard review
"The human voice is like fruit. It ripens," says Madeleine Peyroux, gazing out of her London hotel room window. "My voice has definitely become stronger, filled with more emotion." Her intelligent eyes flash. "Which makes sense, since the voice is part of the body. All your life experience goes in there, whether you like it or not." We're talking about the American singer-guitarist's latest album, Se...
Madeleine Peyroux... 'I don't think in terms of record sales' / BBC interview
Twenty years after her recording debut, Dreamland, Jazz singer and composer Madeleine Peyroux continues her musical journey of exploration beyond the ordinary with Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork released on Impulse!/Verve Label Group. Recorded with her touring band-mates of the last two years -electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori- the trio craft...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / The Straits Times review
Since singer Madeleine Peyroux debuted in 1996 with her album, Dreamland, she has carved out an idiosyncratic path through the borderlands connecting jazz, blues and pop. She leans to the bluesy side of the jazz repertoire, but she also frequently flexes her muscle as a distinctive interpreter of lyricists/composers who have the same penchant for the declamatory storytelling style that is so much a part ...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / Jazz Weekly review
It's always seemed ironic to me that people have associated Madeleine Peyroux's voice and style with Billie Holiday. As this album points out, while she may have some of Lady Day's timing, her sound and nuance points more to another soul, that of Patsy Cline. Here, in the context of "Secular Hymns", meaning folk tunes, and gospel songs that have hit the mainstream, Peyroux takes you down not to 52n...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns gets 4 stars from theguardian
As Madeleine Peyroux has made plain in recent years, small venues feel most like home to her. Peyroux brought her regular guitarist Jon Herington and bassist Barak Mori to a 200-seater 12th-century Oxfordshire church (hence the title) for this recording of classic songs from composers as different as Tom Waits, Allen Toussaint, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and 19th-century American songwriter Stephen Foster. Mo...
Madeleine Peyroux - Secular Hymns / theartsdesk review
Madeleine Peyroux made her name channeling Billie Holiday. White stars have never ceased to model themselves on African-American genius – Mick Jagger on Don Covay, Rod Stewart on Sam Cooke and Joe Cocker on Ray Charles. The resemblance is often uncanny, and yet there is always something missing - call it authenticity, roughness or soul. Peyroux has grown away from Lady Day, and found her own voice,...