French musicians have had significant contributions to popular music. Some of the rising musical stars of the 1960s were French women like Sylvie Vartan, Brigitte Bardot, and Françoise Hardy.
At present, a rebirth of the golden age of French pop is being led by more female musicians. Christine & The Queens, known as the sweetheart of independent pop music, was recently nominated for Best International Female Solo Artist in the Brit Music Awards. The nomination paved the way for other French female artists to be recognized by the masses. Here is a list of rising female musicians to look out for.
Before becoming a songwriter for good in 2014, Juliette Armanet held careers as a pianist and a journalist. She is renowned for her unique voice that can reach a very high pitch and for her original composition, L’amour en solitaire, which she has been singing for two years in her cross-country performances before it was finally released on December 2016. She has released a solo album in 2017 entitled Petite Amie.
Flora Fishbach is known for her enchanting performances. Journalists have commented positively on the intoxicating and hypnotic atmosphere of her shows. The mood of the dark, theatrical performance is coupled with her sensual and ephemeral music. She was one of the highlights of the Transmusicales 2016 while her debut album, À ta merci, produced by independent music company Entreprise, garnered much popularity and positive reviews in France.
Clara Luciani is a young musician at the age of 26. However, along with her experience as a member of French cover band Nouvelle Vague, she has proven herself to be well-versed in composing songs. Fans describe her work as minimalist but also sincere, sentimental, and romantic. Critics comment that her lyrics about love is beautifully straightforward – no filters or pretense.
Presently known for her meaningful lyrics and pop music that is described as a sort of do-it-yourself style, Cléa Vincent was also famous in France alongside Zaza Fournier and Maria Vega as a member of project Garçons. However, she gained independent fame for her first two EPs: Non-mais Oui 1/2 and Non-mais Oui 2/2. According to critics, Vincent’s style is influenced by melodies and the feel of synthesized nostalgia of the 1970s. Aside from Vincent’s performances in parties where she explores music from previous decades, Retiens mon désir, her first solo debut album is well-recommended.
Self-titled as a free spirit and insisting that her music or her creativity as a musician should not be hindered by labels, Laure Briard is a native of Toulouse and a singer in both French and English. She is signed under Midnight Special Records and collaborated with Tame Impala drummer Julien Barbagallo. Her first album was released by an independent music label stationed in California, Burger Records.
Born in Panama but raised in Miami, Michelle Blades found herself in the state of Arizona where she discovered her love for independent music. She has produced four albums that are a mixture of experimental music, punk, and folk in combination with themes of teen dreams and exploration. Blades commented that she desires to imbibe the wildness of the desert in her songs like artist Brian Eno. This is the case for Polylust, one of Blades’ album, is a collection of songs described as “prototype” music.