Amélie-les-crayons’ name comes from Amélie’s favorite French singer Bourvil’s song “Les Crayons” (the pencils).
Amélie-les-crayons popped up in 2004 in what was to be called the “New French Scene”, an underground flow of new French artists that gathered crowds of people at concerts though receiving no interest from national media.
Amélie made a huge hit at Printemps de Bourges (biggest chanson festival in France) in April 2004, just before the release in June of her debut album “Et Pourquoi les Crayons?” (But Why Pencils?).
The album immediately soared up the official Top100 of record sales in France to stay there for 13 consecutive weeks. The album eventually went silver (40 000 ex).
Amélie-les-crayons then began a huge tour, over 200 sold-out concerts all over France, Belgium, Switzerland and even Canada and Finland.
She was given many awards on the road, such as the Double Prize in Alors Chante Festival (France) in may 2004, the Académie Charles Cros award for the album, The Felix Leclerc Prize in Montreal, The Great prize of Charleroi chanson festival in Belgium, the Sacem prize for the first album and many other.
The tour ended in August 2006 in Vienne (Amélie’s hometown) in front of a crowd of 7000 people. In October 2006, she began writing the first notes of La Porte Plume, her new album.
When it was released on October 12th, 2008, the album went 49 in the official top200 of records sales in France. In a few weeks, the album was awarded with a Golden Heart from Chorus Magazine (French chanson reference), 4 keys (highest distinction) from Telerama Magazine (French most read TV magazine), and A Great Prize from the renowned Académie Charles Cros (founded 1954).
A new tour began in October 2007 with crowds gathering in everywhere in France. This went on for 2 years and the release of a new DVD “A l’Ouest” by the end of 2009.