French native singer-songwriter Violette is something of a contradiction in terms. With a personality that embraces a dual nature, at times energetic and others airy, other times introverted while sometimes the life of the party, she is always romantic and goofy. And Violette is intent upon bringing her unique look at life to the world of music.
The artist currently has her sights set fully on the release of her latest album, Falling Strong, due out early December. Produced by Brian Bacchus (Norah Jones, Lizz Wright, Gregory Porter), mixed by Jay Newland (Norah Jones, Sly Johnson), and mastered by Mark Wilder (Bob Dylan, Jane Monheit, Miles Davis), the record showcases a collection of originals that, although rooted in jazz, reflect the young artist’s eclectic range of musical influences from pop to rock and R&B.
Born in Paris but raised in Ars-en-Re, a small village on an island off the French Atlantic Coast, and now making her home in Brooklyn, NY, Violette began her musical journey at an early age, taking up the piano at five and later learning percussion while at Conservatory. Her musical endeavors were clearly colored by influences from such French luminaries as Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, and Jean Jacques Goldman but the artist’s tastes and palette ranged much farther than her home. Soon her speakers were filled with the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Michael Jackson, all artists whose sound would have a hand in the development of Violette’s sophisticated pop sound.
After completing her Liberal Arts degree in France, the artist headed to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, fine tuning her skills in arranging and performance. And as those skills grew, greater opportunities to perform came along, offering her the chance to sing all across the world, gracing stages everywhere from the U.S. and France to Dubai and Thailand. With listeners likening her sound to Norah Jones, Zaz, and Adele, Violette’s star is burning bright.
As the artist shares herself completely, giving her all to audiences across the globe and losing herself in the experience, she’s equally as passionate about her role as a wife and as the mother of a two-year-old child. Meeting her husband in a chance encounter as she eavesdropped on his conversation at a coffee shop, the two share a strong bond together that reflects not only in her life, but in her music.
“I write what I know and feel,” shares Violette. “So I have not written any heartbreak or bad relationship songs for years and sure hope not to!”
Her soulful voice, at once upbeat and sassy, sensual and intimate, immerses you in the heart of a genuine emotional experience.
Violette delivers that experience, one that transcends the bounds both musically and in its reach, appealing to listeners from all walks of life. Songs like “All My Life” offer up lyrics of love and devotion while a track like “Falling Strong” shines with the influence of multi-instrumentalist and guest vocalist, Louis Cato, providing a broad spectrum of sound.
As the artist’s stock continues to rise, it doesn’t seem likely that she’ll have to opt for implementing her back up plan of becoming a pastry chef. Rather, with the rise that she’s on, it’s more likely that her longtime dream of becoming a “Bond girl” is bound to happen. But until then, Violette is set to keep delighting audiences with her rich, sophisticated pop