More Jean-Jacques Goldman

I am a huge fan of the music of Jean-Jacques Goldman. He is very popular in the French-speaking world. Since the death of Johnny Hallyday in 2017, he has been the highest grossing living French pop rock act.

Goldman, at the age of 70, is the most popular male personality in France. He’s in good company. Sophie Marceau is the most popular female French personality.

Goldman also wrote successful albums and songs for many artists, including Céline Dion.

Now there’s a new cover of Goldman’s music called L’Heritage Goldman. This follows the very popular Génération Goldman.

Goldman was born in Paris to an immigrant Polish Jewish father and a German Jewish mother.

Enjoy.

Léa Seydoux for Louis Vuitton

Her full name is Léa Hélène Seydoux-Fornier de Clausonne. Seydoux has appeared in major Hollywood films including Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (2011), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011) and No Time to Die (2021). This is an extraordinary ad campaign.

Louis Vuitton Advertisement, Washington, DC CityCenter (2022)

Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent is an American jazz singer with a glorious voice. She was born in 1965 in New Jersey and is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her paternal grandfather was a Russian who grew up in France. He later moved to the United States where he taught Kent French. Once she learned French, it was the only language she spoke with her grandfather. Kent travelled to England after college to study music in London, where she met saxophonist Jim Tomlinson, whom she married in 1991.

I have the impression Kent is better known in France than in the United States. Her album Raconte-moi was recorded in French and became the second best selling French language album worldwide in 2010.

Kent has also faced serious health challenges. In a 2004 interview with Robert Kaiser of The Washington Post, Kent recounted that she’s been in comas three times caused by brainstem encephalitis:

Each time, baffled doctors were not certain they could bring her back. The last coma was in 1999, and Tomlinson nursed her through it. On doctors’ advice, he brought records to her hospital room. When she awoke he was playing Mildred Bailey, one of the great jazz singers of the ’30s. “There’s just so much emotion in that voice,” Kent says. “It’s a cry - even when she’s singing a happy song.”

I love Stacey Kent’s music and discovered this marvelous 2018 interview en français with her. The interview is also available as a podcast.

Clémence Poésy to Anne Sylvestre: ‘Thank you for the tenderness’

Clémence Poésy marking the passing of French singer-songwriter Anne Sylvestre (1934 – 2020) on November 30th:

A beautiful, personal tribute from a great actress to a wonderful singer.

Clémence Poésy, juin 2019 Emscop, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Anne Sylvestre on Apple Music

Lara Fabian: ‘Lockdown Sessions’

During the COVID pandemic, Lara Fabian created a new album of music called Lockdown Sessions. It is available exclusively through the LaraFabian.com store. Pre-orders are being accepted now. The album is set for release in December 2020. 

Update January 2022: After one year of online sales the specialty album is now available across all digital platforms