Singer Madeleine Peyroux cites Patsy Cline, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan as influences on her music — but most folks think she sounds like Billie Holiday. Born in Georgia, and raised between New York, California and Paris, Peyroux started singing at 15 years old after becoming inspired by the street performers in Paris.
Generally keeping a low profile, Peyroux has dropped out of sight for extended periods of time, including following the release of her first album, Dreamland (1996) — instead spending several years busking.
While she’s known to keep a low profile, her 20-plus-year music career continues to place her in a well deserved spotlight.
Fresh Music Friday is a weekly series designed to widen your musical horizons, and to give you a taste of artists and music styles to explore further. While some of the artists featured here may not be “new,” they promise to freshen your catalog of music.
Ty Marshal is the Executive Director at the Center for the Arts in Homer, N.Y — one of the Central New York region’s preeminent presenter of the arts and a proponent of community enrichment through world-class entertainment and arts education.