Beginning as a folkie singer-songwriter in Halifax, Jill Barber slowly realized that her voice was more suited to torchy jazz-pop. Over the years, Barber made a name for herself as a deft songwriter with a sultry style, singing sophisticated retro-chic songs with more than a hint of coquettish sass. After releasing 2011’s Mischievous Moon, Barber decided to push the envelope further, and what could suit this vintage-style romantique more than singing in the language of love itself?
Last year Barber released Chansons, her first album entirely en français, comprised of cover versions of francophone pop classics from giants like Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf, and proved herself a masterful interpreter of song. Whether she’s singing her own words or wrapping her luscious custardy voice around French pop, Jill Barber sings with an honesty and tenderness that underpins stylized torch-songs with heartfelt substance.