By Anna Piszczkiewicz
French style icon, model, singer and actress Vanessa Paradis pops up now and again on this side of the Atlantic, most notably as the once longtime partner of Johnny Depp, whom she split with in 2012. But she has been a household name in her native France long before her highly publicized relationship.
Vanessa Paradis became a child star with her 1987 hit song “Joe le taxi,” at the age of 14. Soon after, in 1991, she was signed as the face of Chanel’s Coco perfume and continues to be a spokesmodel for the fashion house.
Her acting career spans over three decades and has garnered impressive accolades, from winning the César Award (France’s equivalent of the Oscar) for her debut in Jean-Claude Brisseau’s “Noce Blanche” (1989) to a Genie Award for her lead role in Jean-Marc Vallée‘s “Café de Flore“ (2011).
Paradis also continues to make music. She took home France’s Female Artist of the Year award just last month—her discography includes nearly a dozen albums recorded since her debut as a teen.
Most recently, the French songstress released a double album featuring 22 tracks titled “Love Songs.”
And if you think you’ll get a chronicle of the Depp + Paradis breakup, sorry to disappoint. Outside of a few songwriting credits that include Paradis (Depp and daughter Lily Rose feature on one tune), most tracks were penned by different musicians, following a call for new songs from her record company.
Enjoy the title track just the same. “Love Song” brilliantly harkens back to her 80’s pop beginnings.
As for the rest of the record, it’ll be your new favourite album. Her breathy, sultry singing voice embodies that definite French allure or je ne sais quoi folks the world over admire. Perhaps it’ll rub off with repeat listens 😉