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Chansons

by Jill Barber

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about

When Jill took to the South of France where she enrolled in an intensive French language school, attending two month-long programs over the course of two years. Jill began to gain more confidence in French, and celebrates the language with “Chansons,” an album of her own interpretations of classic French songs from both France and Québec.

Jill meticulously curated the repertoire herself, selecting material from a long list of over thirty songs, drawn both from her own collection, and from recommendations from friends within the Francophone community that she was now becoming a part of.

“I spent time with the songs. I strolled the streets with Aznavour, I sat in a sidewalk cafe with Piaf, poured a stiff drink with Gainsbourg, and I became absolutely enamoured and inspired by French music in the process.”

“There are so many incredible songs that I would have loved to record, however I feel that this collection touches on all the aspects of French music that I love, from the sultry and romantic ballads to the whimsical and playful waltzes.”

Each song is treated lovingly, and with due respect by Jill and Drew, who endeavoured to keep the spirit of the original song in place. “They’re classics for a reason. I wanted to lend my voice and offer my interpretation, expressing how the song particularly makes me feel”. Jurecka, inspired by the original compositions adds his own flavour to the songs through beautifully crafted arrangements and thoughtful production.

Having earned over twenty award nominations and with two top-selling albums in English, Jill is poised to continue her burgeoning love affair with her French audience and Francophiles alike.

“Singing in French has been like rediscovering my voice, my instrument. The French language, particularly when sung, is very beautiful to me. It is a great pleasure for me to sing, and I think that enjoyment comes through.”

credits

released January 29, 2013

Chansons produced and arranged by Drew Jurecka
French Coach: Sophie Perceval
Mixed by Les Cooper
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen
Rhythm Section Recorded at Noble Street Studios, Toronto, Canada
Engineered by L Stu Young
All other Instruments and Vocals Recorded by Drew Jurecka at Small Dog Sound, Toronto, Canada

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Jill Barber Vancouver, British Columbia

What sets Jill Barber apart is her distinctive voice and her ability to write an immediately memorable song.

On Fool's Gold, Jill continues to explore different musical styles, from traditional country, to jazz and Motown.

Jill's songs have always set a romantic mood, and on Fool's Gold, the romance is still very much alive, but she also introduces a new sexy Motown-inspired sound.
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