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PLAYED ON: Wednesday 2 February 2011

Vanessa Paradis

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2 For The Road Productions proudly presents Vanessa Paradis, in collaboration with Cinémoi.

Famed French pop-princess, star actress and face of Chanel, Vanessa Paradis makes a rare UK appearance at London’s KOKO performing tracks from her Greatest Hits (Universal/Wrasse Records) album, along with new songs for this very special occasion.

Brought up on the songs and films of Juliette Gréco and Brigitte Bardot, Vanessa Paradis is not afraid to mix her genres, combining French chanson with rock and pop. Blissful ballads, sung in French and English are saturated in sentiment; smooth vocals and sweet melodies complement driving rhythms and gorgeous instrumentation.

Well-known for a string of bestselling albums and a swish-sexy batch of films behind her - Vanessa Paradis first become internationally famous with her hit Joe le Taxi in 1987 at the age of 14. 

In 1992, she worked with American rock musician Lenny Kravitz on her first English album. Written and produced by Kravitz, the album titled Vanessa Paradis, topped the European charts.

She went on to appear in several films including Noce Blanche, and in 2000 released Bliss, another French chart topper, followed by Divinidylle (2007) a more rock'n'roll oriented album on which she took a more active role in songwriting.

Most recently she starred in the romantic comedy box-office hit Heartbreaker (L'arnacoeur) (2010) alongside Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and directed by Pascal Chaumeil. She has worked with Gérard Depardieu and Serge Gainsbourg - 'a dream come true' and French rock star Matthieu Chedid amongst others.

Major hits include Be My Baby, Il Y a, Pourtant, Dis Lui Toi Que Je T’aime and more.

A bewitching live performer, Vanessa Paradis is a compelling feast for the eyes and the ears.

This show has sold out, but you may like to see one of the most successful and most influential artists in French music today, singer-songwriter Matthieu Chedid performing a special one-off show at Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday 1st February. Click here for full details.

 

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