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The smoky-voiced songstress Madeleine Peyroux is known to her fans for intimately arranged covers of the early American blues and jazz repertoire – one who’s achieved critical notice and sales success with her signature “postmodernist coolness” (LA Times). Peyroux began as a teenage busker, honing her vocal and guitar skills on the famously quaint, acoustic streets of Europe, where she molded her style on the cornerstones of jazz: Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. She is most known for her 2004 album Careless Love – a major breakthrough which reached Gold status in the US, selling over two million copies worldwide and landing on numerous top-of-the-year lists. Known as a gifted interpreter of material from the jazz canon to Bob Dylan, her 2006 recording Half the Perfect Worldgarnered the musician her highest ever chart position and sales weeks. With her 2009 album Bare Bones, Peyroux found her voice as a songwriter – The New York Times noted that Peyroux "has branched out to refine an enigmatic, low-key personal style that is all her own." She is set to let that style shine once again in her latest album, Standing on the Rooftop, due out in June 2011.
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