21 Total Quotes

Madeleine Peyroux Quotes

My father had a varied ear, from Hank Williams to Ravel.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician

I listened to Billie Holiday a lot in order to learn to sing. She remains one of the extraordinary jazz singers. But my intent is to become my own voice, to be able to interpret these songs in my own way.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician

It's wonderful to work with someone with mentor status.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Work #American Musician

Once I was in the city, I really enjoyed it. Just to experience things. There was so much new stuff.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician #Experience

When I got to Paris, it was a different world. French radio-another universe from U.S. radio. I found music that could sustain me. I found jazz and other music that I could call mine.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Universe

It's work. I recognize that it's work, and it can be hard work, so making it a commodity is not so hard to believe.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Hard Work

Seeing how those companies operate, it didn't amount to a massive vote of confidence in their artists. There was talk of me going to Columbia after that, but nothing happened. I got disillusioned, and I pulled back.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician

Things changed so quickly. The Atlantic jazz department just went from under us.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Jazz

I'm very conscious of developing my singing, technically and stylistically. I want it to become more individual, express more of me. That's my goal. These songs are steps along that way.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician

I could spend my life as an anarchist, but to completely disassociate myself... doesn't solve any of the problems.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Life

My parents were older than normal when they had me, and had been very into the politics of the 1960s, so I was brought up in that atmosphere.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician #Parents

I love playing to people and seeing them react.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician #Love

Jazz really does try to include everything. It's always been popular music. But the wonderful thing about jazz is its willingness to take chances.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician #Jazz

[It was all heady stuff for the then 22-year-old, as she headlined jazz festivals and opened tours for some of the biggest names in the business.] It was great, ... I got to perform with fantastic musicians. I got to see Nina Simone live. I could've kept running with it, but instead I stepped back and took a breather.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Jazz

It was great. I got to perform with fantastic musicians. I got to see Nina Simone live. I could've kept running with it, but instead I stepped back and took a breather.
Madeleine Peyroux
#Musicians

I was very lucky. Things happened, both bad and good, but I never got into real, deep trouble. But it wore me down. By the time I was 18, I was done. I didn't want to live the life any more. I needed to develop past the point that busking takes you to.
Madeleine Peyroux
#American Musician