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THE JOY OF CHLOE PERRIER


Photo By: Jesse Green Photography


Chloe Perrier is a French jazz singer and actress based in New York City and Los Angeles. She started acting, singing and playing the violin at a young age. After years of training at performing art schools in France and establishing a career for herself as an actress, she decided to prioritize her love for music and singing. She studied vocal jazz with Sara Lazarus and composing and piano with Joe Makholm for three years at the Bill Evans Piano Academy in Paris. During that time, she started writing and composing her first songs. In the past few years, she has performed with her two bands, the French Heart Jazz Band and Coeur de Francaise, in various clubs in Paris – such as Le Sunset-Sunside –, in New York City – at Zinc Bar, The Iridium, 54 Below – and in Los Angeles – at Le Petit Paris, Barkley, and more. She has also appeared and performed live on radio and television shows, like Jazzbox Radio, Telematin in France, and Spectrum TV in Los Angeles.


Her natural charm and keen sense of storytelling has gathered eager audiences around her very unique interpretations of jazz standards, bossa nova, French songs, and original compositions – she offers a world of romance and poetry, enchanting the listener while sharing her positive and refreshing outlook on life.


She recently released her second album “Petite Fleur” – a repertoire of French chanson and Jazz Age American standards interpreted with a continental flair – on independent record label Jazzheads in October 2019 with a concert at the Cutting Room in New York City.


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?


The New Year was hard in the beginning of the year (It began with Covid for me), but it is getting much better, as music venues are re-opening, and I am able to perform more and more live. After two and a half years, I have finally been able to do a “real” show at Jazzville (Palm Springs). It felt so good to be back on a big stage with a great listening audience! I had missed it deeply! And more shows are coming :)


Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?


In the beginning as a singer I used to be shy and awkward, but after practicing a lot, learning, improving, doing it for years, I now feel free and fully enjoy every bit of it. It feels wonderful to finally be myself on stage. I make jokes, tell stories, and I love sharing it all with the band and the audience.


How did you come up with your latest project?

My latest project “Petite Fleur” (Recorded in NY, and released by Jazzheads), came from the desire to make an album with my favorite musicians & friends after playing all over NYC with them for years. We put all our hearts in it. It was really a team effort, and I am proud of the result.

With this new album, I wanted to make people happy even if only for a moment, and it looks like it’s working ;) (You can listen to it on any streaming platform, and order it on Amazon)


Where are you from originally?


I was born in the French Alps, in the middle of the mountains, then moved to Paris when I was 10 years old.


Where do you live now?


After 8 years in NYC, love brought me to Los Angeles for new musical & personal adventures.


Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?


I do, as I think you get inspired by everything around you. I am really sensitive to any sounds around me, and living in NY, Paris, or LA definitely inspires me differently.


What was the inspiration to make music your career?


I started showing an interest in music at a young age when I first asked to play the violin at 5 years old after seeing a kid’s TV show, then stealing my parent’s records and brother’s CDs. I have always been fascinated by music. I began an acting career at 13 years old and I always use music as a tool to help put me in character. At 15 I started taking singing classes, but I was way too shy to sing in public. Acting was easier for me as you can hide behind the character. After a bet with a friend, Mouss Diouf, who owned a beautiful venue “Le Réservoir” in Paris, I did my first show there. I was terrified but I got hooked! Then, I decided to go to jazz school and began writing and composing songs there. Singing and creating always make me feel better. I love to make other people forget their problems as they travel in time with me during the show. I got addicted to it ;)


How do you want to shape your career?


By trusting my gut, doing what I love, and keeping the balance between music, acting and life coaching, my three loves ;)


Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?


Both. I go with the flow, but I also give myself timeline with recording & big shows. I like to alternate.


Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?


I like making music for others so it actually is easy. I never really let go of the music entirely as I keep singing those songs, and reinvent them along the way.


Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?


I do feel an emotional attachment to music in general, and mine in particular. I believe music can heal, can make you feel an emotion, understand it better, or just shake it out. I am also an actress and I always use music to get in the mood of the character.


How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?

Joyful.

Where do they go to listen NOW?


Everywhere, itunes, Spotify, amazon (cd)….more on http://chloeperrier.net


What has been the best fan reaction to your music?


One man told me after a show that “my music is good for dancing and making love” (I appreciated the comment even more because he wasn’t hitting on me ;))

Is there anything exciting coming up for you?


Yes, some very cool shows in NYC and LA. I have a few new albums in mind that I want to produce as well as a cabaret show that I’m co-writing with the talented Nick Atkinson that will mix, music, burlesque, tap, swing dance, aerial, and some secret projects…more to come soon…


Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?


Yes I’ll be at the Rockwood Music Hall on June 29th at 8.30pm in NYC; at the Pasadena Project near LA on June 12th at 7pm and there is definitely more to come (Check my website for other dates & details).


Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!


IG: https://www.instagram.com/chloeperrierjazz/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chloeperrierjazz

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChloePerrierJazz

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/39OzR66TfZxVxd2qIlDxdG

Website: http://chloeperrier.net