In the past two decades, singular vocalist/songwriter/song stylist Madeleine Peyroux has embarked on an assured creative journey, carving out a distinctive career characterized by her intrepid explorations at the intersection of jazz, pop and roots music. Beginning with her remarkable debut Dreamland on Atlantic Records in 1996 that heralded her arrival as a star-in-the-making and continuing six albums later with her brilliant jazz-roots blend of intimate songs on 2016’s Secular Hymns on Impulse!/Verve Records, Peyroux has become one of popular music’s most imaginative and enthralling artists.
2016 marks Peyroux’s twentieth anniversary as a recording artist with the release of Secular Hymns, a spirited and soulful masterwork of loping, skipping, sassy, feisty and sexy tunes delivered in a captivating mélange of funk, blues and jazz. With her trio that had been touring together for two years—electric guitarist Jon Herington and upright bassist Barak Mori—Peyroux set out to record in a live setting a collection of songs that have their own hymn-like stories of self-awareness and inner dialogue, a communal consciousness and a spiritual essence.
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