Coeur De Pirate
Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate (French: pirate heart) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited with "bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth". Career edit: Born in the province of Quebec, Béatrice Martin started playing the piano when she was only three years old. She entered the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal at the age of nine and studied there for five years. At the age of 15, she played as a keyboardist in the post-hardcore band December Strikes First which starred her best friend, Francis, who would later become the subject of the song "Francis" on her debut album. Martin had a brief stint as keyboardist for Bonjour Brumaire from late 2007 to April 2008. 2007-2009: Debut album and first success edit: In a report broadcast on French television, Martin explained that she chose the name "Cœur de pirate" to appear not "as an isolated musician, but to get a band identity from the start." She released her debut album Cœur de pirate on September 16, 2008 on Grosse Boîte. Described as "rather simple" musically, it mostly featured Martin's voice and piano playing with some minor additional instrumentation. In February 2009, Martin attracted wider media attention when a photographer from Quebec City, Francis Vachon, used the song "Ensemble" as the soundtrack to a viral video on YouTube entitled "Time lapse of a baby playing with his toys", leading to coverage on Good Morning America, Perez Hilton's website, The Globe and Mail and elsewhere. 2009-2011: Side projects Pearls and Armistice edit: In March 2009, Martin released a song in English, "One for Me", under the name Pearls on MySpace. In a later interview she described the project as a joke and said she did not plan to continue it, though she did not not rule out the possibility of releasing music in English at a later date. In June 2009, she made a special appearance of CBC Radio's Q radio show with Jian Ghomeshi. She performed her single "Ensemble" and a new song, titled "Place de la république". Martin performed with Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash in May 2010 on Q, and talked about collaborating with him in the future. She was later featured in a Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts", on the Light the Horizon. Martin, Malinowski, and several members of the American rock band The Bronx subsequently collaborated on a five-song EP under the band name Armistice, which was released on February 15, 2011. Martin contributed a new song, "La Reine", to the 2010 edition of CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest. 2011 to present: Blonde and upcoming English project edit: On March 27, 2011, Martin revealed via her Facebook page that she was to return to the studio to commence work on her second album the following day. Her second album, Blonde, was released on November 7, 2011 in both digital and hard copy versions. "Adieu" and "Golden Baby" were released as singles from this LP. After announcing her pregnancy in February 2012, Martin stopped touring during the second half of the year and gave birth to a daughter in September. In early 2013, Martin returned from her hiatus with a music video for "Place de la république", the first for which she acted as director, and an international tour beginning in March. She also revealed that she was currently working on a "totally different" English-language project after being approached by a label and artistic director and had already recorded some demos. Awards edit: Cœur de pirate received a 2009 CBC Radio 3 "Bucky" award determined by listener votes. Her song "Comme des enfants" received the 2009 "Bucky" award for "Best Reason to Learn French". Juno Awards edit: Martin has been nominated for two Juno Awards. Year Recipient Award Result 2009 Cœur de pirate Francophone Album of the Year Nominated 2012 Blonde Francophone Album of the Year Nominated Félix Awards edit: The Félix Awards are presented by the Association du disque, de l'industrie du spectacle québécois to artists from Quebec. Martin has won four awards from 13 nominations. Year Recipient Award Result 2009 Cœur de pirate Debut Artist of the Year Won Female Singer of the Year Nominated Cœur de pirate Pop Album of the Year Nominated 2010 Cœur de pirate Female Singer of the Year Nominated Concert of the Year Nominated Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Nominated "Pour un infidèle" Music Video of the Year Nominated 2011 Cœur de pirate Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Nominated Female Singer of the Year Nominated 2012 Cœur de pirate Female Singer of the Year Won Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Won Blonde Pop Album of the Year Won Best-Selling Album of the Year Nominated "Adieu" Pop Song of the Year Nominated "Golden Baby" Music Video of the Year Nominated Cœur de pirate (with Howard Bilerman) Album Producer of the Year Nominated Victoires de la Musique edit: The Victoires de la Musique (French: Music's Victories) is an annual French award ceremony. Martin has won one award from four nominations. Year Recipient Award Result 2010 Cœur de pirate Group or Artist Newcomer of the Year (Public Vote) Nominated "Comme des enfants" Original Song of the Year Won 2011 Cœur de pirate Female Artist of the Year Nominated 2012 Blonde Album of the Year Nominated Canadian Independent Music Awards edit: Martin has been nominated for five Canadian Independent Music Awards, of which she has won one. Year Recipient Award Result 2009 Cœur de pirate Favourite Francophone Artist/Group Nominated 2010 Cœur de pirate Favourite Solo Artist Nominated 2012 Cœur de pirate Francophone Artist/Group or Duo of the Year Won Solo Artist of the Year Nominated "Adieu" Video of the Year Nominated Collaborations edit: Martin has appeared in concert with French singer Julien Doré, performing a duet of the Rihanna hit "Umbrella". In 2009, she recorded a new version of her song "Pour un infidèle", with Doré featured as the male vocalist. They appeared together in the video for the song, styled as a 1960s-era celebrity couple. Martin contributed vocals on "Brutal Hearts", the fourth track on the 2010 Bedouin Soundclash album Light the Horizon. Frontman Jay Malinowski and Martin subsequently collaborated under the band name Armistice, releasing a five-track self-titled album on February 11, 2011. She also appeared in Peter Peter's eponymous debut album Peter Peter in the song "Tergiverse". Martin co-wrote the song Jet Lag with Simple Plan and a demo was recorded with her voice. The final version was recorded with Marie-Mai. The final version is shorter. Martin contributed vocals for "Peace Sign" by Canadian synth-pop artist Lights, on the acoustic version of her 2011 album Siberia, released on April 30, 2013. Collaborations for advertising campaigns edit: In 2009 she collaborated with Coca-Cola, sponsor of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to write the Canadian version of the song called "Open Happiness (Ouvre du bonheur)", for a Canada-wide advertising campaign. In 2011, she recorded a version of Buddy Holly's song "Everyday" for an advertising campaign by Activia. Personal life edit: On February 29, 2012, Martin announced on Twitter and Facebook that she was expecting a girl with her fiancé, Alex Peyrat, a tattoo artist. Martin and Peyrat were married later that year on July 26 and their daughter Romy was born on September 4.