Camille (singer)


Camille performing live in Melbourne, Australia, 2009
Background information
Birth name Camille Dalmais
Born (1978-03-10) 10 March 1978
Origin Paris, France
Genres Chanson
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 2001–present
Labels Virgin Records, EMI
Associated acts Nouvelle Vague, MaJiKer

Camille Dalmais (born 10 March 1978), better known by her mononym Camille, is a French singer, songwriter and occasional actress.

Early life

Camille was born and raised in Paris, France. As a teenager, she studied ballet and developed an interest in bossa nova music and American stage musicals.[1] She attended the prestigious Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye, where she obtained her baccalaureate in literature. Thanks to her mother being an English teacher, Camille speaks English fluently as well as her native French. She performed her first original song "Un Homme Déserté" at the age of sixteen while attending a wedding.[1] In the early 2000s, while performing at jazz clubs in Paris, Camille made her acting début in the film Les Morsures de l'aube (by Antoine de Caunes; with Asia Argento and Guillaume Canet). She also contributed to the song "La Vie la Nuit" in its soundtrack.[1]

She attended Paris Institute of Political Studies "Sciences Po" just before beginning her music career.[2]

Music career

In early 2002, Camille signed a recording contract with Virgin Records. She released her first studio album Le Sac des Filles. In 2004, she began working with Marc Collin and his band Nouvelle Vague, which incorporates new wave and bossa nova music.[1] She contributed vocals to the songs "Too Drunk to Fuck", "In a Manner of Speaking", "The Guns of Brixton", and "Making Plans for Nigel" on their first album.[3]

In 2005, she released the album Le Fil, which was produced in collaboration with English producer MaJiKer. This album incorporated an avant-garde concept – a string, or thread ("le fil"), which was a drone that persisted throughout the entire course of the album. All of the songs on this album are based on the exploration of the voice, with only a double bass, bass guitar, guitar, trombone, percussion, or keyboard as accompanying instruments. Le Fil quickly became certified gold. The song "Pâle Septembre" seems to be a reference to the attacks on the World Trade Center of 11 September 2001. The lines "Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe de la tour? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe des cieux? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe amoureux?" (But who is this man falling from the tower? But who is this man falling from the skies? But who is this man falling in love?) suggest guilt accompanying love in a time of mourning. The song "Ta Douleur" was voted 26th in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100, 2006.

In June 2007, Camille performed Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and a new a cappella work God is sound (The 12 World Prayers) at L'église Saint-Eustache, Paris.

Camille's song "1, 2, 3" from Le Sac des Filles was used in the television ad for Cacharel's Promesse perfume starring Laetitia Casta and Matthew Avedon. Her song "Waves" was used in Perrier's "Melting" television ad.

Also in 2007, she contributed to the soundtrack of Pixar's Ratatouille, in the song entitled "Le Festin". This style of music, which may be termed "typical Parigot street singing", is also found in the movie Porco Rosso, in the song "Le Temps des Cerises". Additionally, she provides the European French dub voice of Colette in Ratatouille.

Camille's album Music Hole was released on 7 April 2008, again produced in collaboration with MaJiKer. Music Hole was recorded and mixed by Valgeir Sigurdsson. The first single from the album, "Gospel with No Lord", was released for online download on 11 February 2008, along with another new song from the album entitled "Money Note".[4][5]

Her song, "Ta douleur" was featured on the American television program Saturday Night Live. The original sketch aired in October 2010 titled "Les jeunes de Paris" hosted by actress Emma Stone. In March 2011, singer Miley Cyrus showcased this song in a similar sketch. The skit, which seemed inspired by Jean-Luc Godard's Band of Outsiders, was entirely in French and involved a dance off to the song.

She contributed to the track "Putain putain" on Nouvelle Vague's 2010 album Couleurs sur Paris for whom she had previously done work for on their first album. She later appeared on Jérôme Van Den Hole's self-titled album on the track, "Debout".

Her song "Pour que l'amour me quitte", from her 2005 album Le Fil, was covered in Italian superstar Elisa's 2010 acoustic album Ivy in collaboration with her colleague Giorgia.[6]

She is featured in the soundtrack with Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey to the French animated film The Little Prince (2015).

Personal life

On 18 November 2010, she gave birth to a son named Marius, whose father is musician and percussionist Clément Ducol.[7] She is an atheist.[8]



Year Album title and Album details Peak chart positions Certification
2002 Le Sac des Filles
  • Released: 23 September 2002
  • Label: Virgin
2005 Le Fil
  • Released: 14 February 2005
  • Label: Virgin
4 27 22 48
2006 Live au Trianon
  • Released: 13 March 2006
  • Label: Virgin
22 47 62
2008 Music Hole
  • Released: 7 April 2008
  • Label: Virgin
5 7 25
2011 Ilo Veyou
  • Released: 3 October 2011
  • Label: Virgin
3 66 9 24
2013 Ilo Lympia
  • Released: February 2013
  • Label: Virgin

Guest appearances

Year Song Featuring Album
2004 "In a Manner of Speaking"
"Guns of Brixton"
"Too Drunk to Fuck"
"Making Plans for Nigel"
- Nouvelle Vague
2005 "Dumb VF" - Le Pop En Duo
2005 "Someone Like You" - Fast Track (Vocal Mix)
2005 "Si j'avais su" - Hold-up
2007 "Le Festin" - Ratatouille (soundtrack)
2009 "Alliance" - Around Robert Wyatt
2009 "The Pink Piano" - Body-Piano-Machine
2009 "Metropolitain" - Metropolitain
2010 "Pretty Face" - Here Lies Love
2010 "Putain, Putain" - Couleurs sur Paris
2011 "Nicole" Les Petroleuses The Singers
2011 "Debout" - Jérôme Van Den Hole
2013 "L'amie d'un italien (Rainbows)" Raphael Gualazzi Happy Mistake




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