b. Camille Dalmais, 1978, Paris, France. Initially known for her contributions to fêted French act Nouvelle Vague, this bilingual singer-songwriter emerged in the mid-00s as a solo artist in her own right. A self-trained musician with a naturally graceful singing voice, Camille studied literature and politics at university before embarking on a music career. She signed a recording contract with Virgin Records at the turn of the new millennium. Her 2002 debut, Le Sac De Filles, attracted a great deal of press interest with its eclectic mixture of French chansons, bossa nova and English and American pop.
After guesting on albums by Sebastien Martel and JL Murat, Camille was asked to work alongside several other vocalists on Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux’s Nouvelle Vague project. She appeared on four tracks on the duo’s stylish album, which resurrected classic 80s songs by reinterpreting them in a bossa nova style. Following the release of Nouvelle Vague in 2004, Camille returned to the studio to complete the recording of her second solo album. Le Fil was another ambitious recording, named after the drone that ran throughout the length of the entire disc. The album quickly racked up platinum status in France, and the artist was subsequently garlanded with two Victoires (for Best New Album and Best Live Performer) by the French academy.