A native of Chicoutimi, Joëlle Saint-Pierre has been making music for as long as she can remember, and for the past few years she’s also been performing songs she writes herself or with friends. Yes, she accompanies herself on vibraphone, yes, with four mallets. Yes, it’s heavy. No, she shouldn’t have taken up flute instead, despite her admiration for all shapes and sizes of instruments and the fact that music is everywhere. And yes, Joëlle writes her own bio in the third person.
Last September, after myriad adventures, performances and voyages, she released her debut album, Tout ça, ça donne quoi? (“What does it all mean?”) If you’re thinking you’ve seen Joëlle somewhere before, you’re probably mistaken, though you might have caught her in Quebec at the Francouvertes, the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, the ChantEauFête in Charlevois, the Granby International Song Festival, Ma Première Place des Arts, Vue sur la relève, Chante en Français, Osheaga, the Francofolies de Montréal, Coup de cœur francophone, or performing live in some small space before you knew who she was.
What does it all mean? It means songs sung in French, pop-inspired, easy on the ear. Very easy. A little like a band featuring a bossa nova or jazz singer, except without the jazz and the bossa.