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Beatrice Martin Bio
Beatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate (French for: Pirate’s 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”.
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
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
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 rule out the possibility of releasing music in English at a later date.
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 album 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.
2011 to present: Blonde, Trauma and Child of Light
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.
In April 2015, she released the single “Carry On”, in both English and French. Both versions of the song will appear on her upcoming album, titled Roses. The music video for it was filmed in the Ruins of St Raphael’s Church, South Glengarry, Ontario.
On August 12, 2015, it was announced by PR Newswire that Martin has signed a record contract with American record imprints Cherrytree and Interscope Records, upon signing, she made a statement on Facebook; “It feels wonderful to have Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records join the team,” “When I first started listening to music seriously, my musical heroes were all on Cherrytree. I’m sure I’ll feel right at home. Huge thanks to Martin Kierszenbaum for believing in me. I can’t wait to discover what’s in store as I embark on this new adventure.”.
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