Twelve years have passed since Béatrice Martin appeared in our lives as Cœur de pirate. Over this period of time, the singer-songwriter and pianist has sold over a million albums and earned several million fans who listen to her songs on repeat via streaming platforms. The mark she has made in the French-speaking pop world is indelible and undeniable.
With a reputation strongly established internationally and five celebrated albums in hand, — Cœur de pirate (2008), Blonde (2011), Roses (2015), En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé (2018) et Perséides (2021) — the artist, rewarded multiple times in Quebec and in France, shares her time between her creation and her new role within Bravo musique.
More than a decade has passed since Béatrice Martin carved out a place for herself in the musical landscape under the now widely known alias Cœur de pirate. Drawing on talent worthy of a goldsmith, she crafts poetry that is sophisticated, yet subversive, while exuding an aura of elusive mystery. As seductive as she is surprising, Cœur de pirate stands out as a versatile, yet coherent artist who defies expectations, which has earned her a large and loyal audience.
In 2008, alone at the piano, she made her brilliant stage debut before a Montreal audience that seemed to eagerly await none other than her. At the age of only 19, Cœur de pirate released her first, self-titled album, which quickly went platinum in Canada and diamond in France, establishing her as a musical phenomenon. Her success exceeded all expectations and propelled her to pop stardom throughout the French-speaking world. She followed up with Blonde, in 2011, a triumphant sophomore release that confirmed all hopes placed in the artist, while revealing a more complex and eclectic sound. Blonde reached platinum status in Canada and in France, in addition to earning a Félix award for Pop Album of the Year. Cœur de pirate also took home the Female Artist of the Year award at the 2012 ADISQ ceremony. Then, in 2015, she released a bilingual opus, Roses, which sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Winner of the Félix award for Anglophone Album of the Year in 2016, the singer-songwriter made her mark in English Canada that same year by earning a nomination for the Fan Choice award at the Junos. Roses took Cœur de pirate on a sold-out tour with over 150 dates in 10 countries, including many headlining performances at major festivals (FrancoFolies de la Rochelle, Festival d’été de Québec, Osheaga, etc.). After this epic journey, the artist went through a creative frenzy, giving birth to her fourth album in a few short months. Released just in time to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Cœur de pirate’s career, En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé was created entirely in France with producer Tristan Salvati. The music is distinctively influenced by the opulent French chanson of Dalida, Michel Berger, and other key figures from the ’70s. Like its predecessors, the album was a resounding success, earning the 2019 Félix award for Pop Album of the Year, while Cœur de pirate took home the Female Performer of the Year award. She then toured across Canada and gave a series of shows in the United States, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Mexico.
That same year, Cœur de pirate unveiled a surprisingly new and danceable pop sound with the release of “Ne m’appelle pas.” The upbeat single quickly climbed to the number 1 spot in the BDS and Correspondants top 100 charts. Her recent achievements also include a remarkable cover of K-Maro’s “Femme like U,” a standout performance at the Juno Awards with Loud, and a stint as a coach on the highly popular reality talent show La Voix. In parallel, Béatrice Martin acts as an ambassador for the Fondation du CHUM.
Her latest single, “T’es belle,” was released in the late summer of 2020. A frank and confident feminist anthem, the track was coproduced by the artist herself with Billboard and Ruffsound. The song follows the emancipated direction Cœur de pirate began exploring with “Ne m’appelle pas” and “Femme like U.” The video supporting “T’es belle” was directed by Béatrice Martin herself, a major first for the artist.