Charisma is hard to define but easy to recognise.
It’s nothing to do with how loud you shout or how sharp you dress.
No. If present it surrounds the possessor like a solar corona that exerts invisible influence on distant objects.
Madeleine Peyroux has a charisma that is insistently present in her recordings and in performance.
When Madeleine sings she doesn’t come at you like a full force gale. Rather, standing still and singing softly she invites you to still yourself, lean in and listen closely.
She selects songs that have emotional depth; songs that resonate with our lived experience and our dreamscapes, songs that never let us go, songs that no matter how many times heard always retain a core of unfathomable mystery.
Songs a true singer can sing over and over again because they continue to engage the person and the performer.
Madeleine had a peripatetic bohemian childhood and…
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