Meet one of the nouvelle chanteuses, Irenka *.
I’m not sure about the asterisk, but on some of her web sites you see Irenka * and some without the asterisk. So to be safe I’ll keep it in. Either way she is an amazing talent.
A modern gypsy shaped by the streets of Brussels and Paris, recording artist Irenka’s colorful music transcends border and genres effortlessly. She fuses self-penned enchanting European melodies with warm smoky vocals that can be easily compared to Sade, Pink and Enya. Her songs capture her personal experiences and her fascination with what she calls the “tortuous, yet beautifully liberating” process of creating music.
Irenka * is now safely ensconced in the USA and sharing her wonderful talents with the lucky folks around Nashville and Little Rock and other points south, and north.
So enough verbiage, let’s hear her wonderful voice.
We’re gonna start of with her cute self-made video, pretty cool.
Even though I don’t speak French and only understand a minimum it’s an interesting song, nice beat, and pure pop. And I mean that in a nice way.
This video was self-produced and entirely shot on home cameras, and smart phones. Edited with lots of love.
Here we find Irenka * live at the Nashville Jazz Workshop with
Kevin Madill on piano, Jack Aylor on bass, and Truman House on drums.
Great song with a bossa nova beat, that shows of the depth of her vocals and her all round versatility.
Que reste-t-il de nous amours? (I wish you love)
Irenka * playing a song from a Maurane & Lara Fabian, @ the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Little Rock, Arkansas. A poignant little piece so beautifully sung.
Tu Es Mon Autre (You are my other)
If I’m understanding this correctly, it was some kind of video audition for Postmodern Jukebox to find a French Taylor Swift.
I think Irenka * is a bit more talented than Taylor, and I don’t know the results of this project but this video is hilarious in all the right ways and pretty damn cool. I’m liking her more and more.
I’ll leave you with a few more tracks to listen to from Irenka *.
Enjoy! There’s some great stuff here, the more I listen the more I love her. Whatever you do don’t miss track seven.
Check out, and buy your own copy of her EP here.