Last updated: 01/27/2010
Camille Dalmais, better known as Camille (born in 1978 in Paris, France), is a French singer, songwriter and occasional actress.
Camille was born and raised in Paris, France. As a teenager she studied ballet and developed an interest in bossa nova music and American stage musicals. She attended the prestigious Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye where she obtained her baccalaureate in literature. Thanks to her mother being an English teacher, she grew up learning to speak English fluently. She performed her first original song "Un Homme Déserté" at the age of sixteen while attending a wedding. In the early 2000s, while performing at jazz clubs in Paris, Camille made her acting début in the film Les Morsures de l'Aube (by Antoine de Caunes; with Asia Argento and Guillaume Canet). She also contributed to the song "La Vie la Nuit" in its soundtrack.
She attended Paris Institute of Political Studies "Sciences Po" just before beginning her music career.
She is an atheist.
In early 2002, Camille signed a recording contract with Virgin Records. She released her first studio album Le Sac des Filles. In 2004, she began working with Marc Collin and his band Nouvelle Vague, which incorporates new wave and bossa nova music. She contributed the songs "Too Drunk to Fuck", "In a Manner of Speaking", "The Guns of Brixton", and "Making Plans for Nigel" to their first album.
In 2005 she released the album Le Fil, which was produced in collaboration with English producer MaJiKer. This album incorporated an avant-garde concept - a string, or thread ("le fil"), which was a drone that persisted throughout the entire course of the album. All of the songs in this album are based on the exploration of the voice, with only a double bass or double bass and keyboard as accompanying instruments. Le fil quickly became a gold album. The Song "Pâle Septembre" seems to be a reference to the attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, 2001. The lines "Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe de la tour? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe des cieux? Mais qui est cet homme qui tombe amoureux?" (But who is this man falling from the tower? But who is this man falling from the skies? But who is this man falling in love?) suggest guilt accompanying love in a time of mourning. The song "Ta Douleur" was voted 26th in Australia's Triple J Hottest 100, 2006.
In June 2007 Camille performed Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and a new a cappella work God is sound (The 12 World Prayers) at L'église Saint-Eustache, Paris.
Camille's song "1, 2, 3" from Le Sac des Filles was used in the tv advert for Cacharel's Promesse perfume starring Laetitia Casta and Matthew Avedon.
Also in 2007, she contributed to the soundtrack of Pixar's Ratatouille in the song entitled "Le Festin". This style of music, which may be termed "typical Parigot street singing", is also found in the movie Porco Rosso in the song "Le Temps des Cerises". Additionally, she provides the European French dub voice of Collette in Ratatouille.
A new album entitled "Music Hole" was released on April 7, 2008, again produced in collaboration with MaJiKer. The first single from the album entitled 'Gospel With No Lord' was released for online download on February 11, 2008, along with another new song from the album entitled "Money Note".