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When listening to the first single from Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Geneviève Bellemare’s forthcoming album, it’s hard to believe the 23-year-old has remained slightly under the radar. Her catchy pop melodies and smooth production enhance her already soulful, jazz-esque vocals, which could easily maintain a harmonizing life on their own. Following her debut EP Live and Die, which was released almost exactly one year ago, Bellemare is now gearing up to release her debut full-length, Melancholy Fever, on September 18 via Verve Music. Below we’re pleased to premiere the first single, “Shenanigans.”
Although she finds inspiration from Astrud Gilbert, the Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, and Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, Bellemare arrived in L.A. after growing up in Vancouver and McMinnville, Oregon, where she listened to the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She began singing in church choirs at an early age, but soon gave up training her vocal chords in favor of dancing. Upon hearing her mother play Diana Krall around the house, however, she refocused herself and began honing her own unique vocal techniques and tones, slowly gaining enough confidence to consider herself a singer, rather than a dancer.
For the tracks on Melancholy Fever, Bellemare collaborated with others during the writing process for the first time in her life. “I never really thought that was something I was willing to do,” she says. But when given the opportunity to work with producers Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello), Paul O’Duffy (Amy Winehouse), busbee (Ingrid Michaelson), and more, it’s hard to say no. Prior to this single’s release, we spoke with the musician over the phone to learn more.