Here is a beautiful song ("The Tightrope Walker") by one of France's most successful singers, the lovely Mireille Mathieu.
Mireille Mathieu (born in 1946) is a French singer who, besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. She was born in Avignon, in Southern France, the oldest daughter of a poor family of fourteen children. She began singing as a small child, appearing in public at the age of four, singing in her church. As a young girl she worked in a factory, where she saved her money to pay for singing lessons. Discovered by Johnny Stark, France's greatest manager at the time, she made her debut at the Paris Olympia in 1965 and was immediately hailed as the next Édith Piaf. She became soon a huge star in France and all over Europe as well as in North America and Mexico. Her French cover of Engelbert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz" generated much publicity in Great Britain and with hit after hit, she soon toured Canada and the United States where she appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Danny Kaye Show. In Las Vegas, she sang with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to great applause. Still much in demand, she continues to perform regularly. She travels frequently, appearing at such venues as New York City's Carnegie Hall, Sport Palace in Montreal, Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and Ice Palace of St. Petersburg. She has sold about 150 million copies of her albums in her 40 year career, recorded about 1200 songs in 9 languages, and was the first western singer in history who gave concerts in China. Over the years she sang duets with such luminaries as Charles Aznavour, Paul Anka, Tom Jones and many others. In 1993, she released an album devoted to her all-time idol, Édith Piaf. In 1996, she performed in Los Angeles, where she triumphed with her vibrant tribute to another of her idols, Judy Garland. Mathieu celebrated the 40th anniversary of her career at the Paris Olympia, in November 2005, after releasing her 38th French album.
Enjoy Mireille's great and vibrant voice!