After conquering her hometown of Masson-Angers with her vibrant voice, wowing audiences in Outaouais, and completing prolific jazz studies at Montreal’s Cégep St-Laurent,
singer France Maisonneuve joined other hopefuls at the prestigious Festival international de la chanson de Granby, where she immediately captivated the crowd with her undeniable
charisma and her rich and powerful voice. Not only was her performance met with thunderous applause, but it also earned her the Festival’s prestigious Public Award.
Determined to pursue her passion for singing, the young artist took part in the 1998 edition of the reputed Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée in Gaspésie, where she once again thrilled the crowd with her magical voice. Her astonishing performance earned her another Public Award and the opportunity to immortalize two of her songs on the Festival soundtrack.
In 2004, France took on a starring role in “Broadway”, a major stage production that would play at the Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy in Gatineau over the following two summers.
In the spring of 2005, France starred and produced a one-woman show, for the first time, captivating audiences with her own original songs. Although this joint collaboration with director Toby Gendron (Stefie Shock, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Éric Lapointe) represented her first professional original show, she would have to put this particular dream on hold to pursue another: re-interpret classics from the golden age of jazz in the United States. Embodying jazz divas from the 40s, she mesmerized audiences at the Tropicana Casino Hotel in Atlantic City in a glamorous one-woman cabaret-style show.
Upon her return to Quebec, France slipped back into “Broadway”. The closing of the show in the fall enabled her to get back into her one-woman show; she fine-tuned her original songs, rehearsed and took the show to Outaouais.
On January 28 and 29, 2008, France released her first album, BONHEUR TRANQUILLE. She made her first appearances to promote it at the Maison de la culture de Gatineau and at the Plaza Theatre in Montreal, before embarking on a province-wide tour in February, March and April. The tour enabled the artist to rediscover Quebec after first seeing it with Boom Desjardins and Gabrielle Destroismaisons and to share her album with her devoted fans and an intrigued media. Despite the snow, the singer-songwriter felt only warmth in her heart at having realized yet another dream. Her first single, “BONHEUR TRANQUILLE”, soon climbed the radio charts in Quebec, especially in Sept Iles, Mont Laurier, Val-d'Or and Trois-Rivières; “DEHORS”, her second single, also got a lot of air play in these cities and on Rythme FM Montréal.
Driven by the desire to share her voice and her love of music with the world on even more stages, the ambitious singer soon took to her act to France, Barcelona and Morocco, and spent several months in Paris in the hopes of meeting producers and backers who could bring her career to the next level.
France was also invited to accompany AKON during a show in Montreal as part of a Hitlab event.