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Belle du Berry, as her name suggests, grew up in the rural Berry region in the center of France.

After studying cinema in Paris, she got her first musical experiences in post-punk bands in the late 1980s and, not surprisingly, in the "rural rock" group Les Endimanchés (The Sunday Bests). Initially a rare specialist of the bass-drum, she later took up the accordion and was a part of Champêtre de Joie, a musical revue which explored French song from the early 20th century, performing acoustically - the group also worked with Philippe Découflé, performing in the choreographer's closing ceremony for the Albertville Winter Olympics in 1992. Other theater and film projects followed - Cabaret Voltaire, a revue about the early Dadist movement; a Boris Vian tribute ("Et Vian la Zique") directed by Laurent Pelly; her role as singer Yvette Gilbert in the "Lautrec" biopic by Roger Planchon.

In 1994 she co-founded La Belle Equipe, a 5-member outfit dedicated to her own songs and a passion for gypsy swing and began performing in Parisian cafés. She also performed in the original Cabaret Sauvage, a musical cabaret/circus where she began her performing and song-writing collaboration with David Lewis From these encounters emerged the group Paris Combo, performing an eclectic, original repertoire in cafés and barges on the river Seine - in 1997 the group, fronted by Belle's vocals recorded their first eponymous album on the (now) historic French independent label, Boucherie (Butchery). By 1999, their follow-up release, "Living-Room", allowed Paris Combo to expand their popularity in France, with a gold-record (over 200,000 sold worldwide). With their four studio records (Attraction in 2001 and Motifs in 2004 ) and a double-live album, Paris Combo created its own unique world, establishing itself as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups in French song. Paris Combo has toured extensively in and outside France, including 12 tours of the US and trips to Australia, Brasil, Eastern Europe and South-East Asia. At the end of 2005, having performed over 100 concerts including venues ranging from the Grand Rex in Paris to the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.- the group decided to take an extended break from touring and recording.

Currently Belle du Berry and David Lewis are preparing a new album of songs - a continuation of their fertile collaboration and an opportunity to explore new directions.



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