Véronique Sanson

Thank you for your connection and welcome to Véronique Sanson official website!

One of the first female artists to perform her self-penned material and play the piano in the 70’s in France, Véronique Sanson was once described as a ‘heavy Carole King’ (New Musical Express, 1973). 50 years after her very first recordings, she remains one of our true pop stars as well as a talented musician and songwriter – and her audience still praises her extraordinary energy on stage.

There can be many reasons why you would connect from abroad. Let’s try and name some:

  • First of all, you might have heard of Amoureuse (or Emotion), both English covers (with different lyrics) of the same original track, which Sanson first released in 1972. Kiki Dee (Elton John’s protégée at the time), Olivia Newton-John, Helen Reddy and Shirley Bassey recorded it, and now have it regularly re-released on their own Best of albums. Adapted in 6 languages, the song was covered by more than 30 artists in all.
  • Through out her recording and touring carreer, she has worked with internationally famous musicians including Leland Sklar, Steve Madaio, Manu Katche, Willy Andersen, the late Plato T. Jones, Ray Parker Jr or Kim Bullard to name only a few – and her name can be found on many musicians bios.
  • Having written and recorded some of her own material in English, as well as having lived an ‘American life’ for 11 years between Denver, Los Angeles and Hawai (along with Stephen Stills, from CSNY, whom she married in 1973), she was once offered an international career. She declined, refusing to be told who to work with, or what sort of music to record, as well as claiming that the prospect of spending months in endless tours was not that enjoyable…
  • Another reason why you would pop in here: Sanson gave birth to American-born musician Christopher Stills in 1974, now a multi-talented singer and songwriter. His mother’s recordings feature tracks he wrote the music of : Je me fous de tout (2010), Docteur Jedi et Mr Kill (2016), as well as a duet with him, on a song he composed and penned : Say My Last Goodbye (2010).
  • Last but not least, Véronique Sanson’s music was also to be heard (although uncredited) at Barack Obama inauguration-eve show in January 2009, when rapper Jay-Z sampled Une nuit sur son épaule (from her 1972 second album) on his own track History (Youtube link).

What you will find on her website, connected with official profiles on both Instagram and FaceBook, is an opportunity to get all of her news as well as a look back to her 50-year-career:

  • Her complete discography
  • Full listing and lyrics of all of her songs
  • List of people who belong to her ‘galaxy’
  • Loads of photographs and more…

Enjoy your visit and if there’s anything you’d like to ask, please use the Contact page. We thought not every word would need to get translated, so feel free to prove us wrong !