Miel de Botton is a singer with a message
One that she wants to share
Miel breathes new life into the beloved French chansons of her childhood with sensitive interpretations and innovative arrangements. It's the honesty and romance of these songs that inspire her own material - she writes in both English and French.
Magnetic – Miel's 18-song debut album – was released in 2015, and with four singles (three reaching the top of the club charts), close to 450,000 video views on her Vevo Channel and a new album in the making – all achieved in just a few short years – Miel de Botton is an unstoppable creative force.
"That is the power of charming, bewitching de Botton."
Miel leaving Abbey Road Studios while recording her debut album 'Magnetic''.
Miel grew up in tranquil Zurich, Switzerland – but her background is less so.
Miel’s paternal grandmother, a beautiful, erudite woman who risked her life for her political beliefs, was forced to flee her native Egypt, taking her young son with her. Following these hardships, she died young. Miel’s father was left stateless and penniless, yet he managed to find his way, and, with exceptional drive, provide well for his family.
These important figures in Miel’s life inspired her through their search for truth and survival. They also lived through the period of the French chansons: the 1930s to the 1950s.
“Music has always given me a sense of joy and freedom. If you’d asked me as a child what my biggest dream was, it would have been to be a singer. But it was a secret dream…”
It was through her father that Miel first fell in love with the chansons. He would sing them to her from an early age.
“I was in wonder at the beauty and emotion in these songs. They transported me to an era of wild romance; I could feel the intensity of love being expressed but also its tragic inconstancy. It also moved me to see my father, usually so restrained, let go completely. I wanted to do the same, abandon myself to the music…”
After studying in Switzerland and England, Miel moved to Paris. She had always felt the city beckoned her; French was her mother tongue, and she was seduced by its culture. She felt strangely at home there.
“When I sing my songs, I often see myself skipping down the cobbled streets of Paris; the feeling is one of lightness.”
Miel performing at The Pheasantry in London with her band in November 2014.
After qualifying as a clinical psychologist and family therapist, Miel practiced in therapy centres in and around Paris. This career would, perhaps surprisingly, come to influence her relationship with music.
“Psychology taught me to connect with people in a deep way, to turn emotion into a positive force of transformation. That is what I aim to do when I sing, to share human emotion and make us all feel connected.”
In the year 2000, Miel relocated to London. Here her passion for singing was at last given an outlet.
“Finally, this secret wish of mine seemed to be nurtured from all sides. I met wonderful people to help me express it.”
The French songs came first, naturally. Then came her own songwriting, recording with her producer Andy Wright (Simply Red, Eurythmics, Jeff Beck, Natalie Imbruglia) – and then concerts in prestigious venues across London, the UK, and Europe. She also toured the UK with John Barrowman and Rhydian Roberts.
"It's been a truly magical, incredible year where dreams have come true, and all the hard work really has paid off and has turned into joy."
Miel supporting John Barrowman on his UK tour in 2015.
And the journey continues...
Since releasing her debut album, 'Magnetic', in early 2015, Miel has enjoyed two packed years of performing around Europe and the UK.
The chance to perform and meet new fans was just so fantastic, and I absolutely love performing live on stage. The last two years have been life-changing for me!