Barbara Opsomer is a French singer.
In Barbara’s call to love, resistance is futile. Her first title, “Aimez-vous” (Love) is a coy tease to the ear that mischievously sways on a playful reggae rhythm, drawing the listener to give in with pleasure to this hymn sans tabou to sensuality, and leaving us ready for more from this delightful young lover of life.
Perhaps it was her nomadic childhood between her native home of Belgium, France and the United States that gave Barbara a taste for curiosity and adventure. It is difficult to become fixed into a mold once one has had a taste of the freedom of travel. From this life, Barbara grew-up carrying her senses and emotions on her sleeve, finding it impossible to channel her urge for liberty.
In 2007, the adolescent discovered the film La Môme. Marion Cotillard’s acting, in combination with the intense destiny of Piaf, stirred in her an artistic desire to become an actress. Saying farewell to her studies, Barbara headed for Paris and the beginning of a path where dreams and disillusion collide. From negative castings to dead-end roles as an extra, she survived from job to job by building her contacts until the first door finally opened. Like bottles thrown out to the sea, her first break came when her photo-book caught the attention of an acting and modeling agency. Soon after, her outgoing humor caught the attention of a music-video artistic director who oriented her towards acting classes at the Ateliers de l’Ouest, directed by Steve Kalfa. At theatre school, Barbara learned to direct her instinctive energy and awaken her multi-faceted talent.
Over the course of photo-shoots and theatre repetitions, Barbara began to turn her aspirations to music. The composer, Frédéric Château, and the author, Pierre-Yves Lebert, inspired by Barbara’s rebellious style and soft husky voice, found in her their muse to Pop. Immediately following the song, Aimez-vous, a variety of songs were born that reflect the contradictory desires of a young girl of today: beating between doubt and a lightness of being, comfort and hedonism (Un dimanche en province, A Sunday in the country), romantic innocence and sophisticated party girl (Je veux tout foutre en l’air, I want to give it all up), Barbara Opsomer plays melancholy piano as well as Pop electro beats in caresses that are as tender as they are hot. Love her.