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Cœur de Pirate (French for “pirate heart”) is the stage name for Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), a Canadian pop (http://www.last.fm/tag/pop) singer-songwriter (http://www.last.fm/tag/singer-songwriter) from Montréal, Québec, Canada. She writes and sings mainly French songs and is sometimes attributed to nouvelle chanson (http://www.last.fm/tag/nouvelle%20chanson).
Béatrice has played the piano since the age of three, which was initiated by her mother, a professional pianist. She later played as a keyboardist in the post-hardcore (http://www.last.fm/tag/post-hardcore) band December Strikes First (http://www.last.fm/music/December+Strikes+First) when she was 15 years old. In March 2007, after five years of music education, she started composing her own songs.
After a brief stint as keyboardist for Bonjour Brumaire (http://www.last.fm/music/Bonjour+Brumaire), a French-Canadian indie rock (http://www.last.fm/tag/indie%20rock)/indie pop (http://www.last.fm/tag/indie%20pop)band, she released her solo debut album Cœur de Pirate (http://www.last.fm/music/C%C5%93ur+de+Pirate/C%C5%93ur+de+Pirate) in 2008 on the Québécois (http://www.last.fm/tag/qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois) independent record label Grosse Boîte (http://www.last.fm/label/Grosse+Bo%C3%AEte). The album found much critical acclaim and was subsequently nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards.