By Jim Stanford on November 16, 2011
Meet Christophe Maé, a French musician twice named male singer of the year, with four hit albums and two No. 1 songs to his credit.
With a cry of “Allons” (Let’s go), Maé has given our corner of Wyoming tremendous exposure in France. He filmed his latest music video entirely in Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park and somehow managed to get a couch aboard a floating dock on Jenny Lake.
Because je parle seulement un peu de français, much of Maé’s lyrics are lost in translation. He sings about the blues, and his hunger, and what he would like.
The music isn’t bad; Maé cites Jack Johnson, Bob Marley and Ben Harper among his influences. And there’s much to admire about his style. Before riding off with a hot babe, the pop star doesn’t stay in a swanky pad at Four Seasons; rather, he checks in to a room at the Antler Motel.
Word of the video, now nearing a million views on YouTube, came from, of all people, Rep. Keith Gingery, who mused on Twitter whether it would lead to an uptick in French tourists. Perhaps, but unlike another breathlessly hyped film project shot in Jackson Hole last summer with a ranch backdrop, it’s doubtful anyone had to pay Maé a penny to film here.
Regardless, would the singer be welcome back to perform a concert? D’accord!