French singer loves him some Tetons

By Jim Stanford on November 16, 2011

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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!

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11 Comments so far

  1. TPM November 16, 2011 3:53 pm

    Tres frommage.

  2. WC November 16, 2011 6:11 pm

    Bien sur!

  3. sc November 16, 2011 11:23 pm

    Don’t really comprehend French having studied Spanish, however, the ease of message, and curiosity of place/destination in this video is SO (!) much clearer than that episode of “what,” that cost “how much?” It would make me want to find out where this place is. Good sample of Town, Village and Park!

  4. Phil November 17, 2011 5:58 am
  5. js November 17, 2011 8:26 am

    I think all you have to do is follow him. Keith has been pretty open about sharing information, actually, which is why I subscribe to his feed.

  6. D November 17, 2011 9:13 am

    I have no clue what he is saying but my head is bobing.

  7. mjd November 19, 2011 3:06 am

    Ricky Martin

  8. Pro- promotion... November 19, 2011 4:26 pm

    Nice piece, nice vid- great for JH. Pitiful that we harp on good efforts to promote Jackson.

    Whether high dollar or low dollar – both the “breathlessly hyped production”, this one and the many others quietly happening, these projects can have a great return- visitors to our town – great for us.

  9. Speaking of the park, the NY Times ran a story on the Triangle X and its concession on Friday. A good read.

    Follow the link.

  10. ours 66 November 21, 2011 11:05 am

    Christophe is a nice guy but he don’t met with grizz 399 more grizz 610..Dommage ..
    All the best from my Pyrénées

  11. Jan January 11, 2012 4:47 pm

    Proud to say my son, Taylor, was the producer of this video. Congrats T!

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