Versailles

Hollywood, CA United States

Genres:Alternative Pop, Rock - Alternative Pop
Bio: Growing up in Albuquerque amidst a great deal of ongoing family trauma, singer/songwriter Versailles loved to escape to her bedroom, where she locked the door and sought refuge and emotional salvation in the dark themed music and lyrics of Tori Amos and The Cure. Anytime she was sad about the trying circumstances of her life and contemplating bad things, the singer—born Dianna Marie St. Hilaire--found comfort and friendship through these artists who had also been there in these deep, lonely places.

Now that she’s been through her share of shattered relationships and broken dreams as an adult, the multi-talented musical powerhouse is at last sharing sharp fragments of her own life, connecting with thousands of people that have experienced similar pain. On her explosive debut album Broken Dolls, Versailles—who also plays guitar and keyboards—makes no bones about the fact that “the pain and torment of a sad child comes at you with each delicate racing note.” Blending the heartfelt and aching, richly passionate vocals of artists like Amos with a darkwave and dark pop/alt rock/goth feel, the singer forms a rich catacomb of deep running emotions.

Since releasing her debut four song EP Believe in 2005, Versailles’ intensely cathartic, lyrically pointed but musically accessible songs have caught on with fans and critics alike. While the Hollywood, California based artist has built a following performing at numerous L.A. hotspots (The Cat Club, Club Hell, The Rainbow Room, The Scene), she also returns frequently to her hometown and has done numerous gigs in Albuquerque, Denver and El Paso. Following the release of Believe, she had three songs released on several different compilation projects by Cleopatra Records, including A Tribute to She Wants Revenge, Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Tribute to The Smiths), which were produced by Gregory Butler, who also produced Switchblade Symphony. Versailles also contributed a track to another collection, Gothic Divas, and rewrote another that was included on A Gothic Acoustic Tribute To NIN.

Musical tastemakers across the board have been connecting, empathizing and raving about Versailles for the past few years. Morticia Devine from Underground Press says, “Believe is a beautiful and haunting album. The lyrics are almost innocent in its own shadowed sadness…her voice is tender and celestial with an undertone of desolation.” Jennifer Layton of Indie Music adds, “How perfect that I just came home from seeing Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride before playing this CD. Versailles is a dark pop mistress with gothic influences and a voice that can be breathy and innocent even when she's rasping and pleading and crying out to the heavens.” Laura T. Lynch from Kweevak: “Her music is darkwave, alternative with atmospheric piano chords. She pens shadowy lyrics, but her sweet high ranging voice keeps the songs from being too scary, yet her music is haunting.” And Emily O’Neary of Rock City News praises Versailles’ “insightful and poignant writing,” adding, “Her stage presence is utterly unforgettable, and her musicianship as well as her looks posses that rarest of charisma that one cannot manufacture.”

“For me,” says Versailles, “Broken Dolls is about taking stock of many difficult things that have happened in my life since I was a little kid and separating them into stories that convey the reality of different kinds of abuse. I have gone through a lot of bad times and have been hurt and betrayed so many times. This torrent of emotion drove me to write these songs, and so I’m basically telling the world, this is the tough stuff I’ve been through and I want to share it. Just like Tori and The Cure would lift my spirits when I was a kid listening and motivate me to take action or feel better, I hope people going through similar things as I have will somehow feel lifted even if the songs are dark.”

For those getting their first taste of the world of Versailles, “Believe”—a haunting “mistress” whose moody and ethereal video is posted on the artist’s myspace and YouTube sites--is the core song on Broken Dolls that has had everyone buzzing. Described by many as a “shoegazer,” it’s about trying desperately to escape a bad and complex relationship where innocent trust has led to further entanglement. The sensually hypnotic “Massacre” touches on that feeling of utter devastation wrought by a person whose every word and deed is poisonous. All is not lost, though—listeners looking for redemption can find glints of it in the rolling amiability of “Fade,” which finds Versailles helping a friend pull out of the wreckage and seeking ways to ease the pain and look forward.

“The album cover photo of Broken Dolls captures the melancholy state of mind both I and the listener should be in while experiencing these songs,” says Versailles. “I’m lying down like I’m sleeping but my eyes are slightly open, as if to say I’m hardly there, just barely able to look back on all I’m singing about and keep going. I love performing these songs live, but I think their greater impact will be in a more intimate place, where a listener who is hurting can be alone with the emotions I am expressing. My hope is that people out there will hear these, connect with them and understand where I have been. If I can in any way help them to ease their pain and feel better about their own lives, I think I’ve achieved my goal of helping people heal through the power of music.”


HOLLYWOOD BASED ALT-GOTH MISTRESS
VERSAILLES FINDS SHARDS OF HOPE
AMIDST THE DARKNESS AND
HEARTACHE ON HER HARD HITTING,
EMOTIONALLY EXPLOSIVE DEBUT ‘BROKEN DOLLS’


Growing up in Albuquerque amidst a great deal of ongoing family trauma, singer/songwriter Versailles loved to escape to her bedroom, where she locked the door and sought refuge and emotional salvation in the dark themed music and lyrics of Tori Amos and The Cure. Anytime she was sad about the trying circumstances of her life and contemplating bad things, the singer—born Dianna Marie St. Hilaire--found comfort and friendship through these artists who had also been there in these deep, lonely places.

Now that she’s been through her share of shattered relationships and broken dreams as an adult, the multi-talented musical powerhouse is at last sharing sharp fragments of her own life, connecting with thousands of people that have experienced similar pain. On her explosive debut album Broken Dolls, Versailles—who also plays guitar and keyboards—makes no bones about the fact that “the pain and torment of a sad child comes at you with each delicate racing note.” Blending the heartfelt and aching, richly passionate vocals of artists like Amos with a darkwave and dark pop/alt rock/goth feel, the singer forms a rich catacomb of deep running emotions.

Since releasing her debut four song EP Believe in 2005, Versailles’ intensely cathartic, lyrically pointed but musically accessible songs have caught on with fans and critics alike. While the Hollywood, California based artist has built a following performing at numerous L.A. hotspots (The Cat Club, Club Hell, The Rainbow Room, The Scene), she also returns frequently to her hometown and has done numerous gigs in Albuquerque, Denver and El Paso. Following the release of Believe, she had three songs released on several different compilation projects by Cleopatra Records, including A Tribute to She Wants Revenge, Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before (Tribute to The Smiths), which were produced by Gregory Butler, who also produced Switchblade Symphony. Versailles also contributed a track to another collection, Gothic Divas, and rewrote another that was included on A Gothic Acoustic Tribute To NIN.

Musical tastemakers across the board have been connecting, empathizing and raving about Versailles for the past few years. Morticia Devine from Underground Press says, “Believe is a beautiful and haunting album. The lyrics are almost innocent in its own shadowed sadness…her voice is tender and celestial with an undertone of desolation.” Jennifer Layton of Indie Music adds, “How perfect that I just came home from seeing Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride before playing this CD. Versailles is a dark pop mistress with gothic influences and a voice that can be breathy and innocent even when she's rasping and pleading and crying out to the heavens.” Laura T. Lynch from Kweevak: “Her music is darkwave, alternative with atmospheric piano chords. She pens shadowy lyrics, but her sweet high ranging voice keeps the songs from being too scary, yet her music is haunting.” And Emily O’Neary of Rock City News praises Versailles’ “insightful and poignant writing,” adding, “Her stage presence is utterly unforgettable, and her musicianship as well as her looks posses that rarest of charisma that one cannot manufacture.”

For those getting their first taste of the world of Versailles, “Believe”—a haunting “mistress” whose moody and ethereal video is posted on the artist’s myspace and YouTube sites--is the core song on Broken Dolls that has had everyone buzzing. Described by many as a “shoegazer,” it’s about trying desperately to escape a bad and complex relationship where innocent trust has led to further entanglement. The sensually hypnotic “Massacre” touches on that feeling of utter devastation wrought by a person whose every word and deed is poisonous. All is not lost, though—listeners looking for redemption can find glints of it in the rolling amiability of “Fade,” which finds Versailles helping a friend pull out of the wreckage and seeking ways to ease the pain and look forward.
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