“I very quickly knew that I had the soul of an artist”: Villefranchise Estelle Cantaloube found a balance between her beauty salon and singing

“I very quickly knew that I had the soul of an artist”: Villefranchise Estelle Cantaloube found a balance between her beauty salon and singing
“I very quickly knew that I had the soul of an artist”: Villefranchise Estelle Cantaloube found a balance between her beauty salon and singing

Originally from La Rouquette, near Villefranche-de-Rouergue, she has just opened her boutique in Albi and enjoys going on stage.

“I crossed out several!” Estelle Cantaloube has very specific memories of this period. However, she was only 3-4 years old. Her mother had given her a record player and she didn’t forget: “It played all day and I really listened to everything. Classical, French variety from the 80s, disco…”. She then had her Jean-Michel Jarre period on repeat. Rather on his portable music player because the record player had gone out of fashion.

“I was curious by nature and everything inspired me”

“I was curious by nature and everything inspired me,” she admits. She regularly juggled grades, but it was through the words of those around her that she became aware of her talent. She often heard: “Wow, you sing well!”

Born in 1976 in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Estelle Cantaloube has always sung. “There was no family virus, but I very quickly knew that I had the soul of an artist,” says the person concerned. Having grown up in La Rouquette, where she seduced her first audience in the primary school courtyard, she was then educated in the neighboring Perle du Rouergue, at the Francis-Carco college then at the Raymond-Savignac high school.

After 3rd grade, she chose a BEP in secretarial work and a CAP in aesthetics, before returning to general education to obtain a baccalaureate in commercial action. Although she had a taste of paid employment as a beautician, the experience only lasted a year because she had… a double life! She combined, in fact, with the profession of singer, as an intermittent performer.

“I no longer wanted to sing to earn a salary!”

It all started at… a friend’s wedding. The priest did not want a sound system, the bride found herself embarrassed and therefore asked him to perform “Quand on a que l’amour”, by Jacques Brel, a cappella. She won over everyone in attendance. Estelle Cantaloube then joined her first group, the Michel Bonin orchestra, with, at her side, Daniel Alogues and Jérôme Pouget.

“There was too much glitter!”

Touring with them for almost four years, jumping with great ease from variety to musette, she then entrusted her voice to the Lotois ensemble orchestrated by Serge Navarro, then to the Sirocco group. His journey took “another dimension”, but obviously not to his liking. “I was moving away from who I was,” she confirms. “Yes, it was a good school, yes, I learned a lot of things, but I no longer flourished. There was too much glitter!”

Suddenly, she changed her score, going on stage alone, for parties, like at Garric (Tarn), on May 25, for weddings (the list is very full for the summer), for gospel entertainment in churches… “I couldn’t stop because music contributes to my balance, she assures. I no longer wanted to sing to earn a salary! It spoiled my passion and there was too much pressure to do dates , whatever the cost, I want to sing when I feel like it, for pleasure and not out of obligation.”

Mother of two children (12 and 16 years old), Estelle Cantaloube is now “less a singer and more a beautician”. After working in Villefranche-de-Rouergue, then in La Rouquette, she has just opened her beauty institute, called Estelle dermo aesthetic, in Albi, 32 rue du Docteur Camboulives. “I looked at Toulouse, but I wanted a city on a human scale,” she concludes. “I fell for it and I am already very happy to find myself here.” She’s used to… finding her way!

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