Joyce Jonathan
Background information
Born (1989-11-03) 3 November 1989 (age 34)
OriginLevallois-Perret, France
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active2007–present

Joyce Jonathan (born 3 November 1989) is a French singer and songwriter.

Her first album Sur mes gardes went gold in May 2010 only five months after its release,[1] and was certified platinum less than a year later. On 23 January 2011 she received the NRJ Music Awards for Francophone Breakthrough of the Year.

Early life

Joyce was born in Levallois-Perret, the youngest of a family of three girls. Her mother is the director of a travel agency and her father is an architect. She was educated at the École alsacienne in Paris, and studied psychology at the university level.

At the age of seven, she learned to play the piano and began composing her first songs secretly. She pursued her musical interests with voice and piano lessons, being influenced by artists such as Teri Moses and Tracy Chapman.[2]

At the age of 16, Joyce Jonathan posted three of her compositions on the site MySpace,[3] promoting them to Michael Goldman, co-founder of the new label My Major Company .

In December 2007, at the age of 18, Joyce Jonathan was launched on the website of the label My Major Company. On 13 May 2008, 486 internet backers provided the 70,000 euros needed to start production of her album. Six months after its release, the web-producers of Joyce Jonathan had already recouped their investment [4]


With internet backing, Jonathan began recording her first album in 2008, with the help of Louis Bertignac (guitarist of the band Téléphone). Reputedly impressed by the talent and voice of the young artist,[citation needed] he agreed to assist her on the arrangement of her songs, working together with her in his studio for a year. Joyce also recorded a duet with Tété, Sur mes gardes.

Her two singles, "Je ne sais pas" and "Pas besoin de toi", were included in her first album "Sur mes gardes," released in January 2010, and certified gold after only five months. In August, the album ranked first in sales of albums for download.[5]

In 2011, she won the category Francophone Breakthrough of the year of the NRJ Music Awards 2011. She has just recorded a song "Mystères" with Pétula Clark.[6]

Her second album, Caractère, was released in June 2013, including the single Ça ira. She was nominated at the NRJ Music Awards for best female singer and best song.

Joyce Jonathan released her song "Le Bonheur" in September 2015. It is the first single of her 3rd album, Une place pour moi, which was released on 5 February 2016.

On 4 May 2018, Joyce Jonathan released her single "On", which is also a track on her album of the same name, which was released in October 2018.

In May 2021, Jonathan began releasing singles in anticipation of her sixth studio album, Les p'tites jolies choses. The complete album was released on 25 March 2022 and has two parts. The first, part "A" has 12 songs with a more pop style and includes the titular song and others such as "À la vie comme à la mort" with Jason Mraz. Part "B," also titled Toi et moi, has six songs with more jazz influence and was co-written and co-produced with Ibrahim Maalouf.[7]

In 2024, she participated in season 5 of the Chinese variety show Sisters Who Make Waves, featuring 36 female celebrities over 30 years old.

Personal life

Jonathan gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Ghjulia, on 2 November 2020. She has not, however, revealed the full identity of the father, who is originally from Corsica.[8]

When they were both attending the École alsacienne, she had a relationship with politician and current Prime Minister Gabriel Attal,[9] but Jonathan said that the relationship was merely "a joke between us" and "a playtime crush".[10]

In 2024, she was invited to participate in Mango TV’s self-produced music competition variety show——"Chengfeng 2024".[11]


Studio albums

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
[citation needed]

2010 Sur mes gardes 17 43 SNEP: Platinum
2013 Caractère 16 29
2016 Une place pour moi 24 41 66 SNEP: Gold[14]
2018 On 51 183
2022 Les p'tites jolies choses 48 57


Year Title Peak positions

2011 "Pas besoin de toi" 100 21* 64
"Je ne sais pas" 65 16  –
"Tant pis"  – 10*  –
2013 "Ça ira" 16 25  –
2014 "Caractère" 183 40*  –
"T'en va pas" 68  –  –
2015 "Le Bonheur" 135
2016 "Les filles d'aujourd'hui"
(featuring Vianney)
2018 "On" 38  –
2021 "Les p'tites jolies choses"
"À la vie comme à la mort" (featuring Jason Mraz)
2022 "T'es beau, t'es beau"
"Je m'en vais pas"
"Toi et moi"

*Did not appear on the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather on the Ultratip chart.


  1. ^ Musique. "Presentation of the gold record during his concert at the Cafe de la danse 22 April 2010". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  2. ^ "According to the official biography of Joyce Jonathan ("Biographie" et "Références")". Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. ^ Fr. "Record date ("Member since") on the official MySpace Artist". Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Biographie de Jonathan Joyce". Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  5. ^ According to the official website of Joyce Jonathan (voir onglet "Actualité" en date du 23 août 2010) Archived 7 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Une Baladine Triple Best Of Petula Clark". 16 November 2010. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2011.
  7. ^ ""Les p'tites jolies choses" de Joyce Jonathan, un album en 2 parties". France Bleu (in French). Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  8. ^ Trollion, Capucine (8 November 2020). "Joyce Jonathan dévoile les premières photos de sa fille Ghjulia". (in French). RTL. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  9. ^ Wolfstirn, Anastasia (9 January 2024). "Gabriel Attal : son histoire d'amour avec une célèbre chanteuse". Gala (in French).
  10. ^ Lemarchand, Allan (30 June 2023). ""C'est une blague entre nous" : Joyce Jonathan revient sur son histoire d'amour avec Gabriel Attal". Gala (in French). Archived from the original on 29 November 2023.
  11. ^ "French singers shine on the Chinese stage: We have a lot in common - Xinhuanet". Retrieved 14 May 2024.
  12. ^ a b "Joyce Jonathan discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Discographie Joyce Jonathan" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 27 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Les certifications — Joyce Jonathan". SNEP.
  15. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 17, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 29 April 2017.