Delphine Maillard was born and grew up in Paris. At 13, she left the capital for Tours (France). At 16, she bought her first bass guitar: the beginning of a long and happy romance. After her baccalauréat, she studied literature and languages and developed a taste for writing, while learning music, notably with Olivier Carole. At the age of 20, she trained in jazz and contemporary music at the Jazz à Tours school and began writing and composing. At the school she met her future husband, the artist Ewen Gur. Together they decided to move from Tours to Berlin in 2008, and it was in the capital that Delphine began to sing. What seemed like the obvious thing to do, playing and singing her own songs, was unexpected at first: she had to give concerts without her musicians, who had stayed home in France. Delphine developed her own style, a mix of chanson, jazz and pop, with the bass always at the centre. At the same time, she plays bass for pop, jazz and world music groups.
In 2015, she released her first album, Love song(s), a collection of 10 songs in which love plays the leading role. Following the birth of her first child in 2016, Delphine's lyrics address the themes of motherhood, childhood and the loss of loved ones. The album "Paris" was released in 2020, with the eponymous song recalling the terrorist attack at the Bataclan. Delphine asserts her pacifist stance in the face of violence: the solution will not come from the use of weapons.
In 2022 she published the single "L'enfant pleure" (The Child Weeps). In this song, the earth is so dry that nothing grows. A child appears. He is so hungry that he cries. His tears watered the earth, which thanked him and made food grow again. Delphine warns of the nutritional problems that will arise throughout the world, but with an optimistic outlook: it is her children's generation that will be able to save the planet.
The single "Soleil d'hiver" is released in February 2024 and heralds the forthcoming release of a new album this year. "Soleil d'hiver" tells the story of Berlin in winter, her adopted city, and the ephemeral relationships that form in the city. For this new album, Delphine is accompanied, as she has been since her debut, by guitarist Dirk Homuth. This longstanding duo is joined by Ukrainian pianist Yuriy Seredin and Berlin drummer Ria Rother. They form a quartet that blends jazz and chanson, improvisation and pop. Delphine talks about war and deforestation, but she also tells stories of love, sometimes unhappy but more often blissful.