Jacques Higelin (born 1940) is a French singer.
He started his artistic career in the 1950s as a stage and occasional movie actor, then moved on to street performances and then, in the late 1960s, to music. Building a fan base bottom up, one small-scale concert at a time, he gradually earned fame as a tremendously gifted live singer, able to launch crazy improvisations and achieve a rare degree of communion with his audience.
His style is generally rock—for a given definition of "rock"—with eclectic injections of jazz, blues, Chanson
, and healthy dollops of surrealism.
He was instrumental in the success of two major French music festivals, the Printemps de Bourges
and the Francofolies de La Rochelle