Vocalist Cyrille Aimée has been called “a revelation” by the New York Daily News, and The New York Times called her major label release, It’s a Good Day, “a bravura turn.” Aimée’s vocals caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York City’s City Center in November 2013.
Raised in France, as a child in SamoissurSeine, Aimée would sneak out of her bedroom to wander into nearby gypsy encampments for the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She fell in love with the music and way of life, and years later she would travel across Europe singing on street corners with musician friends. On one such trip, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the vocal competition, which financed her first album.
Aimée was a finalist for the Star Academy, a French version of American Idol. However, when she learned she would have to sing what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelled, and she left the competition. She now tours the world with her band, and in a duo with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo.
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