Cyrille Aimée was born in Fontainebleau, France, to a French father and Dominican mother.
As a child, Aimée fell in love with gypsy music and the gypsy way of life. Every June, the French village of Samois-sur-Seine would welcome gypsies to set up caravans in nearby meadows for the Django Reinhardt Festival in honor of the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. While spending evenings at their camps, Aimée learned their language and began to sing by the fire with Reinhardt’s descendants.
Aimée has won many awards such as the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival Competition, the 2010 International Theleonious Monk Competition (third place) and the 2012 International Sarah Vaughan Competition.
The Washington Post reports, “[Aimée’s] voice is like fine whiskey – oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness.” Her vocals are featured in the award-winning French documentary Kings of Pastry. In a much cherished encounter with Bobby McFerrin, Aimée is inspired to develop her loop-pedal solo performance.
Aimée is currently working on a new project with a brand new band composed of bass, drums and three very different guitars: one gypsy guitar, one jazz guitar and one Brazilian guitar.