Cécile McLorin Salvant was born and raised in Miami of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano and choral studies as a child and began working with improvisation, instrumental and solo vocal repertoire when she moved to France in 2007. In 2009, after a series of concerts in Paris, she recorded her first album and a year later won the Thelonious Monk competition in Washington, D.C. She won four categories in the 2014 Down Beat Critics Poll and also received two GRAMMY® nominations that same year for her second album WomanChild.
Winner of the 2016 GRAMMY® Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album (For One To Love), 26-year old vocal wonder Cécile has risen with lightning speed to international acclaim. She is an innovative singer with extraordinary soul, intuition, and deep character, performing unique interpretations of jazz and blues standards, as well as composing her own music and lyrics.
“Ms. McLorin Salvant has it all…. If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this … virtuoso.”
— The New York Times