A fresh face, a fresh voice, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant is destined to be the next great lady of jazz.
Her new CD entitled Woman Child evokes strong comparisons to The Divine One (Sarah Vaughan). She is not a copy she has her own interpretation and style, however when I listen to the selection I Didn't Know What Time It Was I hear a young and vibrant Divine One.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida of a French mother and a Haitian father. She started classical piano studies at 5, and began singing in the Miami Choral Society at 8. Early on, she developed an interest in classical voice, began studying with private instructors, and later with Edward Walker, vocal teacher at the University of Miami.
Cécile performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish. She enjoys popularity in Europe and in the United States, performing in clubs, concert halls, and festivals accompanied by renowned musicians like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Rodney Whitaker, Aaron Diehl, Dan Nimmer, Sadao Watanabe, Jacky Terrasson (with an a noted collaboration in his "Gouache" Universal CD), Archie Shepp, and Jonathan Batiste. She sings for the 2nd consecutive year for the Chanel’s « Chance » ad campaign. In August 2012, Cécile recorded "WomanChild" for the Mack Avenue Label with Aaron Diehl, Rodney Whitaker, Herlin Riley and James Chirillo.
Cécile's WomanChild was nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Take a musical interlude and listen to Cécile's I Didn't Know What Time it Was here.