Born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father, Cécile McLorin Salvant found her passion for music at an early age – she took singing lessons at 5 and was in the Miami Choral Society at 8. She then pursued classical vocal training at the Conservatoire Darius-Milhaud in Aix-en-Provence. She would go on to collaborate with French jazzman Jean-François Bonnel, with whom she performed in concert and recorded the album Cécile, released in Europe in 2009. The following year, she won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. Released in 2013, her debut American release, WomanChild, brought her ravishing comparisons to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.