Béatrice Bonifassi was born in Nice in 1971 to a Yugoslavian mother and father of Niçois-Italian descent. Crossing the Atlantic in the mid-’90s, the singer settled in Montréal, where she met composer Benoît Charest, going on to marry him as well as collaborated on the soundtrack to Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003). The couple then performed the song Belleville Rendez-vous at the 76th Academy Awards. Bonifassi next worked with DJ Champion on the album Chill 'Em All (2004), with her voice featured in the song No Heaven. She would go on to accompany Champion on his world tour. In 2006, the powerhouse singer teamed with Jean-Phi Goncalves to launch the Beast project. The duo released a self-titled debut album in late 2008. In 2011, the singer staged her first solo concert. In 2013, she was part of the tribute to Félix Leclerc presented at the aux FrancoFolies. The following year, she launched a debut self-titled solo album, inspired by recordings made by Alan Lomax, offering a tribute to the inestimable resilience, dignity, beauty and strength of African slaves brought to America.