Originating in Guadeloupe, raised in Canada, and subsequently based in Paris, FM Laeti's blend of R&B, jazz, and pop with the music of her globe-trotting background has seen her hailed as one of France's most exciting soul talents.
Born in the village of Karukera in 1981 to a literature student mother and drummer father (who'd previously co-founded the zouk group Kassav'
), Laetitia moved to France at age three with her family, and then at age nine to Canada, where she first developed a love of music, singing in the school's chamber choir and immersing herself in the music of Bob Marley
, Nina Simone
, and Etta James
as well as world musicians Salif Keita
and Bebel Gilberto
. After graduating from college in Illinois, she returned to Paris where she began performing in jazz bars and worked as a costume designer and English-language voice-over artist. Adopting the name FM Laeti, she was spotted by multi-instrumentalist François-Marie Dru, and after signing to Wagram Records
, the pair began work on her debut album, It Will All Come Around. Featuring the lead single "Rise in the Sun" and a collaboration with Malawi vocalist Fatoumata Diawara
(Coco), it was released to critical acclaim in late 2011. In 2014 she returned with the club-aimed single "I Wanna Dance," along with the album For the Music. ~ Jon O'Brien