Being of Russian and Dominican descent and raised in Australia, Electro-Soul/Latin recording artist Fantine already had the innate tools to create music with an eclectic style. However, music wasn’t the initial career path for this songbird. While she does admit music did play a role in her life, it was mostly seen as something she liked to take in from time to time.
“I was studying accounting, and even though I was good at it, I felt like it was like an upstream battle all the time,” said Fantine. “With music, there was this feeling of rightness about it.” So she left the college books behind and decided to see how a music career would pan out.
After doing her thing for a few years in Australia, Fantine’s mom, Rita Pritoula, landed a meeting with none other than Latin music luminary Emilio Estefan. Once Estefan heard the music the young singer-songwriter set aside for her solo debut album, he set out on a mission to create a new genre for Fantine, which today she identifies as “Electro-Soul with a Latin twist.”
Since then, Fantine has released three singles under Estefan’s tutelage, including the Spanish-language ballad “Bachata de Rosa,” “What A Day” featuring Wyclef Jean and Latin artist El Cata, and “Reservation For Two,” which reached number 5 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs list.
We caught up with Fantine to talk about her debut album, her style, her beauty regimen and her fabulous ’do.