Lolo Zouaï wants to bring French music to America.
Born in Paris. Raised in San Francisco. She’s lived in Nashville.
Now she lives in Brooklyn. And she doesn’t want to stay in one place.
This fan of Edith Piaf, Too Short and Rihanna, (who she hopes to write for) sings in English and French. You’ll also notice Arab influences in her music. Her father is Algerian.
“I’ve always wanted to mix French and Arabic influences, and I didn’t want it to be a specific genre, like pop… I want it to feel global,” she told Vogue.
Estranged from her family, she says in Desert Rose “I chose a life of sin. I hope you can forgive.”
The 23-year-old R&B singer was invited to LA early in her career by a big label but they blew her off.
She started recording music in her basement. Lolo credits “High highs to low lows” with changing her career.
She is not shy to share her experience with depression in her songs like “Blue”.
And she likes to keep us guessing about what she’s wearing “They think it’s all Gucci, but it’s 99 cents.” Thrift shopping relaxes her.
I was invited for bubbly, macarons and her sound check at Le Ministère on the last night of her tour. I fell for her sweet voice, seductive music and doc martin swagger.
What’s next? Two weeks touring in Paris and some big magazine covers.
This edgy Bardot-meets-Kate girl is going all the way.
When I asked her how it feels, she just shrugged.