It could never be said that China Moses and Raphael Lemonnier were fated to join forces on a project, given their rather different career paths and the seeming absence of any compelling reason for the two artists to meet.
As an MTV host, singer, author, songwriter and producer, China is first and foremost an eclectic artist who embodies the American idea of an entertainer. This aspect of her personality can be traced to her childhood, steeped in music and the world of theatre. From her mother, the singer Dee Dee Bridgewater
, she inherited the ability to work towards long-term goals. Her father, Gilbert Moses, who died in 1995, was a committed television and film director responsible for series like Roots and the cult film Willy Dynamite, who taught China the value of hard work. Just before he died, Gilbert prophetically saw his daughter take on duties for Virgin Records. His hopes came to fruition when she signed with Source, a Virgin subsidiary. Her first single, Time, was released in 1996, whereupon her career took off thanks to her first video, directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. This was followed by three albums: China
(1997), On Tourne en Rond
(2000) and Good lovin'
(2004). Subsequent collaborations with MeShell NdegeOcello
, Bob Power, Etienne de Crecy, Guru, Mounir Belkhir, Diam's, Camille, Fabe, Dj Mehdi and Karriem Riggins cemented her reputation in the world of alternative R'n'B.