Fantine on Being Mentored by Emilio Estefan, Working With Gloria, and Loving Miami

Ten months of working and spending time in America was all it took for the Moscow-born, Australia-based, half-Dominican electro-soul singer Fantine to perform in front of Michelle Obama.

"The First Lady was at an event in Miami Gardens, and what happened was, a few days prior, I was singing the national anthem at a Miami Dolphins game," she tells Crossfade.

"The organizers of her event were at the game and were like, 'Hey, you should come sing the national anthem for her.' It was surreal, but it happened."

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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novels, The End of the Century and Yo-Yo, are available at many fine booksellers.
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