An Indonesian pop princess who later moved to Europe to conquer the Western charts as well, Anggun
was born in Jakarta and listened to native Javanese music as well as rock icons like Elvis Presley
. She began performing at the age of seven, and recorded her first album just two years later. By the time Anggun
was 17, she had become the most popular artist in the country during the early '90s.
Not satisfied with her success, Anggun
moved to London and later Paris to begin recording for a breakthrough into the European charts. With the help of producer Erick Benzi
(whose credits stretch from Celine Dion
to Jean-Jacque Goldman and Johnny Hallyday
), the soulstress recorded the album Snow on the Sahara
for a 1998 release on Epic Records.