Anggun Cipta Sasmi (born April 29, 1974, in Jakarta) is an Indonesian singer/songwriter with French citizenship. Her name means “grace born of a dream” in Bali. Having already had tremendous success in her homeland Indonesia since she was 12, she decided to pursue an international career and left Indonesia in 1995, when she was only 21. After a year in London, she settled in Paris, France and met producer Erick Benzi, who later helped her sign a record deal with Sony Music France and recorded her first French album, Au Nom de la Lune, in 1996. The album was released in 1997 and spawned a hit single, “La neige au Sahara.” She re-recorded the album in English and it produced her biggest worldwide hit single to date, “Snow on the Sahara.”
To date, Anggun has sold approximately 3 million copies of records worldwide and has become the most successful Asian artist outside Asia. Her success has spread throughout Europe, particularly in France and Italy.