Alexandra Maquet, known as Alma, France), is a French singer-songwriter and pianist.
Born in Lyon, Alexandra Maquet is the eldest of a family of four sisters. She traveled a lot with her family and lived in Lille, Brussels and then in Paris. As a child, she dreamed of becoming a singer and began to play the piano. Her parents moved to Miami in the United States when she was fifteen. Her father then worked for an American company.
In 2012, after the death of a childhood friend, Alma began to write and compose songs.
In September 2016, Alma met some producers who were secretly considering her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. At the beginning of 2017, they proposed the song “Requiem” to the French selection committee for Eurovision. Alma ws chosen and announced on February 9 by France 2 as the French representative. Alma initially performed “Requiem” in French but then also recorded another version which contained a few lines in English and variations in the lyrics in French as well as in the melody. The images of the clip shot in Paris are the same for both versions. Alma’s debut album titled “Ma peau aime” was released on May 5, 2017.
On May 13, 2017e, during the final of the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, Alma performed “Requiem” in French with passages in English. She became 12th.
During the summer of 2017, she participated in many shows such as Vendredi tout est permi and Fort Boyard
On January 27, 2018, replacing Amir, she was part of the jury for the final of Destination Eurovision on France 2, a program to designate the representative of France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She was also chosen to comment on the Contest Eurovision Song Contest 2018 for France 2 with Christophe Willem and Stéphane Bern.
On December 19, 2018, more than 70 celebrities mobilized at the call of the Urgence Homophobia association; Alma was one of them and appeared in the music video for the song “De l’amour”.
Alma teamed up with Laurie Darmon; on 18 July 2019, they released the song “Zumbaa”.