Fiona Montt Says C’est La Vie To Hardship

The Argentine artist's latest featured Grammy-nominated producer Roy Hamilton III.

Fiona Montt shrugs off the ups and downs of life and love with her infectious new dance-pop single and lyric video C’est La Vie — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

C’est La Vie is about events that we have in life, whether we like them or not. We just have to live with it,” the emerging Argentine vocalist and songwriter says. “It’s about staying strong even though things might not go your way. It’s about staying positive always, and to believe in yourself.”

The single highlights Montt’s powerful but sultry voice over dance beats, percussion, keys and horns in the style of a radio pop hit. But a note of sadness in her vocals, in both English and French, pulls the listener in closer. Contrasting with the catchy rhythm, the lyrics tell a more somber story about the search for connection at a time when it seemed like the entire world felt alone:

“All this time, when you used to look my way
My tears went down like a river goes,
Somewhere too far away to reach me when I need you
Maybe I’ll make some mistakes now,
Can’t avoid them really,
C’est la vie!”

While the upbeat pop anthem was made for the dance floor, C’est La Vie was actually born during the isolation of Covid. Montt describes music as “what I breathe … what I live for” — and during difficult times like the pandemic, she says it provides a much-needed escape. “We had an extreme quarantine, six months closed up in our homes, which made me make videos, covers, use social media, meet a lot of people, participate with different singers and composers from different parts of the entire world.”

Montt started sharing videos of herself singing covers of music by artists like Joss Stone and Dua Lipa, showcasing her vocal talent. She would eventually connect with Roy Hamilton III, the Grammy-nominated pop and R&B music producer, songwriter and A&R executive with the Singer’s Company Inc. Hamilton, the grandson of legendary singer Roy Hamilton, encouraged Montt to hone her songwriting skills, and C’est La Vie was born.

Montt has been recognized for her singing from an early age. Her elementary and high school music teachers encouraged the talent, forming a band in which she performed lead vocals. When Montt was chosen as a finalist in a citywide school music competition in Buenos Aires, she decided singing wasn’t just a hobby for her — it was a profession.

Watch the lyric video for C’est La Vie above, hear more from Fiona Montt below, and follow her on Instagram.