Adila Sedraa (born June 26, 1984) is a celebrated French singer and songwriter widely recognized by her stage name, Indila.
Before releasing her breakthrough single, “Dernière danse,” which soared to the number two spot on the prestigious French SNEP chart in December 2013, she dedicated herself to a journey of musical exploration.
She collaborated with talented musicians, diligently refining her voice and songwriting skills. These collaborations propelled her into the limelight, securing her a prominent position in the rich tapestry of the French music world.
Adila Sedraa was born and raised in Paris under her close-knit family. Growing up, she was surrounded by the love of her family, including her two older sisters. Her mother worked tirelessly as a caregiver, while her grandmother, a performer in her own right, graced the stage at weddings, adding an artistic touch to their family heritage.
Indila proudly identifies herself as a “child of the world,” drawing connections to her rich and diverse ancestry that spans Algeria, Cambodia, India, and Egypt. This multicultural heritage has undoubtedly left an indelible mark on her artistry.
Indila’s journey into the world of music and her insatiable wanderlust were ignited from a young age. Before her illustrious singing career took center stage, she immersed herself as a Marché International de Rungis tour guide. However, her heart yearned for the melodies and rhythms of music. During this time, she decided to retire from her tour guide profession and pursue her true passion wholeheartedly.
As she embarked on her musical journey, Indila was profoundly influenced by musical luminaries such as Michael Jackson, Ismael Lo, and Enrico Macias. These artists left an indelible mark on her, shaping her musical aspirations and pushing her to hone her career.
Her affinity for India and its enduring place in her heart gave rise to her iconic stage name, “Indila.” This name not only reflects her deep-rooted passion for Indian culture but also encapsulates the essence of her unique musical identity.
Indila’s illustrious career as a French singer and actress is a captivating journey marked by her exceptional talent and dedication to music. Her foray into the music industry began in 2009 when she joined forces with prominent French DJs and rappers to launch her music career.
Her first notable success came from the song “Hiro,” a collaborative effort with Soprano, which made waves by reaching number 26 in France and number 27 in Belgium. This early achievement served as a promising precursor to her future accomplishments.
Over the subsequent three years, Indila continued to collaborate with a diverse array of French rappers and D.J.s, contributing her remarkable talents to tracks like “Poussière d’empire” with Nessbeal, “Criminel” with T.L.F., “Press pause” with O.G.B., “Bye Bye Sonyé” with DJ Abdel, “Dreamin'” with Youssoupha, and “Ma Reine” with Axel Tony. Her prowess extended beyond performance as she also lent her songwriting skills to songs like “Avec Toi” by Axel Tony with Tunisiano and “Plus Haut” by Matt Pokora.
The turning point in Indila’s career arrived with the release of “Dernière danse,” the first single from her album “Mini World,” in November 2013. The song quickly captured the hearts of listeners and skyrocketed to success. By January 4, 2014, it had entered the top 10 of the French charts, eventually reaching an impressive number 2 position, remaining until March 22. The song’s popularity endured, spending a remarkable 77 weeks among France’s top 200 songs through April 2015.
Indila’s debut album, “Mini World,” produced by Skalp, was released in February 2014. It debuted at the pinnacle of France’s best-selling albums chart and maintained its reign at number one until October 11.
November 2014 saw the release of a limited-edition CD/DVD version of “Mini World,” which included two brand-new songs, orchestral renditions of “Tourner dans le vide” and “Love Story,” an acoustic rendition of “S.O.S.,” and live performances of several tracks from the album.
Indila’s exceptional talents were duly recognized with accolades. In October 2014, she secured the MTV Europe Music Award for Best French Artist of 2014. Her achievements continued to be celebrated in February 2015 when she clinched the Best New Album of the Year honor at the 30th Victoires de la Musique Awards. In 2015, she was among the esteemed recipients of the European Border Breakers Award, a testament to her international impact.
Further underscoring her enduring presence in the music scene, Indila released the song “Parle à ta tête” on August 23, 2019, followed by the availability of the music video for the song on November 14, 2019.
- Dernière danse
- Tourner dans le vide
- Love Story
- Comme un bateau
- Mini World
- Parle à ta tête
- Poussière d’empire
- Press pause
- Bye Bye Sonyé
- Ma Reine
- Avec Toi
- Plus Haut
- MTV Europe Music Award (2)
Indila is known for her remarkable musical talents and her private life, which she has managed to keep relatively low-key. While it has been reported that she has been in a relationship with DJ Skalp since 2007, it’s worth noting that she has maintained a certain level of privacy about her personal life.
Despite her long-standing relationship with DJ Skalp, there has been no official confirmation regarding her marital status. This intriguing aspect of her life has added a layer of mystery to her public persona as she focuses on her career and artistic endeavors while keeping her life out of the spotlight.
- Instagram: @off.indila
- Twitter: @indila
Indila has reportedly amassed a substantial fortune, estimated to be around a remarkable $5 million.