Héloïse Letissier (born 1 June 1988), known by her stage name Christine and the Queens, is a French singer and songwriter. She was born in Nantes, and since 2012, has been signed to the independent record label Because Music. Her work combines music, performance, art videos, drawings and photography.
Letissier studied theatre at École normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) moving to Paris in 2010 where she concluded her studies. When in London, she was inspired by the work of local drag queen musicians including Russella who accompanied her in one of her early concerts. They then became her "Queens" as a backing band. She dedicated many of her creations to them and to all transgender individuals, describing her genre as "freakpop". She adopted the name Christine and the Queens releasing her debut EP Miséricorde independently followed by another EP in 2012 called Mac Abbey with the minor hits "Narcissus is Back" and "Cripple". In 2012, she was the opening act for Lykke Li, The Dø and Woodkid as well as for Lilly Wood and the Prick in 2013. Her third release was an EP titled Nuit 17 à 52 which garnered her first charting on the official French Albums Chart SNEP with the help of its title track.
In 2012, Christine and the Queens won the Best Discovered Act known as Découverte du Printemps de Bourges and also the Adami Premières Francos 2012 award.
In 2014, Letissier identified herself as pansexual.
In the acknowledgements for the album "Christine and the Queens," Letissier wrote "Oceane, my beautiful wife. The flowers are for you" (in reference to the album art).
On February 13, 2015, she was awarded Best Female Artist and Best Video Clip of 2014 at the Victoires de la musique. Her album "Chaleur Humaine" is one of the 19 records nominated for the IMPALA Album of the Year Award 2015.
The single "Tilted", translated from "Christine", was released in February 2015 in the United States as an introduction to her first English EP "Saint Claude". Edited by Neon Gold Records, the band toured North America with Marina and the Diamonds as promotion for this release.