The Gypsy Queens

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The Gypsy Queens
Origin Nice, France
Genres Pop
Years active Since early 21st century
Labels London Records (Universal Music Group)
Members Didier Casnati
Jason King
Anders Klunderud
Jay Metcalf
Manuel Polin

The Gypsy Queens is a French pop band, originating from Nice and signed to London Records (Universal Music Group).

The five-piece band consists of Didier Casnati, Jason King and Anders Klunderud, Jay Metcalf and Manuel Polin, who all started life as individual buskers before coming together to form the band.

On November 2, 2012, the band released its debut album, The Gypsy Queens, which entered the UK Albums Chart at number 46.


Origins and members[edit]

The group met in Nice eleven years ago[when?]. The band's members are from all around the world:

  • Didier Casnati, the lead singer and front man was born in Italy
  • Jason King, the double-bass player is from the United Kingdom
  • Anders Klunderud, the guitarist is from Norway
  • Jay Metcalf, the saxophonist is from the United States
  • Manuel Polin, the drummer is from Mexico

The band has performed in front of the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart, Quincy Jones, Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Prince William, Prince Harry and at the wedding of Harriet Evans and Tony Edgley amongst others.

2012: debut album[edit]

After signing a record deal with London Records, the band recorded The Gypsy Queens with record producer Larry Klein (who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and Madeleine Peyroux) in Los Angeles, California, in April 2012.

The album features songs including "L'Americano", "Aicha", "Ventura Highway" and "Marrakesh Express". It also features vocals from Madeleine Peyroux, Graham Nash, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, as well as pianist Booker T. Jones.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
The Gypsy Queens 46


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "L'Americano"
(featuring The Boys from Made in Chelsea (single version) or Madeleine Peyroux (album version))
53 The Gypsy Queens

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