With a performing arts high school education and exposure to the San Francisco music scenes under her belt, Esbie took her composition to new heights at Sarah Lawrence College, immersing herself in music and politics courses so that her passion for sounds and social activism could be fused on the academic track. This passion carried her through a lonely year abroad in Cornwall, England, where she studied production and engineering at the school studio and learned how to record her own nascent project. Struck by her peers’ innocent nonchalance towards “making it” in the music industry, Esbie was inspired to embrace solitude as a creative tool to advance her unique vision, untampered by the transient trends of popular music back home.
Thus began Esbie Fonte, the project that would come to embody her innermost framework of musical thought. As she began to think more globally, the music grew from its roots in folk, fed by a shining love for singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Joan Armatrading, and tempered to maturity by the blues of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.
Having achieved solace in going solo, Esbie recently relocated to Los Angeles to pursue music full-time.