Hammersmith, West London, England
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Estelle Fanta Swaray (born 18 January 1980) is a British singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actress from West London, England. Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance. She has experienced mainstream success with the single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West, reaching number 1 in the United Kingdom, and her collaboration with David Guetta in "One Love".
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Estelle Fanta Swaray (born January 18, 1980) commonly known as Estelle, and formerly as Est`elle, is a Grammy Award-winning British R&B singer-songwriter, rapper, and producer. She also has received the MOBO for `Best Newcomer` and received three consecutive `Best Female Artist` trophies from the UK Hip-Hop Awards.
In 2004 she broke into the charts with "1980" and "Free" and won a Mobo Award for Best Newcomer. "Free" was written with and produced by Jimmy Hogarth. Her first album,The 18th Day charted at number 35 in the UK Albums Chart.
In 2008, Estelle broke into international success with her collaboration with Kanye West, titled "American Boy". This song reached the top 10 in many countries worldwide, including the United States and Canada, as well as achieving number-one status on the UK Singles Chart and in Belgiumand Israel. The song won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, as well as being nominated for Song of the Year and many other awards worldwide. "American Boy" was #7 on Rolling Stone`s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008. Shine was released following the single on John Legend`s HomeSchool label, reaching the albums chart in most countries worldwide, including number 6 in the UK. Shine sold enough copies to be certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Mercury Music Prize.
Her follow-up single to "American Boy", "No Substitute Love" charted at number 30 on the UK Singles Chart. Despite the huge success of "American Boy" and the moderate success of "No Substitute Love" her next two singles didn`t replicate early success, with "Pretty Please (Love Me)" charting at 103 on the UK Singles Chart and "Come Over" not charting at all.
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Singer-songwriter, record producer
R&B, soul, hip hop, reggae, neo soul, grime
V2, Atlantic, Home School Records, London New Records, 1980 Records
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