Florence Welch | Biography
It is not difficult to understand why such a large number of fans have so quickly become enamored with Florence Welch. The twenty eight year old English singer-songwriter is renowned for her monumental indie pop sound which she has mixed with her indie rock band, The Machine. Together, they formed Florence + the Machine in 2007, and have released three successful studio albums to date. Welch is the leading lady and face of the London born band that has received three Grammy nominations and won a handful of other awards. Born on August 28, 1986, Welch made her debut with the band in 2009 with the release of Lungs, Florence + the Machine’s first album.
Welch and her two siblings were born to a British father, who worked in advertising, and an American mother from New York, who is a published author and a professor at King’s College London. The eldest child of her parents, Welch was born and raised in Camberwell, London. Her parents divorced and remarried other people which added four step siblings to her family. While growing up, she had a close relationship with both pairs of her grandparents. She sought to study art at the Camberwell College of Arts but the ascent of her career in music allowed her to drop out. Before the birth of Florence + the Machine, Welch and bandmate Isabella Summers performed as a duo at various clubs around town and it was in a restroom at one of these clubs that Welch was discovered by Mairead Nash of the Queens of Noize as she sung Etta James. Nash currently manages the singer. Welch has been dating James Nesbitt, an events organizer, on and off since 2012. The ups and downs of her relationships haveposed asinspiration for her music. It is assumed that her second record, Ceremonials, was inspired from her separation with her boyfriend, Stuart Hammond. She dated Hammond for almost three years in the late 2000s and their brief separation in 2009 is thought to have been the inspiration behind Lungs.
Lungs was released in the UK in July 2009 and went straight to number one in the country. In the United States, it debuted at no. 17 on the Billboard and made its way to number one shortly. Florence + the Machine received the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2009 Brit Awards. Following the enormous success of the album, her star-status became further cemented with the expected success of the follow up album, Ceremonials. It was released in 2011 atop the UK Albums Chart and contained Florence + the Machine’s first number one UK single, Spectrum featuring Calvin Harris. She and Harris collaborated again for his single, Sweet Nothing, which became her second chart topping single. The band was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011 and Ceremonials received the Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2013. In the same ceremony, the track Shake It Out was considered for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. They performed their single, What Kind of Man, from their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful in February 2015. The album came out in June in the UK and the US simultaneously, debuting at no. 1 on Billboard. Florence + the Machine are preparing for the many festivals they will be appearing in this year such as Sweden’s Way Out West Festival, Portugal’s Super Bock Super Rock and Belgium’s Rock Werchter. In early 2015, the band performed at the Coachella Festival where Welch ended up with a broken foot after jumping off the stage. This year they will be headlining the Glastonbury Festival as well.
Her music style has brought comparisons with other female legends like Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon and Kate Bush.Her appealing peculiarity has also attracted the attention of the fashion scene. Fashion designer FridaGiannini from Gucci was inspired by Welch for their fall collection in 2011.