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Estelle Fanta Swaray (born 18 January 1980) commonly known as Estelle is a British singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, vocal arranger and Grammy-Award Winner from London, England. In league with other contemporary British sirens like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duffy, Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres including soul, reggae, rap, hip hop and rhythm and blues. She has experienced significant mainstream success with the single “American Boy” feat. Kanye West reaching #1 in the United Kingdom and worldwide.

Estelle Swaray was born and raised in West London, England. Her mother’s family came from the West African nation of Senegal, and her father is from the small Caribbean island of Grenada. She was the second born of eight children. Estelle’s parent’s were very religious when she was growing up, and secular music wasn’t allowed in the family’s home. Instead, spiritual music — particularly American gospel — and traditional African music were what Estelle grew up listening to. She’s previously revealed though, that she would sometimes listen to hip-hop when not at home. By the time she was in her early 20s, she had decided on a music career.

Her career got a jump-start in the early 2000s when she happened to see Kanye West sitting in a restaurant while on a trip to Los Angeles. Estelle approached Kanye, introduced herself and asked for an introduction to John Legend.

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