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Toronto, Canada (1997 – present)

Born December 23, 1978 Canadian singer-songwriter and producer Jen-Bea Englishman is better known as Esthero.

At the age of sixteen, Esthero moved from small town Harriston, Ontario on her own to Toronto, where she began singing at open-mic nights, a journey that in 1997 led to a meeting with the president of EMI Publishing Canada, whom she charmed so well during their first meeting that without hearing her sing a single note he was moved to set up and finance recording sessions with Doc, a guitarist and studio engineer. Their debut album, Breath from Another, was released to critical acclaim in 1998 and is widely seen as one of the more accessible albums of the trip-hop genre.

Though she remained active following the moderate success of the debut album, featuring on tracks by such artists as Nelly Furtado and The Black Eyed Peas, it would take over 7 years for a proper follow-up to be released (due to a confluence of factors that included a lengthy creative process, the closure of the WORK record label and marketing delays) in the form of 2005’s Wikked Lil Grrrls, an album that crossed genre boundaries with its heavy debt to jazz and hip-hop. The album was preceded in 2004 by a pair of EPs, The O.G. Bitch Remixes (with the title song reaching Number 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart) and We R In Need of a Musical Revolution, which served as a preview of the full length album.

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  • imx4n

    Two new photos. I, II.

    4 Mar 4:28pm Reply
  • ADAILTONCASTRO

    <3

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    Still jamming Breath From Another after all these years. The album never gets old.[2]

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • splashpines

    WHERE is O.G. BITCH & WHY is it MISSING FROM THE TOP TRACKS? <3

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • spazzinmekon

    v well i'm glad someone other than me knows of wlg's existence. @ avevo: well yeah in a way, but maybe it's the way she sings it that i think no one else could duplicate that's what makes the records superior to me.

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • katoooosia

    wikked lil' grrrls always will be my favourite lp.

    10 May 2013 Reply
  • paulrichardcook

    BFA came out 15 years ago today.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • avevo

    spazzinmekon to each his own, to me bfa and wlg doesn't standout I can imagine anyone singing those songs.

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Mario_57

    Everything Is Expensive is really hit or miss... some songs are so borderline cheesy it makes me wonder what she was thinking when she wrote/recorded them.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • spazzinmekon

    " black mermaid" is so not her best song, at least to me. i mean pretty much all of bfa and at least half of wlg's songs are better than black mermaid.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    Glad to see that I wasn't the only baffled by Everything Is Expensive. I blame the album's blandness on lack of funds. She can do so much better than that.

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • avevo

    Excluding Believer, Black Mermaid is def the greatest track she has ever done.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CubiqueZirqoni

    Black Mermaid and How Do I Get You Alone are the best songs from EIE. the album as a whole isn't terrible, just not as memorable as Breath From Another or Wikked Lil' Grrls.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kimeh3

    I absolutely love the new album. I've seen a lot of fans complain that it isn't like "Breath from Another"... well, guess what, it's not! Esthero is not the same person she was 20, and that's okay! If you take EIE for what it is, a singer-songwriter/pop album, it's fantastic. The hooks are catchy, the ballads are moving, and it still has the 'sass' that Esthero is known for. <3 Love you girl!

    19 Dec 2012 Reply
  • avalynaria

    I like the new album. She could do anything and I would like it. And I LOVE "Supernatural"... This doesn't happen every day HEY HEY HEY!

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • bitchimspecial

    Marry me

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • spazzinmekon

    "eie" may be her worst, but it's still better than a lot of albums that have came out this year. the title track, "you don't get a song", and "over" are amazing. still trying to get into the rest of the album. it's slowly working.

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • GOTNOTIME4BS

    The first track on the album 'Crash (Prelude)' is so promising, but the rest of the album is a huge disappointment...*sighs*

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Chris99x

    @rmcrae05 Good to know. Either way she's amazing. How Do I Get You Alone is amazing btw

    30 Nov 2012 Reply
  • rmcrae05

    I saw an interview she did around the time of Wikked Lil Grrrls and she said she disliked BFA when it came out because she was young and didn't want to be seen as a "sell out" by her friends who were into underground music (think Nelly Furtado's "On the Radio"). She eventually let that go and speaks well of her debut now.

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
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