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1. Lauren Henson (born 28 July 1987 in Nottingham, UK), better known by her stage name Indiana, is a British singer-songwriter. She is best known for her 2014 single “Solo Dancing”, which reached the top 15 in the UK.

Indiana grew an interest in writing her own music when she took possession of her mother’s piano, and began to teach herself how to play it over time. Initially, she covered songs using chords found online, uploading several of these to YouTube. Her cover of Joe Goddard’s “Gabriel” was noticed by one of the song’s co-writers, John Beck, who was impressed by the quality of her performance. The two later attended a studio session together, where the track “Blind as I Am” - which became her debut single - came to fruition.

At the beginning of 2012, Indiana began to upload her original tracks to BBC Introducing, a programme by the BBC that allows unsigned artists to receive airplay on BBC Radio 1. “Blind As I Am” was noticed by presenter Huw Stephens and was played on the station, which led to a number of record contract offers from EMI and Sony Music; she eventually signed with the latter in May 2012.

A number of singles were released, namely “Mess Around”, “Bound” and “Smoking Gun” - the latter of these being released with an accompanying EP featuring three additional tracks.

Indiana received her major breakthrough with the release of the uptempo “Solo Dancing”; it reached the B-list at BBC Radio 1, and charted at #9, #14 and #85 in Scotland, the UK and Ireland respectively.

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