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Estelle Biography

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Birth Name: Estelle Fanta Swaray
Born: 1980/01/18
Birth Place: Hammersmith, West London, England
Years Active: 2004-present
Genres: R&B, Alternative Hip Hop, Soul, Reggae, Dance-pop

Estelle (born Estelle Fanta Swaray, January 18, 1980), is an English Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. Formerly known as Est'elle, she grew up in West London, England.

In 2004 she broke onto the charts with “1980” and “Free” and won a MOBO Award for Best Newcomer. “Free” was written by Estelle and produced by Jimmy Hogarth. Her first album, “The 18th Day” charted at #35 on the U.K Albums chart. Estelle teamed up with short lived pop band 3SL for their single “Touch Me Tease Me.”

In 2008, Estelle rose to fame with her collaboration with rapper Kanye West, titled “American Boy.” The song reached the Top 10 in many countries worldwide, including the United States and Canada, as well as reaching #1 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song won many awards worldwide, including the Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. It was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards. Her album “Shine” was released on John Legend's HomeSchool label, entering the albums charts in most countries worldwide, including #6 in the U.K. “Shine” was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

Estelle has also released a new single with American rapper Busta Rhymes title, “World Go Round,” from his album “Back on My B.S.,” which was released in May 2009.

Her third studio album, “All of Me,” was issued in 2012. It included the singles, "Break My Heart” featuring Rick Ross, “Thank You,” “Back to Love” and “Wonderful Life.”