Born in 1980 in Hammersmith, London, Estelle Fanta Swaray is an English R&B singer/songwriter, rapper and record producer of Sengalese and Grenadan ancestry. Her first album, "The 18th Day," was inspired by her mother's near-death experience. In '04, she charted with "1980" and "Free," winning the MOBO Award for Best Newcomer.
In '06, she collaborated with Kanye West on "American Boy," which went top ten worldwide and won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, and was nominated Song of the Year at the 51st Grammy Awards. Her last album, "Shine," went gold in '09, and was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.