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Laura Marling is a BRIT Award winning folk musician from Hampshire, England. Her first, second and fourth albums were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
Laura Beatrice Marling was born on February 1st 1990 in Berkshire, England and started playing the guitar at a young age. It was her father Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, the 5th Marling Baronet who ran a recording studio and introduced her to folk music. Marling described this experience as “a bit of a blessing and a bit of a curse… I couldn’t slot my self into the age-appropriate genre”. She earned a scholarship to attend Leighton Park School, a private school in Reading Berkshire, where she completed her GCSE’s and joined her older sisters to move to the suburbs of London. She joined various bands that played acoustic arrangements of songs which was dubbed “nu-folk” by the British Press”. She also joined the original line-up of indie folk band Noah and the Whale, but parted ways with the band due to a dissolved relationship with a band member. She collaborated with many artists around this time, most notably The Rakes on their song, “Suspicious Eyes” from their album “Ten New Messages” and Mystery Jets’ 2008 single “Young Love”. This was the same year that she was personally invited to tour with Jamie T after he attended her second solo gig. In 2008 she released her debut EP “London Town” on WayOutWest Records, however, it was her full length studio album “Alas, I Cannot Swim” that was released on February 4th 2008, and nominated for the Mercury Prize. Still at the age of eighteen, she appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later With Jools Holland, where she performed “Ghosts” and “New Romantic”.
Her follow up album called “I Speak Because I Can” was released on March 22nd 2010. It featured a little more maturity than the prior release. On March 28th 2010, it endered the UK Albums Chart at number 4, and again, was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Her third album “A Creature I Don’t Know” was released on September 12th 2011, and like it’s predecessor, reached number 4 on the UK album charts. She picked up a BRIT Award for Best British Female and an NME Award for Best Solo Artist.
Her 2013, “Once I Was an Eagle”, surpassed her prior releases and made it to number 3 in the UK Album charts, and 4 on the US Folk Albums chart. It featured the single “Master Hunter”.
She currently resides in the Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, explaining that Americans are “a lot more poetic”.