|ARTIST: E S T E L L E
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Estelle is British (born in West London).
Her last name is Swaray.
Estelle has recently moved to New York City.
Estelle was born on January 18, 1980 (after which her autobiographical first single was named).
Estelle was formerly known as Est'elle.
She runs her own record label, Stellar Ents and has released her own material through this - the two "Da Heat" mixtapes, the album "The 18th Day" and the singles "1980", "Free" and "Go Gone".
She was featured on Natasha Bedingfield's song "Drop Me In The Middle" for her release of Unwritten.
In 2005 Estelle revealed to great humour on the popular Sky Sports show "Soccer AM" that her birthname is actually "Fanta".
In 2006, Estelle appeared at the London School Harris City Technology College for a Post 16 Year Of Achievement Night.
She could be seen in the video for John Legend's single "Save Room".
In 2006, Estelle joined rapper Kardinal Offishall's Black Jays International.
She was signed to singer John Legend's Homeschool label through Atlantic Records.
Estelle's upcoming album includes productions from JL, Clark Kent, Dave Tozer and JD of So Solid.
She co-wrote John Legend's "Show Me" and "Slow Dance".
Estelle got into hip-hop through her uncle, and MC-ing offered a way out.
Since being discovered supporting Rodney P, she's performed with Chuck D and Justin Timberlake.
She has been called "the one UK rapper most likely to challenge the mainstream" by Music Week.
Estelle began singing at 7 but did not begin performing in public until after her 18th birthday.
Swaray was working at the hip-hop record store Real Deal in Soho.
Her guest vocal on Blak Twang's single "Trixstar" landed Estelle a nomination at the MOBO awards.
Estelle's latest video for "Wait A Minute (Just A Touch)" is based on "Breakfast At Tiffany's".
Her favorite place in the world is... her bed, in her flat, in London. "It's the most comfortable place in the world. People come round just to lay down and sleep. My bed is the sh*t. I got a mattress from Ikea, I'm not gonna front - it's amazing."
She loves to shop at Intermix and Tori Burch.
Wyclef Jean compared Estelle to Lauryn Hill saying that "she is the new Lauryn but cooler".