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The Brits: who is Laura Marling?

There was one very big surprise during last’s night’s Brits – fairly unknown folk singer Laura Marling went home with the British Female Solo Artist gong, snatching victory from Cheryl Cole, Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith and Rumer.
The news caused a flurry of Twitter messages on our feed, with everyone asking the same thing – who is she?
We decided to find out a bit more about Laura Marling, and here are our top 8 facts…
1)  Laura is only 21, and she was born in Hampshire
2)  Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and the follow-up I Speak Because I Can were both nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. That’s quite impressive, isn’t it?
3)  The highest position she’s reached in the singles chart is Number 97 with her song Devil’s Spoke, the lowest is 133 with Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) – we’ll be honest, we hadn’t heard either until we searched YouTube this morning
4)  Laura faired a bit better with her 2010 album I Speak Because I Can, it charted at a very respectable Number Four.
5)  She lent her vocals to Mystery Jet’s single Young Love – listen to it below, you’ll probably recognise it from off of the radio.
6)  Laura was an original member of folk group Noah And The Whale, and her backing vocals can he heard on the bands debut album.
7)  During her post Brits interview Laura said winning felt “nice” and admitted that her very brief, shell-shocked acceptance speech wasn’t the best.
8)  Laura is giving her Brits trophy to her mum, awww.




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