Florence Leontine Mary Welch  born 28 August   is an English singer, the lead vocalist and primary songwriter of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine. Their debut studio album, Lungs , was released in ; on 17 January , the album reached the top position on the UK Albums Chart after being on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks. The band's second album, Ceremonials , released in October , debuted at number one in the UK and number six on the US Billboard chart. In , Welch released a book titled Useless Magic , a collection of lyrics and poems written by her, along with illustrations. Welch's parents divorced when she was thirteen, and her mother eventually married their next-door neighbour, Professor Peter Openshaw. Around this time, her maternal grandmother, who had bipolar disorder , died by suicide.
And yet there she was, in an East Village tattoo shop, getting that sad phrase inked on her body while her friend Polly looked on. Welch, 31, is lately very ready to showcase her self-acceptance. She came in jangling, then took off her golden charm bracelets — too noisy for an interview, she said, though their clink is all over the album. Really, the thrill of making a sound has never left me. The Bowery Hotel is her regular haunt, despite the fact that she once set fire to her room there. More alarming: Her bar tab was higher than the bill for room damages. Welch stopped drinking a few years ago. Welch began playing music in her teens in South London, where she grew up. Summers, who plays keys in the group, went on to help produce and write some of Ms.
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Who Is Florence Welch?
The band's music received praise across the media, especially from the BBC , which played a large part in their rise to prominence by promoting Florence and the Machine as part of BBC Introducing. The band's music is renowned for its dramatic and eccentric production, as well as Welch's powerful vocal performances. The band's debut studio album, Lungs , was released on 6 July , and held the number-two position for its first five weeks on the UK Albums Chart. The group's second studio album, Ceremonials , released in October , entered the charts at number one in the UK and number six in the US. Also in , the band was the headlining act at Glastonbury Festival , making Florence Welch the first British female headliner this century. Florence and the Machine's sound has been described as a combination of various genres, including rock and soul. According to Welch, "The name Florence and the Machine started off as a private joke that got out of hand. In addition to Summers keyboards and backing vocals , the current band members include musicians Robert Ackroyd guitar and backing vocals , Chris Hayden drums, percussion and backing vocals , Mark Saunders bass guitar and backing vocals and Tom Monger harp. This album included the earliest version of her later hit " Kiss with a Fist ", which at this point was titled "Happy Slap".
Florence Welch was raised in a family of writers and academics in England. She took to music at an early age and created her own band, which she named Florence and the Machine. The band met success beginning in and became famous a few years later with their debut album, Lungs Raised in a family of accomplished writers and academics, Welch received her education at the Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical career. Some of Welch's talents came from her father, Nick, an advertising executive who was a musical performer in his 20s. Welch's mother, Evelyn, a professor of renaissance studies and academic dean of arts at Queen Mary, University of London, also influenced her daughter, but in quite a different way. Welch said in an article in Q Magazine that a lecture of her mother's impressed her and inspired her to aspire to make music with "some of the big themes—sex, death, love, violence—that will still be part of the human story in years' time. Welch's big break came in December