Born in London to a mother from Senegal and a father from Grenada, R&B/Hip Hop star Estelle had a tough entry into this world. The singer/songwriter/MC/producer’s birth nearly killed her mother, something Estelle ensured she’d never forget by naming her 2004 debut album The 18th Day (after a harrowing delay, baby Estelle was finally welcomed on Jan. 18).
Things are going much better these days, of course. After her 2004 debut made waves in her native U.K., Estelle’s honey-dripping, chill-inducing voice seduced the ears of American audiences via her star-making turn on the Kanye West collaboration, “American Boy.” The song — produced by will.i.am and featured on Estelle’s second album, 2008’s Shine — didn’t do too bad for a first hit, going Top 10 in the U.S., earning a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year and winning the Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration that same year.
It’s no wonder anticipation for Estelle’s forthcoming third album, All of Me, is at a fever pitch. While continuing to collaborate with big names, Estelle’s focus is now squarely on the new release, which has been teased as “in the works” for two years now. Due Feb. 28, the album features its own share of “special guests,” including Janelle Monae, Common and Rick Ross.