"I always knew I'd make it," she says, not airily but matter-of-factly."Always had the conviction I'd win a Grammy one day, too." The 32-year-old is about to release her third album, All of Me, by far the most difficult, and painfully conceived, of her career to date.On her hands she has false fingernails that extend for several inches, and on her face, eyelashes that curl up on themselves.And though we are mindful that those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, her hairstyle, an alarmingly precise and spherical bob, looks as if it was achieved by simply placing a bowl around her head, and snipping.But then, as if coming to a silent agreement in her head, she does.Back in 2008, Estelle was responsible for one of the biggest songs of the year.
Lifted from her second album, Shine, it went on to sell two million copies, and bagged the singer the much dreamt-about Grammy. Born Estelle Swaray in London in 1980, she was the second-eldest in a family of nine.
She constantly sent demo tapes to record companies, many of which showed interest.
This didn't surprise her: "I didn't sound like anybody else; I sounded like me." But whenever she was invited to meet with label bosses, the meetings quickly turned sour.
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