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Catherine Mary Bush (born 30 July 1958), known professionally as Kate Bush, is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic lyrics have made her one of England's most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years.
Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 - 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter, known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.
Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 21 May 1988), known professionally as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter.
She attended the BRIT School, a free school for the performing arts. Her first two albums: '19' and '21', earned her critical success and a level of commercial viability on par with the Beatles and Bob Marley.
Adele Emeli Sandé (born 10 March 1988), known by her stage name Emeli Sandé, is an English-born Scottish soul and R&B recording artist and songwriter.
She has written for a number of artists, including Cher Lloyd, Parade, Susan Boyle, Preeya Kalidas, Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah.
Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O'Malley Armstrong (born 25 December 1971), known as Dido, is an English singer-songwriter.
Dido attained international success with her debut album 'No Angel' (1999). The album sold over 21 million copies worldwide and won several awards; including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album.
Her next album 'Life for Rent' (2003) continued her success with the hit singles "White Flag" and "Life for Rent".
Dido's first two albums are among the best-selling albums in UK Chart history and both are in the top 10 best-selling albums of the 2000s in the UK.
Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was an English pop singer and record producer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s.
With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important blue-eyed soul singer and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with six top 20 singles on the United States Billboard Hot 100 and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989.
She is a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde bouffant hairstyle, evening gowns and heavy make-up, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties.
Aimée Ann Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known as Duffy, is a Welsh singer-songwriter and occasional actress.
Duffy's range of musical genres incorporates styles such as blue-eyed soul, pop and pop-rock.
Her 2008 debut album Rockferry entered the UK Album Chart at number one. It was the best-selling album in the United Kingdom in 2008 with 1.68 million copies sold.
The album was certified several times Platinum and sold over 6 million copies worldwide, spawning the hits "Mercy" and "Warwick Avenue". With "Mercy", Duffy became the first Welsh female in 25 years to achieve number-one on the UK Singles Chart.
Elena Jane Goulding (born 30 December 1986), known professionally as Ellie Goulding, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
In 2010, she became the second artist to both top the BBC's annual Sound of... poll and win the Critics' Choice Award at the Brit Awards in the same year, following Adele's win of both in 2008. After signing to Polydor Records in 2009, she released her first EP in 2009, An Introduction to Ellie Goulding.
Goulding released her debut studio album, Lights, in 2010. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK. Her cover of Elton John's "Your Song" reached number two in the UK in December 2010, and on 29 April 2011, however charted at number one on iTunes for three weeks. She performed the song at the wedding reception of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Buckingham Palace.
The album's title track, "Lights", was released in the US in March 2011, and reached its peak position of number one on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, number one in the Billboard On-Demand chart, and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 nearly a year and a half later during its thirty-third week charting, completing one of the longest ever climbs into the top two positions on the chart. The single, which lasted over a year on the Billboard Hot 100, was also certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Goulding's second album Halcyon was released in October 2012 to generally positive reviews from critics."Anything Could Happen" preceded the album as the lead single, reaching the top five in the UK as well as the top twenty in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand. Halcyon debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and number nine on the Billboard 200 Chart, her first Top 10 debut in the United States. The album also reached the top five in New Zealand, top ten in Ireland and Canada, and top twenty in Australia.
In August 2013, she scored her first UK number one single with "Burn".
Louisa Gabrielle Bobb (born July 19, 1970), known simply as Gabrielle, is a multi-platinum selling, BRIT Award winning English singer and songwriter.
Jemma Griffiths (born 18 June 1975), known by her stage name Jem, is a Welsh singer-songwriter.
Jem's musical style is varied and encompasses genres of trip-hop, electronica, pop rock and new wave.
Anne Christine Perfect (born 12 July 1943), known professionally as Christine McVie, is an English rock singer, keyboardist and songwriter.
Her primary fame came as a member of the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac, though she has also released three solo albums.
Elaine Bookbinder (born February 25, 1945 in Salford, Greater Manchester), known professionally as Elkie Brooks, is an English singer, a vocalist with Vinegar Joe and later a solo artist.
She gained her biggest success in the late 1970s and 1980s and has been nominated twice for Brit Awards.
Ketevan "Katie" Melua (born 16 September 1984) is a Georgian-British singer, songwriter and musician.
She moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then to England at fourteen.
In November 2003, at the age of nineteen, Melua released her first album, Call Off the Search, which reached the top of the United Kingdom album charts and sold 1.8 million copies in its first five months of release.
Her second album, Piece by Piece, was released in September 2005 and to date has gone platinum four times.
Melua released her third studio album Pictures in October 2007.
In 2006, she was the United Kingdom's best-selling female artist and Europe's highest selling European female artist.
Desirée Annette Weeks (born 30 November 1968), known professionally as Des'ree, is an English R&B recording artist who rose to popularity during the 1990s.
She is well known for her hits: "Feel So High", "You Gotta Be", "Life", "What's Your Sign?" and "Kissing You".
Mary Hopkin (born 3 May 1950) is a Welsh folk singer best known for her 1968 UK number one single "Those Were The Days". She was one of the first musicians to sign to The Beatles' Apple label.
Sadenia Reader (born 29 August 1959), known professionally as Eddi Reader, is a Scottish singer-songwriter, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career.
She is the recipient of three BRIT Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts.
Pauline Matthews (born 6 March 1947), known professionally as Kiki Dee, is an English singer with a career spanning more than 40 years.
Dee became a household name in the UK after signing with Elton John's label The Rocket Record Company. Her first major solo hits were "Amoureuse" (1973) and "I've Got the Music in Me" (1974).
Her biggest hit came when she recorded a duet with John, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" in 1976. The single reached No. 1 in both the UK and US, remaining at the top for six weeks in the UK.
After a quiet period in the late 1970s, Dee launched a comeback in 1981, releasing one of her biggest hits "Star". This later became the theme music to the BBC One programme 'Opportunity Knocks' between 1987 and 1990.
Also in 1981, Dee joined forces again with Elton John, recording a cover of the Four Tops' song "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever".
In 1985 she performed at Live Aid, reprising "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with John, and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set. In 1993, she recorded "True Love" with John for his 1993 Duets album. The song reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart.
Tasmin Archer is an English singer-songwriter. Her first album, Great Expectations, spawned the hit "Sleeping Satellite" which reached number one in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In 1993, Archer won a BRIT Award for the Best British Breakthrough Act.
Joan Anita Barbara Armatrading (born 9 December 1950), known professionally as Joan Armatrading, is a British singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Armatrading is a three-time Grammy Award-nominee and has been nominated twice for BRIT Awards as Best Female Artist.
Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde (born 15 May 1996), better known by her stage name Birdy, is an English musician, singer and songwriter.
She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her debut single, a version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love", was her breakthrough, charting all across Europe and earning platinum certification six times in Australia.
Her self-titled debut album, Birdy, was released on 7 November 2011 to similar success, peaking at number 1 in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Her second studio album, Fire Within, was released on 23 September 2013 in the UK.
At the 2014 Brit Awards she was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist.
Her third studio album, Beautiful Lies, was released on 25 March 2016.
Kirsty Anna MacColl (10 October 1959 – 18 December 2000) was an English singer-songwriter who wrote and recorded several pop hits between the early 1980s and the 1990s.
In addition, she sang on hit recordings produced by her then-husband Steve Lillywhite, notably on tracks by The Smiths and "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues.
She was killed in 2000 during a powerboat accident while diving on holiday in Mexico. Kirsty was the daughter of songwriter Ewan MacColl.
Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born 26 November 1990) is a British singer and actress.
She rose to prominence in February 2012 when she was featured on DJ Fresh's single, "Hot Right Now", which reached number one in the UK.
Her debut studio album, Ora, released in August 2012, debuted at number one in the United Kingdom. The album contained the UK number-one singles "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)".
Ora was the artist with the most number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart in 2012, with three consecutive singles reaching the top position.
In 2014, her single "I Will Never Let You Down" became her fourth UK number one and she featured on Iggy Azalea's single "Black Widow" which reached the top five in the UK and the US.
In January 2014, Adidas announced a designer collaboration with Ora for their brand Adidas Originals.
In 2015, Ora became a coach on the fourth series of The Voice UK and, later that year, a judge on the twelfth series of The X Factor.
Kate Victoria Tunstall (born June 23rd 1975), known professionally as KT Tunstall, is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist.
She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, picking up three nominations before winning a BRIT Award and a Grammy Award nomination. She is also the recipient of an Ivor Novello Award.
She has released five albums internationally: 'Eye to the Telescope' (2004), 'KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza' (2006), 'Drastic Fantastic' (2007), 'Tiger Suit' (2010) and 'Invisible Empire' // 'Crescent Moon' (2013). She has also appeared in two episodes of the comedy series 'This is Jinsy' on Sky Atlantic. Since 2013, she is working with American artist Howe Gelb.
Tunstall has also written soundtracks for two films: 'Boy from The Kid' and most recently 'Miracle for Winter's Tale' and 'We Could Be Kings' for the Disney movie 'Million Dollar Arm's Million Dollar Arm' (soundtrack).
Eliza Sophie Caird (born 15 April 1988), known professionally as Eliza Doolittle, is an English singer-songwriter from Camden Town, London.
She is the daughter of English singer and theatre actress Frances Ruffelle who won a Tony Award in 1987 and represented the United Kingdom in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.
After performing her music in live venues around London from the age of 15, Eliza signed to the Parlophone record label in October 2008.
Her debut eponymous album was released on 12 July 2010, where it debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album, Eliza Doolittle, produced two UK top forty hits: "Skinny Genes" and "Pack Up", which debuted within the top five on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2013, Eliza contributed her writing and vocal skills to "You & Me" a single from British Electronic duo Disclosure's number one debut album 'Settle'.
On 7 June 2013 she premiered a single called "Big When I Was Little", which was released in July 2013. It subsequently joined BBC Radio 1's and Radio 2 playlist. It was later included on her second studio album, titled In Your Hands.
Louisa Rose Allen (born 29 April 1989), better known by her stage name, Foxes, is an English singer, songwriter and actress.
Her vocals featured on Zedd's 2012 single "Clarity", which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
Foxes' debut album, Glorious, was released in the United Kingdom in 2014 and features the top 20 singles "Youth", "Let Go for Tonight" and "Holding onto Heaven".
Her second album, All I Need, was released on 5 February 2016. The album includes the singles "Body Talk", "Better Love", "Amazing" and "Cruel".
Lily Rose Beatrice Cooper (née Allen; born 2 May 1985), known professionally as Lily Allen, is an English singer, songwriter, actress and television presenter.
She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen.
Allen left school when she was 15 and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. In 2005, she made some of her recordings public on Myspace and the publicity resulted in airplay on BBC Radio 1 and a contract with Regal Recordings.
Her first mainstream single, "Smile", reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2006.
Her debut record, Alright, Still, was well received, selling over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
She began hosting her own talk-show Lily Allen and Friends on BBC Three.
Her second studio album, It's Not Me, It's You, saw a genre shift, having more of an electropop feel, rather than the ska and reggae influences of the first one. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA Charts and was well received by critics, noting the singer's musical evolution and maturity.
It spawned the hit singles "The Fear" and "Fuck You". This success saw her receive the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist at the 2010 Brit Awards.
Allen and Amy Winehouse were credited with starting a process that led to the "year of the women" media label in 2009 that saw five female artists making music of "experimentalism and fearlessness" nominated for the Mercury Prize.
In 2009, Allen announced that she would be taking a hiatus from musical activities.
In 2011, she launched her own record label.
In 2013, Allen revealed that she had begun working on her third studio album, which was later titled Sheezus.
On 12 November 2013, Allen premiered the video for her first original song since 2009, "Hard out Here", which was released as a single five days later.
A list of my favorite female singers from Great Britain: England, Scotland and Wales.
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