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As the title of their hit song "Rabbit Heart 'Raise it Up'" suggests, British band “Florence and the Machine” have indeed raised their profile considerably in the last year.
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Even before their album “Lungs” debuted quietly at number two on the UK music charts the week after Michael Jackson’s death in July, Florence and the Machine had already attracted considerable attention.
The band’s focal point, singer-songwriter Florence Welch, received a Brit Award for Critics’ Choice and a Mercury Prize nomination.
Like many performing artists, the discovery of Welch’s talent happened by chance. Almost three years ago, while an art student in South London, Welch was overheard singing at a local pub by indie-DJ Mairead Nash who liked what she had heard. Nash invited Welch to sing at an open-mike night the following week at another local pub.
Not having a stage name, or much time to rehearse prior to Nash’s gig, Welch improvised on stage with her vocals and with her stage name. It has been rumoured that the name Florence and the Machine was conceived on her way to the pub that evening.
Welch has since evolved into an emerging popular artist playing before crowds much larger than her local pub, having performed at the Glastonbury Festival and before a nationwide audience on the BBC’s Electric Proms program.
And Florence will be joining CNN Wednesday to talk about her music, her recent success and the band's curious name.
Send us your comments, questions for Florence and we’ll do our best to use them on Wednesday’s show.