Fiona Apple

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Apple was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The daughter of an actor, Brandon Maggart, and singer, Diane McAfee, Apple took up the piano when she was only eight years old, and she regularly wrote short stories while growing up. She also sang a lot, stating "I'd come home from school and hang up my keys on a key chain that was right beside my mirror. I would look in the mirror and realize I was singing. I sang all the time." Her soulful bluesy sound is influenced by her love for jazz legends' Billie Holiday and Carole King.

She doesn't have an official website or any social media accounts. When she has news or something to post, she sends it to Fiona Apple Rocks, a fan site she has forged a relationship with.

The title of Apple's debut album, Tidal, comes from the thought that Apple felt life, and in particular her music career, was a tidal wave with crests and low points. However, she also wanted to go against the notion of having to have a title to her album. As noted from an interview by Apple in 2010, she thought using 'tidal' in place of 'title' was a way to rebel against the powers of the music industry that required a title be given for the album. No matter the name of the album, it went on to be certified three times Platinum. Hit songs from the debut album include "Sleep To Dream," "Criminal," and "Shadowboxer." For the song "Sleep to Dream," Apple won Best New Artist at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Then in 1998 she won her first Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, as well as the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, for the song "Criminal."


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