Thanks to a good friend who is very music savvy, I was turned on to a couple of artists from the UK and Ireland – Adele and Imelda May – and that reminded me of Duffy, which I first heard a couple of years ago from another friend who is very into music. Although Imelda May is the eldest of these three, I believe Duffy was the first to score a big hit in the USA with Mercy in 2008:
Duffy – Mercy
May’s first two hit singles were released in 2009 in the UK and Ireland, and I don’t know if she has really caught on the USA yet or not, but it works for me!
Imelda May – Big Bad Handsome Man
Adele is the youngest and possibly the most vocally talented of the three. She won me over with this song:
Adele – Rolling in the Deep
I believe all three women write most if not all of their material; at least, I’m pretty sure Adele does, and May wrote the track above. Duffy co-wrote Mercy.
I think this triple play represents an astonishing wave of great music from contemporary, female singer-songwriters from the British Isles. I’m sure we can count on them to deliver a lot more in the near future.