Grammy-award winning artist Estelle’s climactic rise from local West London MC to Grammy Award-winning artist is the stuff of legends. Born the second of nine children in a strict religious Senegalese/Grenadian family, Estelle learned early to escape life’s daily pressures through music. Growing up she was exposed to African and gospel music, as well as reggae and dub, all of which have played an integral role in developing her music today into a unique, original blend of sounds.
Estelle burst on the international scene with her second album Shine, the first record to be released under John Legend’s new Homeschool label, in partnership with Atlantic Records. Her hit single “American Boy”, in collaboration with rapper Kanye West, won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Song Collaboration, in addition to being nominated for Song of the Year and many other awards worldwide.
Her third album, All of Me, gave fans an in-depth look into her soul with the chart topping single “Thank You”. The duality of this album showcased the vocal ability of this multi-talented songstress as the emotionally raw songs flawlessly demonstrated the richness of her musical history.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Estelle launched her independent label, Established 1980 Records taking full creative control of all her current and future music endeavors. The first project released under the label was her fourth album True Romance. The album features the inspirational anthem “Conqueror”, which skyrocketed even further after a special duet version aired during a episode of FOX’s hit show Empire. The song hit Top 3 Overall and #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Chart. Performed by Estelle (who guest starred as Delphine) and Jussie Smollett (who plays Jamal), “Conqueror” became one of the highest-charting song from Empire to date and helped spur The Original Soundtrack from Season One of Empire to the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 as well as a a Grammy nomination.
In addition to her music, she has also ventured into the world of animation, voicing a lead character, Garnet, on Cartoon Network’s hit show Steven Universe. Giving the cartoon world another superhero of color.
With all the accomplishments in Estelle’s career she understands that she could not have made it to this point without the help and guidance of family and mentors. Because of this, Estelle runs her foundation All of Me, which focuses on educating and expanding the horizons of young people through college scholarships and volunteer opportunities abroad. One of the great achievement of the foundation was taking a group of Los Angeles young people, most of whom had never ventured beyond their city to West African country of Senegal. Showing them a world outside of their everyday life.
No matter the success, Estelle is dedicated to growth and evolution, giving the world quality art that they can carry into their own lives.