Estelle Fanta Swaray is a singer and a songwriter. She was born in London on 18 January 1980. In the music world, fans know Swaray as simply Estelle. Her mother is from Senegal. Her dad is from Grenada. The singer has eight siblings.
Estelle grew up in a very religious family. Her parents were against popular music so Estelle was mostly listening to the gospel. However, when she was away from home, the girl managed to find ways to discover other genres. Her uncle introduced her to hip-hop. Swaray fell in love with it immediately. Even though her parents didn’t like the hobby, they couldn’t do anything about it.
When Estelle turned 20, she decided to devote herself to a music career. She got a job at London record store, Deal Real. Her coworkers heard the young woman sing and pushed her to perform on stage. Sometime later, Estelle found an opportunity to perform at different clubs together with such singers as Manuva and Rodney P.
In 2000, DJ Skitz invited Estelle as a guest artist for his album. Later, the singer got a chance to work with such artists as Blak Rwang and The 57th Dynasty. The singer’s career took a substantial step forward when Estelle met Kanye West in one of the LA restaurants. The young woman came up to the singer and asked him to introduce her to the famous artist and producer John Legend. Eventually, Legend produced a couple of Estelle’s songs from her debut album.