Contemporary folk, folk rock, Bluegrass music
Laura Beatrice Marling (born 1 February 1990) is an English folk musician from Eversley, Hampshire.
Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her sound is characterised by striking melodies and poetic lyricism. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.
She was born in Hampshire, England and learned guitar at an early age. Her father, who ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music. She was educated at Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading.