Her name is Duffy, a Welsh singer-songwriter, and she’s the hottest musical act in England right now, reigning at the top of the U.K. album and singles charts simultaneously. She will make her U.S. television debut on Monday, April 28, on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Her highly touted debut album “Rockferry” comes out in the U.S. on May 13.
The Los Angeles Times loves her. After her U.S. stage debut, the paper raved: “Young Welsh soul belter Duffy made her first U.S. appearances, charming many with her bedroom-mirror moves and bold, brassy voice.”
Her backstory, according to an NBC release: “Guileless and beguiling, and blessed with effortless Motown and Stax chops, 23-year old Duffy has blown away London’s hype-driven music machinery like a gust of fresh air. She was born and raised in the tiny Welsh village of Nefyn (population 2,550 at last census), a place so remote that the nearest record store was a bus ride away and only stocked the Top 40. Isolated, her muse was immaculately conceived and soulfully nurtured. Duffy worked as a waitress, sang in a bar, and cobbled out demo recordings that found their way to Jeanette Lee, noted founder and partner of the Rough Trade record label and management company. She encouraged Duffy to write her own material, put her in the studio with like-minded co-writers/producers. She signed to A&M/Polydor UK and Mercury Records in the U.S.”