Laura Beatrice Marling is a brilliant vocalist whose enchanting English folk/indie artist reaches beyond listeners’ ears. With thought inducing lyrics and a hauntingly simple sound, Marling’s talent is powerful. Marling rose to prominence from humble roots to her position as one of the youngest and well known artists within the United Kingdom.
This young contemporary embodies the tear-jerking soul of Billie Holliday, the heartache of Joan Armatrading, Joni Mitchell’s enchanting weave of storytelling, and guitar finesse of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Years wiser than her age, full of grace, and considered the “heiress to the British folk crown,” Laura Marling is refreshing, striking, and full of promise. See for yourself with the following 10 Best Laura Marling Songs:
1. I Was Just A Card
2. The Beast
3. New Romantic
5. Devil’s Spoke
6. Old Stone
8. Goodbye England
9. My Manic And I
10. What He Wrote
Marling was born within Hampshire, England on February 1, 1990. Her father, a music teacher and manager of a recording studio, has been credited for cultivating her musical talent while she was very young by teaching her to play the guitar. As a youth, Marling attended Reading, Berkshire’s Leighton Park School (a private Quaker school) and reportedly felt “uneasy” around her peers growing up. When Marling was sixteen, she relocated to England and began working closely with several musicians in a movement described by British newspapers as “nu-folk.” Using acoustic instruments, traditional melodies, and elements of indie folk, the movement garnered attention and paved the way for her contributions to the band Noah and The Whale. Marling promoted much of her work via MySpace and was “discovered” during 2007. At this time, Marling’s off stage relationship with singer/guitarist Charlie Fink also carried on-stage. She was part of the band’s original line-up as well as contributing back up vocals for the band’s debut record Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down. The pair split before the album released during 2008 and Marling left the group to work with The Rakes, Mystery Jets, Adam Green from The Moldy Peaches, and to concentrate on her solo career.
Upon the release of “London Town,” Marling’s debut EP produced by WayOutWest Records, Marling concentrated on playing solo gigs. After performing her second, English singer/songwriter Jamie T invited Marling to tour with him while she continued working on her first full length album. During February 2008, Marling released Alas, I Cannot Swim. The album received a nomination for the 2008 Mercury Prize and landed Marling a contract with Virgin Records. They re-released the album and Marling continued to play small tours, including the 6 venue “Night Terror” Tour to promote the third single (of the same name) from her debut. Additionally, Marling made appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Later With Jules Holland, and Russell Brand’s Radio 2 show. Around this time, Marling was romantically linked to Marcus Mumford of the the British rock band Mumford and Sons. Though they split during 2010, they remain amicable. That same year Marling continued to focus upon her music and released her second album, I Speak Because I Can, under the production of Ethan Johns. The album climbed to the number 4 spot on UK music charts and garnered Marling’s second nomination for a Mercury Music Prize. The momentum of her success continued with the September 2011 release of the album A Creature I Don’t Know. This album earned her a win for Best British Female artist at the Brit Awards as well as Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards. Performances at several venues followed, including an appearance at the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.