About PJ Harvey
Polly Jean “PJ” Harvey is an award-winning British singer-songwriter and guitarist whose fearless music made her a standard-bearer for modern rockers in the ’90s and beyond.
∙ After forming the PJ Harvey trio in 1991, she won immediate acclaim for the lyric intensity and ferocious vocals of her debut LP, Dry, and its first single, “Dress.”
∙ In 1992, she was named Songwriter of Year and Best New Female Singer by Rolling Stone, which later ranked her sophomore LP, Rid Of Me, one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
∙ A seven-time Grammy nominee, she scored her first nominations for her debut solo LP, 1995’s To Bring You My Love, which featured “Down by the Water,” a No. 2 Modern Rock hit.
∙ She is the only artist to have won the Mercury Prize twice: for 2000’s Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea and 2011’s Let England Shake.
∙ The 2004 LP Uh Huh Her, which featured Harvey playing all the instruments except drums, was her highest charting US album, reaching No. 29 on the Billboard 200.
∙ Harvey was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her service to music in 2013.
BORNOctober 9, 1969