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Polly Jean Harvey MBE (born 9 October 1969) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician.[1][2] Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments.[3]

Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophonist. The band's frontman, John Parish, became her long-term collaborator.[4] In 1991, she formed an eponymous trio called PJ Harvey and subsequently began her career as PJ Harvey. The trio released two studio albums called Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993) before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. Since 1995, she has released a further nine studio albums with collaborations from various musicians including Parish, former bandmate Rob Ellis, Mick Harvey, and Eric Drew Feldman, and has also worked extensively with record producer Flood.

Among the accolades Harvey has received are both the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011), respectively, making her the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice.[5][6] She has also garnered eight Brit Award nominations, seven Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her three accolades: 1992's Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter, and 1995's Artist of the Year. Rolling Stone also listed Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love, and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea on its list of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[7][8][9] In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards.[10] In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.[11]

Polly Jean Harvey was born on 9 October 1969 in Bridport, Dorset, the second child of Ray and Eva Harvey.[12] Her parents owned a stone quarrying business, and she grew up on the family farm in Corscombe.[13] During her childhood, she attended school in nearby Beaminster, where she received guitar lessons from folk singer-songwriter Steve Knightley. Her parents introduced her to music that would later influence her work, including blues music, Captain Beefheart, and Bob Dylan.[13] Her parents were avid music fans and regularly arranged get-togethers and small gigs, counting Ian Stewart among their oldest friends.[14]

As a teenager, Harvey began learning saxophone and joined an eight-piece instrumental group Bologne, run by composer Andrew Dickson.[15] She was also a guitarist with folk duo the Polekats, with whom she wrote some of her earliest material.[13] After finishing school, she joined Yeovil College and attended a visual arts foundation course.[13][16]

In July 1988, Harvey became a member of Automatic Dlamini, a band based in Bristol with whom she gained extensive ensemble-playing experience. Formed by John Parish in 1983, the band consisted of a rotating line-up that at various times included Rob Ellis and Ian Oliver.[17] Harvey had met Parish in 1987 through mutual friend Jeremy Hogg, the band's slide guitarist.[18] Providing saxophone, guitars and background vocals, she travelled extensively during the band's early days, including performances in East and West Germany, Spain and Poland[19] to support the band's debut studio album, The D is for Drum.[18] A second European tour took place throughout June and July 1989. Following the tour, the band recorded Here Catch, Shouted His Father, their second studio album, between late 1989 and early 1990. This is the only Automatic Dlamini material to feature Harvey, but remains unreleased,[13] although bootleg versions of the album are in circulation.[18]

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