FIONA APPLE Biography - Musicians


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Name: Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart                                                           
Born: September 13, 1977 Manhattan, New York, United States                               
Fiona Apple (born Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart on September 13, 1977) is a Grammy-winning   
American singer-songwriter. She gained popularity through her 1996 album Tidal,           
especially with the single Criminal, and because of the music video made for it.           
Her music is fundamentally based on very personal poetic verses, accompanied by           
often aggressive and progressive production, rooted equally in early jazz, pop,           
electronica, and alt-rock.                                                                 
Apple is a member of a family with roots in entertainment. Born in New York City,         
she is the daughter of singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. Her older           
sister, Amber Taleullah, sings cabaret under the stage name Maude Maggart. Her             
half brother Spencer is a director and directed the video for her single "Parting         
Gift". Her half brother Garett Maggart starred in the TV series The Sentinel. In           
addition, her maternal grandparents were Millicent Green, a dancer with the               
George White's Scandals, a series of 1920s musical revues similar to the                   
Ziegfeld Follies, and Johnny McAfee, a multireedist and vocalist of the big band           
era; her grandparents met while touring with Johnny Hamp and his Orchestra.               
Apple's break into the music industry came in 1994, when Apple gave a demo tape           
of three songs to a friend who was the babysitter for music publicist Kathryn             
Schenker. Schenker passed the tape along to producer and manager Andy Slater.           
Apple's rich alto voice, piano skills and lyrics got the attention of Sony Music           
executive Andy Slater[2], who signed her to a record deal.