Biography

Polly Jean Harvey MBE (born 9 October 1969) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, composer and occasional artist. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, harmonica, and most recently, the autoharp.

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

Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) and Let England Shake (2011) respectively--the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice--eight BRIT Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her 1992's Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995's Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me, To Bring You My Love (1995) and Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards. In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.

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Julian Assange features on PJ Harvey-edited version of Radio 4's Today programme

Julian Assange features on PJ Harvey-edited version of Radio 4's Today programme

John Pilger and Ralph Fiennes also guest on special edition of the show

  • Jan 2, 2014

PJ Harvey to guest edit Radio 4 in December

'Let England Shake' singer chosen as one of five guest editors

  • Nov 20, 2013

PJ Harvey to release 'Let England Shake' short films on DVD

'Let England Shake: 12 Short Films by Seamus Murphy' is out December 12

  • Nov 30, 2011

PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake' wins Uncut Music Award 2011

Singer beats off competition from Radiohead, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes to win award

  • Nov 28, 2011

PJ Harvey behind music in current London production of Hamlet

The character of Ophelia plays Harvey's score

  • Nov 21, 2011

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Live Review: PJ Harvey

Live Review: PJ Harvey

Troxy, London, Sunday 27th February

  • Mar 9, 2011

PJ Harvey - 'Let England Shake'

Polly’s most affecting and impressive work so far

  • Feb 9, 2011

Live Review: Camp Bestival

PJ returns to debut some new material at the southwest’s most up-market festival. Lulworth Castle, Dorset, Friday July 24-Sunday July 26

  • Aug 5, 2009

PJ Harvey: 'White Chalk'

'It’s a record to be played alone at 3am with just the creak of ancient floorboards and the howling wind through the trees for company'

  • Sep 21, 2007

PJ Harvey

When Under Ether

  • Sep 19, 2007

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