Legal name: Laura Beatrice Marling
Laura Beatrice Marling (born 1 February 1990) is a folk singer-songwriter and musician from Eversley, Hampshire, England. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and was nominated for the same award at the 2012 and 2014 BRIT Awards. Marling has been recognised as one of the most talented song-writers of her generation, and is often cited as being a central force behind the upsurge in folk music's popularity during recent years.