Lady Sovereign

Biography

Lady Sovereign (born Louise Amanda Harman, 19.12.1985)

Lady Sovereign is an English hip-hop and grime MC.

Lady Sovereign: Childhood

Lady Sovereign was born in London, to Nicola Wood and Aden Harman. She was raised in Wembley's Chalkhill Council Estate in North West London. As a child, she was influenced by her mother's Salt 'n' Pepa records and as a teenager, started writing her own raps. She was also influenced by the work of the Mercury Music Prize-winning Ms Dynamite and started to upload some of her music to various online sites, using the Lady Sovereign name.

Lady Sovereign: Music

When she left school early, she got a job acting in an educational film, about an aspiring rapper who drops out of school at 16 (as she had just done). She managed to convince the producers of the film, X-ED, that she could write and record a soundtrack for the film. These tracks then found their way to the record producer Medasyn. Along with Shystie, Frost P and Zux Rock, he and Lady Sovereign entered a male versus female freestyle MC contest entitled 'The Battle'. The result was released on Casual Records in 2003. All of the featured artists went on to sign record deals, though it could be argued that Lady Sovereign has been the most successful of them all.

Amongst Lady Sovereign's early singles were 'A Little Bit of Shhh', '9 to 5' and 'Sad Arse Stripper'. They sold well, and her internet-released freestyle raps were also popular. A collection of her early singles was released on the Chocolate Industries label as the Vertically Challenged EP in November 2005. That year, she also appeared on the revered grime compilation DVD series Run the Road, both solo and with The Streets (AKA Mike Skinner).

April 2006 saw the release of her second EP, Blah Blah. Another EP released specifically for US radio stations was entitled Size Don't Matter. When The Ordinary Boys released a track entitled 'Boys will be Boys', Lady Sovereign replied with a remix using the refrain 'Girls will be Girls'. They then released another track as The Ordinary Boys vs. Lady Sovereign, which was a remix of her own '9 to 5'.

In 2006, Lady Sovereign released her debut album, entitled Public Warning, on Def Jam Recordings, having met the label's CEO Jay Z the previous year. She is the first non-American female to ever be signed to the label, an honour she earned after being asked to perform an on-the-spot freestyle in front of Jay Z, Usher and L.A. Reid. 'Hoodie' was the lead track from the album and 'Love Me Or Hate Me' was one of her more popular singles.

Following an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, Lady Sovereign toured America as a headline act and supporting The Streets and Gwen Stefani. She also recorded a cover of the Sex Pistols ' Pretty Vacant' for the TV series The O.C., which stars Mischa Barton and Tate Donovan.

Following a dispute with Island Records, Lady Sovereign decided to release her second studio album independently on her own label, Midget Records. Entitled Jigsaw, the album was released in 2009. In September of that year, Lady Sovereign was arrested in Australia for spitting at a nightclub bouncer after she was allegedly assaulted by a transvestite in the club's toilets. She spent a night in jail and was ordered to pay $400AUD as well as $200AUD to the bouncer.

In 2010, Lady Sovereign entered the Celebrity Big Brother house, along with Vinnie Jones, Sisqo and Ivana Trump, amongst others.

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Lady Sovereign - Public Warning

3rd July 2007 -

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Lady SovereignPublic WarningAlbum ReviewLady Sovereign is the UK's upcoming female grime star. She's certainly causing a stir with her upfront, original style and creating an underground following in America. It's certainly testament to her that...

Lady Sovereign, Love Me Or Hate Me, Audio Stream

2nd August 2006 -

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Lady Sovereign Love Me Or Hate Me Audio Stream The "First Lady of Grime," Lady Sov is at it again with a brand new track. The single, Love Me Or Hate Me is slated for...

Lady Sovereign, Blah Blah, Video Stream

29th March 2006 -

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Lady SovereignBlah BlahVideo17th AprilLady Sovereign is set to release the "Blah Blah" EP on Island Records on the 17th of April 2006. The EP features four tracks, including an exclusive live recording, a remix by...

Lady Sovereign, Hoodie, Video Stream

8th November 2005 -

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Lady SovereignNew Single – 'Hoodie'Released 21st November 2005& Tour DatesFollowing her recent Top 30 hit '9 to 5', LADY SOVEREIGN releases her latest, BASEMENT JAXX produced, single 'Hoodie' out November 21st on ISLAND RECORDS....

Lady Sovereign, Love Me Or Hate Me, Video Stream

26th September 2005 -

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Lady Sovereign - 9-5

31st August 2005 -

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Solja

Hey Lady,I love your music. Your the hottest girl out there. Im gonna live my dreams too... and im gonna have the biggest name out there, right with yours. maybe you can write me back... it would be awsome if you could. remember this name. "SOLJA"thanks Solja out

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Jessy66

Hey Lady Sovereign, i realy love your songs and your CD "Public Warning". i want it for Christmas. I realy hope i get it. i also love your hair it is so cute i want mine to be like that but i cant cuz i just got it cut into layers andn so that wouldnt realy work that good (yours is so well done). i love you so much it is unbaliveable how much i do. Anyways keep on with the music vidios' and the music carire because your fans like me need you dont ever stop reaching for your dreams even if someone tells you that you cant do it. That is what you tought me.PS love ya sssssssssooooooooo much

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Hey LadyI love your music. Your the hottest girl out there. Im going to live my dreams too. I going to have the biggest name out there... right with yours. Remember this name. "SOLJA"i love you lady, and thanks. solja out

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