Concetta Kirschner was born on 172 and St. Nicholas Avenue in New York City to a Sicilian-American mother and a Russian-Polish-Jewish father. Eclecticism was bred into her bones. Growing up with hippie parents who regularly blasted everything from Stevie Wonder to Led Zeppelin to David Bowie, she was heavily influenced by her music-loving parents. The family moved from Washington Heights, New York to a farm in rural Pennsylvania when little superstar was three years old, and, when they moved on to suburban Philadelphia, she discovered Kurtis Blow on a pirate radio station.

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