By the time she was in her early 20s, she had decided on a music career.
Estelle has released several critically acclaimed records and received a Grammy Award.
Her mother's family came from Dakar, Senegal, and her father is from the Caribbean island of Grenada, when they were French and British colonies respectively. Estelle's parents were very religious when she was growing up, and secular music was not allowed in the family's home.
Though it was her second album, it was the first to be released in the US and her major-label debut.
The pop-ish lead single, "American Boy" featuring Kanye West, was her first international hit and reached the top 10 in at least a dozen countries, including the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia and Turkey.
Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean, Will.i.am, Mark Ronson and Cee-Lo Green and Jack Splash all lend talents to the album, executive produced by John Legend.