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Vanessa Brown (b.1983), known professionally as V.V. Brown, is an English singer, musician, and songwriter.
Brown was born on 24th October 1983 in Northampton. She is the eldest of six siblings and is of Caribbean parentage, her mother and father being Jamaican and Puerto Rican. She attended Overstone Park school near Northampton, which her parents own and work at. Brown learnt to play the piano, developed her singing, and took classical and jazz piano lessons at a musical arts school which she attended at the weekend. Brown gained four A grades at her 'A'-levels a year early, and was offered places at five top U.K. universities, including Oxford, King's College London, LSE, and York. She declined the offers to follow a career in music.
She released her debut album, Travelling Like The Light, in July 2009 by Universal Records. The album was preceded by limited non-chart eligible releases of "Crying Blood" and "Leave!" , as well as a third single entitled "Shark in the Water" which peaked at thirty-four in the U.K. Singles Chart, making it her most successful single to date.
Brown wrote the music for and plays instruments on the album. It is inspired by 1950s and electronic music as well as sounds emitted by Game Boy and Nintendo. Most of the lyrics on the album are about a failed affair Brown endured. On 5th December 2008 she was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2009 award, alongside acts including Little Boots and Lady Gaga.
A fourth single, "Game Over", was released on 21st September 2009.
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