[12], After finishing her GCSEs in Pembrokeshire,[13] Duffy returned to Nefyn, to live with her father, when she was fifteen, and started singing in various local bands. Her first American performances took place at the SXSW conference,[53] and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was her first festival gig. Duffy is a Cancer and her 37th birthday is in . She released her second album, Endlessly, in 2010. The performance was televised in 2009 on the British television station BBC One. [12] Duffy has said that she did not mind people illegally downloading her music because she believes most people who do are kids who cannot afford the CDs and will buy them when they get older. Duffy formed a songwriting partnership with Albert Hammond for the record. [115], In a longer statement published that April, Duffy wrote that she had been drugged at a restaurant on her birthday, held captive in her home, taken to a foreign country on a plane, and raped. He was kind and it felt so amazing to finally speak. Sick trolls have attacked Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy after she bravely revealed online how she was 'raped and held captive'. Duffy, whose debut album Rockferry went seven times platinum as it went to number one in six countries, won three Brit Awards and a Grammy following her breakthrough. Duffy released the debut limited-edition single "Rockferry" in November 2007; it was followed by "Mercy", produced and co-written by Steve Booker, which went straight to number one. First published on Tue 25 Feb 2020 15.38 EST. [77], Duffy said that she needed to slow the pace of her career in order to write her second album. She briefly returned in 2015, appearing in the film Legend and contributing three songs to its soundtrack, but has yet to make a full return to music. Duffy, The Singer Of The 2008 Hit "Mercy," Said She Was Raped, Drugged, And Held Captive For Days. Is fluent in English and Welsh. Aimee Anne Duffy (born 23 June 1984), known by her surname, is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. Endlessly was released in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2010 and placed at number 9 in the album charts of 5 December. [14] She was advised by a lecturer at Chester University to "Go on the dole, love, and become a singer". These three nominations were the largest number of nominations for any one act. She also toured the American summer festivals in 2008, including a visit to Lollapalooza in Chicago. Duffy lists Marvin Gaye, Phil Spector, and Arcade Fire as her musical influences. She said she had been held captive and drugged for four weeks. This song, alongside new song "Dear Heart", was released as a digital download and streaming single on 11 September 2015. It entered the chart at number one, and became the best-selling album in the UK that year. The track was included on the deluxe edition of Rockferry. In 2020, she explained her long term absence from the music industry, saying she had been abducted and raped. [80] Called "Well, Well, Well", the single features a rhythm section by United States hip hop group The Roots. The 35-year-old Welsh performer, whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy, said in a revealing Instagram post Tuesday that it has taken time to recover and asked her fans to support her. [91], In March 2020, Duffy sent an unreleased song, "Something Beautiful", to Jo Whiley to play on her BBC Radio 2 show. Although acknowledging that most people do mean well, she spoke of finding it "scary" when people recognised her in the street, and was fearful of her image possibly changing the person she is. [28] She subsequently struck a US label deal with Mercury Records, a newly re-activated imprint of Island Def Jam Music Group. Duffy then spent six weeks in Switzerland (before she started college), collaborating with the writer-producer Soren Mounir, under the name Soulego. In reaction to her parents' break-up, her next three years were a rebellious period that included binge drinking and stealing a rowing boat. "Mercy" was the last song written for the album. We're pretty much homeless now', BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers. Duffy is a surname of Irish origin that comes from the original Irish name Ó Dubhthaigh, meaning descendant or grandson of Dubhthach.Dubhthach was an Old Irish first name meaning "Black". [50] At the MTV Europe Music Awards, she received nominations in the categories of Album of the Year, Most Addictive Track, and New Act. [78] In January 2010, Rough Trade Management, who with Jeanette Lee had managed Duffy, announced that they and the singer had parted amicably. 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You have been friends. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Grammy award-winning singer Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker. [96], Duffy has endorsed several products. [7], In September 1998, at the age of 14, Duffy was briefly put in a police safe house when authorities uncovered a plot by her stepfather's ex-wife to pay a hitman £3,000 to kill her stepfather, Philip Smith. She has a twin sister, Kate, and an older sister, Kelly Ann, who was born in 1980. Plans had called for her to open for Coldplay on six of the dates. In 2009, Duffy received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry, one of three nominations, and won three out of four Brit Awardsnominations, for British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album. Started to sing at the age of 6. In 2009, Duffy received the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album for Rockferry, one of three nominations, and won three out of four Brit Awards nominations, for British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album. [75] Acclaim came from Paul McCartney, saying that Duffy's version "is great –I was really impressed". Duffy is a Grammy Award-winning Welsh, singer, songwriter, and actress. [22] The music included tracks by Al Green, Bettye Swann, Ann Peebles, Doris Duke, Scott Walker, Phil Spector and Burt Bacharach. Duffy is a Welsh singer, songwriter and actress. She started her career as a singer. [62] Duffy played a fourteen-city North American tour. [92][93] Duffy also later debuted a new song entitled "River in the Sky" on her Instagram account in June 2020.[94]. They lived in Abersoch. [54] To coincide with the release of Rockferry, Duffy performed at the Apollo Theater in New York City. [31] According to Duffy, "The album took nearly four years to make. [18] Duffy was introduced to Jeanette Lee of Rough Trade Records in August 2004, after singing Richard J. Parfitt's "Oh Boy". Here's the latest on the Welsh singer Duffy. [59] She toured the United Kingdom and Ireland during November and December 2008. [110], She dated Welsh international rugby player Mike Phillips from September 2009[103] to May 2011. At the age of 17, she attended the Pwllheli campus of Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor to study for A-levels. [43] In November 2008, the single "Rain on Your Parade", produced and co-written by Steve Booker, was released. The way I would write it, how I would feel thereafter. Duffy has said "That's as close as I'm ever going to get to doing a performance that's real in a video. In a newspaper interview in 2014, Duffy's former mentor Bernard Butler, expressed his sympathy for the way in which the singer's career had faltered, despite their parting of the ways. Becker said that she was hired in March 2010 and was dismissed in December 2010, but was supposed to remain Duffy's manager until the end of the promotion of Endlessly or alternatively four months after its initial release. Aimee Anne Duffy rose to fame in the 00s with such hits as Rockferry, Stepping Stone and Mercy. [2] In July 2011, Duffy was sued by Angela Becker, the manager she had hired in 2010 to replace her former manager Jeanette Lee. [67] Duffy equalled Coldplay with four 2009 Brit Awards nominations. In February 2011, Duffy announced an indefinite hiatus from music. Duffy, 35, has shared her account of what happened on … Ben Beaumont-Thomas @ben_bt. [13] She also built up a following at Alexander's, a local jazz and blues club in Chester, where she performed with guitarist David Burton from the band The Invisible Wires, and met songwriter Lucia Cordaro, going on to perform and record one of her songs (I Melt)[15] Duffy returned to Wales in 2003 and was invited to appear on Wawffactor, a Welsh television talent show. The album was recorded in New York, London and Spain[79] in the year prior to the announcement. The singer, from Nefyn in Gwynedd, then enjoyed success with her first album Rockferry as it became the UK's biggest selling album of 2008. She has an older sister and lived with her family in Nefyn, Llyn Penisula. [89], At the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced that Duffy would return to acting with a starring role in a film project called Secret Love which was never released. [6], She attended Ysgol Nefyn (Nefyn School), Gwynedd on the Llŷn Peninsula and Sir Thomas Picton School in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire as a child. On 22 February 2008, she appeared on Later with Jools Holland for a third time and performed "Rockferry", "Mercy", and "Stepping Stone". The singer posted a message telling fans what had happened to her on Instagram, revealing the reason she had stopped releasing music and had ‘disappeared’. "If you have any questions I would like to answer them, in the spoken interview, if I can. "[35], By May, "Mercy" was a staple on VH1 and a hot Adult Contemporary radio hit and had been featured in the season finale of the American television medical drama Grey's Anatomy as well as being on the soundtrack album for Sex and the City: The Movie. Duffy - whose real name is Aimee Anne Duffy - went to number one in 12 countries with Mercy, which was the UK's third-best-selling single of 2008 with sales of … Aimee Duffy, the Welsh pop singer known as Duffy … [40][41][42] The album's low cost of production reaped Duffy substantial financial benefits. "You wonder why I did not choose to use my voice to express my pain? Duffy had the UK's best-selling album of 2008 and won three Brit Awards and a Grammy, but she virtually vanished after releasing her second album in 2010. “Whatever happened to Duffy?” is a question that’s been asked by pop music fans for the better part of a decade — especially in the singer’s native UK, where, in the late 20… [101] In addition, the advert went on to spark unexpected complaints about the health of children when it showed Duffy riding without protective gear, to the United Kingdom's Advertising Standards Authority. [44] Duffy describes this as "a big, disco-y dance song". "[21] On 16 September 2010, Duffy announced the release of her second album, Endlessly. Duffy — born Aimee Anne Duffy — said she was ultimately flown back to the U.K. by him, and that he proceeded to drug her in her own home for the next four weeks. [98] Duffy was named as the "face" of the brand, alongside other famous women,[99][100] though her initial advert for the brand was widely deemed as a career misstep. [64] In New York, Duffy was left apologising to an audience after briefly bursting into tears. Her first album Rockferry became the highest-selling albums in the United Kingdom in the year 2008. Songwriter Eg White won the award for "Songwriter of the Year" in part for Warwick Avenue, which he co-wrote with Duffy. In 2010, she made her acting debut in the film Patagonia and released her second studio album Endlessly to moderate success. [83], In August 2011, Duffy was scheduled to perform in Monaco for the Sporting Summer Festival, but cancelled and Melody Gardot was hired to replace her. Duffy's new management stated that "the professional relationship between Duffy and Rough Trade management has run its course. Tweet Share Copy ... Duffy, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, took a hiatus from the music industry in 2011 after her second album, Endlessly, fared poorly on the charts and with sales. Duffy's parents divorced when she was 10 and she moved to Letterston,[citation needed] near the Pembrokeshire town of Fishguard, with her mother and sisters. Music video by Duffy performing Mercy. It won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and three BRIT Awards … Record producers & songwriters Steve Booker & Bernard Butler gained awards for their work on the Rockferry album. [73], The album's success led to a period of confusion about her role in the music business that nearly led her to quit music. "And slowly it unbroke. "I cannot explain it. [27] By 2007, Duffy was finalising her debut album effort, to be titled Rockferry, after Rock Ferry, where her grandmother lives. [33] The single was physically released on 25 February 2008. The musician, born Aimee Duffy, said it felt “exciting and liberating” for her to finally open up about her experience. Wed 26 Feb 2020 05.06 EST. [63] During a concert in Cleveland, Duffy accidentally set the left side of her hair on fire. [51] She performed at the EMA show. [56] In 2008, Duffy played many festivals in Europe. The first single from the album, also titled "Rockferry" was critically well-received with Allmusic calling it a "grand, sweeping ballad". In the following weeks I will be posting a spoken interview. Fans rush to support Mercy singer Duffy after she revealed rape ordeal Showbiz DUFFY'S PAIN. Duffy said in retrospect, "It was a horrendous thing to do." 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Sissy's character is "a Welsh student who livens up the holiday of a young Argentinian man on a trip to Wales". At the 2008 MOJO Awards, Duffy won the "Song of the Year" award for "Mercy"[46] and was nominated also for "Album of the Year" and "Breakthrough Act". She released her first album titled Rockferry in 2008, which entered the UK Album Chart at number one, and became the best-selling album in the United Kingdom. She subsequently went to the University of Chester and studied Commercial Music Production on the Warrington campus. She said she was taken to a foreign country during this time. At first the video for the song was meant to be an elaborate production, but ended up a tearful head shot in a taxi cab with Duffy's mascara smudging. Patagonia premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival on 10 June 2010,[104] and was released in October 2010. According to Duffy's official website she is currently signed to Universal Recording Group. She said that she had considered becoming a recluse, but eventually decided against the idea for the sake of her fans. Eleri Butler, chief executive of Welsh Women's Aid, told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast with Claire Summers the singer's choice to speak out was a "strong, courageous and powerful statement". 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I did not want to show the world the sadness in my eyes," she added. Has a twin sister. [87] Albert Hammond announced in 2012 that he was working with Duffy. [105], Duffy dated Cheshire-born Mark Durston[106] for over five years until November 2006. At the Brits, she won British Breakthrough, Best British Female and Best British Album awards. Born Aimee Anne Duffy in June 1984, the 35-year-old Welsh singer made her breakthrough in 2007 with her debut album, Rockferry. It was used on the War Child charity album titled War Child Heroes, Volume I. [26] In Wales, following Duffy's recent promotion of her music, Aimée Duffy reached number-one on the "Siart C2" music chart. [19] Lee moved Duffy to Crouch End in London, orchestrating a meeting between Duffy and Suede's ex-guitar player Bernard Butler. The Welsh singer, whose full name is Aimee Duffy, first revealed her ordeal via an Instagram post in February, and revealed more details of being kidnapped on her web page. Of course I survived. The song was first released on download sales only on 10 November 2008, before being released physically on 17 November 2008. [70][71] "Mercy" was played on United States radio and television more than 3 million times earning Duffy a 2009 Broadcast Music Incorporated award. [34] "Warwick Avenue" was the second single released from the album. In 2015, she starred as Timi Yuro, an American singer in the biographical crime thriller film Legend. Albums by Amy Winehouse and Adele were also named as essential Blue Eyed Soul recordings in the "recent" category. In the United Kingdom, Duffy played venues such as Glastonbury and the Evolution Festival. [16], In 2004, following success on Wawffactor, Duffy recorded a three-song Welsh extended play, titled Aimée Duffy, while working part-time in two jobs as waitress and in a fishmongers. In January 2008, Duffy came second to Adele in the annual BBC News Online poll of industry experts Sound of 2008, for acts to emerge in the coming year. [24] She performed on the BBC Two television show Later with Jools Holland,[25] which resulted in a second appearance on the related broadcast Hootenanny, where Duffy performed with Eddie Floyd. When she was 10-years-old her parents divorced and she … She attended the University of Chester, studying at both the Warrington and Parkgate campuses. Aged 15, she ran away back to her father's home in Nefyn. The album's first single failed to achieve the success of previous singles, entering the UK charts at number 41 on 21 November. She said that she spent "almost 10 years completely alone", and thanking her psychologist, said that she now felt she could "leave this decade behind", but added: "I very much doubt I will ever be the person people once knew". The following day the song "just sort of came out". She said she had disappeared from the spotlight so she could recover, adding that she was now doing well, but it had taken her time to recover. "The truth is, and please trust me I am OK and safe now, I was raped and drugged and held captive over some days. We had to hire cheap, tiny studios and sometimes there would be three-week periods between writing and recording." From 2004, she studied Performing Arts at the Parkgate campus. "It's really difficult to speak out… for some women it's the right time to talk many years after the experience, and for some it's never the right time," she said. [111], On 3 October 2012, Duffy escaped from a fire in the rented penthouse apartment in which she was living, Abbots House in Kensington, London. Girlfriend of Welsh rugby star Mike Phillips. She eventually won three awards, including Best Album for Rockferry, one behind the record held by Blur for the most won in one night. A journalist contacted me, he found a way to reach me and I told him everything this past summer. We're pretty much homeless now'10. [65] Duffy also made a recording for British broadcaster BBC, performing at the LSO St. Luke's. For the English male singer born in 1941, see, "Every time I'm in America, I feel there's some atmosphere – I can't put my finger on it [...] but there's some excitement that exists nowhere else. [20] Lee, with Rough Trade, would eventually manage Duffy. x Duffy. [90] In the 2015 crime thriller film Legend, Duffy plays American singer Timi Yuro and contributes three songs to its soundtrack including a new original song; "Whole Lot of Love". She made her acting debut with the series Saturday Night Live and her first movie was Patagonia. Please support me to make this a positive experience.". It spawned the successful single "Mercy". [108][109], In 2009 Duffy's estimated fortune of £4 million placed her in 16th place in that year’s Sunday Times listing of Great Britain's wealthiest young musicians. British singer Duffy walked away from the spotlight after a terrifying rape ordeal. Russia behind major cyber-attack, says Pompeo, Boeing 'inappropriately influenced' 737 Max test, A celebrity lawsuit and the value of childcare, Broken Promises: Ai Weiwei's powerful film about Hong Kong ★★★★☆. During her Best New Artist acceptance speech at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, Adele said that "she loves Duffy and thinks that she is amazing". [85][86], In October 2011, producer and rapper David Banner announced that he and Duffy were to go in the studio for two weeks. On 1 February 2009, The Times Encyclopedia of modern music named Rockferry an "Essential" Blue-eyed soul recording. 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