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Jewel - 100% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Children's Music Country & Bluegrass Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Sarah McLachlan - 85% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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28 January 1968, Bedford, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan has featured on the Canadian folk scene since she was a 20-year-old, and through a series of well-received albums and tours has blossomed into a well-rounded folk rock artist and a confident live performer. Her third album, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, was produced by Daniel La Read more

Paula Cole - 84% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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5 April 1968, Rockport, Massachusetts, USA. Singer-songwriter Cole launched her career with the spirited, persuasive Harbinger set for Imago Records in July 1994. Among several notable tracks was the high-impact single, ‘I Am So Ordinary’, which forcefully dealt with Cole’s low self-esteem problems. However, its potential impact was scuppered when Imago lost i Read more

Natalie Merchant - 83% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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26 October 1963, Jamestown, New York, USA. Having originally sung in a church choir, Merchant joined the highly regarded 10, 000 Maniacs in 1981 while studying at Jamestown Community College in New York. She would eventually leave that band over a decade later in 1992, three years before she made her solo bow. Merchant self-evidently relished the control afforded her by this Read more

Sophie B. Hawkins - 76% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Sophie Ballantine Hawkins, 1 November 1966, Manhattan, New York, USA. Born of liberal, wealthy East Manhattan parents (her father a lawyer, her mother British writer Joan Winthrop), Hawkins’ family background also boasted an aunt, Linda, who had been masseuse to Paul Simon. By the time she moved with Aunt Linda to the arty environs of West Greenwich, she had already beg Read more

Tori Amos - 76% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Myra Ellen Amos, 22 August 1963, Newton, North Carolina, USA. Singer-songwriter Amos was compared early in her career to everyone from Kate Bush to Joni Mitchell. She began playing the piano aged two-and-a-half, and was enrolled in Baltimore’s elite Peabody Institute as a five-year-old prodigy. Legend has it that she was formally ejected for ‘playing by ear’ t Read more

Shawn Colvin - 70% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shanna Colvin, 10 January 1956, Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. A singer-songwriter in the tradition of her teen idol Joni Mitchell, Colvin was of considerable age before she recorded her first songs. Backed by fellow guitarist and songwriting partner John Leventhal (later a collaborator with Marc Cohn), her debut pulled together arresting material with an understated approac Read more

Lisa Loeb - 69% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Lisa Anne Loeb, 11 March 1968, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Singer-songwriter Loeb grew up in Dallas and attended Brown University, where she played in a band with her friend Liz Mitchell and Duncan Sheik. Relocating to New York she recorded a demo tape and toured incessantly with her band Nine Stories, comprising Tim Bright (guitar), Jonathan Feinberg (drums) and Joe Quigley (b Read more

Thea Gilmore - 69% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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25 November 1979, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. This UK singer-songwriter presents a distinctly English take on the angst-rock blueprint of American artists such as Ani DiFranco and Alanis Morissette. Gilmore was brought up in Oxford, where she listened to classic rock records and began to write short stories and poetry. By her mid-teens Gilmore had begun composing and perf Read more

Tracy Bonham - 66% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eugene, Oregon, USA. A pop punk singer-songwriter signed by Island Records in the mid-90s, Bonham made her debut in 1996 with The Burdens Of Being Upright. Having been raised in Eugene, Oregon, one of nine siblings, her first musical training came at the age of nine on violin. She later studied the instrument at the University of Southern California and the Berklee College O Read more

Suzanne Vega - 65% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 July 1959, Santa Monica, California, USA. Vega is a highly literate singer-songwriter who found international success in the late 80s and early 90s. Having moved with her parents to New York City at the age of two, Vega studied dance at the High School for the Performing Arts (as featured in the Fame television series) and at Barnard College, singing her own material in N Read more

Jann Arden - 63% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jann Arden Richards, 27 March 1962, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This Canadian singer-songwriter worked as a salmon-gutter, a golf ball cleaner and a singing waitress before finding success as a musician. Arden recorded a solo single (‘Never Love A Sailor’) under her real name when she was only 17 and started working with rock ‘n’ roll groups in bars and clu Read more

Aimee Mann - 61% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 September 1960, Richmond, Virginia, USA. Having begun performing with the punk-inspired Young Snakes, Aimee Mann achieved recognition during the mid-80s as the lead vocalist of the critically acclaimed ’Til Tuesday. Frustrated with the industry trying to push a more mainstream approach - and suggesting that writers outside the band should contribute material - Mann le Read more

Sheryl Crow - 61% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Spoken Word
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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11 February 1962, Kennett, Missouri, USA. Sheryl Crow’s asymmetric and abrasive songwriting is not the stuff for lazy listeners. She tackles difficult subjects head-on, wrapping the spare lyrics in angular melodies which stick in the mind.Raised in small town Missouri, Crow’s father was a ‘driven’ lawyer who prosecuted the Ku Klux Read more

Joan Osborne - 59% match to Heather Nova

Genres: Blues Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 July 1962, Anchorage, Kentucky, USA. Osborne began her singing career one evening at the Abilene blues bar in New York, USA. Prompted by several drinks, she took the stage at 3 am as a dare and sang Billie Holiday’s ‘God Bless The Child’. The resident pianist at the club encouraged her to attend the bar’s regular open-microphone nights. Although a reluc Read more


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