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3 October 1956, Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. Blues guitarist Coleman eschewed early stardom, either by accident or fate. She raised a daughter and supported her family with jobs as a nurse and electrician well before recognition as a major blues artist. It is perhaps partly due to her down-to-earth quality that she has earned such a massive crossover following. The early inspiration of seeing the Monkees on television gave Coleman the idea of taking up the guitar at the age of eight years. She was 15 years old when she began to play in rock and R&B bands. Colemans discovery of Jimi Hendrixs music prompted her to switch from bass to lead guitar, touring with her all-women rock band Moxxie. Despite a youthful start, it was through her twenties that Coleman slowly absorbed the core influences that have led to her success. She also developed her own composition skills by humming ideas for songs into a tape recorder for later use.