Fiona Apple is an artist who has been the recipient of praise as well as heavy critique from the music industry and comedians alike. She is well known for creative, subtle, and deep lyrics, her powerful voice and piano playing skills, as well as the occasional controversial statements based... More
Fiona Apple is an artist who has been the recipient of praise as well as heavy critique from the music industry and comedians alike. She is well known for creative, subtle, and deep lyrics, her powerful voice and piano playing skills, as well as the occasional controversial statements based on her unique ethical code and belief system.
Born Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, itís easy to see why the singer chose to simply go by Fiona Apple on stage. Fiona comes from a rich background of performers and entertainers, starting with her grandparents. Her grandfather was a singer and played several reed instruments, while her grandmother danced during the 1920s. Her nuclear family also includes two actors, a singer, a director, and a cabaret performer. Itís clear that Fiona was brought up in a household filled with music, fueling her own natural talent and inclination towards performance.
Her break into the industry was for the most part accidental. Her first demo was passed on to a record executive by a friend who used to babysit for that family. Before she knew it, she was signed with Sony Music and making noise with her well-known single ìCriminalî and the controversial music video which followed. Her first album, Tidal, released in 1996, is certified triple Platinum in the United States. Fiona has since been known to speak out against the copy-cat, pop-culture world of the music industry as well as the mistreatment of animals. She is an active supporter of PETA and is a vegan herself. Although her opinionated comments have not always been received well, Fiona has tried to stay true to herself, above all.
Her second album was titled When the PawnÖ although the official title is a short poem which she wrote as a response to negative responses to a critical article which was published about her in Spin magazine. The lengthy and defensive full title of the album reads: When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks Like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing Fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might So When You Go Solo You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand Then You'll Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter Cause You Know That You're Right. Itís clear to see that Fiona Apple refuses to take heavy criticism lying down. Instead, she is ready to fight for what she considers just.
Her final album, to date, is called Extraordinary Machine. This album took four years to be released to the general public. It has been rumored that Fiona was not happy with its initial sound. It has also been rumored that Sony was not thrilled about the initial album. During this four-year period from 2002 to 2006, many tracks off of the unreleased album leaked out to fans over the internet, however. Fans started campaigning to ìFree Fionaî by officially releasing the album. Extraordinary Machine was finally tweaked, edited, and released to anticipating fans. The album was a tremendous success. It has been certified Gold to date and debuted at number seven in the U.S. (a personal best for Fiona Appleís albums). These days, Fiona is actively performing and touring.