As a singer who writes her own songs and staunchly refuses to stick to just one style of music, Estelle Swaray is accustomed to taking risks.Her music spans hip-hop, soul, reggae and pop - and she is equally adept at whatever genre she turns her attention to. I'm not a great sleeper, so I didn't enjoy being woken up.Kanye is known for his ego, but Estelle insists he is a joy to work with.The second of eight children, Estelle was raised in a strict, church-going household by her Senegalese mother and West Indian stepfather.have never left their city, their town, haven't left their 'hood, haven't left their area, their corner of the world," Estelle stated during a recent telephone interview. They've never left their house." According to the Brit, sadly, these are also the individuals most vocal in their opinions.While discussing new single "Conqueror," from her forthcoming be told they're certain things based on who they want to have sex with or who they're in love with." Since global smash "American Boy" earned her and featured rapper Kanye West a 2008 Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, Estelle has acknowledged -- even reveled in -- a solid gay following.
‘It got to a point where it got too much, too fake, too plastic, crazy people – I was like let me go and figure out who I am.’ She set up her own record label, Stellarents, ‘to make my own career work because no-one knew what to do with me.’ No wonder; Estelle was a rapper and producer, so when she started singing she surprised many.
‘This is where my granddad came from, it’d be an honour to do something more in his memory, he died last year.’And as for moving back to Europe? 'But we will stay on the subject, because her love life inspired .
‘I will come back eventually - depends on where I am boyfriend and baby-wise. ’ It’s a point we keep coming back to in our conversation; ‘I’m the singlest woman alive,’ she sighs dramatically. ‘It took four years to make that record - I grew up, moved labels, moved countries, moved my life up two levels.
Every single song has a real-life situation attached to it – I’m scared a boy is gonna come and sue me pretty soon!
I went through a lot and I put it in that album.’ Dance, motown, soul, and the zouk and reggae that her Senegalese mum and Grenadian stepfather played in the house are her main influences in a record which she promises is ‘real talk, no preaching.