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Florence Welch is the lead singer of the English indie rock band Florence and the Machine. She can be heard on popular songs such as "Kiss with a Fist" and "Shake It Out."
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The band itself made an appearance in a 2011 episode of Gossip Girl.
An article in The Sunday Times of London called Welch the "most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment: poetic, literate, hurricane-voiced, prime to climbing up lighting rigs on stage." It went on to say that Welch is "a bamboozling concoction of cake-berserk 7-year-old child, mystical soothsayer and will-o'-the-wisp for whom life is a 'constant acid trip.'"
In the midst of writing music for Florence and the Machine's new album in early 2010, Welch was offered the chance to travel to Los Angeles to work with producers and writers of American pop music. Although she was tempted at first, Welch changes her mind, saying, "No. No. No. No. No! I can't do that. This is too weird. I can't just suddenly leave behind everything that made Lungs," according to a September 2011 Billboard.com article.
Instead, the band made its second studio album Ceremonials, which included tracks by Summers, Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon, James Ford and composer Eg White, and was released in October 2011. A video for album track "What the Water Gave Me" was released on iTunes as a buzz single and on the band's VEVO channel on YouTube: It drew 1.5 million views in two days.
The band did a significant amount of touring while writing and recording for Ceremonials, which was released in 2011.
In January 2011, Welch worked with rapper Drake on material for his upcoming record, and in July 2012, suffered a vocal injury that caused her to cancel two European festival performances. According to a Reuters article published in The Vancouver Sun, Welch said, "It finally happened, I've lost my voice. Seriously, I felt something snap, it was very frightening."
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