Florence Welch, born Florence Leontine Mary Welch on August 28, 1986, is an English singer and songwriter of the rock band, Florence and the Machine. Welch and her band have attained great success on the music scene, creating chart-topping songs and winning several awards for their efforts. Today, we are going to learn more about the lead singer and celebrate her achievements on her birthday.
Florence Welch is an English singer and songwriter born in Camberwell, London to a British father and American mother. She began singing at an early age, often performing at family weddings and funerals. After finishing high school, Welch studied at Camberwell College of Arts before dropping out to focus on her music. She did a few gigs in small venues around London and started becoming noticed as a singer.
In 2009, Welch released her first album, under the band name Florence and the Machine, titled “Lungs.” The debut album was a huge success in the U.K. as well as the United States and peaked at number one in the U.K. as well as number one on the U.S. “Billboard” Heatseekers Albums chart. After the triumph of their first album, the band released three further albums, “Ceremonials” (2011), “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” (2015), and “High as Hope” (2018). Welch has also collaborated with other artists, but most notably, with Calvin Harris on the song ‘Sweet Nothing,’ which became a massive hit.
Welch is also a talented songwriter and has been credited with writing songs for Rihanna, Sia, and CamelPhat. In 2022, Welch is still going strong in the music industry and has released her fifth studio album, “Dance Fever” along with her band. Welch is well-known for her free spirit, and often performs barefoot, with “Vogue” calling her “the queen of Bohemian style.” We are sure we haven’t seen the last of Florence and the Machine nor Welch herself on the music scene and we look forward to what she does next.
She and her band, Florence and the Machine, debut their album “Lungs.”
Welch wins ‘British Album of the Year’ at the Brit Awards.
She works with Scottish producer Calvin Harris on the song 'Sweet Nothing,’ which is a huge hit.
Welch and her band release their fifth album, “Dance Fever.”
Why We Love Florence Welch
She is open about her struggles
Welch has been very open about her struggles with alcoholism, eating disorders, and more through her music as well as interviews. It is a great way to bring awareness as well as destigmatize the subjects.
She supports women’s rights
She has been vocal about her support for women’s rights in numerous states. At a concert, she also told the audience to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union instead of buying merchandise.
She also supports L.G.B.T.Q. rights
She is also very supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights. She often waves the rainbow flag on stage.
5 Surprising Facts
Her guilty pleasure
Welch is known for her style, and one of her guilty pleasures is shopping for clothes online.
She is scared of flying
The songstress has stated that she gets very nervous on flights.
She is an author
She has published a book, which featured poems, song lyrics, and drawings — the book is titled “Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry.”
She doesn't like deodorant
Welch has said that she doesn't like the smell of deodorant and prefers the smell of sweat.
The name “Florence and the Machine”
The band’s name came about after she made music with a friend called Isabella Machine — Welch was called Florence Robot, so they later combined the name to form Florence and the Machine.
Florence Welch FAQs
What disorder does Florence Welch have?
She suffers from dyslexia.
Is Florence Welch married?
No, she has never been married.
Does Florence Welch have siblings?
Yes, she has two siblings, Grace Welch and J.J. Welch.
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