A Small Town Welsh Girl Goes Global: Duffy
It's not always easy for a musician to make the transition from the UK to the US, but it wasn't a problem for Duffy! Her debut album topped the UK charts and found huge success in the US -- including a Grammy win -- and now she's ready to do it all over again.
Aimée Ann Duffy was raised in North Wales, and from an early age showed an affinity for music -- though she had little exposure to it. With few albums in the house, she learned about music from her father's videotapes of the 1960s rock show, "Ready, Steady, Go!" and first discovered soul when she watched the movie "Sister Act."
As a teenager, Duffy sang with several local bands and auditioned for a television talent competition - reaching second place. Following that, she independently released a three-song EP, "Aimée Duffy," which made it to the Welsh charts. She got the attention of Rough Trade Records owner Jeanette Lee, who introduced Duffy to former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, who gave her a complete introduction to soul, and they worked together on several songs.
Duffy signed with A&M Records in the UK and soon released her debut album, "Rockferry." The single "Mercy" turned her into an international star -- it went to number one on the UK charts, and after signing with Mercury Records, it went multi-platinum in the US. It was a popular song for film and television as well, and was included on shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and films like "Sex and the City: The Movie." The album earned her a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and sold over 6.5 million copies worldwide -- making it the 4th best-selling album of 2008.
Now Duffy is back with her second album, "Endlessly," and stopped by to perform her hit single, "Well Well Well." Check out the performance right here.