PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey MBE (born 9 October 1969 in Yeovil, Somerset, Polly Jean Harvey actually ) is a British alternative singer and songwriter.

Musical career

PJ Harvey began her musical career in the band Automatic Dlamini. Under her name PJ Harvey later founded a trio. In 1992, the first joint album Dry the label Too Pure, which attracted the attention of the independent scene on the tape.

1993 Harvey signed a contract with the record label Iceland Records. Then it then published in quick succession two albums, Rid of Me in the original cast and, after Harvey had decided to continue as a solo artist, the album 4- Track Demos. In the same year she toured as opening act for U2.

1995, her album To Bring You My Love, which produced John Parish and Flood. To Bring You My Love became one the most successful independent albums. Parish and Harvey had worked together in the band Automatic Dlamini. In 1996, multi-instrumentalist and producer and PJ Harvey out jointly Dance Hall at Louse Point. Nick Cave's Murder Ballads album On ( 1996) PJ Harvey represented as a duet partner with Henry Lee. She is also on Tricky album Angels with Dirty Faces (1998) on the song Broken Homes guest singer.

With their follow-up album Is This Desire? (1998) she was able to build neither the critics nor in the plate buyers to the success of To Bring You My Love. In 1999, Harvey joined back together with her ​​old bandmates. Together they recorded the album Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea ( 2000) in Dorset and New York. For this album, on the Thom Yorke ( Radiohead ) as a guest vocalist is in the process got PJ Harvey 2001 Mercury Music Prize is awarded. On the album It's a Wonderful Life (2001) by Sparklehorse PJ Harvey is represented as a guest singer and musician.

In 2003 she was invited to the Rancho De La Luna, where she has worked with Josh Homme and other artists to the Desert Sessions Volumes 9 & 10.

In May 2004, the album Uh Huh Her, which anknüpft stylistically back to Harvey's earlier albums appeared. She is also represented in 2004 on the album Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan. Here she provided the voice for the song Hit the City and Come to Me 2005 she worked with on the album Before the Poison by Marianne Faithfull, on which also includes the song No Child of Mine is included.

With that in September 2007 appeared highly elegiac album White Chalk Harvey has renounced the use of the hitherto most dominant electric guitar. Instead, they settled exclusively by acoustic instruments - mainly the piano - accompany and presented himself vocally mostly a pitch higher.

On 30 March 2009 the album A Woman a Man Walked By was released, the Harvey Hall at Louse Point as Dance (1996 ) had recorded in collaboration with John Parish. The next and now eighth solo album by the British, Let England Shake, was released in February 2011. PJ Harvey got it for the second time awarded the Mercury Music Prize ( after 2001 ). Numerous magazines chose Let England Shake album of the year.

In addition to her career as a musician PJ Harvey appeared as Mary Magdalene in Hal Hartley's film The Book of Life on. She has also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and is a recognized sculptor.

In June 2013, it was honored for her contribution to the music with the MBE. Queen Elizabeth II gave her the Order on 10 December 2013, Buckingham Palace.


Studio albums




As a guest musician