Laura Beatrice Marling (born 1 February 1990) is an English folk musician from Eversley, Hampshire.
Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her sound is characterised by striking melodies and poetic lyricism. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.
Marling was born in Hampshire, England and learned guitar at an early age. Her father, Sir Charles William Somerset Marling, 5th Baronet, ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music. She was educated at Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. She suffered crippling social unease and fear of death in her early years.
Marling was part of the original line-up of indie folk band Noah and the Whale and was romantically linked with singer/guitarist Charlie Fink. She is featured as a background vocalist on their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down; however, she left the group before the album's 2008 release and split up with Fink that same year....