Florence + the Machine disappeared for four years, but they are surely making their comeback known in the music world. How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful opened to almost all positive reviews and was number one on the charts for weeks.
The band, fronted by lead singer Florence Welch, keyboardist Isabella Summers, guitarist Rob Ackroyd, harpist Tom Monger, bassist Mark Saunders and drummer Christopher Hayden, has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, as well as BBC Music Awards and plenty more. Along with the release of Lungs and Ceremonials, this album is one of the best alternative records to date. And, they've received yet another honor.
Florence + the Machine was named Artist of the Year 2015 by Apple Music. A huge honor, this puts a massive spotlight on the indie band, as they beat out plenty of other artists including Adele, Ed Sheeran and Beyonce, among others.
What is truly amazing is this band's rise and transformation from small British indie rock band to musical sensations with a unique sound we haven't heard before. Welch was discovered in a night club bathroom when she started singing an Etta James song (while drunk) to impress now-manager, Miss Nash. Nash was so impressed that she booked Welch for a Christmas party -- then came the band.
The original band was makeup of Florence and Isabella "the Machine" Summers, and, then, they decided to add the likes of Monger, Ackroyd and Hayden. The "machine," aka the instrument players, were going to change throughout the years as the band would continue to be fronted by Welch, but, due to great chemistry and a strong bond in the band, they have stuck by Welch since 2008. Since then, backup singers have joined the team, and the band has become one of the most unique in the business.
In my opinion, as someone who has followed the band since its humble beginnings, it's about time this band has gotten recognized. In the end, hard work pays off ... even if you take the course of going from singing in the bathrooms to fronting a Grammy-nominated band.