Florence Leontine Mary Welch (born 28 August 1986) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Florence + the Machine and her subsequent solo career.
Florence + the Machine's debut album, Lungs, was released in 2009; on 17 January 2010, the album reached the top position in the UK after being on the chart for 28 consecutive weeks. Lungs won the Brit Award for Best British Album in 2010. The group's second studio album, Ceremonials, released in October 2011, debuted at number one in the UK and number six in the US. Following the release of Ceremonials, the group took a year off before beginning work on their third studio album. However, the album was put on hold as part of the group's decision to go on hiatus. In December 2014, it was reported that Welch would embark on a solo project away from Florence + The Machine for the first time in her career.
In early 2015, Welch released her solo debut album Monarch, which spawned the singles 'All The Glory' and 'Resonance'. Shortly before she was set to begin The Monarchy Tour in support of the album, Welch abandoned her promotional schedule, including the tour, in order to begin work on a follow-up album. In June 2015, Welch released her second solo album To Have Without Holding to critical and commercial success. The album included the top 3 single 'Open Palm' which was awarded Song of The Year at the 2016 Grammys, where To Have Without Holding won Best Rock Album. In 2016, Welch created, co-wrote and starred in the Netlfix original mini-series The Stranger Chronicles. The series won three Emmy awards including Outstanding Limited Series and Welch was awarded Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for her portrayal of Anastasia. Welch used the mini-series to debut the single 'Stranger' in February 2016.