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St Vincent: 5 Acts of Legend

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> Born Anne Erin Clark in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she took the nom de plume St. Vincent in 2006. The choice was inspired both by her great-grandmother, whose middle name was St. Vincent, and by Nick Cave’s song “There She Goes, My Beautiful World,” which refers to poet Dylan Thomas’s death in Manhattan’s now-defunct St. Vincent’s Hospital.

> As a teen, she roadied for her relatives Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart — a.k.a. the guitar-vocal duo Tuck & Patti — and saw firsthand how powerful music can be. “I’d watch Tuck & Patti bring people to tears,” she said.

> Following stints with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, Clark launched her solo career as St. Vincent. Her seamless blend of rock, jazz, electronic and classical music made her second album, Actor, a minor hit in 2009, and paved the way for the mainstream success of her 2011 follow-up, Strange Mercy. A 2012 collaboration with David Byrne, Love This Giant, raised her profile even further.

> St. Vincent’s self-titled 2014 solo release received a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album. She was just the second female solo artist to win the honor since its creation in 1991, when it went to Sinéad O’Connor.

> In 2016, Ernie Ball Music Man released St. Vincent’s signature electric guitar (shown above). An instant classic, the instrument features a one-of-a-kind shape based on her own design. Fans include Jack White, who has performed onstage with it.

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