New Zealand's Julia Darling began her artistic career as a dancer in Melbourne, Australia, but soon moved on to poetry as her creative outlet, which progressed into songwriting. Borrowing money from a roommate for an acoustic guitar, Darling became a street musician, and was noticed by a passing record company executive. This led to Darling finding a manager and releasing an EP of her songs, which resulted in a record deal from Wind-Up Records. 1999's Figure 8 marked Darling's full-length debut and her first release for the label.
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