b. 1972. Named after an Egyptian goddess and brought up by a decidedly hippyish mother in a remote Northumbrian village, Nut left school at 14 and went through a series of dead-end jobs before three years of jazz singing engagements in various wine bars and hotels around London. Influenced musically by Ella Fitzgerald and lyrically by authors such as Graham Greene and Peter Carey, she started creating moody, angst-ridden songs with hints of Sinéad O’Connor but debts to noone. Most of 1995 was occupied recording demos in her home studio in Hammersmith, London; these formed the basis for her debut album, with musicians including her co-writer/producer Pete Evans on drums and Morrissey bass player Jonny Bridgewood. Nut’s mysterious, urchin-like image helped to gain press attention, but her husky voice and intriguing, acoustic soundscapes also enabled her to stand apart from the rest of the mid-90s female singer-songwriter revival.
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