Fiona Apple
Singer-songwriter, musician
Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. Apple garnered international acclaim for her 1996 debut album, Tidal, which was a critical and commercial success. She received a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Criminal" from that album in 1998. After Tidal, Apple released the critically acclaimed, though less commercially successful albums: When the Pawn...
Biography
Fiona Apple's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
News
News abour Fiona Apple from around the web
Study shows dogs love reggae, my dudes
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Dogs are extremely cool and chill, as you can tell from looking at them. And now, we have further scientific evidence that backs it up — they really dig reggae. According to a recent study from Scottish SPCA and the University of Glasgow, dogs' favorite music genres are reggae and soft rock, according to The BBC.  SEE ALSO: Dogs are surprisingly well-behaved concert attendees Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography Scientists tracked dogs' behavior changes when presented with pop, Motown, soft rock, reggae and classical music.  But just because most dogs jam to Bob Marley doesn't mean that your pup is not a sensitive soul that prefers Fiona Apple.  "Overall, the response to different genres was mixed highlighting the possibility that, like humans, our canine friends have their own individual music preferences," said Professor Neil Evans in a statement. Image: Shutterstock / WilleeCole Photography Evans also notes that the dogs were more likely to lying down while any music, regard ...
Article Link:
Yahoo News article
Fiona Apple Releases a Trump Protest Chant
NYTimes - about 1 month
The chant is on a new track, called “Tiny Hands,” the singer created for the women’s march in Washington after Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Article Link:
NYTimes article
Fiona Apple roasts Donald Trump in a dark parody of 'The Christmas Song'
LATimes - 3 months
Looks like it’ll be a dark Christmas for Fiona Apple. The “Shadowboxer” singer has delivered a rewritten version of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” that aims to hit President-elect Donald Trump below the belt.  Her a cappella rendition of “Trump’s … Roasting on an Open Fire” is making the...
Article Link:
LATimes article
The Hilariously Random Illustration Book Every 'Broad City' Fan Needs
Huffington Post - 4 months
Abbi Jacobson, one half of the comedic duo behind “Broad City,” is an artist.  Even the fair-weather fan of “BC” won’t find this surprising. Jacobson plays a struggling illustrator in the Comedy Central show, one who occasionally sells her wares on the streets and “exhibits” her work in sandwich shops.  The more avid admirers of Jacobson’s work, though ― they’re familiar with her pre-”Broad City” days, when she was an artist-in-residence right here at AOL. These are the followers that have been anxiously awaiting the release of Jacobson’s modest tome, Carry This Book, a compilation of drawings that imagine what some of the world’s most famous pop stars, TV personalities, Supreme Court justices, and deceased photographers carry around in their pockets, purses, bags and glove compartments. From Beyoncé to Pee Wee Herman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Kanye, Oprah to Donald Trump, Andy Warhol to Sherlock Holmes, Jacobson slyly illustrates sticks of deodorant, iPhone screens, dog tre ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
President Obama made you a summer travel mixtape that includes Prince and Fiona Apple
LATimes - 7 months
After this season’s election tumult, Barack Obama is 100% ready to hit the road toward somewhere sunny and far away that serves myriad frozen adult beverages. Just listen to his latest Spotify playlists. The White House has released two new Obama-approved summer playlists — one for daytime and one...
Article Link:
LATimes article
Branded Content: The Currency of Connection
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The rise of "content" is a fundamental 21st century marketing phenomenon. But is "advertising," deliberate messages broadcast at one time to swathes of people, dead? Certainly not. Marketers do not spend $250 billion per year on television commercials for sentimental reasons. They do so because brands require carefully crafted positioning and USPs (unique selling propositions) delivered to specific target audiences. But, today, no communications mix is complete without "content" -- that is, creative executions consumers can actively choose to "engage" with. Content exists in all shapes and sizes. Red Bull's invitation to observe Felix Baumgartner's jump from space is compelling while Oral B's Twitter feeds extolling the benefits of "the world's first electronic toothbrush with blue tooth connectivity" is irrelevant. Domino's downloadable pizza ordering app is transactional. Procter & Gamble's celebration of mothers of Olympic champions is transcendent. Mattel's catalogue-cum-c ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Bieber Bathos Elegy and Bernstein - Live from The Whitney
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bieber Bathos Elegy debuts at The Whitney this month "It's time for me to grow up," Justin Bieber said in a recent interview. And growing up amidst the pressures of a complex world and a relentless public eye is the tricky, tenuous, entertaining theme of New York-based artist Felix Bernstein's new musical spectacle, Bieber Bathos Elegy, which will debut at The Whitney Museum of American Art this month. During the performance, Bieber visits the stage as a prophetic angel to critique and parody the show inspired by events from Bernstein's life and critically acclaimed writings, collected recently in Burn Book (Nightboat). This hybrid work of opera, poetry, cabaret drag (artist Shelley Hirsch leads a gay youth's chorus in a rendition of "Tomorrow" from Annie) and deconstructive criticism features Bernstein as the thinking millennial's poet trying to figure out where lieth the reality in the labyrinth of life. Bernstein is the author of Notes on Post-Conceptual Poetry and Burn ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
New Artist Reviews: May Devun
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Shadows have many layers. They contain a chill, dark core, a complete absence of light blocked by an opaque object, like when the moon casts its shadow over the earth. On the outermost edge of the shadow, is a less dark region known as the penumbra, a space where light and dark commingle. Much can be analogized with the penumbra, like how it represents the dichotomy of human nature or the limbo of twilight before dawn. Los Angeles musician, May Devun, is the musical manifestation of the penumbra with her newest album, aptly titled, Penumbra Lounge. Previously a critically acclaimed progressive metal guitarist and composer, Devun completely changed her musical trajectory, leaving the darkness of the rock world for the penumbra of R&B lounge music. Her versatility is apparent in that she has found success in both genres as well as creating a signature sound. To new listeners, this genre jump may seem drastic but because of Devun's passion for music, the change came naturally and se ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
The Wet Darlings Set to Celebrate Columbus Daze With the Rest of America
Huffington Post - over 1 year
What happens when a band emerges as a hometown favorite smack dab in the middle of Ohio before finding mainstream success? If you're Columbus and they're the Wet Darlings, you might try to keep it to yourself.  In the city named for that Italian explorer who let the word out about the New World, the supportive rock residents have kept a tight grip on their little Darlings since the explosive quartet emerged in 2008. With the national release of Beautiful Things on Oct. 23, it'll be time to let go and share them with everyone else.  Of course, that's as long as these four Ohioans who celebrate a spirit of fierce independence decide they really want to break out of their protective cocoon and spread their wings.  Guitarist Bill Patterson, a Columbus native, founded the band seven years ago with bass-playing younger brother Joe after finding their future front-woman, goaded by peer pressure and liquid encouragement, bravely belting out Beyonce in a local karaoke bar.  The group ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Watkins Family Hour: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - over 1 year
With help from Fiona Apple, two Nickel Creek alums gather a band to perform old and new material. Watch the Watkins Family Hour perform three charming, country-flavored songs at the NPR Music offices. » EMail This
Article Link:
NPR article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fiona Apple
    THIRTIES
  • 2014
    Age 36
    During 2014, Apple also appeared at a number of performances by Blake Mills (including in New York city and Cambridge, MA) during his tour in support of his second full-length album, Heigh Ho.
    More Details Hide Details
    In 2014, Apple wrote the opening theme, "Container", for Showtime's new show, The Affair.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2013
    Age 35
    The pair first publicly collaborated on an acoustic version of Apple's "I Know" in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details
    In September 2013, a Chipotle ad appeared online with a soundtrack of Apple covering "Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
    More Details Hide Details The video, which follows a scarecrow as he discovers the truth about factory farming and processed food, was described as "haunted," "dystopian," "bizarre," and "beautiful."
  • 2012
    Age 34
    In November 2012, Apple wrote a letter to her fans – a scan of which was posted to her website and her Facebook page – postponing the South American leg of her tour due to the ill-health of her pet dog, Janet.
    More Details Hide Details According to the letter, the dog has Addison's disease, and further has had a tumor "idling in her chest" for two years. She is vegan.
    As of 2012, Apple resided in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details
    On September 19, 2012 Apple was arrested at an internal Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas and charged with possession of hashish.
    More Details Hide Details Authorities detained Apple at the Hudspeth County Jail.
    Apple appeared on Marc Maron's WTF podcast in July 2012 and discussed the "changes in her life and career over the past 15-plus years".
    More Details Hide Details
    In a June 2012 interview, it was revealed that Apple had briefly married a French photographer several years earlier, "for complicated reasons."
    More Details Hide Details
    Apple contributed a previously unreleased song entitled "Dull Tool" to the soundtrack of the 2012 Judd Apatow film This Is 40.
    More Details Hide Details Another song recorded for the film that was not included in the soundtrack has yet to be released.
    The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Apple's fourth studio album, was released on June 19, 2012, in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details According to an article in American Songwriter "The Idler Wheel isn't always pretty, but it pulses with life, brutal and true."
    Apple announced performances at the South by Southwest Festival and a spring 2012 tour soon after.
    More Details Hide Details
    In January 2012, after its new record label head, LA Reid hinted at new music from Apple, Epic Records announced that the album would be released later in the year.
    More Details Hide Details
    Apple delayed the album's release until 2012, explaining that she was waiting "until her label found a new president and that she didn't want her work to be mishandled amid corporate disarray."
    More Details Hide Details
    In 2012, she released her fourth studio album, The Idler Wheel, which received universal critical praise and was followed by an extensive tour of the USA.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2010
    Age 32
    In late 2010, Billboard published an article stating that Apple was planning on releasing a new album in spring 2011, with musician Michelle Branch claiming to have heard some of the new tracks.
    More Details Hide Details Drummer Charley Drayton also told Modern Drummer magazine that he was co-producing the record. However, the album was not released in the spring and Billboard reported later that Epic was not aware of a record.
    Apple collaborated with Margaret Cho on her album Cho Dependent, which was released on August 24, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details
    In January 2010, Fiona Apple and Jon Brion performed together at "Love and Haiti, Too: A Music Benefit", a charity concert for the people hurt by the Haiti earthquake. Fiona sang a cover of "(S)he's Funny That Way", composed by Neil Moret, lyrics by Richard Whiting, which is often associated with the singer Billie Holiday. In June 2010, Fiona released a song titled "So Sleepy", produced by Jon Brion and written by children involved with the non-profit organization 826LA.
    More Details Hide Details The song was included on a compilation album released by the organization titled Chickens in Love.
  • 2009
    Age 31
    In 2009, Apple covered "Why Try to Change Me Now" and "I Walk A Little Faster" for The Best Is Yet to Come – The Songs of Cy Coleman.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2008
    Age 30
    In 2008, Apple recorded a duet titled "Still I" with Christophe Deluy.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 2007
    Age 29
    Apple toured the East Coast during August 2007, with Nickel Creek.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2006
    Age 28
    In May 2006, Apple paid tribute to Elvis Costello on VH1's concert series Decades Rock Live, by performing Costello's hit "I Want You".
    More Details Hide Details Her version was subsequently released as a digital single.
    Apple recorded a cover of "Sally's Song" for the 2006 special edition release of the soundtrack for the Tim Burton film The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    More Details Hide Details
    In June 2006, Apple appeared on the joke track "Come Over and Get It (Up in 'Dem Guts)" by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
    More Details Hide Details Galifianakis previously appeared in the music video for Apple's "Not About Love".
  • 2005
    Age 27
    Apple went on a live tour to promote the album in late 2005.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2002
    Age 24
    Apple's third album, Extraordinary Machine, was originally produced by Jon Brion. In spring 2002, Apple and Jon Brion, her longtime friend and producer on When the Pawn, met for their weekly lunch meeting.
    More Details Hide Details Brion reportedly "begged" Apple to make another album. Apple agreed, and Brion went to Apple's label, Epic Records, with strict stipulations (including no deadline), which the label eventually agreed to. Recording sessions began in 2002, at Ocean Way studios in Nashville, Tennessee, but later moved to the Paramour Mansion in Los Angeles. Work on the album continued until 2003, and in May of that year it was submitted to Sony executives. In 2004 and 2005, tracks were leaked on the Internet in MP3 format and played on U.S. and international radio. Subsequently, MP3s of the entire album went online. Although a Web site distributing the album was quickly shut down, it soon reached P2P networks and was downloaded by fans. A fan-led campaign supported the album's official release. Mike Elizondo, who had previously played bass on Pawn, was brought back as co-producer to complete the tracks he had begun with Brion and Apple. Spin later reported the following: "Fans erroneously thought that Apple's record label, Epic, had rejected the first version of Extraordinary Machine in reality, according to Elizondo, Apple was unhappy with the results, and it was her decision to redo the record, not her label's." In August 2005, the album was given an October release date. Production had been largely redone "from scratch" by Elizondo and was co-produced by Brian Kehew. Two of the eleven previous leaked tracks were relatively unchanged, and one new song was also included.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    After completing a concert tour in support of her second album in 2000, Apple relocated to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details During her hiatus, Apple contemplated retiring from her recording career. Apple sang with Johnny Cash on a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" that ended up on his album American IV: The Man Comes Around and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals". She also collaborated with Cash on Cat Stevens's "Father and Son", which was included in his 2003 collection Unearthed.
  • 1999
    Age 21
    Apple's second album, When the Pawn, was released in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Its full title is a poem Apple wrote after reading letters that appeared in Spin regarding an article that had cast her in a negative light in an earlier issue. The title's length earned it a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for 2001. However, as of October 2007, it no longer has the longest album title, as Soulwax released Most of the Remixes, a remix album whose title surpasses When the Pawn's length by 100 characters. When the Pawn was cultivated during Apple's relationship with film director Paul Thomas Anderson. When the Pawn, which was produced by Jon Brion, used more expressive lyrics, experimented more with drum loops, and incorporated both the Chamberlin and drummer Matt Chamberlain. The album received a positive reception from publications such as The New York Times and Rolling Stone. It did not fare as well commercially as her debut, though it was an RIAA-certified platinum album and sold one million copies in the U.S. The album's lead single, "Fast as You Can", reached the top twenty on Billboards Modern Rock Tracks chart and became Apple's first Top 40 hit in the UK. The videos for two follow-up singles, "Paper Bag" and "Limp" (directed by then-boyfriend Anderson), received very little play.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1997
    Age 19
    Apple accepted MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist" for her song Sleep to Dream in 1997 The New Yorker and NYRock criticized her MTV award show speech. "When I have something to say, I'll say it," she said, responding to these criticisms in an article in Rolling Stone in January 1998.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Apple also made recordings of The Beatles' "Across the Universe" and Percy Mayfield's "Please Send Me Someone to Love" for the soundtrack of the film Pleasantville. She later canceled the last twenty-one dates on a tour in support of her album due to "personal family problems".
  • 1996
    Age 18
    In 1996, Apple's debut album, Tidal, was released by Work Records and Columbia Records.
    More Details Hide Details The album sold 2.7 million copies and was certified three times platinum in the U.S. "Criminal", the third single, became a hit and the song reached the top forty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song's controversial Mark Romanek-directed music video played on MTV. Other singles from Tidal included "Shadowboxer", "Sleep to Dream", and "Never Is a Promise".
    Her debut album, Tidal, written when Apple was seventeen, was released in 1996 and received a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the single "Criminal".
    More Details Hide Details She followed with When the Pawn (1999), produced by Jon Brion, which was also critically and commercially successful and went certified platinum. For her third album, Extraordinary Machine (2005), Apple again collaborated with Brion, and began recording the album in 2002. However, Apple was reportedly unhappy with the production and opted not to release the record, leading fans to erroneously protest Epic Records, believing that the label was withholding its release. The album was eventually re-produced without Brion and released in October 2005 to critical acclaim.
  • 1994
    Age 16
    Apple was introduced to the music industry in 1994, when she gave a demo tape containing the songs "Never Is a Promise", "Not One of Those Times", and "He Takes a Taxi" to her friend who was the babysitter for music publicist Kathryn Schenker.
    More Details Hide Details Schenker then passed the tape along to Sony Music executive Andy Slater. Apple's abilities captured his attention, and Slater signed her to a record deal.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    Born
    Born in New York City in 1977, Apple is the daughter of singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart, who met when both were cast in the Broadway musical Applause.
    More Details Hide Details Her maternal grandparents were dancer Millicent Green and big band vocalist Johnny McAfee. Her sister sings cabaret under the stage name Maude Maggart, and actor Garett Maggart is her half brother. Apple grew up in Morningside Gardens in Harlem with her mother and sister, but spent summers with her father in Los Angeles. Apple was classically trained on piano as a child, and began composing her own pieces by the age of eight. When learning to play piano, she would often take sheet music and translate guitar tablature into the corresponding notes. Apple later began to play along with jazz standard compositions after becoming proficient, through which she discovered Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, who became major influences on her. At age twelve, Apple was raped outside the apartment she shared with her mother and sister. She then developed an eating disorder, purposely slimming her developing body, which she saw as "bait." The rape served as the inspiration for "Sullen Girl," a selection she wrote and composed, then recorded, for the album Tidal. In 2000, however, she insisted: "It doesn't get into the writing. It's a boring pain. It's such a fuckin' old pain that, you know, there's nothing poetic about it."
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)