American singer/songwriter/poet, Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart, or simply Fiona Apple, was born on September 13, 1977 in Manhattan, New York. She is a classically trained pianist who acquired a great love of music through her family ties. Apple was signed to her first record deal at the age of 17 by Sony Music executive Andy Slater. After spending over a year in the studio, “Tidal” was finally released in July of 1996. The album was an immediate success, accumulating over 2,700,000 units sold and hitting No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart. The critics loved her soulful voice and musical abilities. The top single from the album,”Criminal”, reached No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, and she earned the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1998. She also received the MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography and a nomination for Best Female Video. While units sales would continue to diminish over the next three albums, they all debuted on the charts in the top 13. The album “Extraordinary Machine” (2005) was certified gold and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Albums Chart, and was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards. When not in the studio, Apple spends much of her time collaborating with other musicians and touring throughout the United States.