Florence + The Machine is a London, UK, art pop band led by singer-songwriter Florence Welch and formed in 2007. The band consists of: Welch (vocals), Robert Ackroyd (guitar), Isabella Summers (aka Isa machine – keyboards), Tom Monger (harp), Mark Saunders(bass, percussion), Christopher Lloyd Hayden (drums, backing vocals), Rusty Bradshaw (keyboard, backing vocals) and Sam White (backing vocals).
Welch was an art-college drop-out, from Camberwell (London), who was discovered singing Motown covers in a nightclub toilet, drunk. The Machine name originated with an in-joke between Welch and Summers. Musically, Florence + the Machine’s sound is sometimes referred to as soul-inspired indie rock. She grew up listening to The White Stripes and Kate Bush and says she writes: metaphorical songs that are “stories with consequences and weird morality issues.”
Florence + the Machine’s music has received praise across the British music media, especially from the BBC, who played a large part in their rise to prominence, by bringing them into the spotlight as part of BBC Introducing. At the Brit Awards 2009, Welch received the Critics’ Choice Award; a category introduced in 2008 focusing on new talent, voted for by a panel of music industry experts.