Born in London to a half-French father and Indian-born mother, Pallot spent part of her childhood in India before settling in Jersey.

In 2002, she released her debut album in the UK through a major label - an experience that taught her, "many things, but especially that it's never a good idea to make a video in which you fly." Parting company with the mainstream music business, Pallot recorded Fires between LA and her London home before releasing the album on her own label Idaho.

Produced by Howard Willing (Smashing Pumpkins), Wendy Melvoin (Prince & The Revolution) and Eric Rosse (Tori Amos), the record teams Pallot's classical musical training with her love of country, folk and rock music - with influences including Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Carole King and Rufus Wainwright.

The album has all the makings of a good-old fashioned groundswell. The Telegraph wrote, 'A pop-rock gem. Melodically rich and lyrically complex.' The Times put simply, 'A treasure' and Uncut declared Fires, 'marries fiercely intelligent songs to memorable tunes and outrageous pop hooks'.Nerina Pallot