Even by her own daredevil standards, though, the decision to abandon her beloved West London and cross the Atlantic to live in New York a year ago seemed like a huge gamble. "Moving to New York did leave me in a state of culture shock, though. The Americans have a team mentality, whereas we are encouraged to think more individually.
"It was really a practical move," sighs the 28-year-old, taking a break from rehearsals for tonight's Later With Jools Holland show. "If I don't agree with something, I let people know, and it occasionally leads to tension. singer John Legend's Home School label, she now sits at No.
However, Estelle used her newfound role as an actress to help get her music heard.
Just a few months later, she guest starred in hit US TV show , performing her single 'Conqueror' with Jamal Lyon (played by Jussie Smollett).
Because of the huge popularity of the show, it saw her track climb to No.42 on the US Hot 100, logging her highest entry since 2008's 'American Boy'.
Since then, Estelle has continued to play shows across the world.
The lanky, west London girl with striking looks and killer R&B licks?But I usually iron things out." If Estelle was taking a chance in moving to New York, the risk has paid off handsomely. 1 in the UK charts with her house-meets-pop single American Boy.Her new album, Shine, is on course to hit the Top Five on Sunday.As a singer who writes her own songs and staunchly refuses to stick to just one style of music, Estelle Swaray is accustomed to taking risks.Her music spans hip-hop, soul, reggae and pop - and she is equally adept at whatever genre she turns her attention to. I'm not a great sleeper, so I didn't enjoy being woken up.