Last updated: 07 July 2009

While it's become the norm for US artists such as The Bravery, The Strokes or Scissor Sisters making a name for themselves in the UK before taking on their home turf, it's unusual for a British artist to turn the tables. And yet singer-songwriter Jem became a sensation in America without being much more than a well-kept secret in the UK.

Jem was born in Wales and grew up in Penarth, the coastal town just outside Cardiff. By the age of 13 she was singing and writing songs, recording them on basic equipment. Yet it remained a hobby for some time.

Read the full Jem biography.

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