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    Lisa Hannigan

    Hometown: Dublin, Ireland Most Recent Release: Passenger Sounds Like: A cross-stitched scene of the seaside hanging in coastal cottage.

    Lisa Hannigan began her musical career as a collaborator with Damien Rice, so the Irish-based singer had fertile soil to grow her own solo efforts in. After ending her professional relationship with Rice in 2007, Hannigan went on to release her debut album See Sew in 2008 to critical acclaim, including two Mercury prize nominations, and a spot as the opening act for Jason Mraz on his U.S. tour. Hannigan's voice is at once spidery and undulating—it creeps, but in a good way. She called her 2011 offering Passenger which is a name that subtly sums up her vocal stylings— she passes like a shadow through the strings and slight drums of tracks like "Paper House" and her duet with Ray LaMontagne, "O Sleep." Hannigan lays claim to the passenger side with clear intentions though, often the side-seat offers a perspective the driver may miss, and her careful observations reveal a singer-songwriter on the brink of great things.