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"Esthero" (born "Jen-Bea Englishman", December 23, 1978 in Stratford, OntarioCanadian singer-songwriter who hails originally from Toronto, Ontario but has recently moved to Los Angeles. The name "Esthero," pronounced ), refers both to the singer and to the two-person team of herself and her producer, "Doc". She claims to have gotten the name from an old film character named Esther, whose last line in a movie (called, The Bell Jar based on the autobiographical Sylvia Plath novel) is, "If I am to be the hero, then I cannot fly from darkness."

Esthero's sound characteristically features her voice over a mix of mellow bass lines, jazzy trumpets, Spanish guitar and hip-hop. She is sometimes compared to trip-hop artists Björk, Portishead and the Sneaker Pimps. Later artists who count Esthero among their influences include Res and fellow Canadian Nelly Furtado.

Esthero has appeared as a guest jurist on the popular MuchMusic show Video On Trial.

Esthero's brother, j. englishman, is also a musician.

At the age of sixteen, Esthero moved on her own to Toronto, where she began singing at open-mic nights while supporting herself by working at a café. Within months, a m...

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