"Elizabeth Clark Phair," (born April 17 1967) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. She emerged from Chicago, Illinois with her debut album, ''Exile in Guyville'' and became a critical success.
Phair was born Elizabeth Clark Phair in New Haven, Connecticut, but was raised in Winnetka, Illinois by her wealthy adoptive parents. Phair has an older brother named Philip (also adopted). She was a student of New Trier High School. After studying art history at Oberlin College in Ohio, Phair met guitarist Chris Brokaw (late of Come) who, while visiting her San Francisco loft-mate Nora Maccoby, heard Phair's songs and encouraged her to record them. After moving back to Chicago, Phair began writing songs and releasing homemade tapes under the name ''Girlysound'', supporting herself by selling her drawings on the streets of Chicago. Soon, she was a part of the alternative music scene in Chicago and became friends with Material Issue and Urge Overkill, two of Chicago's upstart bands to go national in the early 1990s, as well as Brad Wood and John Henderson, head of Feel Good All Over, an independent label in Chicago. An attempt at re-recording the ''Girlysound'' tapes fail...
|Born|| April 17 1967|
New Haven, Connecticut