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Beth Gibbons is a critically acclaimed British singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the trip-hop band Portishead. Born on January 4, 1965 in Exeter, Devon, England, she has become an influential figure in the world of alternative music.

Gibbons' career took off when she formed Portishead in 1991 with Geoff Barrow. The band's innovative blend of jazz, hip-hop beats, and hauntingly beautiful melodies created a new genre that was later dubbed trip-hop. Their debut album "Dummy" (1994) won the Mercury Music Prize in 1995 and is often credited for popularising the trip-hop genre.

Gibbons' voice is noted for its unique quality; a fragile yet powerful instrument that conveys an array of emotions. Her style varies from soulful and emotive to eerily ethereal, often within the same song. This distinctive vocal style has earned her comparisons to Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

In addition to her work with Portishead, Gibbons released a solo album "Out of Season" in 2002 which further showcased her wide-ranging vocal abilities. The album was well received by critics and fans alike.

Throughout her career, Beth Gibbons has been lauded for both her songwriting prowess and her remarkable voice. Despite being intensely private off-stage - a rarity in today's culture of celebrity oversharing - Gibbons' impact on music is undeniable.

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