Singer-songwriter whose albums like Everything I Need focus on the emotional highs and lows of romantic relationships.
She began playing at local coffee houses while she was still in college, eventually dropping out to tour with Morrissey and to release her debut album.
An outspoken lesbian, she has incorporated LGBT themes in some of her music, and has been praised by gay and lesbian advocates.
She was born near Ipswich, Massachusetts.
She considers Tori Amos among her greatest musical inspirations.