Polly Jean Harvey MBE, known as PJ Harvey, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, writer, poet, and composer. She was born 9 October 1969 in Britport, Dorset. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments.
Harvey began her career in 1988 when she joined local band Automatic Dlamini as a vocalist, guitarist, and saxophone player. The band's frontman, John Parish, would become her long-term collaborator. In 1991, she formed a trio and subsequently began her professional career. The trio released two studio albums, Dry (1992) and Rid of Me (1993) before disbanding, after which Harvey continued as a solo artist. Since 1995, she has released a further nine studio albums with collaborations from various muscians and has also worked extensively with record producer Flood.
She has been awarded the Mercury Prize twice in 2001 and 2011 -the only artist to have won twice. In 2011, she was awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards. In June 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to music.