Happy Birthday to Fiona Apple, a True Original

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Few artists operate in a vacuum, which means that even the most original performer absorbs her influences from somewhere. So it goes that Fiona Apple (born Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart on September 13, 1977), a remarkably talented singer and songwriter known for carving her own niche, has never operated without outside influences. Yet, what's admirable is that Apple never feels compelled to betray her influences in her music and that over the course of the four albums she's released in the past decade and a half, she's crafted a singular vision spurred on by her inventive intent.

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Lee Zimmerman