Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple gained a recording contract in 1995 as one in a crop of mid-'90s female artists, but
herconfessional writing andthroaty vocals made the teenager sound like much more than just the latest flavor. Born in 1977 in
NewYork to singer Diana McAfee and actorBrandon Maggart, Apple began playing the piano at the age of eight and
startedcomposing her own songs just four years later, after the separationof her parents and her own brutal rape. After leaving
highschool at the age of 16, she journeyed to Los Angeles to see her father and make a demotape of her songs. After
severalmonths of tape-passing, Sony Music signed Apple in 1995.