WHAT SHE'S DONE:
The 27-year-old chanteuse from Leeds, England, had both the No. 1 album and No. 1 single (the buoyant summer jam ''Put Your Records On'') in the U.K. this year.
HOW SHE'S DOING IT:
Think a warm, sultry blend of Norah Jones Cool and Macy Gray Soul, with songwriting that shows flashes of Fiona Apple.
WHEN SHE'LL BREAK BIG:
Her debut, Corinne Bailey Rae, arrives Stateside on June 20.
WHY YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR HER:
Before reinventing herself as a jazzy vocalist, Rae was lead singer and guitarist of the Zeppelin-worshiping all-girl band Helen. Rawk!