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British blues and soul singer Dani Wilde grew up in Hullavington in Wiltshire, where her fatherís record collection, full of Motown, Stax, and Chess sides, convinced her that she wanted to sing and perform, and by the age of 17 she was opening for the likes of Maddy Prior. When she turned 18, Wilde moved to Brighton to pursue a degree in music and took whatever singing spots she could find, quickly finding an audience, and by the end of 2006 she was opening for Jools Holland at the Royal Albert Hall. Blessed with a soulful voice, a unique guitar style, and a deep knowledge of the blues, Wilde caught the attention of blues label Ruf Records and signed with the imprint in 2007, releasing her debut album, Heal My Blues, a year later in 2008. Wilde toured the blues festival circuit behind the album, then returned to the studio with blues producer Mike Vernon to record her second album, Shine, which was released in the summer of 2011. She next teamed with Samantha Fish and Cassie Taylor for the blues sampler album Girls with Guitars, which also appeared from Ruf Records in 2011.