Artist on the Verge: Indiana

From: Nottingham, England

Real name: Lauren Henson

Sounds like: An edgier version of fellow European chanteuses Robyn and Little Boots, with sinister undertones offsetting the pop shimmer.

Big break: After posting a few cover songs online, Indiana was contacted by producer-songwriter John Beck, best-known for Corinne Bailey Rae's single "Put Your Records On." "He invited me to his studio, and at first I didn't believe him - I thought it was some weirdo," recalls the twentysomething singer. "Then I Googled him and saw he wasn't a weirdo - he was Grammy-nominated."

Bigger break: The hypnotic single "Solo Dancing" took off overseas, hitting No. 14 on the U.K. singles chart in April. Follow-up "Heart On Fire" was premiered by BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe as his "Hottest Record" in May, and precedes her debut album, No Romeo, due overseas on Sept. 1 on Sony.

What's in a name? The British singer has relatives from Indiana, but chose the stage name in memory of her father, an Indiana Jones fan who died when she was 17. "I remember him watching it on TV," she says. "When my mom was moving, a cap fell out of a box and it said 'Indiana' on it, and all these memories came flooding back to me."

Gosling alert: "Solo Dancing" was inspired by Cliff Martinez's electro-pop score to the 2011 Ryan Gosling film Drive. "I was obsessed with it," says Indiana. "That was my starting point for that synth-y bass."

Biggest diva dream: Commanding audiences so big she gets overwhelmed with emotion. "Success, to me, is hearing more voices onstage. In a stadium with 40,000 people, I want to be able to drop the mic and cry."


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