ANGELOU were formed in Norwich by Holly Lerski (guitar, vocal) and Jo Baker (guitar), with Chris Evans (bass) Phil DiPalma (drums). They released their debut album 'Automiracles' on Haven Records in May 1998.
Holly Lerski was the inspirational songwriter with The Rainbyrds, and formed Angelou (named after Maya Angelou) to focus on the distinct female sensibility and sensuality of her songs and reveal her heartbreakingly beautiful voice.
The first fruit of this partnership was the 'Hallelujah EP' released in July 1997 to critical acclaim, and the band then spent the summer months touring round the UK with Eddi Reader. Following the tour, Angelou went into the studio in November with producer Calum MacColl (of the MacColl folk dynasty) to record their debut album Automiracles, recorded quickly over only ten days, featuring guest vocal contributions from Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine.
'Automiracles' showcases ten startlingly original, rich, warm reaffirming songs, with stories that twist and melodies that turn, which will infiltrate your heart and lodge there, refusing to leave. Their second album 'While You Were Sleeping' was released early in May 2000.