"I just sort of screamed into a microphone for ages," the British pop singer Charli XCX says of the time leading up to Sucker. Bella Howard/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan doesn't mind that, despite her critical acclaim, she's not a household name. "The people that respect what I do and hire me, that's all I need, you know?" she says. "I just need to keep doing this music as long as I live. " Richard Laird/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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