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Indigo Girls Biography

The story began in the early '80s in Decatur, Georgia USA where Amy Ray and Emily Saliers started out as Folk-Rock act playing under the names Saliers & Ray and The B-Band.

In 1986, the re-christened Indigo Girls, released an independent EP and the following year the duo completed work on their debut full-length album "Strange Fire".
Then followed a recording contract with Epic Records and their 1989 eponymous second album enjoyed a 35-week chart run on The Billboard 200 chart peaking at #22; the single "Closer To Fine" cracked The Billboard Hot 100 and reached the #26 spot on The Modern Rock chart propelling the full-length disc to platinum sales. At the 32nd Grammy Awards ceremony, Indigo Girls' self-titled album, won for Best Contemporary Folk Recording.
In September 1990 the duo released "Nomads Indians Saints", it also was a success, although its numbers didn't match those of its predecessor; in U.S. the record reached #43 on the National Top 200 Albums chart while its lead single, "Hammer And A Nail", became a huge hit on The Modern Rock chart peaking at #12.
The fourth effort, "Rites Of Passage", which appeared in early 1992, hit #21 on The Billboard 200 Albums list going platinum and "Galileo" rose to #10 on The Modern Rock Tracks, their highest chart placing to date.
One and a half years later, "Swamp Ophelia", managed to break into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 chart, but the main single, "Least Complicated", missed the top 20 of The Modern Rock chart.
In October 1995 Indigo Girls issued a double-CD live set entitled "1200 Curfews", which was followed by the sixth studio-album, 1997's "Shaming Of The Sun"; the CD peaked at #7 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, highlighted by the Adult-Contemporary hit single "Shame On You".
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers invited a host of guest musicians including Sheryl Crow, Joan Osborne, Sinéad O'Connor's backing band Ghostland, to contribute to their their next album, "Come On Now Social", which was released in September 1999; it stuttered at #34 in U.S. and also marked a drop in sales.
March 2002 saw the release of Indigo Girls' eighth album, "Become You"; it peaked at #30 on The Billboard Top 200 list.
The duo returned two years later with the ninth studio-effort of their lengthy career; "All That We Let In" climbed into the top 40 of The Billboard Top 200 chart and included the single "Perfect World".

In September 2006 Indigo Girls released "Despite Our Differences", their debut album for Hollywood Records; according to Emily Saliers, the collection captures much of what makes her and co-songwriter Amy Ray's compositions so distinct from one another.  Featuring the single "Little Perennials", the album reached #44 on The Billboard 200.
The Folk-Rock duo opted to independently issue their next record; titled "Poseidon And The Bitter Bug" the album came out in March 2009 peaking at #29 on the U.S. Top 200 chart, it contained the single "What Are You Like".
One and a half years later they released their first holiday album, "Holly Happy Days".
In October 2011 Amy Ray and Emily Saliers returned with a new studio record of original material, "Beauty Queen Sister"; prefaced by the single "Making Promises", the album debuted at #36 on The Billboard 200.


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    Amy Ray and Emily Saliers (1987)