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Best known as the singer/songwriter behind the mystical indie rock band Lights -- who later changed their name to Cliffie Swan -- Sophia Knapp grew up in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district and later moved to Brooklyn. There she hooked up with Linnea Vedder and Alana Amram and formed Lights in 2004, ultimately recording a 2006 self-titled EP, 2008's self-titled debut album, and 2009's Rites under that name before changing to Cliffie Swan in 2010. During that time, she also collaborated with the bands Life on Earth! and Hopewell. Cliffie Swan's first album, Memories Come True, arrived in 2011. Late in 2010, Knapp had begun recording a solo album inspired by Stevie Nicks, Linda Perhacs, Gal Costa, and other vivid chanteuses, for which she also launched a Kickstarter campaign for extra recording funds. The results, Into the Waves, arrived in 2012. ~ Heather Phares