Picks and Pans Review: Gabriella Cilmi

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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As a student of pop music, this 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Australia has clearly been on the AP track. With her tangy, torchy delivery, Cilmi comes from the same vocal school as Amy Winehouse and Duffy, while also sharing their appreciation for '60s sounds (see: "Sanctuary"). But Cilmi has also learned a few things from Shakira and fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue. It's all paying off: Last year she won six ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards for this, her impressive debut, and recently was one of VH1's You Oughta Know artists. Hopefully she's just getting started.
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