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PHILADELPHIA, PA - WXPN, the nationally-recognized leader in Triple A music and non-commercial radio service of the University of Pennsylvania, names Laura Marling as its October Artist To Watch. WXPN Asst. Music Director and Host Mike Vasilikos presented the first of the month's on-air segments today, October 3, in the 4 p.m. hour.

This British artist emerged onto the London folk scene in 2007, releasing her first album a year later, and her third album, A Creature I Don't Know, was released in September to great acclaim. Laura Marling hails originally from Hampshire, and was taught to play the guitar by her father at a very young age. Having commenced her musical explorations with learning songs by such greats as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, her musical style was shaped early on into what it is today - largely acoustically based folk with beautiful melodies and captivating lyrics throughout. Marling's family moved to London when Laura was sixteen, and she has since toured throughout the UK with many well-known indie and folk artists, most notably Mumford and Sons and Johnny Flynn. She was named "Best British Female Artist" at the Brit Awards and "Best Solo Artist" at NME Awards this past year, and is sure to continue winning over listeners with all of her future musical endeavors.

"With acoustic music as her base, she's transcended her folk roots; there are times when she recalls Joni Mitchell in voice and songwriting structure," says Bruce Warren, Assistant General Manager of Programming for WXPN. "While the world sure isn't short on singer-songwriters, Marling stands out as an excellent story teller and song arrangements that showcase a lot of musical depth and versatility."

For more on the XPN Artists To Watch series and this month's featured artist click here.

Since 2003, the XPN Artists To Watch series has been a reflection of WXPN's commitment to nurturing fresh, new talent and exposing listeners to the best new music. Each month, the XPN Artists To Watch series spotlights a different up-and-coming performer who has produced an album or body of work that demonstrates outstanding vision, creativity and songwriting ability. Month-long on-air promotion is combined with online features to help audiences discover each artist.

WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN produces World Cafe®, public radio’s most popular program of popular music hosted by David Dye and syndicated by NPR, and the Peabody Award winning Kids Corner hosted by Kathy O’Connell. WXPN also produces the alternative rock service, XPN2 as its secondary radio channel in HD that is also available online. WXPN serves the greater Philadelphia area at 88.5 FM, the Lehigh Valley at 104.9, Worton/Baltimore at 90.5 FM, Lancaster/York at 88.7 FM, Harrisburg at 99.7 FM and the world via online streaming at XPN.org.