Aminata Kabba, better known as A*M*E, is a Sierra Leonean-born British singer-songwriter. A*M*E was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 13 December 1994. In 2011, Kabba was discovered and signed by Take That frontman Gary Barlow to his label, Future Records. On 9 December 2012 the BBC announced that A*M*E had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll. In January 2013 A*M*E signed to Sony Music's Epic Records after Barlow closed Future Records to focus on his own career commitments. Her single Need U, a collaboration with Duke Dumont and MNEK, topped the UK singles chart on 7 April 2013.