在青年生涯中，她与当地的乐团和乐队（例如 Surrey County Youth Orchestra）演奏音乐，也曾简单的组过一个朋克乐队名叫Wasted Minds，不久后便解散了。14岁时在Trinity Studios录制了自己歌曲的演示磁带，然而，她毅然选择了继续自己的学业尽管自已对音乐有强大的兴趣。
在Alton大学，她开始更倾向与Jazz。在Durham的St Chad's大学学习时，她遇到了Will Rutter。她们一起写歌，并组成了叫做Black Coffee的爵士乐双人组合在英国北部、东部的酒吧和咖啡厅表演。
离开大学之后，Herbert和Rutter移居London。不久她们在那遇到了Boney M以前的一个成员，他在波兰的电视选秀节目中作评委。她和Rutter得到了邀请，她们的组合Black Coffee赢得了比赛。
回到London之后，Black Coffee一直在当地酒吧里表演直到她们被介绍给Ian Shaw，一个著名的Jazz歌手。这让她们有机会发行了第一张有着原创歌曲的CD。“Sweet Insomnia”这首歌特邀Jamie Cullum加入。这张专辑在Jazz FM和Radio 2获得了极具意义的播发量，Michael Parkinson也对此专辑加以推荐。
很快，Herbert和Universal Classics and Jazzl签约，发行了她的第一张个人专辑Bittersweet and Blue。包括一些她的原创歌曲。
Herbert离开了Universal Classics and Jazz去追求一个更少商业化，更加个人化的音乐道路。与生产商Polar Bear's Seb Rochford合作中，Herbert用3天录制了 Between Me and the Wardrobe，并且不打算以一般方式发行。这张专辑最初以Herbert自己的Monkeywood标签发行，后来被 Blue Note Records看中，这是了他们近20年来第一次以英国人签约。
2008年早期，Herbert被委托给Peter Gabriel and Bowers & Wilkins的一个合作项目，在录制一张专辑。10首现场演出在2008年七月最为下载资源的形式推出，作为Bowers and Wilkins网站Music Club的一部分，只能在那儿下载到。
这些歌曲的Remix版本来自2009年Naim Edge在欧洲年发行的Herbert的最新专辑All The Ghosts，该专辑在2010年3月在美国发行。这张专辑包括Robert States的两首曲子。Robert States先前曾以Recording Engineer的身份与Herbert在专辑Between Me And The Wardrobe。All The Ghosts选择了David Bowie的Rock n Roll Suicide最为封面。
2009年10月，Herbert回到Harder Sound Studio去录制单曲Perfect Fit，且仅在Naim Edge上能免费下载到。
2010年1月，Snape Malting委托Herbert作为Artist In Residence写作、录制、表演基于Stories of the Sea。这是准备2010年10月在Snape Maltings和全英国的表演。
Herbert演唱的Only Love Can Break Your Heart（取自专辑Bittersweet and Blue），被选在Anand Tucker导演、Amy Adams和Matthew Goode主演的浪漫喜剧Leap Year（《闰年》2010年电影）里作插曲。
Born into a musical family, Herbert was raised in and around Surrey and Hampshire, in the south of England. She began playing the piano at the age of three, achieving Grade 5 by nine, and she began writing basic songs at the age of five. She also began learning the French horn, achieving Grade 8 by the age of 15.
Throughout her teenage years she played music with local orchestras and bands such as the Surrey County Youth Orchestra, and also briefly formed a short lived punk band called Wasted Minds. At 14 she recorded a demo tape of her own songs at Trinity Studios, Woking, however, despite music industry interest, she chose to continudemoe with her studies.
At Alton College her musical tastes moved more towards jazz music, and whilst studying at St Chad's College, University of Durham, she met up with fellow student Will Rutter. Together they began to write and perform in the cafés and bars of North East England as a jazz duo called Black Coffee.
After leaving university, Herbert and Rutter moved to London, where they soon met a former member of Boney M, who was shortly to judge a Polish television music competition. She and Rutter were invited to enter, and Black Coffee won the competition.
After returning to London, Black Coffee continued to perform in local bars, before being introduced to Ian Shaw, a noted jazz vocalist. This led eventually to the production of a debut CD of both original songs and standards, First Songs. The song "Sweet Insomnia" featured guest vocals from Jamie Cullum. The album received a significant amount of radio airplay on Jazz FM and Radio 2, and was promoted by Michael Parkinson.
Soon after, Herbert was signed to the Universal Classics and Jazz label, and released her first major label album, Bittersweet and Blue. This comprised mainly standards, with several Herbert/Rutter original tracks.
Herbert left Universal Classics and Jazz to pursue a less commercial and more personal musical direction. Collaborating with Polar Bear's Seb Rochford in a production role, Herbert's Between Me and the Wardrobe was recorded in three days and never intended for general release. The album was initially released on Herbert's own Monkeywood label before being picked up by Blue Note Records, making Herbert their first UK signing in 20 years.
In early 2008, Herbert was commissioned by a collaborative project between Peter Gabriel and Bowers & Wilkins to record an acoustic album at Gabriel's Real World Studios. The result of these sessions — Ten lives — was released as a digital download in July 2008, available only from the Bowers and Wilkins website as part of their Music Club.
Remixed versions of these songs were to form the basis of Herbert's most recent album All The Ghosts, which was released by Naim Edge in July 2009 in Europe. The album is due for release in the United States in March 2010. This album also featured two further recordings by Robert Harder, with whom Herbert had previously collaborated as recording engineer of Between Me And The Wardrobe. All The Ghosts featured a cover version of David Bowie's Rock n Roll Suicide.
In October 2009, Herbert returned to Harder Sound Studio to record single Perfect Fit which she gave away as a free download, available exclusively from Naim Edge.
In January 2010, Herbert was commissioned by Snape Maltings as Artist In Residence to write, record and perform a new body of work based on Stories of the Sea. This is due for public performance in October 2010 at Snape Maltings and around the United Kingdom.
Herbert's version of Neil Young's Only Love Can Break Your Heart, taken from second album Bittersweet and Blue, was featured on the soundtrack of romantic comedy Leap Year (2010 film), directed by Anand Tucker and starring Amy Adams and Matthew Goode
01.Lay You Down
03.The Woman Meets the Wiseman
06.The Morning After
07.Slow Down, Brother
08.That's The Kind Of Man
09.In The Meantime
11.Turn It Off