English singer/songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde, who goes by the stage name Birdy, was born in 1996 in Lymington, Hampshire. Precocious from the very start, Bogaerde began composing her own songs at the age of seven and in the coming years frequently posted her music and performances on YouTube. By the time she was 14, Birdy had signed a publishing contract with Warner Chappell. In early 2011, she independently released her first single, a cover of American indie rock outfit Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," which peaked at number 17 on the U.K. pop charts. Her self-titled full-length debut, released through Atlantic Records, arrived in November of that year. The record was a huge success, particularly in Australia, Belgium, Holland, and France, where it shot straight to number one, while it also reached the U.K. Top 20. The collection of stripped-back arrangements mostly comprised indie artists, including the Postal Service and Fleet Foxes, whose songs were overhauled by Bogaerde's haunting voice and sparse production. Fire Within, the follow-up to her debut, presented a new phase in Bogaerde's development, displaying her songwriting talent with 11 original tracks. Released in 2013, the album was written with help from collaborators such as Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Leona Lewis), Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift), and Mumford & Sons pianist Ben Lovett. A new single, "Let It All Go," co-written with fellow British singer/songwriter Rhodes, began climbing the charts in 2015. The single "Keeping Your Head Up" was released in early 2016 in advance of her forthcoming third LP.
Not many musicians would go out on tour a month after releasing a double album of new material and proceed to play a 26-song set with only one track representing the latest record. But nobody ever said Frank Black...
The 15-year-old British phenom, Birdy, follows up her massively succesful cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" with a rendition of Phoenix's "1901."
We had a chance to talk with the remarkably talented teen and learned some pretty fun things about the budding songstress.
Birdy's "Fire Within" scores the week's highest debut on Top Rock Albums (No. 5), selling 12,000 copies, with digital downloads accounting for 96 percent of total sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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