Friday, 16 December 2011

Artist: Newcomer 2011...


Fifteen year old Jasmine van den Bogaedre, known by the stage name of Birdy, is a young English musician from Hampshire who has grown massively in popularity since the release of her cover of Bon Iver's 'Skinny Love' in March 2011, which reached number 17 in the UK top 20 and was play-listed as 'Record of the Week' by Fearne Cotton. The artist was taught piano by her mother, who is a concert pianist,  at the mere age of 4 years old and began to write music at the age of 7. Bogaedre first tasted success when she won the UK talent contest 'Open Mic UK' with her own song 'So Be Free' in 2008, beating 10,000 entrants in both the under-18s category and the grand prize.

Since the release of 'Skinny Love', Birdy has covered Ed Sheeran's 'The A Team' and the XX's 'Shelter'.

Birdy apparently stuck to cover versions for her debut outing because it allowed her more time to focus on her GCSEs. Though Bogaedre's covers are beautiful, I hope that as she matures she will write more of her own music to follow 'So Be Free' and prove that she is more than a skilled pianist with a powerful voice. I genuinely believe this girl has true potential and I look forward to seeing what she will produce in the future.

(apologies for the fact there is no actual video)

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