As well as searching out cool tracks from the world of jazz and classical music we are also on constant look out for mellow grooves from today’s world of pop. This is one young lady that cannot be ignored!
Birdy is incredibly young (born 1996) to have already amassed considerable fame with her music. She comes from a pretty posh background as her real name, Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, might give away if she hadn’t shortened it to the nickname “Birdy”.
Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde; her mother, the Hon. Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon) is a concert pianist. Her grandfather is Captain John Christopher Ingram Roper-Curzon, the 20th Baron Teynham and a member of the Peerage of England, and she grew up on the family estate near Lymington. Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde.
Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at eight. In 2008, as a 12-year-old, Birdy won the UK talent contest Open Mic UK, a spinoff of the Live and Unsigned competition. She won both the under-18s category and the Grand Prize, against 10,000 other competitors. She performed her own song, called “So Be Free”, at the competition in front of 2,000 people.
In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3’s Pianothon in London. In January 2011, at just 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver’s song “Skinny Love”. The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. It was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode “The Sun Also Rises”, which aired on 5 May 2011 as well as an episode of Being Human. Birdy also performed the song live on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2012.
Since that time Birdy has released a further 10 singles and “Beautiful Lies” is her third studio album.