Birdy (singer)

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Birdy in September 2013
Background information
Birth name Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde
Born (1996-05-15) 15 May 1996 (age 18)
Lymington, Hampshire, United Kingdom[1]
Genres Folk, indie folk, indie pop, indie rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels Lady of the Lake, 14th Floor,[2] Warner Bros.,[3] Warner

Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde[4] (born 15 May 1996),[5] better known by her stage name Birdy, is an English singer-songwriter. She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her debut single, a version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love", was her breakthrough, charting all across Europe and earning platinum certification six times in Australia. Her self-titled debut album, Birdy, was released on 7 November 2011 to similar success, peaking at number 1 in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Her second studio album, Fire Within, was released 23 September 2013 in the UK and other surrounding countries.

Early life and education[edit]

Birdy was born on 15 May 1996, in Lymington, Hampshire, UK. Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde; her mother, the Hon. Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon)[6] is a concert pianist, and Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at the age of eight.[7] Birdy studied at Brockenhurst College in Brockenhurst, a sixth form college in the New Forest, as of 2013. She sings and plays the piano. Her grandfather is Captain John Christopher Ingram Roper-Curzon, the 20th Baron Teynham and a member of the Peerage of England. Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. Her great-great-great grandfather was Belgian, the rest of her ancestors were English and Scottish.[8]


2008-12: Career beginnings, and Birdy[edit]

Her stage name comes from the nickname her parents gave her as a baby, because she opened her mouth like a little bird when fed.[9] Her family and friends call her Birdy, while only teachers called her Jasmine, her given name. 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.[10][11] She performed her own song, called "So Be Free", at the competition in front of 2,000 people.[12]

In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3's Pianothon in London.[13] In January 2011, at the age of 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver's song "Skinny Love".[14] The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. The single was chosen as "Record of the Week"[15] by UK radio DJ Fearne Cotton,[12] resulting in it being added to BBC Radio 1's B‑list playlist[2] as soon as it was released in March 2011.[3] The official music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller.[16] The song was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "The Sun Also Rises", which aired on 5 May 2011. "Skinny Love" peaked at number 1 in the Netherlands. It also featured in an episode of Being Human, and was sung by Birdy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; the episode aired on 20 March 2012.

Since then, Birdy has covered a number of songs, including "The A Team" by Ed Sheeran and The xx's "Shelter". On 19 July 2011, Birdy performed in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. In the session, she performed both "Shelter" and "The A Team". Her cover of "Shelter" was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "The End of the Affair", which aired on 29 September 2011.[17] Her eponymous debut album of cover versions (plus one original track) was released on 7 November 2011; the album peaked at No. 13 in the UK, No. 40 in Ireland and number 1 in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Australia. On 21 December 2011, Birdy received a Golden Single from 3FM during Serious Request in the Netherlands for selling more than 25,000 copies from her debut album. She promptly donated it to be auctioned online. A day later, Birdy received a Golden Single from Studio Brussel during Music for Life in Belgium for selling more than 15,000 copies from her debut album. She also donated it to be auctioned online, it was sold for €1,980.[citation needed] In August 2012 her debut album peaked at number one in Australia, while the singles "Skinny Love" and "People Help the People" peaked at numbers 2 and 10 respectively. 7 August 2012, Birdy released her "Live in London" EP, which contains 8 songs. This includes her cover of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" and her song from The Hunger Games soundtrack, "Just a Game". On 29 August 2012 Birdy performed Antony Hegarty's song "Bird Gerhl" (from Antony and the Johnsons' I Am a Bird Now album), in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games. On 16 February 2013 Birdy sang at Sanremo Music Festival 2013, the most popular Italian music festival broadcast by RAI.

2013-present: Fire Within and other activities[edit]

Birdy announced the release of her second studio album, entitled "Fire Within", via a YouTube video on 10 July 2013. The video included footage of Birdy in the studio along with a preview of two songs, "Wings" and "No Angel", which are both featured on the album. The first official single, "Wings", was released on 22 July 2013 and a second song, "All You Never Say", was sent to subscribers of Birdy's mailing list and posted on YouTube on 15 August 2013. The song Wings was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "Home", which aired on 15 May 2014. The album was released in the UK and other surrounding countries on 23 September 2013 and has so far achieved mostly positive reviews.[18] In North America, the album was released on 3 June 2014. A subsequent EP titled Breathe was released on 16 October in its place.

Birdy contributed three songs to the soundtrack for the movie The Fault in Our Stars: "Tee Shirt", "Best Shot" (with Jaymes Young) and "Not About Angels".[19] Videos for both have been officially released.[20] In March 2012, Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single "Just a Game".[21] In June 2012, Birdy contributed the song "Learn Me Right" with Mumford & Sons to the Pixar film Brave for which she received her first Grammy Award nomination.[22]

Birdy appears on the 2014 David Guetta album Listen, featured on the song "I'll Keep Loving You".

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 55th Annual Grammy Awards Best Song Written for Visual Media ("Learn Me Right" w/ Mumford & Sons) Nominated
2014 2014 BRIT Awards British Female Solo Artist Nominated
Echo Female Solo Artist International Won
Los Premios 40 Principales 2014 Best International New Act Won
Best International Album ("Fire Within") Nominated


Main article: Birdy discography


  1. ^ Indy Almroth-Wright Twelve year-old 'Birdy' wins UK talent contest. BBC news. December 2008. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Radio 1 playlist shows 14th Floor as Birdy's record label. (24 February 2007). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ a b Birdy makes Radio 1 sing. (9 March 2011). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  4. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, Kelly's Directories, 2000 pg. 1629
  5. ^ "712kKv9+9uL._SL1200_.jpg (1200x1023, rear cover art)". Warner Music. 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2013. & © 2013 Jasmine van den Bogaerde under exclusive licence to Warner Music UK limited.  -via- "Fire Within: Music". Warner Music. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, Kelly's Directories, 2000 pg. 1629
  7. ^ "A new teen star is about to go top 10". Global Radio. 6 February 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ Ulric Van den Bogaerde
  9. ^
  10. ^ Hewitt, Phil (29 November 2009). "Review: Open Mic UK national grand final, Guildhall, Portsmouth". Chichester Observer. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "News | Birdy set to fly high, and take on the UK top 40, after winning singing competition in 2008!". Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  12. ^ a b The Festival. New Forest Fairs news page. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  13. ^ BBC Radio 3's Pianothon. BBC 3 Classical Music. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  14. ^ Maverick Sabre: Singer/Songwriter/Rapper. 1 July 2011. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  15. ^ "Birdy Profile". River Studios. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Digital Birdy unveils 'Skinny Love' music video. Digital Spy (5 April 2011). Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  17. ^ Archived Live Lounge recording. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  18. ^ Birdy - All You Never Say [Official Lyric Video.]
  19. ^ "'Fault in Our Stars' soundtrack line up: Ed Sheeran, M83, more". 12 April 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Birdy music video references:
  21. ^ Johnston, Gordon (9 May 2012). "Open Mic UK winner Birdy is flying high!". Glasswerk. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  22. ^ Bryko (1 May 2012). "First Details on 'Brave' Soundtrack! (UPDATE)". Upcoming Pixar. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

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