Katy B

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Not to be confused with the Canadian singer-songwriter Katie B.
Katy B
At Argos digital store launch in London, October 2014
Background information
Birth name Kathleen Anne Brien
Also known as Baby Katy
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 25)
Peckham, London, England
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Confessional Lights
Website www.katybofficial.com

Kathleen Anne Brien[1][2] (born 8 May 1989), better known as Katy B, is an English bassist, singer and songwriter. She is a dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage artist[3] and has also performed under the name Baby Katy.[4] She released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize.[5]

Early life[edit]

Katy was born in Peckham, London[6] and attended Lyndhurst Primary school, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College,[citation needed] and the BRIT School. Katy also attended the Glenlyn Academy in South London where she took dance classes. [3] Katy's father, David O'Brien, was a member of the Les Humphries Singers, who represented Germany at Eurovision 1976 with the song "Sing Sang Song".[7]


2010–12: On a Mission[edit]

Katy B performing in 2011

Katy has guested on many tracks, both before and during her album release campaign. DJ NG's song "Tell Me", on which she featured as Baby Katy,[4] was initially released on a white label and then later signed to Ministry of Sound.[8][9] She also provided vocals on the track "Hold Me" for The Count & Sinden's debut album Mega Mega Mega,[10] and features on Magnetic Man's tracks "Perfect Stranger" and "Crossover".[11]

Katy B has also collaborated with Rinse FM[12] DJ Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced "Good Life"[13] and the track "As I".[14] It was following the official recognition of the former pirate radio station Rinse FM in June 2010[15] that Katy B saw her first single release: "Katy on a Mission", presented by Rinse and produced by Benga, was released on 22 August 2010.[16][17] The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Indie Chart.

Katy B performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 with Ms Dynamite,[18] who also featured on Katy's second single "Lights On", which was released in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2010, and debuted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. Her third single "Broken Record" was released in March 2011, and peaked at number eight. The fourth single "Easy Please Me" was released on 3 June 2011. Her fifth single "Witches' Brew" was released on 28 August 2011. Katy's debut album On a Mission was released on 4 April 2011, and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.

Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011, and on 30 April 2011 she embarked on her own debut concert tour throughout Europe until September, then the UK in October.[19] In 2011, Katy B and Mark Ronson teamed up for the song "Anywhere in the World", which was created as an advert for Coca-Cola to tie in with the 2012 Summer Olympics, and was released as a digital download on 13 May 2012.

2013–14: Little Red[edit]

Katy B in 2013

On 1 October 2013, Katy announced that her second studio album would be titled Little Red.[20] A single, "What Love Is Made Of", was released on 7 July 2013, charting at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart; although when the official Little Red tracklist was revealed on 13 December, "What Love Is Made Of" was no longer included.[21] Lead single "5 AM" was released on 4 November 2013, charting at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. "Crying For No Reason" was released on 10 February 2014, reaching the Top 5 of the singles chart.[22] Little Red topped the UK Albums Chart on 19 February 2014.[23]

On 18 February 2014, Katy's video for the ongoing 'Rinse Sessions x Metropolis' project was revealed, which included a back-to-back cover of Beyoncé's 'Drunk in Love' and Tinashe's 'Vulnerable'[24] In February, she also appeared on the BBC One show The Voice as Ricky Wilson's team mentor.[25]

In March 2014 Katy took part in the recording of England's 2014 World Cup song, collaborating with fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Conor Maynard, Kimberley Walsh and Pixie Lott on "Greatest Day", a track originally performed by the British band Take That. The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London, and also featured former footballers such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Dion Dublin on backing vocals.[26]

She performed at Birmingham Pride in May 2014.


Main article: Katy B discography
Studio albums
  • Danger EP (2012)
Track listing:
  1. "Aaliyah" (Katy B x Geeneus x Jessie Ware)
  2. "Got Paid" (Katy B x Zinc x Wiley)
  3. "Light as a Feather" (Katy B x Diplo x Iggy Azalea)
  4. "Danger" (Katy B x Jacques Greene)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Katy B has received two nominations at both the BT Digital Music Awards and the MOBO Awards. She was nominated for Best Push Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011. She has received six nominations at the Virgin Media Music Awards and one nomination for the iTunes Rewind 2011.

Year Organisation Award Nominated work Result
2011 BT Digital Music Awards Best Newcomer Herself Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
Q Awards Breakthrough Artist Nominated
MOBO Awards Best UK Act Nominated
Best Album On a Mission Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 Best Push Act Herself Nominated
Virgin Media Music Awards Best Newcomer Nominated
Best Female Nominated
Best Album On A Mission Nominated
Hottest Female Herself Nominated
Best Track "Katy on a Mission" Nominated
Best Collaboration Katy B and Ms. Dynamite Nominated
iTunes Rewind 2011 Best New Dance Artist Herself Nominated
Mercury Prize Album of the Year On A Mission Nominated
2012 NME Awards Dancefloor Anthem "Broken Record" Won
2014 MOBO Awards Best Album Little Red Nominated
Best Female Act Herself Nominated


  1. ^ "Series 2 Episode 67 Freshly Squeezed". Freshly Squeezed. Series 2. Episode 67. 14 December 2010. 2:17 minutes in. Channel 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfdnQxoZ8ds. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Live from London – A Taste of Sonar, The Roundhouse: Katy B (Rinse FM, London)". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "The Gaymers Camden Crawl 2010: Artists: Katy B". The Camden Crawl. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC – 1Xtra – Footloose". BBC 1Xtra. 11 September 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Katy B, Roundhouse, London The Independent 25 July 2011". Independent.co.uk. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ UK Funky Live (16 August 2009). Katy B Interview (Webcast). YouTube. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Katy B Reveals Her Eurovision Roots on Graham Norton Show". Wiwi Bloggs. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Addicted to Bass Collection (6CD)". Ministry of Sound. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Clubbers Guide Summer 2008". Ministry of Sound. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "The Count & Sinden: New Album: Mega Mega Mega Free Album Mix". Domino Records. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  11. ^ Lester, Paul (9 July 2010). "New band of the day – No 822: Magnetic Man". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  12. ^ Fallon, Patric (5 February 2010). "Download a Free Mix From Geeneus". XLR8R. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Rees, Thomas (22 May 2010). "Good Life". XLR8R. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "Benji B, RBMA Special". BBC 1Xtra. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  15. ^ Hancox, Dan (18 June 2010). "Rinse FM finally gets the recognition it deserves". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Katy B – Katy on a Mission". Rinse FM. 8 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  17. ^ "Annie Mac Presents: Katy B – On A Mission". Annie Mac Presents. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "Ladies Unplugged: Ms Dynamite + Katy B + Yolanda Brown + Shola Ama • Events • London Jazz Festival". London Jazz Festival. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Rinse FM – Katy B – Lights on feat. Ms Dynamite – OUT NOW!!". Rinse.fm. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  20. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a520300/katy-b-announces-new-album-little-red-at-london-show.html
  21. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151771324732447&set=a.464199357446.254383.116591157446&type=1
  22. ^ http://www.whatsgoodonline.co.uk/music/katy-b-crying-for-no-reason/
  23. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26219111
  24. ^ http://www.whatsgoodonline.co.uk/music/katy-b-drunk-in-love-vulnerable/
  25. ^ Wightman, Catriona (25 February 2014). "The Voice: Katy B, Tinie Tempah, more join as mentors – pictures". Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Gary Barlow and Gary Lineker lead footie heroes and pop stars for England's World Cup song". Daily Star. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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