||A major contributor to this article appears to have a close connection with its subject. (December 2014)|
Kitty Brucknell in 2014
|Birth name||Kimberley Dayle Edwards|
15 November 1984 |
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
|Genres||Pop, dance, country, techno|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, recording artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, violin|
|Associated acts||Davis Redfield, The X Factor 2011 finalists|
Kimberley Dayle Edwards (born 15 November 1984 ), known by her stage name Kitty Brucknell, is a British singer-songwriter. Brucknell rose to fame as a semi-finalist on the eighth series of The X Factor. She embarked on her first world tour which was dubbed the "Glamour and Damage" Tour. Before the X-Factor, Brucknell was a Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and (more recently) Lady Gaga tribute act. Brucknell's debut album was launched in May 2014 via Pledge Music with a limited "pledgers only" release set for 1 November 2014. She is currently starring in Aladdin at The Kings Theatre Portsmouth as Princess Jasmine (Christmas 2014).
Kimberley Dayle Edwards was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Kitty has always enjoyed singing and performing from an early age, studying the violin and piano and touring internationally since she was 16, always loved singing and performing from a very early age taking part in charity concerts and musical theatre performances and was a prolific award winner at the Cheltenham Competitive Festival throughout her childhood.
Playing the violin from the age of four years, piano from six years and later the viola gaining three grade 8's by the time she was 15 receiving one of the highest marks in the country for grade 8 piano.
At the age of 11 she won a place in the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and continued touring with them annually. She was awarded music scholarships to Dean Close School, St Edwards School and Clifton College Bristol. After finishing A levels at 17 she decided to pursue her love of singing and song writing and started singing wherever she could.
In 2004 she embarked on making a science fiction film ‘Interference’ which she wrote and directed. It was subsequently accepted for the Cannes Film Festival which she attended in 2005 Following this it was shown at the London Film Festival, The New York Short Film Festival, the Portobello Film Festival in Palm Springs and the Israeli Film Festival.
In September 2010, 'Kimberly' - a Britney impersonator - appeared as a contestant on ITV's Dinner Date.
2008–11: Early career
She used to be a Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and (more recently) Lady Gaga tribute act. On 9 May, she appeared on the Trisha Goddard. In 2008, she appeared in the British reality television series BBC One To Buy or Not to Buy. She appeared on the Australian morning show 9am with David & Kim on the Network Ten. She appeared in the TV Movie documentary Britney Spears Saved My Life as an Britney Spears Impersonator.
Brucknell appeared American television newsmagazine program CBS News Sunday Morning on 16 February 2014. Brucknell appeared in the reality television show Wedding House. She then appeared on The Wright Stuff as a guest panellist.
2011: The X Factor
Brucknell audition for the The X Factor with "Edge of Glory" gaining four yesses. In the boot camp stage of the competition, Brucknell performed "Feeling Good" leaving the judges shocked; Gary said he was fascinated with her while the other judges were impressed with the performance. In week one, Brucknell sang "Who Wants to Live Forever" by Queen and was put through by her mentor Louis. After the show, Brian May from Queen spoke out in support of her and thanking her for her performance. In week two, Kitty sang "It's Oh So Quiet" with a theatrical Alice in Wonderland performance and was put through by the public vote.
In week three she was in the bottom two after performing "Live and Let Die", along with Sami Brookes in spite of universal praise from the judges. She performed "The Edge of Glory" in the final showdown. Tulisa voted to eliminate her, but Gary, Kelly and Louis all saved her. In week four for Halloween, Brucknell took to the stage on a rotating wheel with pyrotechnics and a circus theme to perform "Sweet Dreams" and was put through by the public vote. In week five, Kitty sang a classic Madonna song: "Like a Prayer", but she was in the bottom three along with The Risk and Johnny Robinson in a double elimination special. The Risk had the least amount of votes from the public and were eliminated. Brucknell and Robinson then sang again for survival in the final showdown. Her mentor Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Kelly Rowland all saved her and voted against Robinson. Although he wasn't required to vote as the judges had reached a majority verdict (like in the previous week), Gary confirmed he would have voted Robinson off.
On the sixth live show, Brucknell wanted to sing "Born This Way". Unfortunately, Misha B chose the song and had higher priority over her. Kitty then sang "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen. Brucknell was for the third time in the final showdown along with Misha B. She sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and although Barlow had the opportunity to take the vote to deadlock, he voted Kitty off, saying he felt she wasn't connecting with the audience. Only her mentor, Louis Walsh, voted to save her. After her elimination, Lady Gaga ran on stage in tears to comfort her. Brucknell appeared on Harry Hill's TV Burp on 19 November 2011 singing "Born This Way" in the final minute of the show.
2012–present: Glamour & Damage
Following the X Factor, Brucknell began teasing the release of her track "Red Shoes". Brucknell returned to The X Factor in 2013 when she performed alongside other former contestants such as Rylan Clarke, Jedward, Wagner, 2 Shoes, Diva Fever and Johnny Robinson at the final in Wembley Arena. In January 2013, She went on her first tour which was dubbed the "Glamour and Damage" Tour. She performed "The Damage is Done" from her then forthcoming album Glamour and Damage. She featured on a single which was released in Germany entitled "No Tomorrow".
In August, she shared one of her original tracks "Chains", which garnered a lot of interest from major online blogs, even with a mention from Brian May of Queen. On 4 May, Brucknell announced that her debut single "Glitter in the Sky" would be released on 19 October 2014. Her debut album Glamour & Damage was launched on Pledge Music where it is available to pre-order along with many other exclusives. Within the two weeks of its launch, she had successfully reached over 25% of her goal. On 2 August, she successfully reached 100% of her goal. Her debut album, Glamour and Damage was released on 1 November 2014 through Pledge Music.
She attempted to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Yearning". The song was written by Brucknell with Dai Smith and Allyson Summerhayes (also known as 'The Elements'). Brucknell's Eurovision attempt was on behalf of escnews.org who were reportedly acting as Kitty's management team during the Eurovision season 2015. On 25 November 2014, it was revealed that Brucknell was not one of the nine acts selected by SRF that moved on to the live auditions held in Zürich and was eliminated. She was later shortlisted for the Moldovan national final with her songs "Yearning" and "Remix". On 17 January 2015, it was announced that "Remix" had advanced to the semi-final stage held in February. She was eliminated from the competition during the first semi-final on 24 February 2015.
She revealed in an interview that the reason why she is not attempting to represent the UK is because the BBC felt it was a conflict of interest for a former X Factor contestant to be promoted by them given their involvement with the Eurovision and the fact that they already have their own singing contest, The Voice UK. In March 2015, Brucknell announced that she would release a Broadway album later in the year which would be recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
|Album title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Glamour and Damage||N/A|
|The Broadway Album||N/A|
|Year||Single||Peak chart position||Album|
|UK Indie Breakers|
|2014||"Glitter in the Sky"||9||Glamour & Damage|
As featured artist
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"Wishing on a Star"
(as part of The X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One Direction)
(Davis Redfield featuring Kitty Brucknell)
- The X Factor Live Tour (2012)
- Glamour and Damage Tour (2013)
Are You On the List? A Guide on How to Become a Modern Socialite (co-author with Olivia Cox and Lewis-Duncan Weedon) (2014)
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