Birdy (singer)

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Birdy at the SWR3 New Pop Festival in Baden-Baden, 2013
Background information
Birth name Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde
Born (1996-05-15) 15 May 1996 (age 21)
Lymington, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom[1]
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present

Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde[5] (born 15 May 1996), better known by her stage name Birdy, is an English musician, singer and songwriter. She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her debut single, a cover 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 on 23 September 2013 in the UK. At the 2014 Brit Awards she was nominated for Best British Female Solo Artist. Her third studio album, Beautiful Lies, was released on 25 March 2016.

Early life[edit]

Birdy was born on 15 May 1996, in London, UK.[6] Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde, a writer (author of Daybreak Into Darkness under the name Rupert Bogarde); her mother is Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon),[5] a concert pianist. Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at the age of eight.[7] Her parents were married in 1995 and have two other children: Jake, born in 1997, and Caitlin in 1999. She also has two elder half-brothers, Moses and Sam, from her father's first marriage.[8] Birdy studied at both Priestlands School and Brockenhurst College, a sixth form college in the New Forest, as of 2013. Her maternal grandfather is Captain John Christopher Ingram Roper-Curzon, the 20th Baron Teynham and a member of the Peerage of the United Kingdom, and she grew up on the family estate near Lymington, Hampshire.[9] Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. She has English, Belgian (Flemish), Dutch and Scottish ancestry.[10]

Birdy's second given name, Lucilla, was the name of her father's stepmother, whom her father described as an extremely gentle, loving and thoughtful stepmother.[11]

Birdy's stage name comes from the nickname her parents gave her as a baby, because she opened her mouth like a little bird when being fed.[12] Her family and friends called her Birdy, while only teachers called her Jasmine.



In 2008, while still a 12-year-old pupil at Durlston Court Prep School[13] 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.[14][15] She performed her own song, called "So Be Free", at the competition in front of 2,000 people.[16]

In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3's Pianothon in London.[17] In January 2011, at the age of 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver's song "Skinny Love".[18] The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. The single was chosen as "Record of the Week"[19] by UK radio DJ Fearne Cotton,[16] resulting in it being added to BBC Radio 1's B‑list playlist[3] as soon as it was released in March 2011.[4] The official music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller.[20] 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.[21] Her eponymous debut album of cover versions (plus one original song written by her) 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, which she promptly donated to be auctioned online.[citation needed] 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, which she also donated to be auctioned online.[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. The Australian Special Edition of Birdy's debut album includes a bonus cover song entitled "What You Want", originally by the John Butler Trio.

On 7 August 2012, Birdy released her "Live in London" EP, which contained eight songs. This included 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. In October 2012, Birdy sang live on Taratata, performing "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen.[22]

Birdy paid a visit to Australia in August 2012, during which Dolly (magazine) took her on a visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The visit also included what she called a "wonderful meal" overlooking Bondi Beach.[23][24]


On 16 February 2013 Birdy sang at Sanremo Music Festival 2013. 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 received mostly positive reviews.[25] 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 did tours of America and Australia in mid-2013. After her concert in the Palais Theatre in Melbourne, Australia, a reviewer described her as a sensational pianist who appears to be shy and timid, but whose voice "rings throughout the theatre." The only criticism was that what was "severely lacking" was any sense of crowd interaction.[26]

After three sell-out concerts in the Sydney Opera House, one reviewer stated that her finesse at the piano and her art for arranging were "clearly beyond her years." She was described as a talented songwriter "to say the least" who had a flawless voice and who performed with flawless grace and experience.[27]

In September 2013, Birdy covered a song entitled "Let Her Go" by Passenger, live on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.[28] This track features on the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge 2013 album. Also in September 2013, Birdy performed a live cover of "Wake Me Up" by Avicii at 3FM Radio Station.[29] In December 2013, Birdy performed "Mandela Day" with James Blunt, originally by Simple Minds, at the NRJ Music Awards.[30] Also in December 2013, she performed "L'Idole Des Jeunes" with Johnny Hallyday on Le Grand Show.[31] After Hallyday's death in 2017, Birdy said on Instagram: "So sad to hear that Johnny Hallyday has passed. It was a real honour and a joy to have sung with him. I was 17 and very nervous and he was so sweet to me."[32] In October 2014, Birdy covered "Lucky Star" by Madonna, appearing on the BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 80s album. In the same year, Birdy was featured on four of the tracks on the Shadows album by Native Roses, in which her elder brother, Moses, is a drummer.[33]

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".[34] Videos for both have been officially released.[35] In March 2012, Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single "Just a Game".[36] 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.[37] Birdy appears on the 2014 David Guetta album Listen, featured on the song "I'll Keep Loving You". "Wings" has been used as the soundtrack to the Lloyds Bank 250-year anniversary Horse Story advertisements as of 30 June 2015.

In August 2015, Birdy co-wrote "Let It All Go" with Rhodes.[38] The single was released on 11 September 2015 via digital download in the UK.[39] In October 2015, Birdy performed a cover of Firestone, originally by Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[40] This track featured on the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2015 album.[41]

Birdy's net worth as of 2015 was estimated at $5,000,000.[42][43]



In January 2016, Birdy released "Keeping Your Head Up",[44] the first single from her third album, Beautiful Lies, with a release date of 25 March 2016.[45] "Beautiful Lies", the second single from the album was released in February.[46] "Wild Horses", the third single from the album was released in March.[47] On 20 April 2016, the Japanese Edition of Beautiful Lies was released, containing a bonus track entitled "Lights".

Speaking about Beautiful Lies, Birdy said this album was what she was most proud of. She added: "The album is about growing up and not accepting change. It's about not really wanting to grow up; it's about lying to yourself. I'd missed a lot of growing up with my family so it's about that. It's also inspired by 'Memories of a Geisha' so it has an Asian feel to it and it's about feeling a much stronger person."[48]

On 1 April 2016, Birdy performed a cover of 'Adventure of a Lifetime' originally by Coldplay for 3FM.[49] On 16 April 2016, Birdy released a limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day of the songs 'Lost It All' and 'Take You Everywhere I Go'.[50] On 25 April 2016, Birdy performed a cover of "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, and on 27 April she performed a cover of "Sorry" by Justin Bieber at SiriusXM Studios.[51][52]

On May 8 2016, Birdy performed 'Wild Horses' at the opening ceremony of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards night, at the Royal Festival Hall in London.[53] She was also the face of the REDValentino spring/summer campaign for 2016 and 2017.[54]

On 23 September 2016, "Beautiful Birds" was released by Passenger, featuring Birdy.[55] On 4 November 2016, "Find Me" was released by Sigma, featuring Birdy.[56] The song peaked at number 36 on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart in its 20 May 2017 issue.[57]

Birdy undertook extensive touring after the release of Beautiful Lies, including a tour of the United States and an Asian tour from Japan to Singapore. By this time, her band had grown from four to five, with an almost completely new lineup. The band members were : Charlotte Hatherley (guitar), Joel Grainger (violin), Richard Evans (bass), Jay Sikora (drums) and Hazel Mills (keyboards). She has said she found Asia like another planet, "such a different world." The audiences were very reserved and quiet, there would be a huge gap after each song, then they would start clapping; it made her wonder if they liked her. She said they don't really clap that much, then after the show they were going crazy and screaming. She found it "really strange."[58]

In an interview with, on 22 March 2016, Birdy explained how she had always had ideas but was never confident enough to assert them. With 'Beautiful Lies', she felt that she was a lot stronger and everything felt better. She felt like on her second album she was a bit lost in herself, trying to work out who she was and experimenting, which could be quite frustrating.

Referring to the song 'Unbroken', she said it was about realizing that everything was fine for her, everything is natural and you will find where you are and what you want eventually. She went on to say that the new album was 'truly me', the production and writing were always very equal, always 'from what I brought'.

Birdy stated that where she had gone wrong with her second album had been that she had compromised too much, allowing others to influence her too much. In contrast, with 'Beautiful Lies' she had been 'really bossy'. In conclusion, she added that she loves writing for film and would love to do more of it; it was a 'really natural' progression for her work.[54]

In September 2017, Birdy said she felt a lot more confident on stage than she did when she was fifteen. It took her a long time to feel confident performing without the piano, which was something she now loved doing, as well as playing guitar on stage. She had also found talking on stage terrifying at first. She still found it hard, but playing festivals had definitely helped because the atmosphere was more relaxed and put her at ease.[59]

Birdy performed two songs at the BFI Luminous fundraising gala on 3 October 2017. Interviewed at the function, she said she was writing material for her new album, but it was still in the early stages.[60][61]

By 2018, Birdy had sold 10.5 million records worldwide.[62]


  • Birdy bought an apartment in London in 2014, because she spent a great deal of time there and had family there. It was her first time living away from home. However, she still loved being in the country and went home when she had spare time; she found that she cherished time with her family a lot more after being away. In London, she sometimes felt she could not breathe and had to go home; she felt she needed the air and would always be a country girl. She has said she was quite affected by place and where she is.[63]
  • In 2015, she said that all her friends were at university and she never saw them because they had taken different paths in life. She found this quite hard.[64]
  • She has said she loves painting, especially painting people and drawing them, although she says she is "not that good."[64]
  • In 2016, when asked what she would like to be doing in ten years time, she said she hoped that in ten years she would have a family, would love to be still making music, and especially would like to do more music for films. Her dream was to do a movie score.[63]
  • On the subject of her boyfriend, she has said she had to keep him a secret. He loved what she did and he worked in a similar field to hers.[63]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2012 Satellite Awards Best Original Song ("Learn Me Right" with Mumford & Sons) Nominated
2013 Houston Film Critics Society Best Original Song ("Learn Me Right" with Mumford & Sons) Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Song ("Learn Me Right" with Mumford & Sons) Nominated
2014 Brit Awards British Female Solo Artist Nominated
Echo Music Prize Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist Won
LOS40 Music Awards Best International New Artist Won
Best International Album (Fire Within) Nominated


Studio albums


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