Bo Bruce

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Bo Bruce
Background information
Birth name Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce
Born (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 32)
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, UK
Genres Pop, rock, indie
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2008–present
Labels Mercury (2012–2013)
Associated acts Danny O'Donoghue, Johnny McDaid

Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce (born 25 November 1984), known as Bo Bruce, is an English singer-songwriter previously signed to Mercury Records. She has released one EP, Search the Night (2010),[1] and an album Before I Sleep in 2013,[2] both of which received a degree of chart success.[3][4] She is also known for her appearance on talent show The Voice UK, and has toured mainly around the UK.[5] Throughout her career she has featured on a number of dance-oriented singles, notably with Chicane and Gareth Emery.

Bruce reportedly has had issues with addiction in the past and entered rehab citing exhaustion in the latter part of 2013.[6]

Early life[edit]

Bo Bruce was born Lady Catherine Anna Brudenell-Bruce, the daughter of David Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan and his first wife, Rosamond Winkley. Bruce is also a granddaughter of Michael Brudenell-Bruce, 8th Marquess of Ailesbury.[7] She has an older brother, Thomas Brudenell-Bruce, Viscount Savernake. Her family's seat is Tottenham House, set on a 4,500 acre estate in Wiltshire near Savernake Forest, and she and her brother grew up at Savernake Lodge on the estate. Bruce was close to her mother, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, while she is estranged from her father.[7] Bruce is also the cousin of lingerie model Florence Brudenell-Bruce, and was educated at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.[7]

Music career[edit]

2008–11: Early career and Search the Night EP[edit]

In 2008 Bruce entered the Orange unsignedAct competition broadcast on Channel 4, where she reached the final performing some of her own songs.[8] Bruce began writing for her debut release, an EP entitled Search The Night, which was digitally released on 12 December 2010. It was produced by Tom Marsh, who co-wrote three of the songs and played a number of instruments.[9] It featured the songs "Behind The Gates", "Waking", "Fighting Arizona", "Crossfire" and "Black Ice"; the latter was submitted upon applying for the Channel 4 competition while 'Fighting Arizona' was performed during the broadcast.[10] Music videos were made for both 'Fighting Arizona', (August 2010) and 'Black Ice' (September 2011). Sales of the EP began to increase after Bruce became featured on The Voice UK and peaked at number two on the iTunes album charts on 4 June 2012.[3]

On 1 August 2011, she released her collaboration with DJ's/Producers Simon Patterson and Greg Downey called 'Come to Me'.[11]

2012: The Voice UK[edit]

In her blind audition Bruce sang the David Guetta/Usher hit "Without You". Coaches and Danny O'Donoghue turned round in a bid to add her to their teams and she opted to join Team Danny.[12] In the battle round Bruce performed with Vince Freeman, duetting on the U2 classic "With or Without You", after which O'Donoghue put her through to the live rounds.[13] During the live show of 5 May 2012, Bruce sang "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush and received praise from all four coaches and was voted through to the next round of the competition with the viewers' vote. She received the praise of the songwriter Kate Bush, who congratulated Bruce on her "fantastic performance" and noted that the performance was "really beautiful and moving".[14][15]

In her second live show on 19 May 2012 Bruce sang 'Love the Way You Lie (Part II)' by Rihanna and received praise from the coaches.[16] In the results show, broadcast on 20 May 2012 it was announced that Bruce had received the most public votes of all remaining Team Danny acts and would therefore progress immediately onto the semi-final round of the competition without facing elimination.[17] Bruce performed "Charlie Brown" by Coldplay in the semi-final on 27 May 2012, while in the results show it was revealed that she was to progress to the final and compete to win the recording contract prize.[18][19] In the final on 2 June 2012, Bruce sang three songs, "Nothing Compares 2 U", a duet with Danny O'Donoghue and "Charlie Brown", before being announced as a runner up to Leanne Mitchell.

Performed Song Original Artist Result
Blind Audition "Without You" David Guetta feat. Usher Joined Team Danny
Battle Rounds "With or Without You" (against Vince Freeman) U2 Winner
Week 1 "You Get What You Give/Please Don't Stop The Music"
(as part of Team Danny & Team Jessie group performance)[a]
New Radicals/Rihanna N/A
Week 2 "Running Up That Hill" Kate Bush Safe
Week 3 "Starlight" (as part of Team Danny) Muse N/A
Week 4 "Love the Way You Lie (Part II)" Rihanna Safe
"Somebody That I Used To Know" (as part of Team Danny) Gotye
Semi-final "Charlie Brown (Coldplay song)" Coldplay Safe
"You're the Voice" (as part of The Voice UK Semi-finalists) John Farnham
Final "Nothing Compares 2 U" Sinead O'Connor Runner-up
"Read All About It" (with Danny O'Donoghue) Professor Green feat. Emeli Sande
"Charlie Brown (Coldplay song)" Coldplay

2012: Post The Voice UK[edit]

During the broadcast of the voice, her collaboration with Mike Shiver called 'Still Here' was released on Armada sub-label S107 Recordings.[20]

In the week following The Voice UK final, Bruce's independently released Search the Night EP charted at No. 19.[21] Soon after this, she announced being signed to Mercury Records.[22] She performed her debut show at The Garage on 16 August 2012,[23] followed by a performance at the V Festival and T in the Park.[24] Bruce featured on the track "Damaged" by DJ/Producer Kryder, released as a download-only single in October 2012.[25] Shortly after the end of The Voice UK sessions for her debut album began.[26]

The music video for a song entitled 'The Fall' was released on 27 November 2012,[27] while it was confirmed that the track would be also appearing on the debut album.[28] Her first single "Save Me" and album Before I Sleep were scheduled for release on 29 April 2013. The title by the poem Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, written by Robert Frost.[29] In March 2013 Bruce signed a publishing deal with Polar Patrol Publishing, which was set up by members of Snow Patrol and currently publishes a number of artists and songwriters, including Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol and Here We Go Magic.[30] Upon release the album reached no. 10 in the UK album chart.[31]

On 24 April 2013 it was announced that Bruce had collaborated on a track with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, entitled 'The Rage That's in Us All', for the motion picture Star Trek Into Darkness released in cinemas on 9 May 2013.[32][33]

Bruce's relationship with her label Mercury began to deteriorate after the release of second single "Alive", which Bruce believed had been under-promoted. This signalled the end of their working relationship with Mercury Records. A third single had been planned but the singer 'put a stop to it going out [and] pulled the video'. She cited a lack of support at the label for her departure.[34] In September 2013 it was confirmed that Bruce had entered rehab citing exhaustion.[6]

In January 2014, "U" by Gareth Emery, featuring vocals from Bo Bruce, was released and was voted by the listeners of Armin van Buuren radio show 'A State Of Trance' as Tune of the Year 2014.[35] In October 2014, she featured on the new Chicane single "Still With Me" and has made appearances with both artists.

In 2015, she teamed up with her husband, electronic musician Henry Binns (from Zero 7),[36] as "Equador". The project has released two singles within 2016, entitled "Blood" and "Bones of Man".[37]


Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]


  1. ^ Bo Bruce: Life after Orange unsignedAct?. Unreality Shout. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  2. ^ At Last The Time Has Come! Unknown (25 February 2013). Retrieved (25 February 2013).
  3. ^ a b "Bo Bruce overwhelmed by Chart success". TellyMix. 
  4. ^ THE OFFICIAL UK TOP 40 ALBUMS CHART Radio 1 (5 May 2013). Retrieved (5 May 2013).
  5. ^ BO BRUCE UNVEILS DATES FOR FIRST EVER UK TOUR (26 March 2013). Retrieved (7 April 2013).
  6. ^ a b "'The Voice' Star Bo Bruce Enters Rehab To Deal With 'Personal Issues'". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c Rainey, Sarah (8 May 2013). "'My family has tragically disintegrated,’ says Bo Bruce". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Voice UK: Bo Bruce reached the finals of Channel 4's Orange Unsigned Artists". Mail Online. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "Tom Marsh Music". TomMarshMusic. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Bo Bruce: Life After Orange unsignedAct? | Unreality Shout Unreality Shout (13 January 2010). Retrieved (25 March 2013).
  11. ^
  12. ^ The Voice UK auditions: ‘Lady’ Bo Bruce joins Team Danny! (VIDEO) | The Voice UK. Telly Mix (7 April 2012). Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  13. ^ BBC One – The Voice UK, Battles 1, Bo Bruce Vs Vince Freeman: Battle Performance. (21 April 2012). Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  14. ^ Best wishes for Bo. Kate Bush. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  15. ^ Kate congratulates Bo Bruce after performing Running Up That Hill on ‘The Voice UK’ |. (5 May 2012). Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  16. ^ The Voice UK: Bo Bruce sings Love The Way You Lie 'a million times better than Rihanna' | Mail Online. (15 May 2012). Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  17. ^ The Voice UK: Jessie J saves Becky Hill and Danny chooses Max Milner for the semi-final | Mail Online. (15 May 2012) Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  18. ^ The Voice UK: Ruth Brown fights back the tears as she and Jaz Ellington are eliminated | Mail Online. Retrieved on 6 July 2012.
  19. ^ BBC One – The Voice UK – Bo Bruce. (1 January 1970). Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  20. ^ Beatport entry for Still Here.
  21. ^ The Voice UK: Bo Bruce overwhelmed by chart success | The Voice UK. Telly Mix (5 June 2012). Retrieved on 6 July 2012.
  22. ^ been a while ….. Bo Bruce (26 June 2012). Retrieved on 6 July 2012.
  23. ^ Bo Bruce. Telly Mix (6 August 2013). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  24. ^ Bo Bruce At V Festival, 2012. Look (Unknown Date). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  25. ^ Kryder releases 'Damaged' ft. Bo Bruce Archived 14 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Alt Sounds (11 October 2012). Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  26. ^ At Last The Time Has Come! Unknown (25 February 2013). Retrieved (27 February 2013).
  27. ^ First Taster Of My Album Bo Bruce (Unknown Date). Retrieved (1 February 2013).
  28. ^ 'The Voice' Bo Bruce unveils video for new single 'The Fall' – watch Digital Spy (28 November 2012). Retrieved (1 January 2013).
  29. ^ At Last The Time Has Come! Bo Bruce (25 February 2013). Retrieved (25 February 2013).
  30. ^ Bo Bruce Signs To Polar Patrol Publishing Music Week (6 March 2013). Retrieved (8 March 2013).
  31. ^ "BO BRUCE". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  32. ^ Bo Bruce : Voice finalist set to sing in Star Trek Into Darkness movie Still Got The Fever (24 April 2013). Retrieved (24 April 2013).
  33. ^ Bo Bruce: From Small Screen To Big Screen Sings A Track From 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Contact Music (25 April 2013). Retrieved (26 April 2013).
  34. ^ "entertainmentwise Archived 29 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Becca Longmire, 'The Voice UK's Bo Bruce Blasts Record Label: 'They Didn't Bother Doing Any Promo',, December 15, 2013.
  35. ^
  36. ^ Pocklington, Rebecca (2016-05-31). "Singer Bo Bruce to marry this weekend". Retrieved 2016-09-12. 
  37. ^ "Henry Binns’ (Zero 7) new duo Equador creates dreamy trip-hop world on single “Blood”". Retrieved 2016-09-12. 

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