Katy B

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Not to be confused with the Canadian singer-songwriter Katie B.
Katy B
Katy B @ Wellington Square.jpg
Katy B performing in 2011
Background information
Birth name Kathleen Anne Brien
Also known as Baby Katy
Born (1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 25)
Peckham, London, England
Genres Breakstep, dubstep, R&b, uk funky, electronica, uk garage, house
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Rinse, Columbia
Website www.katybofficial.com

Kathleen Anne Brien[1][2] (born 8 May 1989), better known as Katy B, is an English singer and songwriter. She is a dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer[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.[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 featured on many tracks before and during the release of her album, DJ NG's song "Tell Me", on which she featured as Baby Katy,[4] was released on a white label and later signed to Ministry of Sound.[8][9] Katy B has collaborated with Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced "Good Life"[10] and the track "As I".[11] She also provides vocals on the track "Hold Me" for The Count & Sinden's debut album Mega Mega Mega[12] and features on Magnetic Man's tracks "Perfect Stranger" and "Crossover".[13]

Geeneus, with whom Katy B collaborated, works for Rinse FM.[14] Following the official recognition of the station in June 2010 (formerly a pirate radio station),[15] Rinse presented Katy B's first single, "Katy on a Mission", which was produced by Benga and 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. On 30 April 2011, Katy embarked on her 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" created as an advert for the Coca-Cola and the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was released as a digital download on 13 May 2012.

2013–present: Little Red[edit]

On 1 October 2013, Katy announced that her second studio album will be titled Little Red.[20] A single, "What Love Is Made Of", was released on 7 July 2013. The song charted at number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. The lead single is called "5 AM" and was released on 4 November 2013. The song charted at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart. When she released the official Little Red tracklist on 13 December, "What Love Is Made Of," was no longer included.[21] "Crying For No Reason" was released on 10 February 2014. The song reached Top 5 in 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' was revealed, which included a back-to-back cover of Beyonce'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, she took part in recording England's 2014 World Cup song. She collaborated with the likes of fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Conor Maynard, Kimberley Walsh and Pixie Lott, on "Greatest Day", a track originally performed by British band, Take That. The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London. The track also featured past 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 2012 Dancefloor Anthem "Broken Record" Won


  1. ^ "Series 2 Episode 67 Freshly Squeezed". Freshly Squeezed. Series 2. Episode 67. 2010-12-14. 2:17 minutes in. Channel 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfdnQxoZ8ds. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  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 2011-09-26. 
  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. ^ Rees, Thomas (22 May 2010). "Good Life". XLR8R. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Benji B, RBMA Special". BBC 1Xtra. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Count & Sinden: New Album: Mega Mega Mega Free Album Mix". Domino Records. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2010. 
  13. ^ Lester, Paul (9 July 2010). "New band of the day – No 822: Magnetic Man". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  14. ^ Fallon, Patric (5 February 2010). "Download a Free Mix From Geeneus". XLR8R. 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 2011-09-26. 
  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 2014-03-22. 

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