K. T. Tunstall

Scottish singer-songwriter and musician K.T.Tunstall was born 23 June 1975.Tunstall grew up in St Andrews, a town in Fife, attending Lawhead Primary, then Madras College in St. Andrews, and the High School of Dundee but she spent her last year of high school in New England at the Kent School, a selective prep school in Kent, Connecticut.She spent time busking on Church Street in Burlington, Vermnt, and at a commune in rural Vermont. Tunstall studied at Madras College in st. Andrews, Kent School in Connecticut, and at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has said: “…My earliest memories are Californian…”, attributed to a sabbatical that her father took at UCLA in 1979 Throughout Tunstall’s 20s, she played in indie music bands including Elia Drew and Tomoko. She focused on songwriting, as well as performing with members of the fledgling Fence Collective. KT Tunstall had lived with Gordon Anderson, (The Beta Band, and The Aliens), whom the song “Funnyman”, on the album Drastic Fantastic, is about. She toured with the Klezmer band Oi Va Voi, and stayed with them while they were making their album, Laughter Through Tears.

She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on Later… with Jools Holland.Her début album, Eye to the Telescope, was released in late 2004. Tunstall’s style of music varies from folk to pop. In Edinburgh and St Andrews, she played in a band called Red Light Stylus, which was regarded as one of the better bands to emerge from the limited Fife scene.The performance was notable as she had only 24 hours to prepare after scheduled performer Nas cancelled. Here performance caught the eye of many viewers, although she had previously performed it on French television only some weeks before, upstaging more established acts such as The Cure,Embrace, and The Futureheads; she then went on to top the post-show poll on the website for that episode.

Tunstall’s second album, Drastic Fantastic, was released in 2007, featuring the singles, “Hold On”, “Saving My Face” and “If Only”. Tunstall released a new acoustic album in May 2006, KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza. Tunstall sang with Scottish band Travis on their 2007 album The Boy with No Name, on the track “Under the Moonlight”, a song written by Susie Hug (late of Katydids). KT Tunstall’s third album, titled Tiger Suit, was released in 2010. She had started her time off by travelling through the Arctic, South America and India, so as a result the album had a very primal, indigenous spirit by the time it came to recording. KT tunstall’s fifth album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon features the single Feel It All, and was described is her most personal yet.A move away from the ‘stompy, sensitive girl-blues’ of old, it is a stripped-back, gentle affair, with strings, clarinet and euphonium adding subtle colour and is partly influenced by recent events in her life

During her career KT Tunstall has garnered many awards ln Tunstall’s breakthrough year, 2005, she received a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, which eventually went to Antony and the Johnsons; and was awarded Best Track for her composition and performance of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by Q magazine.In January the following year, 2006, she received three BRIT nominations – British Live Act, British Breakthrough Act, and British Female Solo Artist – eventually gaining the award for British Female Solo Artist, remarking that she wished to share it with fellow nominee Kate Bush. Later the same month she was given a European Border Breakers Award, which recognises the top-selling European Union artists outside their home country. Also, in 2006 she won the Ivor Novello Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Suddenly I See”, along with Scottish Style Awards “Most Stylish Band or Musician”.

She gained more nominations in 2007 and 2008: a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” (eventually going to Christina Aguilera for “Ain’t No Other Man”), and another BRIT nomination for British Female Solo Artist – the same accolade she had won in 2006. She has released five albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), KT Tunstall’s Acoustic Extravaganza (2006), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010) and Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013). During 2014, Tunstall wrote the song Miracle for the movie Winter’s Tale, featuring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, and Will Smith and Also wrote a song, called We Could Be Kings, with AR Rahman, which features in the soundtrack album for the Disney movie Million Dollar Arm. She has also appeared in an episode (S01E04) of the comedy series This is Jinsy on Sky Atlantic, and I’ve seen her perform live at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

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