Birdy (singer)


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
Lymington, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom[1]
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present

Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde[4] (born 15 May 1996),[5] 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 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

Birdy was born on 15 May 1996, in Lymington, Hampshire, UK. Her father is Rupert Oliver Benjamin van den Bogaerde; her mother, the Hon. Sophie Patricia (née Roper-Curzon)[4] is 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.[6] Her parents were married in 1995 and have two other children: Jake, born in 1997, and Caitlin in 1999. Birdy studied at Brockenhurst College, a sixth form college in the New Forest, as of 2013. Her 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.[7] Her great-uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. She has English, Belgian (Flemish), Dutch and Scottish ancestry.[8]



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.[9] Her family and friends call her Birdy, while only teachers called her Jasmine, her given name. In 2008, as a 12-year-old, 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.[10][11] She performed her own song, called "So Be Free", at the competition in front of 2,000 people.[12]

In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3's Pianothon in London.[13] In January 2011, at the age of 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver's song "Skinny Love".[14] The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. The single was chosen as "Record of the Week"[15] by UK radio DJ Fearne Cotton,[12] resulting in it being added to BBC Radio 1's B‑list playlist[2] as soon as it was released in March 2011.[3] The official music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller.[16] 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.[17] Her eponymous debut album of cover versions (plus one original track) 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. She promptly donated it to be auctioned online. 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. She also donated it to be auctioned online, it was sold for €1,980. 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.

7 August 2012, Birdy released her "Live in London" EP, which contains 8 songs. This includes 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.[18] On 16 February 2013 Birdy sang at Sanremo Music Festival 2013.


Birdy at the New Pop Festival in Baden Baden, September 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 has so far achieved mostly positive reviews.[19] In North America, the album was released on 3 June 2014. A subsequent EP titled Breathe was released on 16 October in its place.

In September 2013, Birdy covered a song entitled "Let Her Go" by Passenger, live on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.[20] 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.[21] In December 2013, Birdy performed "Mandela Day" with James Blunt, originally by Simple Minds, at the NRJ Music Awards.[22] Also in December 2013, she performed "L'Idole Des Jeunes" with Johnny Hallyday at Le Grand Show.[23]

In October 2014, Birdy covered "Lucky Star" by Madonna, appearing on the BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 80s album. Also during 2014, Birdy was featured on four of the tracks on the Native Roses Shadows album, for which her elder brother, Moses, is a drummer.[24]

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".[25] Videos for both have been officially released.[26] In March 2012, Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single "Just a Game".[27] 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.[28] 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.[29] The single was released on 11 September 2015 via digital download in the UK.[30] In October 2015, Birdy performed a cover of Firestone, originally by Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[31] This track featured on the BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge 2015 album.[32]


In January 2016, Birdy released "Keeping Your Head Up",[33] the first single from her third album, Beautiful Lies, with a release date of 25 March 2016.[34] "Beautiful Lies", the second single from the album was released in February.[35] "Wild Horses", the third single from the album was released in March.[36] On 20 April 2016, the Japanese Edition of Beautiful Lies was released, containing a bonus track entitled "Lights".

On 1 April 2016, Birdy performed a cover of 'Adventure of a Lifetime' originally by Coldplay for 3FM.[37] 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'.[38] 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.[39][40]

On 23 September 2016, "Beautiful Birds" was released by Passenger, featuring Birdy [41] and on 4 November 2016, "Find Me" was released by Sigma, featuring Birdy.[42]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2012 Satellite Awards 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 she was nominated for British Female Solo Artist British Female Solo Artist Nominated
Echo Music Prize Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist Won
Los 40 Principales Best International New Artist Won
Best International Album (Fire Within) Nominated


Main article: Birdy discography
Studio albums


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