In 2012, we all heard the fabulous new adaptation of Bon Iver’s song “Skinny Love” sung by Birdy. This extraordinary musician of 16 years old makes her way in the world of music by her talent and her atypical voice and style. Her stage name comes from the nickname her parents gave her as a baby because she opened her mouth like a little bird when fed.
Her real name is Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde, she was born on May 15th, 1996 at Lymington in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Her musical style is especially Folk and Pop and she has played the piano since the age of 7 years old. She had some great influence from her mother who is a concert pianist and from her great uncle, the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. She received many labels as “Lady of The Lake”, “The Warner Bros Records” and “The Warner Music Group”. That fabulous singer is of mixed English, Belgian, and Dutch ancestry.
In 2008, as a 12-year-old, Birdy won the UK talent contest Open Mic UK which opened the way to many opportunities. Then she won both the under-18 category and the Grand Prize, against 10,000 other competitors. She performed her own song at the competition called “So Be Free” in front of 2,000 people and characterized that as “such a cool experience”. In March 2012 she was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single “Just a Game”. Then, in June, she contributed to the Pixar film Brave with the song “Learn Me Right” for which she received her first Grammy Award nomination. Futhermore, last August 7 2012, the singer released her “Live in London” EP, which contains 8 songs. Artists usually release an EP before the full album to give the fans a taste of what is coming. The EP may include anywhere from 2 to 10 songs depending on the length of the full album. Birdy includes her cover of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” and her song from The Hunger Games soundtrack.
Birdy also sings vocals for the band Native Roses, with whom her brother plays drums. On 29 August 2012 Birdy performed the song “Bird Gerhl” by Antony and the Johnsons in the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games. She is a very ambitious girl with a lot of talent. We just have to encourage her and wish her the best.