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Birdy Biography

Last updated: 10/23/2011

Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, also known by her stage name Birdy, (born 15 May 1996) is an English musician known for winning the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," released in 2011, was her first hit on UK music charts.

Early life

Birdy was born on May 15, 1996, in Lymington, England. Her mother is a concert pianist, and Birdy learned to play piano at the age of six, and began writing her own music at the age of 7. Birdy currently studies at Priestlands School in Lymington, a small state school which specialises in performing and visual arts. She sings and plays the piano. Birdy's great uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde.

In 2008, at the age of 12, 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. She performed her own song at the competition called "So Be Free" in front of 2,000 people. The singer/songwriter was then offered a publishing contract with Good Soldier Songs Ltd, run by Christian Tattersfield, chairman of Warner Bros. Music UK and the label 14th Floor Records. Tattersfield previously signed other singer/songwriters such as David Gray. In 2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3's Pianothon in London.

"2011: Birdy"

In 2011, at the age of 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver's song "Skinny Love". This became her first hit in the UK charts. The single was chosen as "Record of The Week" by UK radio DJ Fearne Cotton, resulting in it being added to BBC Radio 1's B-list playlist as soon as it was released in March 2011. The official music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller. In 2011 the song was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "The Sun Also Rises", which aired May 5. Since then, Birdy has covered the song "The A Team" by up and coming British artist Ed Sheeran, as well as the XX's Shelter., which was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "The End of The Affair", which aired September 29. In Belgium, Skinny Love is also doing great. It achieved number 3 in the Ultratop 50 and peaked at 2 in Itunes. On 19 July 2011, Birdy performed in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. In the session, she performed a cover of The XX's "Shelter" as well as Ed Sheeran's "The A Team". It was announced that Birdy will release her eponymous debut album on November 7th.