A singer with an agile voice capable of both fragile and powerful renderings, Birdy's airy, melancholy pop was a hit from the beginning in Australia and parts of Europe. Following the release of her major-label debut in 2011, she reached the Top Ten in her native U.K. with Fire Within (2013) and Beautiful Lies (2016).
English singer/songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde was born in 1996 in Lymington, Hampshire. Precocious from the very start, Bogaerde began composing her own songs at the age of seven, and in the coming years frequently posted her music and performances on social media. By the time she was 14, she had signed a publishing contract with Warner/Chappell.
In early 2011, she independently released her first single, a cover of American indie rock outfit Bon Iver's "Skinny Love," using the alias Birdy. It peaked at number 17 on the U.K. singles chart. Her self-titled full-length debut, released through Atlantic Records, arrived in November of that year and was a huge success, particularly in Australia, Belgium, Holland, and France, where it shot to number one. Birdy also reached number 17 in the U.K. The collection of stripped-back covers mostly comprised indie artists, such as the Postal Service and Fleet Foxes, whose songs were overhauled by Bogaerde's haunting voice and sparse production. In 2012, she appeared alongside Mumford & Sons on the soundtrack to Pixar's Brave and contributed an original song, "Just a Game," to the soundtrack to The Hunger Games.
In contrast to Birdy's first album, her second, 2013's Fire Within, offered 11 original tracks. Written with help from collaborators such as Ryan Tedder (Beyoncé, Leona Lewis), Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift), and Mumford & Sons pianist Ben Lovett, it climbed to number eight at home and became her biggest hit to date in the States, reaching number 24 on the Billboard 200. Multiple entries on the soundtrack to The Fault in Our Stars followed in 2014.
Birdy cracked Britain's Top Five with her third long-player, Beautiful Lies, which reached number four upon its release in 2016. The album's various collaborators included Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys), Steve Mac (Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato), and RØMANS (John Legend, Mary J. Blige). While working on her next studio album, she released the EP Piano Sketches in 2020. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson
HOMETOWNLymington, Hampshire, England
BORNMay 15, 1996