Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[Listen & Read] Birdy, A 15 Year Old Wonder

I'm a little embarrassed that I'm just now covering Birdy in her entirety. I featured a remix that uses her cover of Bon Iver's Skinny Love a long time ago, and sadly never focused on her again. What the hell have I been doing? Arguably the best current cover artist, Birdy is a stage name for the 15 year old singer/songwriter , Jasmine van den Bogaerde. She's from the UK and has been doing this whole singing thing since the age of 12. I'm trying to stay calm about this, but to hell with that; reality has to be shitting me. This girl, according to her website, will turn 16 in May. In my opinion, and much of the UK's opinion, she has already become one of the most pure and talented young talents out there. Her voice doesn't even make sense at her age, like she shouldn't be able to sing like that. 

But she does. And here are some possible theories as to how: 
1. She's an alien. Long shot, but worth questioning. I have no evidence so far, just a hunch. 
2. She had a vocal chord transplant around the age of 9 (given three years prior to her debut; she had to warm up first) 
3. Jasmine got her stage name after her parents began calling her Birdy whenever they fed her. She would open her mouth wide, just like a baby bird. Birds can sing. By the transitive property, Birdy is actually a bird. 

I'll be the first to say that none of what I have just written makes sense. That being said, I think it's imperative that you visit her website and read her story. This young lady is amazing and will be at the top of the music industry some day. She came out with her first album in November of last year and it consists of a random selection of covers. Its beautiful and worth every penny. Her next album, unnamed and lacking a debut date, will be the opposite - all originals. And that is truly amazing. 

Skinny Love - Birdy

People Help The People - Birdy

Purchase Birdy's Music HERE
Hit the jump below to view her live performance of Pheonix's 1901

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