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Birdy


Jasmine van den Bogaerde (born 15 May 1996 in Lymington, Hampshire, UK), also known by her stage name Birdy, is an English musician.

Birdy's mother is a concert pianist, and Birdy learned to play the piano at the age of seven, and began writing her own music at the age of eight. Birdy studied at Brockenhurst College in Brockenhurst, a sixth form college in the New Forest, as of 2013. She sings and plays the piano. Her great uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde. She is of mixed English, Belgian (Flemish), and  Dutch ancestry.

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 whole family calls her Birdy while friends call her Jasmine, her given name.

In January 2011, at the age of 14, Birdy released a cover version of Bon Iver's song "Skinny Love." The song became her first hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at 17. 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. 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. This song was sung by Birdy at the Ellen DeGeneres Show that was aired last 20 March 2012.

She won the music competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her début single, a version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love", was her breakthrough, charting all across Europe and being certified six times platinum in Australia. Her self-titled début album Birdy was released on 7 November 2011 to similar success, peaking at number 1 in Australia, Belgium and The Netherlands. Birdy's second studio album Fire Within was released 23 September 2013 in the UK and other surrounding countries.

Her eponymous début album of covers (although one track is an original) 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 and was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single "Just a Game".

Fire Within is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde, best known as Birdy. It is the first album to be predominantly original compositions, her eponymous début album consisting largely of covers the album peaked at #8 on the UK Albums charts. The lead single was Wings it peaked at #16 on the UK Singles charts. No Angel followed as the second single but only charted in France at #51.

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