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Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (Deluxe Version), KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Kate Tunstall

Born:
1975 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Genre:
Pop

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






KT Tunstall

Biography

Born in 1975, Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall — not short for anything, the KT is just an alternate spelling of Katie — comes from the quaint university town of St. Andrews. Due in part by being adopted at birth, her imagination and creative side flourished from early on as she thought about how her life could have gone in any given direction. As she was growing up, her physicist father would take Tunstall and her brothers into the St. Andrews observatory to look at the sky, thus fueling her youthful love for space and sci-fi. It wasn't until discovering hair metal through a brother that music really did start to become important to her, and when it did, her affection for spacy things was reflected in her favorite album, David Bowie's Hunky Dory. . Born in 1975, Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall — not short for anything, the KT is just an alternate spelling of Katie — comes from the quaint university town of St. Andrews. Due in part by being adopted at birth, her imagination and creative side flourished from early on as she thought about how her life could have gone in any given direction. As she was growing up, her physicist father would take Tunstall and her brothers into the St. Andrews observatory to look at the sky, thus fueling her youthful love for space and sci-fi. It wasn't until discovering hair metal through a brother that music really did start to become important to her, and when it did, her affection for spacy things was reflected in her favorite album, David Bowie's Hunky Dory.

Tunstall picked up playing piano and flute at a young age, learned to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, and began writing her own songs in her mid-teens. At 16, she taught herself the guitar and continued to hone her writing skills with sentimental love songs. A scholarship to the Kent School, a private prep school in Connecticut, brought her experiences outside of St. Andrews and Scotland. She formed her first band there, the Happy Campers, and enjoyed seeing shows by 10,000 Maniacs and the Grateful Dead. Next came a music course at London's Royal Holloway College, before heading back home and immersing herself in the local grassroots scene that birthed bands like the Fence Collective and the Beta Band. Around this time, KT was also listening to a lot of Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, and James Brown, among others, and soon formed a group with the Fence Collective's Pip Dylan.

Fast forward a few years. KT returned to London and began writing more songs, many of which would appear on her subsequent album. She entered a backwoods Wiltshire studio with minimal instruments in tow and Steve Osborne (U2, New Order) at the controls. The end result was her glossy debut, Eye to the Telescope, released in the U.K. in January 2005 on Relentless. Highlighting her soulful voice, sassy attitude, and earthy songwriting approach, comparisons to Dido, Fiona Apple, and Kate Melua soon sparked. Following the record's release, Tunstall hit all over Europe, including shows supporting Joss Stone and singing with Oi Va Voi. Feeling an acoustic guitar was sometimes too limiting, her live show incorporated the use of an Akai Headrush foot pedal that allowed her to spot-record multiple times (loop each section continuously), thus turning Tunstall into her own one-woman backup band.

Early 2006 continued to be bright for Tunstall as Telescope was released in the United States that February, and she won Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brits. Meanwhile, her first single, "Black Horse & the Cherry Tree," continued to do very well on American adult alternative radio. KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza was issued that fall; it included acoustic tracks (both new and old) recorded the previous Christmas along with a bonus making-of DVD. In 2007, Tunstall returned to the scene with her poppier Drastic Fantastic. Three years later, she recorded her third album, Tiger Suit, at Berlin's Hansa studio, the same place where Bowie recorded Heroes. The album appeared in the fall of 2010. She followed the set with Live in London, March 2011, and later in the year, with an EP entitled The Scarlet Tulip, which was recorded in her home studio with co-producer Luke Bulle. After a break from touring, Tunstall re-entered the studio in late 2012 and recorded her fifth album. Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon appeared in June of 2013.

Top Albums

Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (Deluxe Version), KT Tunstall
1. Invisible Em..
Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon, KT Tunstall
2. Invisible Em..
Have Yourself a Very KT Christmas - EP, KT Tunstall
3. Have Yoursel..
Eye To the Telescope, KT Tunstall
4. Eye To the T..
Drastic Fantastic, KT Tunstall
5. Drastic Fant..
KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza, KT Tunstall
6. KT Tunstall'..
False Alarm - EP, KT Tunstall
7. False Alarm ..
Tiger Suit, KT Tunstall
8. Tiger Suit
Tiger Suit, KT Tunstall
9. Tiger Suit
iTunes Live from SoHo, KT Tunstall
10. iTunes Live ..
Live At the Wiltern, KT Tunstall
11. Live At the ..
Live in LA - EP, KT Tunstall
12. Live in LA -..
Fade Like a Shadow - Single, KT Tunstall
13. Fade Like a ..
Drastic Fantastic, KT Tunstall
14. Drastic Fant..
Suddenly I See - Single, KT Tunstall
15. Suddenly I S..
Previously Unreleased EP, KT Tunstall
16. Previously U..
Suddenly I See (Karaoke Version) - Single, KT Tunstall
17. Suddenly I S..
Another Place to Fall - Single, KT Tunstall
18. Another Plac..
Another Place to Fall (Radio Version) - Single, KT Tunstall
19. Another Plac..
Other Side of the World (Radio Version) - Single, KT Tunstall
20. Other Side o..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (Rad..Eye To the Telescope2:52$1.29
2.
Suddenly I SeeEye To the Telescope3:21$1.29
3.
Feel It AllInvisible Empire // Crescen..4:11$1.29
4.
Mele Kalikimaka (Christmas In Hawaii..Have Yourself a Very KT Chr..3:25$1.29
5.
Feel It All – Band Jam (Radio Edit..Invisible Empire // Crescen..3:49$1.29
6.
2000 MilesHave Yourself a Very KT Chr..3:40$1.29
7.
Heal OverEye To the Telescope4:27$1.29
8.
Universe & UEye To the Telescope4:01$1.29
9.
Miniature DisastersEye To the Telescope3:31$1.29
10.
Other Side of the WorldEye To the Telescope3:34$0.99
11.
Fairytale of New YorkHave Yourself a Very KT Chr..4:23$1.29
12.
Sleigh RideHave Yourself a Very KT Chr..2:47$1.29
13.
Invisible EmpireInvisible Empire // Crescen..3:52$1.29
14.
EntertainerTiger Suit4:49$1.29
15.
Madame TrudeauxTiger Suit3:18$1.29
16.
(Still a) WeirdoTiger Suit3:40$1.29
17.
Come On, Get InTiger Suit3:40$1.29
18.
Golden FramesTiger Suit3:46$1.29
19.
LostTiger Suit4:41$1.29
20.
Fade Like a ShadowTiger Suit3:28$1.29
21.
DifficultyTiger Suit4:59$1.29
22.
Glamour PussTiger Suit3:19$1.29
23.
Uummannaq SongTiger Suit3:37$1.29
24.
ChangeAcoustic Alternative Album3:43$1.29
25.
Black & WhiteEye To the Telescope2:45$1.29

Top Music Videos

Black Horse and the Cherry Tree, KT Tunstall
1. Black Horse a...
Suddenly I See (Larger Than Life Version), KT Tunstall
2. Suddenly I Se...
Black Horse And The Cherry Tree, KT Tunstall
3. Black Horse A...
Feel It All, KT Tunstall
4. Feel It All
Bruce Parry Presents Amazon Tribe - Songs for Survival, Bruce Parry, Apparatjik, KT Tunstall, Yusuf Islam, Skin & Jason Mraz
5. Bruce Parry P...
Bruce Parry Presents Amazon Tribe - Songs for Survival (KT Tunstall Version), KT Tunstall
6. Bruce Parry P...
Other Side Of The World, KT Tunstall
7. Other Side Of...
The Wee Bastard Pedal, KT Tunstall
8. The Wee Basta...
Invisible Empire, KT Tunstall
9. Invisible Emp...
Fade Like a Shadow, KT Tunstall
10. Fade Like a S...
Throw Me a Rope, KT Tunstall
11. Throw Me a Ro...
Gone to the Dogs, KT Tunstall
12. Gone to the D...
Under The Weather (Radio Mix), KT Tunstall
13. Under The Wea...
Another Place to Fall, KT Tunstall
14. Another Place...
The Wee Bastard Pedal, KT Tunstall
15. The Wee Basta...
Suddenly I See, KT Tunstall
16. Suddenly I Se...
Suddenly I See (US Version), KT Tunstall
17. Suddenly I Se...
Suddenly I See (Larger Than Life Version), KT Tunstall
18. Suddenly I Se...
Suddenly I See (Standard Version), KT Tunstall
19. Suddenly I Se...
Out-Takes, KT Tunstall
20. Out-Takes


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