SONG OF THE DAY – “ALL ABOUT YOU” by Birdy

June 17, 2014

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I love the young English singer-songwriter, Birdy. I have been following her for several years now and just find her to be an incredible, young (only 18 years old!), unique talent.

Birdy’s real name is Jasmine van den Bogaerde, but she uses the nickname Birdy that was given to her by her parents when she was just a baby. They began calling her Birdy because she used to open her mouth like a baby bird when she was being fed, and the nickname just stuck. Birdy began playing the piano at age 5 and writing her own music at age 7. Her mother is a concert pianist and music just seemed to come naturally.

Birdy was only 15 years old when she released her self-titled, debut album, Birdy, in 2011. The album was mostly covers, but it did include one original song. The album received rave reviews and went to the top of the charts in many countries. Her first single was a cover of Bon Iver‘s “Skinny Love” which was a remarkable interpretation of the song and became an instant hit. I actually find Birdy’s version much more captivating than the original.

Eighteen months later, at the age of 17, Birdy released a new album, Fire Within, with some amazing original songs. The album was just released in North America a few weeks ago on June 3, but was released in the UK in September of 2013. I bought the song on my UK iTunes account back in September and shared this song as my daughter’s Song of the Day back on September 30, 2013. Because the album is brand new, I wanted to share the song with you on this page today because I think it is an incredible song. I absolutely LOVE the lyrics to this song, and the music is mesmerizing. I also have to say that the live rendition on the YouTube video below is fabulous and you shouldn’t miss it!

Birdy has had a pretty amazing year. She received a nomination for British Female Solo Artist at the 2014 Brit Awards, and she just finished touring in the US as the opener for Christina Perri. I was not able to get to one of the shows this time around, but I am hoping to catch her when she returns … and I am certain that she will return! I think there is much more to come from the talented young artist and I look forward to hearing more new music from her. Speaking of new music … she is featured in three songs on the new The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack. And speaking of music … that is one amazing soundtrack!

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SONG OF THE DAY – “BE MY FOREVER” by Christina Perri with Ed Sheeran

April 1, 2014

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I love this new song from Christina Perri’s new album, Head or Heart, that was just released today. I love it even more because she recorded the song with one of my all time favorites … Ed Sheeran! Typically her songs are very dramatic and emotional and this song is just fun and catchy. I really like the change of pace – she does this style well too.

Christina Perri literally catapulted from obscurity to success with her song, “Jar of Hearts” after a choreographer featured the song on a 2010 episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The song created a huge buzz and had more than 100,000 downloads in the first two weeks after it aired. The song went on to be an international hit, she signed a record deal, and now she is releasing her sophomore album. A pretty cool success story. She is an amazing singer-songwriter with a very distinctive sound.

I was excited to see that she and Ed Sheeran worked together. He seems to be one of the most generous artists out there and often teams up with other artists on their songs. I have talked about Ed Sheeran many times on this blog already, so I won’t say much other than that I am a huge fan and am anxiously awaiting his new album. If you would like to see the other songs I have posted by him, click here.