Jasmine van den Bogaerde, also known by her stage name Birdy, (born
15 May 1996) is an English musician known for winning the music
competition Open Mic UK in 2008, at the age of 12. Her version of Bon
Iver's "Skinny Love" was released in January 2011, peaking inside the
top twenty of the UK Singles Chart and in some European territories.
Her self-titled debut album "Birdy" was released on 7 November 2011.
1996 - 2008: Early life and career
Birdy was born on May 15, 1996, in Lymington, England. Her mother is
a concert pianist, and Birdy learned to play piano at the age of
four, and began writing her own music at the age of 7. Birdy
currently studies at Priestlands School in Lymington, a small state
school which specialises in performing and visual arts. She sings and
plays the piano. Birdy's great uncle was the actor Sir Dirk Bogarde.
In 2008, at the age of 12, Birdy won the UK talent contest Open Mic
UK, a spinoff of the Live and Unsigned competition. She won both the
under 18s category and the Grand Prize, against 10,000 other
competitors. She performed her own song at the competition
called "So Be Free" in front of 2,000 people.
She is of mixed British, Dutch and Flemish descent.
2009 - Present: Rise to fame, record deal and "Birdy"
After the competition she was then offered a publishing contract with
Good Soldier Songs Ltd, run by Christian Tattersfield, chairman of
Warner Bros. Music UK and the label 14th Floor Records. Tattersfield
previously signed other singer/songwriters such as David Gray. In
2009, Birdy performed live on piano for BBC Radio 3's Pianothon in
In 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. Since then, Birdy has
covered the song "The A Team" Ed Sheeran, as well as The XX's
Shelter., which was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode "The
End of The Affair", which aired on 29 September. Skinny Love peaked
at number 3 in the Netherlands.
On 19 July 2011, Birdy performed in BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge. In the
session, she performed a cover of The XX's "Shelter" as well as Ed
Sheeran's "The A Team". Her eponymous debut album was released on 7
November 2011, the album peaked 13 in the UK, 40 in Ireland and top
10 in Belgium and The Netherlands.