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Kate Bush

Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush; 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. Her eclectic musical style and idiosyncratic vocal style have made her one of the United Kingdom’s most successful solo female performers of the past 30 years. Bush was signed by EMI at the age of 16 after being recommended by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. In 1978, at age 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut song “Wuthering Heights”, becoming the first woman to have a UK number-one with a self-written song and was the most photographed woman in the United Kingdom that year.

After her 1979 tour—the only concert tour of her career—Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at No. 1. In 1987, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Solo Artist. She has released nine albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had UK Top 10 hit singles with “Wuthering Heights”, “Running Up That Hill”, “King of the Mountain”, “Babooshka”, “The Man with the Child in His Eyes” and “Don’t Give Up”.

In 2002, Bush’s songwriting ability was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. In 2005 she released Aerial, her first album in 12 years. The album earned her a BRIT Award nomination for Best Album and another for Best Solo Female Artist. During the course of her career, she has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

After her 1979 tour – the only concert tour of her career – Bush released the 1980 album Never for Ever, which made her the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number 1. She is also the first (and to date only) female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in 5 successive decades.

Bush was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

Early life

Bush was born in Welling, South East London, to English physician Robert Bush and his Irish wife, Hannah Daly. She was raised as a Roman Catholic  in their farmhouse in East Wickham with her older brothers, John and Paddy. Bush came from an artistic background: her mother was a former Irish folk dancer, her father was an accomplished pianist, Paddy worked as a musical instrument maker and John was a poet and photographer. Both brothers were involved in the local folk music scene.

John was a karateka at Goldsmiths College karate club and Kate also trained there, becoming known as “Ee-ee” because of her squeaky kiai. One of the instructors, Dave Hazard, later noted in his autobiography that her dance moves seemed to owe something to karate.

Her family’s musical influence inspired the young Kate to teach herself to play the piano at the age of 11. She also played the organ in a barn behind her parents’ house and studied the violin.[12] She soon began writing her own tunes and eventually added lyrics to them.[13]

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