Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of U.K. singer-songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically-acclaimed albums followed; Drastic Fantastic, Tiger Suit and Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerizing live artist.
Tunstall has toured the world many times over. She out-sold every other female artist in the U.K. in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit “Suddenly I See,” and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows. (“Suddenly I See” was used in the iconic opening scene of the Meryl Streep flick The Devil Wears Prada.)
2012 and the years that followed saw a seismic shift in her outlook – the loss of her father, a divorce and a relocation to Venice Beach, California. After a period of healing, soul-searching and a change of scenery, 2016 hailed the arrival of the first of a trilogy of albums, the critically acclaimed U.K. top 10 album – KIN. The trilogy evokes, separately and in sequence, spirit, body and mind. With KIN being her phoenix from-the-ashes ‘spirit’ album, 2018 marked the second offering of that trilogy, the ‘body’ album WAX.
Speaking about her sixth studio album, Tunstall says of WAX “I knew before I started writing that I wanted it to be an electric guitar record. It had to be visceral, about the physical, and the weight of that, and the obstacles of that. It’s a record about human-ness, which we so often just write off as flaws.” WAX’s lead single “The River,” was named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Songs You Need To Know.’
Upon relocating to California, she was accepted as one of six annual fellows for the Sundance Film Institute’s Composers Lab hosted by George Lucas at his Skywalker Ranch and has since scored music for short and feature films. She has also performed sold-out intimate headline shows across the UK and US and toured worldwide supporting acclaimed artists including Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Barenaked Ladies, Gary Barlow and Hall & Oates.
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