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Stage Name of English Singer-Songwriter Jasmine van den Bogaerde

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The cover versions that, along with one original composition, made up Birdy’s self-titled, 1.5 million-selling debut album were an extraordinary introduction to an artist who – despite her tender years and the fact that she was interpreting other writers’ songs – managed to stamp her instantly recognizable identity on all of them. A voice that plugged the listener straight into the emotional mains, and an innate understanding of texture, nuance and restraint, helped Birdy burrow deep beneath the skin of songs such as The xx’s "Shelter," Bon Iver’s "Skinny Love" and The Postal Service’s "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." Topping the charts in eight countries, the album won rave reviews, many of which were dominated by one question: what next?

Eighteen months on from that debut, the 17-year-old Hampshire singer and songwriter is providing us with the answer. Birdy’s album "Fire Within" could be described as her second debut, because it sees her stepping into, and shining in, a new role as songwriter-in-chief. Recorded in Los Angeles and London, "Fire Within’s" 11 tracks include her stirring, propulsive single, "Wings," the tender piano ballad "No Angel" and "Light Me Up," the song that, more than any other, emphasizes the dramatic developments in Birdy’s musicianship and writing over the past 18 months. The hushed vulnerability of her first album is there, certainly; nowhere more so than on "No Angel" and fellow lighters-aloft moments such as "Words as Weapons," "All About You" and "Heart of Gold" – deeply personal songs that capture Birdy’s incredible ability to convey emotion with the subtlest of vocal and instrumental touches. But these sit alongside songs that strike out in bold new directions: the aforementioned "Light Me Up" comes out of the speakers like an unstoppable force, its brooding, bluesy verse giving way to a bridge that ups the pace towards a chorus whose power chords and thunderous beats draw out of a Birdy vocal performance you could never describe as hushed; on the contrary, her voice is bigger, richer deeper than before. "All You Never Say," meanwhile, combines ricocheting beats with sonorous piano chords, a mix that is at once wintry and warm, as Birdy sings the devastating central refrain: “All you never say is that you love me so.”

I always had strong ideas about how I wanted the new record to sound,” says Birdy, in London to put some finishing touches to the album. “I hadn’t had the chance to explore that before, because my sound was built around just me and the piano. I still love that mix, but being in the studio again and experimenting with all these new sounds was wonderful. The results aren’t dramatically different to how I heard the new songs in my head – and achieving that can be the hardest thing for any artist, so I’m particularly happy about that. Besides, I’ve been writing songs for so long that just to actually hear them on an album feels strange – but wonderful, too.”

Working, as she did on her debut, with the producers Jim Abbiss and Rich Costey, Birdy also collaborated on "Fire Within" with Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons, with whom she worked on the song "Learn Me Right," from the Pixar movie, "Brave"), Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson and Kid Harpoon, among others. Two years ago, she admits, she would have found it hard to articulate her ideas, or to feel confident about trying to do so. “When I first started writing with other people, I was terrified, because on one level, it’s a deeply strange thing to do – go into a room and share your ideas with someone you don’t know. But I love it now, because it’s interesting to hear someone else’s take on what you’ve done, and to draw new inspiration from their ideas.”

Birdy has grown a lot since making her first album. “When I was younger, writing and piano-playing were things I always kept separate, secret, so taking my music out of that separate place was very weird at first. And although I love performing, I get so nervous beforehand. Once I’m playing, though, I go into my own world and then I start to feel more comfortable on the stage.” There are songs on the new album, she continues, laughing, that require her to stand centre stage, rather than tickle the ivories. “I now stand up with a microphone for some of my new songs. It was terrifying at first, but I’ll get used to it.”

Birdy credits her upbringing for helping her to get to where she is now. Growing up on the edge of the New Forest, surrounded by siblings and cousins in a group of houses with the English Channel at the end of the garden, Birdy learnt to cherish the importance of music; her mother is a professional concert pianist, and both her parents have backed her in what she set out to do. “All of my family has the same passion for music and art, so they understand my passion for it.” She completed her GCSEs last year and, despite the pressures placed on her as a touring musician, got the grades she wanted. For now, at least, she has had to abandon her A Levels. “It just became impossible to juggle that with the recording, so I’ve put those on hold. I still see my friends, so it’s okay. And besides, I’m doing what I love.”

The release of "Fire Within" ushered in a period of extensive touring and promotion, including in Australia, where her debut album went to No 1, and where, in April, Birdy played three sold-out nights at Sydney Opera House. She recently attended the London sessions where the string parts for "Fire Within" were recorded. “To be at Abbey Road and watch all these musicians performing on my songs was overwhelming.” When given the option to sing in a vocal booth or in the same room as other musicians Birdy prefers the latter. “The passion and emotion that I feel, that I need to feel, when I’m singing doesn’t always come across in a vocal booth. Being in the same room with the band, exchanging looks, pulling together for the song, all playing live, that’s when I feel it, and that’s what we wanted to capture.”

And the results? Well, Birdy wouldn’t be Birdy without resorting to a little self-doubt. “I never really know what’s good and what’s not,” she says. “I’m just doing what I love, and I’m sure of that.” Well, we know – and, yes, 'Fire Within' is good. No, it’s more than good; it’s phenomenal.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Birdy for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Birdy for your next private or corporate function.
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The cover versions that, along with one original composition, made up Birdy’s self-titled, 1.5 million-selling debut album were an extraordinary introduction to an artist who – despite her tender years and the fact that she was interpreting other writers’ songs – managed to stamp her instantly recognizable identity on all of them. A voice that plugged the listener straight into the emotional mains, and an innate understanding of texture, nuance and restraint, helped Birdy burrow deep beneath the skin of songs such as The xx’s "Shelter," Bon Iver’s "Skinny Love" and The Postal Service’s "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight." Topping the charts in eight countries, the album won rave reviews, many of which were dominated by one question: what next?

Eighteen months on from that debut, the 17-year-old Hampshire singer and songwriter is providing us with the answer. Birdy’s album "Fire Within" could be described as her second debut, because it sees her stepping into, and shining in, a new role as songwriter-in-chief. Recorded in Los Angeles and London, "Fire Within’s" 11 tracks include her stirring, propulsive single, "Wings," the tender piano ballad "No Angel" and "Light Me Up," the song that, more than any other, emphasizes the dramatic developments in Birdy’s musicianship and writing over the past 18 months. The hushed vulnerability of her first album is there, certainly; nowhere more so than on "No Angel" and fellow lighters-aloft moments such as "Words as Weapons," "All About You" and "Heart of Gold" – deeply personal songs that capture Birdy’s incredible ability to convey emotion with the subtlest of vocal and instrumental touches. But these sit alongside songs that strike out in bold new directions: the aforementioned "Light Me Up" comes out of the speakers like an unstoppable force, its brooding, bluesy verse giving way to a bridge that ups the pace towards a chorus whose power chords and thunderous beats draw out of a Birdy vocal performance you could never describe as hushed; on the contrary, her voice is bigger, richer deeper than before. "All You Never Say," meanwhile, combines ricocheting beats with sonorous piano chords, a mix that is at once wintry and warm, as Birdy sings the devastating central refrain: “All you never say is that you love me so.”

I always had strong ideas about how I wanted the new record to sound,” says Birdy, in London to put some finishing touches to the album. “I hadn’t had the chance to explore that before, because my sound was built around just me and the piano. I still love that mix, but being in the studio again and experimenting with all these new sounds was wonderful. The results aren’t dramatically different to how I heard the new songs in my head – and achieving that can be the hardest thing for any artist, so I’m particularly happy about that. Besides, I’ve been writing songs for so long that just to actually hear them on an album feels strange – but wonderful, too.”

Working, as she did on her debut, with the producers Jim Abbiss and Rich Costey, Birdy also collaborated on "Fire Within" with Ben Lovett (Mumford & Sons, with whom she worked on the song "Learn Me Right," from the Pixar movie, "Brave"), Ryan Tedder, Dan Wilson and Kid Harpoon, among others. Two years ago, she admits, she would have found it hard to articulate her ideas, or to feel confident about trying to do so. “When I first started writing with other people, I was terrified, because on one level, it’s a deeply strange thing to do – go into a room and share your ideas with someone you don’t know. But I love it now, because it’s interesting to hear someone else’s take on what you’ve done, and to draw new inspiration from their ideas.”

Birdy has grown a lot since making her first album. “When I was younger, writing and piano-playing were things I always kept separate, secret, so taking my music out of that separate place was very weird at first. And although I love performing, I get so nervous beforehand. Once I’m playing, though, I go into my own world and then I start to feel more comfortable on the stage.” There are songs on the new album, she continues, laughing, that require her to stand centre stage, rather than tickle the ivories. “I now stand up with a microphone for some of my new songs. It was terrifying at first, but I’ll get used to it.”

Birdy credits her upbringing for helping her to get to where she is now. Growing up on the edge of the New Forest, surrounded by siblings and cousins in a group of houses with the English Channel at the end of the garden, Birdy learnt to cherish the importance of music; her mother is a professional concert pianist, and both her parents have backed her in what she set out to do. “All of my family has the same passion for music and art, so they understand my passion for it.” She completed her GCSEs last year and, despite the pressures placed on her as a touring musician, got the grades she wanted. For now, at least, she has had to abandon her A Levels. “It just became impossible to juggle that with the recording, so I’ve put those on hold. I still see my friends, so it’s okay. And besides, I’m doing what I love.”

The release of "Fire Within" ushered in a period of extensive touring and promotion, including in Australia, where her debut album went to No 1, and where, in April, Birdy played three sold-out nights at Sydney Opera House. She recently attended the London sessions where the string parts for "Fire Within" were recorded. “To be at Abbey Road and watch all these musicians performing on my songs was overwhelming.” When given the option to sing in a vocal booth or in the same room as other musicians Birdy prefers the latter. “The passion and emotion that I feel, that I need to feel, when I’m singing doesn’t always come across in a vocal booth. Being in the same room with the band, exchanging looks, pulling together for the song, all playing live, that’s when I feel it, and that’s what we wanted to capture.”

And the results? Well, Birdy wouldn’t be Birdy without resorting to a little self-doubt. “I never really know what’s good and what’s not,” she says. “I’m just doing what I love, and I’m sure of that.” Well, we know – and, yes, 'Fire Within' is good. No, it’s more than good; it’s phenomenal.

Birdy Videos

  • Birdy - Wild Horses [Official] - YouTube
  • Birdy - Keeping Your Head Up [Official] - YouTube
  • Birdy - Skinny Love [Official Music Video] - YouTube

FAQs on booking Birdy

  • How to book Birdy?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Birdy for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Birdy, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Birdy or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Birdy?

    Booking fees for Birdy, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Birdy, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Birdy?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Birdy for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Birdy for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Birdy or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Birdy or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Birdy is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Birdy for your event is available upon request. Birdy generally travels from UK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Milky Chance, Hozier, Saint Raymond, Migos and Shawn Mendes. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Birdy for an upcoming event.

Birdy Speaker Videos

  • Birdy - Wild Horses [Official] - YouTube
    Birdy - Keeping Your Head Up [Official] - YouTube
  • Birdy - Skinny Love [Official Music Video] - YouTube

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