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Overview (4)

Born in Erith, Kent, England, UK
Birth NameCatherine Bush
Nickname Kathy - her childhood nickname
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Kate Bush began playing piano at a young age and, by her mid-teens, had composed over 200 songs. Her talent caught the notice of David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd) who assisted in arranging her contract with EMI. The first song she released, "Wuthering Heights", soared to #1 in England in 1978. Since then, Kate has achieved a notable career as a singer and musician. Kate began producing her own albums and videos early on. Her growing interest in film was highly evident in the 1985 video for her song, "Cloudbusting", which starred Donald Sutherland, which is a mini-film in itself. Another 1985 video, "Hounds of Love", is a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. Following the release of her 1993 album, "The Red Shoes", influenced by filmmaker Michael Powell, Kate produced the short film, The Line, the Cross & the Curve (1993), using five songs from the album as a basis for the film in a mysterious, mythical retelling of the tale of "The Red Shoes".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Karen Newcombe <kln@sirius.com>

Trade Mark (1)

4 octave soprano voice

Trivia (27)

Signed to EMI Records at age 16. Her first single. "Wuthering Heights," topped the English charts a year later.
Designed and invented a wireless microphone headset developed to enable her to sing and perform her complicated dancing at the same time.
Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Female Solo Artist [1987]
Ranked #78 for FHM's 100 Sexiest Women [1995]
Ranked #46 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll [1999]
Was awarded Q Classic Songwriter Award [2002]
Son, Albert (Bertie), with partner Danny McIntosh, born [July 1998].
Since her early teens, Kate had an unusual love for music, eventually leading up to a 1978 album debut with "The Kick Inside", by which time her single, "Wuthering Heights", had entered the charts. Almost 30 years down the road, Kate has been a high influence on numerous women in the music business. These women include Stevie Nicks, Björk, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Elizabeth Fraser (of The Cocteau Twins) Pat Benatar, Dido, KT Tunstall, Katie Melua, Rihanna, Alison Goldfrapp (of Goldfrapp) Toyah Willcox, Paula Cole and Chrissie Hynde (of The Pretenders).
Younger sister of Paddy Bush and John Carder Bush.
Shares a birthday with Emily Brontë, author of the book "Wuthering Heights" on which her hit song was based.
Vegetarian
Confirmation name is Mary
Tori Amos, Natalie Cole, Dusty Springfield, Within Temptation, and Pat Benatar covered songs of hers.
Teamed with Brian Eno to design Christmas cards for the charity 'Warchild.'
Started playing piano at age 11 and wrote her first song at 13.
Winner of the 2002 Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Although it has become one of her most popular recordings, Bush was not Peter Gabriel's first choice to sing the emotional duet "Don't Give Up" with him. He originally wanted American country singer Dolly Parton, but she turned it down on the grounds that she didn't know who he was. However, Gabriel later described Bush's vocal on the song as "tremendous".
She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's New Years Honours list for her services to Music. She is a singer and songwriter.
Announced that she is to perform the end credits song on The Golden Compass, "Lyra". [November 2007]
Recently completed her (as yet untitled) 8th studio album which is due for release sometime during 2005. [March 2005]
Recently released her long-awaited eigth studio album, Aerial. [November 2005]
New release of long awaited two CD set "Aerial" containing the songs "King of the Mountain" and "How to be Invisible". [December 2005]
Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England: Singer and songwriter [December 2012]
In 1983, she had a 24-track studio built in the barn behind her family home where the recording sessions for "Hounds of Love" took place over two years.
In 2014, she attended the wedding of Elton John to his husband David Furnish.
Born on the same day with British author, Emily Bronte on which her first song Wuthering Heights is based on Bronte's namesake novel.
Daughter of Hannah Bush and Dr Robert Bush (1920-2008), who were married in early 1943 at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Epsom, Surrey.

Personal Quotes (21)

When I'm writing I've been playing something for a couple of hours and I'm almost in a trance. At two or three in the morning you can actually see bits inspiration floating about and grab them.
On her meeting and demonstrating her talents to Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour: "Absolutely terrified and trembling like a leaf, I sat down and played for him. He came along to see me and he was great, such a human, kind person - and genuine."
Regarding her directorial debut, The Line, the Cross & the Curve (1993): "I shouldn't have done it. I was so tired. I'm very pleased with four minutes of it, but I'm very disappointed with the rest. I let down people like Miranda Richardson, who worked so hard on it. I had the opportunity to do something really interesting and I completely blew it".
I am a private person, but I don't think I'm obsessively so. It's more that I choose to try and have as normal a life as possible. I don't like to live in the glare of publicity.
I'm very opinionated. I'm so fussy and picky. What's good is that I know what I want. It's when you don't know what you want when you're in trouble.
Roy (Roy Harper) is one of the greatest English songwriters we've had, and people just don't realise it. And I really think that when they do we're going to have another top songwriter up there. He's brilliant.
It's interesting how many young people are getting into old records, because there's a buzz they just can't get from contemporary music. Look how many old songs are hits again. (Speaking in 1993)
They were just so beautifully, beautifully written, and they still stand up, and for pop music it's so well crafted. On every level: not just the songs but the arrangements and the vocal performances. (On the songs of The Beatles)
I don't think of myself as a musician. I only ever play the piano to accompany myself singing. I could never sit and read a piece of music. At best, I'm an accompanist.
I like classical music, but I wish I was more eloquent with it. I hear things and think, 'That's beautiful,' but don't know what it is. As you get older, you do get more into instrumental music, don't you? It's as if as you get older you don't want people telling you what they think or what you've got to think or do. Also, those great composers really knew what they were doing. A lot of contemporary art is made by people who haven't got any talent. Art made by talentless people can sometimes really work, but it's not the same as real craft.
There's a lot of other stuff that I like to do. But I find making records really exciting. It's making something out of nothing and you can involve other people. It's brilliant.
At one point I had this, well, I don't know if you'd call it a crush, a bit of one on Elton John. I thought he was fantastic. I thought he was so clever. It was before he got really famous...around Madman Across the Water. I thought he was so wonderful. I'd play the records and dream of being able to play like him, those fantastic hands. But a crush like that is quite sweet, isn't it? I had David Bowie on my wall, as well.
I was never really driven to be famous. Even from a young age, when I knew I wanted to be involved in music, it was really making an album, that's what I wanted to do. I wanted to try and make interesting music. So I think my values have always remained the same.
I don't think I could really say that I've ever really been that happy with anything I've done. I think you are at the time and I always try my best and put lots of effort into the albums.
I still remain a huge admirer of analogue tape and that warm, fuller sound that you get.
The Red Shoes was recorded with digital equipment. At the time it was state of the art, what everybody was kind of pressurized to be using really, but in hindsight I felt that it had a very edgy sound.
You create something and you have an intention that goes with that at the time, but once you release it, it's really up to other people how they interpret it or see it. It's like a painting. I'm sure half the time people look at a painting, they've no idea what the artist originally was thinking of. I'm not sure it matters. I think if you can get something from it, if it's at all thought-provoking or it makes you feel something, then I think that's the achievement.
[on The Dreaming] It was very important that it happened to me because it made me think "Right, do I really want to produce my own stuff? Do I really care about being famous?" And I was very pleased with myself that no, it didn't matter as much as making a good album.
[on The Dreaming] I felt the album had done very well to reach number three but I felt under a lot of pressure and I wanted to stay as close to my work as possible and everyone was saying Oh, she's really gone mad now.
I think it was felt that me producing Hounds of Love wasn't such a good idea and for the first time I felt I was actually meeting resistance artistically.
David Bowie had everything. He was intelligent, imaginative, brave, charismatic, cool, sexy and truly inspirational both visually and musically. He created such staggeringly brilliant work, yes, but so much of it and it was so good. There are great people who make great work but who else has left a mark like his? No one like him. I'm struck by how the whole country has been flung into mourning and shock. Shock, because someone who had already transcended into immortality could actually die. He was ours. Wonderfully eccentric in a way that only an Englishman could be. Whatever journey his beautiful soul is now on, I hope he can somehow feel how much we all miss him.

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