Kate Nash

Kate Nash biography

Kate Marie Nash (born 6 July 1987) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and actress. She had a UK number-2 hit "Foundations" in 2007, followed by the platinum-selling UK number-1 album Made of Bricks. She was named Best Female Artist at the 2008 BRIT Awards.

Her second studio album, titled My Best Friend Is You, was released in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2010 and in the U.S. on 11 May 2010. It spawned her second biggest chart hit to date, the single "Do-Wah-Doo".

Nash self-released her third studio album, Girl Talk, on 4 March 2013. Nash is currently managed by David "Beno" Benveniste's Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group.

Early life

Nash was born on 6 July 1987 in Harrow, London to an English father, Steve Nash, and an Irish mother, Marie (née Walsh). Marie is a nurse in a hospice.

When she was 17 or 18, Nash underwent coronary ablation surgery, in which a section of her heart had to be removed with a laser, in order to treat tachycardia. This at least partly provided inspiration for the song "Death Proof": "Burn burn, burn my heart baby".

She attended St. John Fisher in Pinner and then St. Joan of Arc Secondary School in Rickmansworth. She had been working for fashion retailer River Island and restaurant chain Nando's prior to starting her music career.

Education

Nash is a graduate of the BRIT School. She originally wanted to study acting after graduating, but was rejected from several drama colleges and universities, one of them being Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Music career

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Nash started her career in 2005. She started recording after falling down the stairs and breaking her foot, leaving her home bound. After several gigs, she uploaded her music to MySpace, found a manager and then producers for her music. Her debut was a single, "Caroline's a Victim"/"Birds", produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurí°sson and released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. The release was limited to 2,000 copies and available only on 7" vinyl. Due to demand, another 1,000 copies were made and these also sold out. CD-promo copies were produced for distribution to the press and DJs and are occasionally available for sale. The single is featured on the CD Moshi Moshi Singles Compilation. A video for the song, directed by Kinga Burza, was released and received airplay on MTV2. The single's B-side, "Birds", later featured on her début album Made of Bricks. Both tracks have also been released as MP3 downloads.

2007-09: Made of Bricks

right In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Her second single "Foundations", which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released by Fiction on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following this success, Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash's début album Made of Bricks to 6 August 2007. The album, also produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing during her two nationwide tours.

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