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Welling, Kent, England (1978 – present)

Kate Bush (born Catherine Bush on 30 July 1958 in Welling, Kent, England, now part of Greater London) is an English singer and songwriter known for her expressive four-octave soprano voice, idiosyncratic and literary lyrics, and eclectic and meticulous musical and production style. She debuted in 1978 with the surprise hit “Wuthering Heights”, which was number one in the British music charts for four weeks.

Whilst learning the violin and piano at St. Joseph’s Convent Grammar, she caught the ear of Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour who funded some demos, ultimately leading to a deal with EMI (Pink Floyd’s ultimate record company through the progressive Harvest imprint) when she was sixteen. Over the next two years EMI allowed her to hone her talents to and to finish school without releasing any material—while maintaining an exclusive contract. Bush’s first releases were in 1978 with the single Wuthering Heights (which went to number 1 in the UK, a first for a female singer) followed by the album The Kick Inside.

Even from her earliest works, featuring piano as a primary instrument, Bush wove together many diverse influences, melding music, , and a wide range of sources, producing a unique amalgam which has continued throughout her career. Later recordings have moved farther from a rock base, however, notably with the release of The Dreaming in 1982, where she experimented heavily with the then-new technology of sampling.

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  • lola__2007

    Happy birthday, Kate! We love you! :D

    yesterday evening Reply
  • tyrique12

    "So... most recommended album for a new listener? " Her debut. And if you're not low on cash or you're pirating then I would honestly just listen to all the albums in the order they were released.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • hirt101

    The Whole Story maybe.Not really sure though.

    yesterday evening Reply
  • jorgemluna

    So... most recommended album for a new listener?

    yesterday evening Reply
  • siliconworld

    happy birthday supreme <3

    Yesterday 1:12pm Reply
  • hirt101

    Hounds of love or Never for Ever

    Yesterday 7:06am Reply
  • tyrique12

    @emilinklady I almost agreed with you until I realized you didn't mention her abilities as a composer & producer. TSK TSK

    Yesterday 5:47am Reply
  • TheLittleJohnny

    happy birthday earth goddess <3 [2]

    Yesterday 1:35am Reply
  • Axiemeister

    happy birthday earth goddess <3

    Yesterday 1:28am Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    Happy Birthday, Kate, love <3

    Yesterday 9:57pm Reply
  • RuthiLikesMusic

    Happy Birthday Kate Bush!!!!!!!!!! my waifu <3

    Yesterday 9:23pm Reply
  • fran_madlener

    Happy Birthday, my love <3

    30 Jul 5:10pm Reply
  • in-ecstasy

    @BerLa - it's hard to compare her albums... I love The Dreaming but on the other hand there is Aerial. For me it's impossible to decide which one is better coz they are so different.

    30 Jul 4:51pm Reply
  • BerLa

    Which one is her best album?

    30 Jul 8:52am Reply
  • emilinklady

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE REAL QUEEN OF BRITISH POP !!

    29 Jul 10:44pm Reply
  • emilinklady

    I still can't get over the fact that, in addition to being a incredible singer, she's the woman behind some of the most beautiful pieces of poetry pop music has ever known. Reading her lyrics is like reading a classic novel: always astonishing and vivid. A true living goddess.

    28 Jul 6:14pm Reply
  • Kazzosed

    best female vocalist

    28 Jul 1:47pm Reply
  • treeweavermetal

    Kate Bush is simply a goddess walking through the realm of mortals and gracing us with her song.

    20 Jul 12:45pm Reply
  • Actually_GIOS

    I am so excited for the tour and I'm not even going, wth

    19 Jul 11:10pm Reply
  • WitchUp

    Ewww. Music snobs are gross. [4] Agreed!

    19 Jul 10:16am Reply
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