Every so often, there’s a rare voice and song that touches the heart and Birdy’s “People Help The People” hits the spot nicely.
While driving home at rush hour, I was surfing the radio dials when I heard a snippet of a song that instantly caught my attention. Despite the bumper to bumper traffic, the melody and lyrics continued to calm the road rage simmering within, along with the mesmerising and haunting tones of the artist, whose name (along with the song title) was a mystery to me.
Channelling my inner Sherlock Holmes, with the help of Google and Wikipedia, I discovered the name of the track, ‘People Help The People’ which is wonderfully performed by an up and coming musician known as Birdy. Hailing from UK, what makes Birdy remarkable is the pure raw talent she exudes at the tender age of 16, blessed with a voice so captivating and strong, she expresses her music with such passion and deep emotion1.
Born Jasmine Van den Bogaerde, Birdy is part of an artistic family, her mother is a classically trained concert pianist and her great-uncle was the actor and writer, Sir Dirk Bogarde2. Her journey to fame began after uploading a video via YouTube of herself performing one of her own songs3 and then ‘winning the Open Mic UK music competition in 2008 at the age of 12’4.
Birdy launched her self titled album in 2011 which is currently sitting at the No.1 spot on the ARIA album chart along with scoring two tracks in the top 10 singles chart – ‘Skinny Love’ is No.2, while ‘People Help The People’ is positioned at No.105. The album is predominantly covers arranged and interpreted in Birdy’s own signature style, including Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’, The XX’s ‘Shelter’, as well as her take on songs by artists such as Cherry Ghost, The National, Phoenix, The Postal Service and James Taylor6. Birdy’s cover of ‘Skinny Love’ and ‘Shelter’ were both featured on the television show The Vampire Diaries and her single ‘Just a Game’ is part of The Hunger Games soundtrack7. Recently, Birdy performed the track ‘Bird Gerhl’ at the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games.
Every now and then there’s a rare voice and song that touches the heart and Birdy’s “People Help The People” hits the spot nicely. I can’t wait to watch Birdy’s career take flight, especially with ‘a voice that is so world-weary and steeped in soul, she is quite simply, unique’7.
To listen to ‘People Help The People’ or other tracks sung by Birdy, visit her website http://officialbirdy.com/about.htm
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