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Jade Bird Biography

Jade Elizabeth Bird is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Bird's music has been influenced by many folk and Americana artists. The media, when describing Bird's music, have drawn comparisons with pop, Americana, country and folk rock.Early life Jade Elizabeth Bird was born in Hexham, Northumberland. Bird and her family moved to London when she was two years old, and lived on a military base in Germany when she was five. She later moved to Bridgend, South Wales, with her mother, after the divorce of her parents, which occurred when Bird was seven or eight. It was during this time in Wales, living with her mother and grandmother (who had also been through a divorce), that Bird beg...
Jade Elizabeth Bird is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Bird's music has been influenced by many folk and Americana artists. The media, when describing Bird's music, have drawn comparisons with pop, Americana, country and folk rock.

Early life

Jade Elizabeth Bird was born in Hexham, Northumberland. Bird and her family moved to London when she was two years old, and lived on a military base in Germany when she was five. She later moved to Bridgend, South Wales, with her mother, after the divorce of her parents, which occurred when Bird was seven or eight. It was during this time in Wales, living with her mother and grandmother (who had also been through a divorce), that Bird began to write songs. At age 16, Bird began attending the BRIT School in Croydon, which she graduated from in 2016. While at the BRIT School, she performed at concerts several times a week.

Career

2019: Jade Bird

Jade Bird performing in 2019 in London

After announcing the release date for her upcoming album, Bird released "I Get No Joy", the fourth single from that album. The upbeat rock song was described by Bird as being influenced by "the stream of thought that runs through your head at all times as an overthinker". It was accompanied by a music video, directed by Jamie Thraves. Her debut album was recorded, in the studio of Felice, with the same team that she worked with for her EP. In preparation for its release, Bird toured with Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, playing in venues such as the Mahaffey Theater, The Fillmore and Ovens Auditorium, gaining positive attention from American music critics. On 19 April 2019, she released her debut album, Jade Bird. The album received a Metacritic score of 75 based on 14 reviews, indicating generally favourable reviews from several major publications. NME called the entire album "a triumph" while Clash led with labelling Jade Bird as "[an] assured debut from a force to be reckoned with". A review in Paste was slightly more critical of the album, "Jade Bird is an album of loose change, a pocketful of shiny, well-written nuggets that might give off a lot of flash individually but when put together don't equal the sum of their parts." The release of the album was followed by a nomination for Emerging Act Of The Year in the 2019 Americana Music Honors & Awards. On 24 July, it was announced that Bird had been nominated for three awards at the AIM Independent Music Awards. Only Idles were nominated for more awards at this event. She ended up winning the award for International Breakthrough artist.

2020–present: Different Kinds of Light

Nine months after releasing her debut album, the follow-up album was written and completed while Bird was in New York. Following the cancellation of her 2020 tour, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bird collaborated with Microsoft and was the first artist to take part in their RE:Surface project, a virtual live-streamed concert, on 29 May 2020. Months later, in October, she then headlined another live-streamed concert. This one was called Come Together Mental Health Music Festival and was for the benefit of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. On 4 November, Bird released "Headstart", the first single from her second studio album. The song, produced by Dave Cobb, is an indie song about an infatuation that is not returned. This was followed up by "Houdini" on 26 November, a song based on the disappearance of someone from her life. Bird's first release of 2021 was the single "Open Up The Heavens", from her upcoming second studio album. This song, which ABC Online described as "one of Bird's finest pieces yet", was the last to be recorded for that album. On 16 April, Bird released her second EP, RCA Studio A Sessions. Her second album, Different Kinds of Light, was announced on 20 May and released on 13 August. The album, produced by Dave Cobb, was written in Japan, Mexico, Nashville and New York and contains inspiration from Bird's own life experiences as well as fictional characters from her imagination.

Artistry

Influences

Jade Bird has frequently cited Alanis Morissette (pictured) as an influence

Bird was introduced to folk music by a family friend; this included Neil Young, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. She took up guitar herself at this point, a time that also coincided with the separation of her parents. Bird commented, "I needed a vent, so I think that’s ultimately why I got into music so heavily, because of these transitions, so to speak". Also while learning to play guitar as a teenager, she was drawn towards Dolly Parton and The Civil Wars. The Civil Wars was the first Americana artist that Bird listened to. Music Week stated that she regarded Patti Smith and Alanis Morissette highly and, in an interview with Billboard, she opined that Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is her favourite album ever.

Musical style and songwriting

Rolling Stone described Bird's vocals as "raw and robust" and called her a "young Londoner’s spin on modern Americana". Quinn Moreland, writing for Pitchfork, states that her greatest asset is her "gigantic and gravelly voice". Bird does not regard herself as a country artist as she finds the term "a little restrictive". Rather, she was said to consider her music to be similar to Keane and Coldplay circa 2006. Laura Snapes, writing in The Guardian, described her music as 'pop-Americana'. Ellen Johnson of Paste complimented Bird's raspy vocals in a review of her debut album and went on to say, "[she] sounds like the adopted child of Joplin and Leslie Feist, or Cat Power and Grace Potter". The magazine Clash likened her to a more radio-friendly version of compatriot Laura Marling. The News & Observer labelled her as an Americana singer while Consequence described her as "folk rock's new star".

Bird avoids the use of co-writers. She once explained that "[wanting] to write a song all by myself is a statement. I want to follow in the footsteps of the songwriters I love, and I want the songs to come from me." Her lyrics are based upon a combination of real life experiences and words and concepts that she finds aesthetically pleasing. In an interview with Spotify, Bird compared her songwriting process to that of David Bowie and explains the love that she has for the way certain words sound when sung "I love the way a word sounds and looks: ‘Cathedral’ and ‘Lottery,’ They're almost quite consonant heavy words—if you want to get geeky."

Guest appearances

List of guest appearances, showing year released, and album name
Title Year Album
"Don't Stop" 2018 Vanity Fair



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Jade Bird Discography

  • 2017SingleCathedral (Acoustic)
  • 2017EPSomething American
  • 2018SingleFurious
  • 2018SingleLottery (Acoustic)
  • 2018SingleLottery
  • 2018SingleLove Has All Been Done Before
  • 2018SingleUh Huh (Acoustic)
  • 2018SingleUh Huh
  • 2019SingleFeet Off the Ground (feat. Jade Bird)
  • 2019AlbumJade Bird
  • 2020SingleHeadstart
  • 2020SingleHoudini / Headstart
  • 2021SingleBad Pascal (feat. Zoe wees & Jade bird)
  • 2021AlbumDifferent Kinds of Light
  • 2021SingleOpen up the Heavens
  • 2021SingleRca Studio A Sessions
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