Kate Marie Nash (born 6 July 1987) is an English singer-songwriter based in London. She had a UK #2 hit “Foundations” in 2007, followed by the platinum selling UK number 1 album Made of Bricks.
Nash was born in the Dublin, Ireland, on 6 July 1987. She grew up in Harrow, North West London. Nash first became interested in music during her childhood. She learned how to play the piano at Sandbach School. She attended St. John Fisher School (in Pinner) and moved onto the St Joan of Arc Catholic School, Rickmansworth. She was taught guitar by teacher Louis Michelle. She studied Theatre at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in South London. She auditioned at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School but was rejected, after which she fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her foot. During her recovery, she was housebound and unable to move, so her mother bought her an electric guitar. Nash used this time to focus on her songwriting: she began to write some new songs, finished old ones and decided that she would book a gig at a local bar in Harrow called Trinity on Gayton Road for herself, to showcase her songs.
Nash started her career in 2006. After several gigs, Nash uploaded her music to the social networking website MySpace. Nash found a manager for herself before proceeding to look for producers for her music.
In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Nash’s second single and first through Fiction Records, “Foundations”, which she co-wrote with producer Paul Epworth, was released on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following “Foundations,” Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash’s debut album to 6 August 2007. The album, Made of Bricks, produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing on her two nationwide tours.
The album was leaked to filesharing networks days before its commercial release, and has received mixed reviews, The Independent describing it as being in “pole position for worst album of the year.” The album reached number 1 in the UK charts.
During mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals including Wireless Festival, Bestival, the Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the Park. She made her official TV performance début on Later with Jools Holland.
Regarding the recording of a new album, Nash told NME that she had been inspired by The Supremes and has written a song called “Cat Song” in their honour. She is also set to release a duet single with Billy Bragg, a cover of The Shangri-Las “Give Him A Great Big Kiss”. As of October 2008 Nash is writing material for her second album which may have a more punk influenced sound. Nash is hoping to release the album in the UK during the summer of 2009
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