Do you remember Kate Bush? When I think of her (English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer), I see graceful arms and huge expressive brown eyes, hear her rich voice. But I did not really remember that she was such a talented dancer! I have gathered a couple of music videos for you.
Great choreograhpy in Running Up That Hill:
Of course this classic: Wuthering Heights, after Emily Brontë’s only novel:
Don’t give up – together with Peter Gabriel:
I love the Irish influences in The Sensual World:
And last but not least this pearl. The song is called Mná na hÉireann which translates to ‘Women of Ireland’:
Catherine ‘Kate’ Bush was born on 30 July 1958 in Welling, South East London, to English physician Robert Bush and his Irish wife, Hannah Daly. She was raised in their farmhouse in East Wickham with her older brothers, John and Paddy. Bush came from an artistic background: her mother was a former Irish folk dancer, her father was an accomplished pianist, Paddy worked as a musical instrument maker and John was a poet and photographer. Both brothers were involved in the local folk music scene.
Her family’s musical influence inspired young Kate to teach herself to play the piano at the age of 11. She also played the organ in a barn behind her parents’ house and studied the violin. She soon began writing her own tunes and eventually added lyrics to them.
At the age of nineteen, Bush topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single Wuthering Heights. She has since released ten albums, three of which topped the UK Albums Chart, and has had twenty five UK Top 40 hit singles.
Her accomplishments are quite impressive! Did you know that Kate Bush:
- is the first women to have a UK number one with a self-written song
- won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist
- had her songwriting ability recognized with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music
- has been nominated for three Grammy Awards
- is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts
- is the first female artist ever to enter the album chart at Number 1
- has been the first (and to date only) female artist to have Top 5 albums in the UK charts in 5 successive decades
- gave only one concert tour in her career.
A unique artist.