Posted on 18/07/2012
KT Tunstall (1975-)
BA Drama & Music, 1996 RHBNC; Honorary Doctorate, 2011
Her debut album was named Eye to the Telescope - the name was inspired by her childhood experiences at her adoptive father's physics laboratory at University of St Andrews. Released in 2004, this album launched her music career. That album inspired her nomination for the Mercury Prize in 2005, BRIT Award for Best British Live Act and BRIT Award for Best Breakthrough Act in 2006, and Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2007. She eventually won BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist and European Border Breakers Award, both in 2006. The single "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" was given the Q Magazine Award for Best Track in 2005, and "Suddenly I See" won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song in 2006. "Suddenly I See" became a popular hit and has been featured in The Devil Wears Prada, Blind Dating, Ugly Betty, Grey's Anatomy, Love, Rosie, Thrillville, and as a campaign song of the US presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in 2008. She has released five albums internationally: Eye to the Telescope (2004), Drastic Fantastic (2007), Tiger Suit (2010), Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon (2013), and KIN (2016). She has also appeared in two episodes of the comedy series This is Jinsy on Sky Atlantic. From August to September 2015, Tunstall embarked on a small US Tour, made up of eleven dates, playing songs from her various albums and EPs, such as The Scarlet Tulip EP. On 16 June 2016, Tunstall released the Golden State EP before the album release. It is made of the lead single "Evil Eye" and its remix, and two other tracks: "All or Nothing" taken from the French TV series Sam and "The Healer". Tunstall released her fifth album, KIN, on 9 September 2016. Tunstall co-wrote the songs "Bad Moms (Suite)" and "Enough is Enough (Suite)", for the soundtrack of the 2016 comedy film Bad Moms.