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Birdy On World Cafe | May 2, 2012

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British artist Jasmine van den Bogaerde — better known as Birdy — is probably best known for her 2011 cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." The 15-year-old started playing piano at 5, began composing a few years later and won the Open Mic UK competition in 2008 at the age of 12. The win guaranteed the young artist a recording contract, but before releasing her debut, she'd already scored a spot on the U.K. pop chart with her cover of "Skinny Love," making Birdy a household name in the U.K. In November, she released her self-titled debut, which features re-imagined covers of alternative rock songs.

On her debut, Birdy covers artists ranging from The xx to Phoenix, but her talent extends beyond interpretation: She includes an original piece on the album. On today's episode of World Cafe, she talks about her original track and what it's been like to reintroduce herself to the world following her competition win, YouTube fame and chart success. (link)


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Lissie "In Sleep" Catching a Tiger
Bon Iver "Beth/Rest" Live from the Rare Book Room
Belle & Sebastian "I Want the World to Stop" Write About Love
((Birdy "Shelter" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Birdy "Skinny Love" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Birdy "Without a Word" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Birdy "People Help the People" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Birdy "Shelter" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((St. Vincent "We Put A Pearl In The Ground" Marry Me))
Rufus Wainwright "Out of the Game" Out of the Game
Michael Penn "No Myth" March
Kathleen Edwards "Empty Threat" Voyageur
Mark Knopfler "Why Aye Man" The Ragpicker's Dream


Laura Marling "Sophia" A Creature I Don't Know
Gary Clark Jr. "Bright Lights" Bright Lights EP
Jimi Hendrix "Fire" Are You Experianced
Morphine "Honey White" Yes
The Black Keys "Dead and Gone" El Camino
((The Dodos "Walking" Visiter))
Dr. Dog "Lonesome" Be the Void
Nanci Griffith "Going Back to Georgia
Counting Crows "Untitled (Love Song)" Underwater Sunshine
((Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Om Nashi Me" Up From Below))
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros "Man on Fire" Here
Stereo MC's "Connected" Connected
Beach House "Myth" Bloom
Paul Simon "The Coast" The Rhythm of the Saints
The Lumineers "Ho Hey" The Lumineers
((Taken By Trees "Watch The Waves" East Of Eden))

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