Kate Nash

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Kate Nash
Nash performing in June 2013
Nash performing in June 2013
Background information
Birth nameKate Marie Nash
Born (1987-07-06) 6 July 1987 (age 36)
Brent, London, England[1]
GenresIndie pop, indie rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, actress
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, synth, keyboard, bass, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsHave 10p Records
Fiction Records/Universal
Moshi Moshi
Kate Nash in 2008.

Kate Marie Nash[2] (born 6 July 1987) is a British[3] singer and songwriter and actress.[4]

Early life[change | change source]

Nash was born in Brent.[5] She grew up in Harrow, North West London. Her father is English; her mother is Irish. She first became interested in music during her childhood when she learned how to play the piano.

Moshi Moshi Records[change | change source]

First album[change | change source]

A side[change | change source]

Nash's début single was a double-A side single (recorded in Iceland), was released through independent record label Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. Only 1000 copies were released, and it was on available on 7" vinyl. Because the single was so popular, 1000 additional copies of the single were made and sold out extremely fast. The A-side was called "Caroline's a Victim", is an electronic sounding song about Kate Nash's friend Caroline. A video for the song was released and received a lotof airplay on the music television channel, MTV2. The video was directed by Kinga Burza and it featured Nash playing different instruments at the same time that her friend "Caroline" sits in her room playing music, taking photographs, trying on different clothes, listening to David Bowie, putting on makeup and sitting at her computer checking a website.

B side[change | change source]

The B-side to the single was "Birds", it is an acoustic song that tells the story of a boy's clumsy attempts to try and explain to his girlfriend how he feels about her, all the while the girl does not know what her boyfriend is talking about.

During the promotion for "Caroline's a Victim/Birds", Nash supported an English singer who goes by the name of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly on his national tour before leaving to go on her own headlining tour around the UK.

Fiction Records[change | change source]

Early career[change | change source]

In March 2007, Nash was signed to Fiction Records.[6]

In April 2007, Nash and other up-coming London acts were mocked through a nasty imitation of Nash's song, "Caroline's a Victim" entitled "LDN Is A Victim." The song [7] mocked Nash and Lily Allen, among others, for singing in a Cockney accent, despite their privileged backgrounds.[8]

Nash released a second song, but through a different recored label called Fiction Records, her second single that was named "Foundations", was released on 25 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart.

Later career[change | change source]

Following the fast, and unpredicted, success of "Foundations", Fiction Records announced plans to release Nash's album earlier than expected, to 6 August 2007. The album, which was named: Made of Bricks, included many of the tracks which Kate Nash had been performing on her two nationwide tours, on her tours Kate Nash was supported by a British duet, called Peggy Sue & The Pirates. The album received mixed reviews, The Independent describing it as being in "pole position for worst album of the year.".[9] Kate Nash's album, Made of Bricks reached the UK Number 1.

In June 2007 Nash performed at many summer music festvals, for example, O2 Wireless Festival, the Bestival, Electric Gardens, Glastonbury Festival and the Latitude Festival, she also played at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Oxegen and T in the Park, as well as other festivals. Kate Nash made her first official Television performance on Later with Jools Holland, also appearing on other TV shows, for example: Popworld, The Friday Night Project, GMTV and This Morning during 2007.

On 4 March 2013 she released her third album Girl Talk. She released it on her own record label 10p Records. It was not as successful as Nash's first two albums and reached No.85 in the UK Albums Chart.[10]

Recognitions[change | change source]

Nash was featured on the Top of the Pops Christmas special on 25 December 2007. She performed her single, Foundations.

Nash features on rapper, Kano's album which is called London Town, in a song titled "Me & My Microphone". She is also featured in the song "Look What You've Done" from Lethal Bizzle's latest albumwhich is named, Back To Bizznizz.

Book[change | change source]

Nash stated in an interview with NME that she is writing a series of short stories influenced by Roald Dahl, including one based around a seven-foot transvestite named Roy, and would like to release a collection. Nash will probably release her books under a false name.[11][12]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Greetings from Tim Buckley Carol
2013 Syrup Beth
2013 Powder Room Michelle

References[change | change source]

  1. Day, Elizabeth (14 March 2010). "Kate Nash: 'I felt as if I was having a nervous breakdown'". The Guardian. London.
  2. "ASCAP: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers". Archived from the original on 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  3. "From nowhere to Number One: Why Kate Nash is the sound of the summer". Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  4. From nowhere to Number One: Why Kate Nash is the sound of the summer Archived 2007-12-15 at the Wayback Machine The Independent
  5. "Birth, marriage, death & parish records - findmypast.co.uk". search.findmypast.co.uk.
  6. You couldn't make it up: Nash signs with Fiction, (link Archived 2008-07-09 at the Wayback Machine)
  7. "LDN is a Victim - Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace.
  8. ""Guardian Unlimited: Arts blog - music: LDN Is A Victim: are you?"". 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
  9. ""The Independent - Reviews: Album - Kate Nash"". 2007-08-17. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
  10. "Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com.
  11. NME issue 15 December 2007 Page 11
  12. NME (12 December 2007). "Kate Nash planning to release book". NME.