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Born in 1975, Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall -- not short for anything, the KT is just an alternate spelling of Katie -- comes from the quaint university town of St. Andrews. Due in part to being adopted at birth, her imagination and creative side flourished from early on as she thought about how her life could have gone in any given direction. As she was growing up, her physicist father would take Tunstall and her brothers into the St. Andrews observatory to look at the sky, thus fueling her youthful love for space and sci-fi. It wasn't until discovering hair metal through a brother that music really started to become important to her, and when it did, her affection for spacy things was reflected in her favorite album, David Bowie's Hunky Dory. Tunstall picked up playing piano and flute at a young age, learned to sing by listening to Ella Fitzgerald, and began writing her own songs in her mid-teens. At 16, she taught herself the guitar and continued to hone her writing skills with sentimental love songs. A scholarship to the Kent School, a private prep school in Connecticut, brought her experiences outside of St. Andrews and Scotland. She formed her first band there, the Happy Campers, and enjoyed seeing shows by 10,000 Maniacs and the Grateful Dead. Next came a music course at London's Royal Holloway College, before heading back home and immersing herself in the local grassroots scene that birthed bands like the Fence Collective and the Beta Band. Around this time, KT was also listening to a lot of Billie Holiday, Lou Reed, and James Brown, among others, and soon formed a group with the Fence Collective's Pip Dylan. Fast forward a few years. KT returned to London and began writing more songs, many of which would appear on her subsequent album. She entered a backwoods Wiltshire studio with minimal instruments in tow and Steve Osborne (U2, New Order) at the controls. The end result was her glossy debut, Eye to the Telescope, released in the U.K. in January 2005 on Relentless. Highlighting her soulful voice, sassy attitude, and earthy songwriting approach, comparisons to Dido, Fiona Apple, and Kate Melua soon sparked. Following the record's release, Tunstall toured all over Europe, including shows supporting Joss Stone and singing with Oi Va Voi. Feeling an acoustic guitar was sometimes too limiting, her live show incorporated the use of an Akai Headrush foot pedal that allowed her to spot-record multiple times (loop each section continuously), thus turning her into her own one-woman backup band. Early 2006 continued to be bright for Tunstall as Telescope was released in the United States that February, and she won Best British Female Solo Artist at the Brits. Meanwhile, her first single, "Black Horse & the Cherry Tree," continued to do very well on American adult alternative radio. KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza was issued that fall; it included acoustic tracks (both new and old) recorded the previous Christmas along with a bonus making-of DVD. In 2007, Tunstall returned to the scene with her poppier Drastic Fantastic. Three years later, she recorded her third album, Tiger Suit, at Berlin's Hansa studio, the same place where Bowie recorded Heroes. The album appeared in the fall of 2010. She followed the set with Live in London, March 2011, and later in the year with an EP titled The Scarlet Tulip, which was recorded in her home studio with co-producer Luke Bullen. After a break from touring, Tunstall reentered the studio in late 2012 and recorded her fifth album, Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon, which appeared in June of 2013. The album, inspired both by the death of her father and the dissolution of her four-year marriage, marked an inward turn for Tunstall, comprising mainly acoustic and lo-fi numbers. Her second live album, Live Islington Assembly Hall, was recorded on the June 20, 2013 stop of the supporting tour and included a cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" and a rare deep cut, "Alchemy," from the Scarlet Tulip EP. In June 2016, Tunstall released the four-song Golden State EP, an upbeat affair that included the single "Evil Eye." It was the precursor to that September's KIN, a bright, colorful album produced by Tony Hoffer. ~ Corey Apar
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Albums by
KT Tunstall

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    11 songs

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    Kin

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    Hard Girls

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    Maybe It's a Good Thing [Bit Funk Remix]

    17 songs

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    Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon [Deluxe Edition]

    13 songs

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    Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon

    11 songs

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    Tiger Suit

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    Drastic Fantastic

    13 songs

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    KT Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza

    12 songs

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    Eye to the Telescope

    6 songs

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    Have Yourself a Very KT Christmas

    4 songs

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    Golden State EP

    1 song

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    It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am

    1 song

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    Maybe It's a Good Thing

    1 song

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    Maybe It's a Good Thing [Acoustic]

    1 song

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    Should I Stay Or Should I Go

    1 song

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    Black Horse And The Cherry Tree (Karaoke Version)

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    Previously Unreleased EP

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    Another Place to Fall [UK]

    2 songs

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    Other Side of the World

    4 songs

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    False Alarm EP

    6 songs

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    Holiday Collection

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    False Alarm EP

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    Someday Soon

    1 song

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    Fade Like a Shadow

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Top Songs by
KT Tunstall

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  2.   Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
  3.   Suddenly I See
  4.   Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  5.   Mele Kalikimaka
  6.   Sleigh Ride
  7.   2000 Miles
  8.   Fade Like a Shadow
  9.   Other Side of the World
  10.   Silent Sea
  11.   Hold On
  12.   Fairytale of New York
  13.   Feel It All
  14.   Saving My Face
  15.   Under the Weather
  16.   Invisible Empire
  17.   It Took Me So Long to Get Here, But Here I Am
  18.   Black Horse & The Cherry
  19.   Golden Age
  20.   Never Be the Same Again
  21.   Hopeless
  22.   Throw Me a Rope
  23.   Miniature Disasters
  24.   Evil Eye
  25.   The Boys Of Summer
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Stations & Shows Featuring
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    A Very Rockin Misfit Christmas

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    UK Hits

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    Mix 94.9's Christmas Mixer

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    Adele: DNA

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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    Café Acoustic

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    New Holiday Hits

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    Soft Hits

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    Rock The Halls

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    Adult Alternative

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    Coffee House

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    Holiday Party

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    Eclectic Rock

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    Grateful Dead: DNA


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