Photos – Kate Nash at Electric Owl, Vancouver, May 14 2013
– photos by Kirk Chantraine
The U.K. singer first hit the scene with the 2008 release of her smash debut Made of Bricks.
Born and raised in London, Nash started playing music as a kid. She then studied theatre at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. Nash was contemplating a future as an actor when, after a freak fall down a flight of stairs, she found herself temporarily housebound with a broken leg. To ease her boredom during recovery, the singer’s mom bought her an electric guitar and songwriting became her obsession.
After playing a few local gigs, Nash started uploading her music to MySpace. By spring of 2007 the singer and songwriter had a record deal, and by the summer her debut album Made of Bricks was wreaking havoc on the UK charts. She played the entire UK festival circuit, including Reading and Leeds, and made her TV debut on Later with Jools Holland.
“An artist should be someone who’s sticking it to the man,” Kate Nash explains emphatically. “It’s about rebellion. It’s about your mom being like ‘turn that down’ and you slamming the door and being like ‘whatever, I need this music to help me get through my emotions!’”
Alongside her Girl Talk tour and album release, Nash has partnered with the Because I Am a Girl charity. Because I Am a Girl is Plan International’s global initiative focusing on improving the lives of four million girls and their families by 2016.
Visit becauseiamagirl.us to learn how you can “buck up” for girls.
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