Kitty Brucknell

Last updated

Kitty Brucknell
Kitty2014.png
Brucknell in 2014
Background information
Birth nameKimberley Dayle Edwards
Born (1984-11-15) 15 November 1984 (age 36)
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
Genres Pop
Occupation(s)Singer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • violin
Years active2011–present
Labels
  • Whiskey Records
  • Absolute
Website kittybrucknell.com

Kimberley Dayle Edwards (born 15 November 1984), known professionally as Kitty Brucknell, is an English singer. She rose to fame as a finalist on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, where she placed seventh.

Contents

Early life

Brucknell was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, [1] on 15 November 1984. She started singing at an early age, as well as playing the violin and the piano. Throughout her childhood, she took part in a number of charity concerts and musical theatre performances, and was a prolific award winner in the Cheltenham Competitive Festival. [2] At the age of 11, she won a place in the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and continued touring with them annually. She was awarded music scholarships to Dean Close School, St. Edward's School and Clifton College in Bristol. She began touring internationally at the age of 16.

In 2003, Brucknell began writing and directing Interference, a science-fiction film. [3] The film was accepted for the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. [4] Following this, it was shown at the Portobello Film Festival in Palm Springs.

Career

2007–11: Early career

Before The X Factor , Brucknell worked as a Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga tribute act. [5] [6] [7] In June 2009, she appeared on Britney Spears Saved My Life, a documentary which aired on BBC Three. [8]

In 2010, Brucknell contracted Guillain–Barré syndrome, a life-threatening muscle disorder, whilst singing in Corfu, which left her paralysed for four months. [9]

2011: The X Factor

In 2011, Brucknell auditioned for the eighth series of The X Factor in front of judges Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa and Louis Walsh. She sang "The Edge of Glory" for her first audition; all four judges voted to send her through to the "boot camp" stage of the competition. She performed "You Got the Love" and "Feeling Good" at boot camp, and made it through to judges' houses. Brucknell, who was 26 years old at the time, was put into the Over 25s category, which was mentored by Walsh. After performing "Beautiful Disaster", Walsh put her through to the live shows.

Brucknell was in the final showdown three times during the competition: in weeks 3 (with Sami Brookes), 5 (with Johnny Robinson) and 6 (with Misha B). In week 3, she was saved by a majority vote from the judges. Voting statistics revealed that Brookes received more votes than Brucknell meaning if the result went to deadlock, Brookes would have been saved. In week 5, she was also saved by a majority vote from the judges. However, Robinson received more votes from the public than Brucknell which meant that if the result went to deadlock, Robinson would have been saved. Brucknell was sent home in week 6 after only Walsh voted to save Brucknell. However, voting statistics revealed that Brucknell received more votes than Misha B meaning if the result went to deadlock, Brucknell would have been saved. [10]

Performances

StageShowSongThemeResultFinal showdown
SongResult
Semi-finalsAuditions"The Edge of Glory"Free choiceThrough to BootcampNone
Bootcamp 1"You Got the Love"Group challengeThrough to Bootcamp 2
Bootcamp 2"Feeling Good"Free choiceThrough to Judges' houses
Judges' houses"Beautiful Disaster"Free choiceThrough to live shows
FinalsLive show 1"Who Wants to Live Forever" Britain vs. America Saved
Live show 2"It's Oh So Quiet" Love and heartbreak SafeNone
Live show 3"Live and Let Die" Rock Bottom two"The Edge of Glory"Saved (Minority)
Live show 4"Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" Halloween SafeNone
Live show 5"Like a Prayer" Club classics Bottom three"Beautiful Disaster"Saved (Minority)
Live show 6"Don't Stop Me Now" Lady Gaga vs. Queen Bottom two"Over the Rainbow"Eliminated (Majority)

2012–present: Glamour and Damage

Brucknell in 2012. Kitty Brucknell - Stevenage Christmas Lights Switch-on 2012 (8268539719).jpg
Brucknell in 2012.

Following the X Factor, Brucknell began teasing the release of her track "Red Shoes". [11] [12] Brucknell returned to The X Factor in 2013 when she performed alongside other former contestants such as Rylan Clark, Jedward, Wagner, 2 Shoes, Diva Fever and Johnny Robinson at the final in Wembley Arena. In January 2013, she went on her first tour which was dubbed the "Glamour and Damage" Tour. She performed "The Damage is Done" from her then forthcoming album Glamour and Damage. [13] She featured on a single which was released in Germany entitled "No Tomorrow". [14]

In August, she shared one of her original tracks "Chains", which garnered a lot of interest from major online blogs, even with a mention from Brian May of Queen. [15] On 4 May, Brucknell announced that her debut single "Glitter in the Sky" would be released on 19 October 2014. Her debut album Glamour and Damage was launched on Pledge Music where it is available to pre-order along with many other exclusives. Within the two weeks of its launch, she had successfully reached over 25% of her goal. [16] On 2 August, she successfully reached 100% of her goal. Her debut album, Glamour and Damage was released on 1 November 2014 through Pledge Music.

She attempted to represent Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song "Yearning". The song was written by Brucknell with Dai Smith and Allyson Summerhayes (also known as 'The Elements'). Brucknell's Eurovision attempt was on behalf of escnews.org who were reportedly acting as her management team during the Eurovision season 2015. [17] On 25 November 2014, it was revealed that Brucknell was not one of the nine acts selected by SRF that moved on to the live auditions held in Zürich and was eliminated. [18] She was later shortlisted for the Moldovan national final with her songs "Yearning" and "Remix". On 17 January 2015, it was announced that "Remix" had advanced to the semi-final stage held in February. [19] She was eliminated from the competition during the first semi-final on 24 February 2015. [20]

She revealed in an interview that the reason why she is not attempting to represent the UK is because the BBC felt it was a conflict of interest for a former X Factor contestant to be promoted by them given their involvement with the Eurovision and the fact that they already have their own singing contest, The Voice UK , [21] although former X Factor contestant Andy Abraham represented the UK in 2008. In March 2015, Brucknell announced that she would release a Broadway album later in the year which would be recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

Brucknell took the ESC News’ Track of the Year 2015 title with her Moldovan National Final entry “Yearning”, with 71% of the votes. [22] [23]

Personal life

As of January 2016, Brucknell lives in Los Angeles. [24] [25]

Discography

Studio albums

Album titleAlbum details
Glamour and Damage

Live albums

Album titleAlbum details
The Glamour and Damage 2013 Live Tour

Singles

YearSinglePeak chart positionAlbum
UK Indie Breakers
2014"Glitter in the Sky"9Glamour and Damage
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[26]
IRE
[27]
SCO
[28]
2011"Wishing on a Star"
(as part of The X Factor Finalists 2011 featuring JLS and One Direction)
111Non-album singles
2013"No Tomorrow"
(Davis Redfield featuring Kitty Brucknell)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Concert tours

Publications

Related Research Articles

Britney Spears American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress

Britney Jean Spears is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She is credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s, for which she is referred to as the "Princess of Pop". After appearing in stage productions and television series, Spears signed with Jive Records in 1997 at age 15. Her first two studio albums, certified diamond in the US, ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), were global successes and became two of the best-selling albums of all time, along with making her the best-selling teenage artist of all time. The former's title track was named the greatest debut single of all time by Rolling Stone in 2020 and the latter held a 15-year record for fastest-selling album by a female artist in the United States with first-week sales of over 1.3 million copies.

Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest Albania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Albania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 16 times since its debut in 2004, and has placed in the top ten two times. Festivali i Këngës, a long-standing song contest that takes place every year in Albania since 1962, is used to select the country's entrant for that year's Eurovision Song Contest.

Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest

Sweden has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 59 times since making its debut in 1958, missing only three contests since then. Since 1959, the Swedish entry has been chosen through an annual televised competition, known since 1967 as Melodifestivalen. At the 1997 contest, Sweden was one of the first five countries to adopt televoting. Sweden is the only country to have hosted the event in five different decades, three times in Stockholm, twice in Malmö and once in Gothenburg (1985).

Natalia Barbu Moldovan singer and songwriter

Natalia Barbu is a Moldovan singer and songwriter. She is best known for representing Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Fight".

United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest Overview of the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest

The United Kingdom has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 62 times. It first took part in the second contest in 1957 and has entered every year since 1959. Along with Sweden and the Netherlands, the UK is one of only three countries with Eurovision victories in four different decades. It is one of the "Big 5" nations, along with France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who are automatically prequalified for the final each year as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The British public broadcaster, the BBC, broadcasts the event and organises the national selection to choose the entry. The United Kingdom has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times, and has finished as runner-up on a record fifteen occasions. It has also played host to eight contests, more than any other country, with the BBC producing the programme in London four times and once in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).

Eurovision Song Contest 2015

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 was the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Vienna, Austria, following Conchita Wurst's win at the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, Denmark, with the song "Rise Like a Phoenix". It was the second time Austria had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 1967. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), the contest was held at the Wiener Stadthalle and consisted of two semi-finals on 19 and 21 May, and the final on 23 May 2015. The three live shows were hosted by Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer, while Conchita Wurst hosted the green room.

Lucie Jones Welsh singer, actress, and model

Lucie Bethan Jones is a Welsh singer, actress, and model. Jones first came to prominence while competing on series 6 of The X Factor UK in 2009, where she finished eighth. She represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Never Give Up on You", finishing with 111 points in 15th place, the country's best result since 2011.

The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The eighth series commenced airing on ITV on 20 August 2011 and ended on 11 December 2011. The winner was Little Mix, a four-piece girl group known earlier in the series as Rhythmix, consisting of members Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jade Thirlwall. They became the first act in the groups category to win in the UK show's history with new judge Tulisa emerging as their winning mentor. Dermot O'Leary presented the main show on ITV, while Caroline Flack and series 6 runner-up Olly Murs co-presented the spin-off show The Xtra Factor on ITV2, replacing Konnie Huq from the previous year. Louis Walsh returned to the judging panel and was joined by Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa. Barlow, Rowland and Tulisa joined the panel as replacements for former judges, Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Series 5 winner Alexandra Burke served as a guest judge for week 4 of the live shows due to Rowland having a throat infection.

Rylan Clark-Neal English media personality

Ross Richard Clark-Neal, known professionally as Rylan Clark-Neal, is an English television and radio presenter, singer, narrator and model. After finishing in fifth place in the ninth series of The X Factor, he went on to win Celebrity Big Brother 11. Later that year, he presented Big Brother's Bit on the Side, This Morning and The Xtra Factor. He is also the host of the revived editions of Supermarket Sweep and Ready Steady Cook, as well as presenting the BBC's You Are What You Wear.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 was the 12th edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and took place, for the first time, in Malta. This was the third time that the contest was hosted by the previous year's winning country. Maltese national broadcaster PBS was the host broadcaster for the event. The final took place on 15 November 2014 and was in the Malta Shipbuilding in Marsa, near Valletta. Moira Delia, a Maltese television personality, hosted the show, marking the first time in Junior Eurovision history that there was only one presenter of the show.

Zlata Ognevich

Inna Leonidivna Bordyuh, known professionally as Zlata Ognevich, is a Ukrainian singer and former politician. She represented Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö with the song "Gravity", placing third. Ognevich previously attempted to represent Ukraine at the contest in 2010 and 2011.

Elhaida Dani Albanian singer and songwriter

Elhaida Dani is an Albanian singer-songwriter and actress.

Germany in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Overview of Germany in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Germany debuted at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. KiKa, the children's channel jointly owned by European Broadcasting Union (EBU) members ARD and ZDF, selected Susan Oseloff as the first representative of Germany. Her song, "Stronger with You", was written by singer-songwriter Levent Geiger, a finalist in the German children's show Dein Song in 2015 and 2019. Susan finished in last place during the final on 29 November 2020, scoring 66 points.

<i>Glamour and Damage</i> 2014 studio album by Kitty Brucknell

Glamour and Damage is the debut solo album by British singer-songwriter Kitty Brucknell. It was released by Whisky Records via the direct fan-to-artist platform, Pledge Music on 1 November 2014.

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 was the fourteenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which took place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, in Valletta, Malta. This was the second time that Malta have hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, their first being in 2014. Jon Ola Sand was appointed as the Executive Supervisor for the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, following the dismissal of the former supervisor, Vladislav Yakovlev.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, following Jamala's win at the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden, with the song "1944". It was the second time Ukraine had hosted the contest, having previously done so in 2005. It was, overall, the fourth Eurovision event that were held in the country, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest was held at the International Exhibition Centre and consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and the final on 13 May 2017. The three live shows were hosted by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko.

Bulgaria participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Their entrant was selected through the televised national selection "Decata na Bulgaria sa super", organised by the Bulgarian broadcaster Bulgarian National Television (BNT). Lidia Ganeva won the national selection and she got the right to represent Bulgaria in the contest. Ganeva performed the song "Magical Day " at the contest.

Russia participated in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016 which took place on 20 November 2016, in Valletta, Malta. The Russian broadcaster Russia-1, owned by the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK) was responsible for organising their entry for the contest. Sofia Fisenko won the national final on 16 August 2016 with the song "Zhivaya voda". On 6 October, the Russian organisation team opted to change the name of the entrant to Water of Life Project, with the song also changing to "Water of Life".

Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017

The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the fifteenth edition of the annual Junior Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). It took place on 26 November 2017 at the Olympic Palace, in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. This was the fifth time that the contest was hosted by the previous year's winning country. The visual design and contest slogan, "Shine Bright", were revealed in May 2017.

Yuliya Samoylova (singer)

Julia Olegovna Samoilova, sometimes credited as Yulia Samoilova or Julia Samoylova, is a Russian singer-songwriter. In early 2017, she was selected to represent Russia in the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Flame Is Burning", but was subsequently banned from the contest's host country, Ukraine, due to violating Ukrainian law by entering Crimea through Russia in 2015, shortly after the region was annexed by Russia. In response to the ban, Russia ultimately withdrew from the contest. The following year, Samoylova was instead chosen to represent her country in the 2018 edition of the contest in Portugal. Performing "I Won't Break", she placed 15th out of 18 contestants in the second semi-final, failing to qualify for the grand final. "I Won't Break" was the first Russian entry not to reach the final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004.

References

  1. Elks, Sonia. "The X Factor 2011 final 16: Finalists revealed as Janet Devlin, Frankie Cocozza, Kitty Brucknell make the cut". Metro. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Interference(2005) at IMDb
  4. "Interference – Short Film Goes to Cannes Directed by 20yr Old Filmmaker Kimberley Dayle Edwards". Prweb.com.
  5. "Kimberley Dayle on Radio One". YouTube. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. "X Factor's Kitty Brucknell – aka Kimberley Dayle Edwards". YouTube. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  7. "Britney Spears Impersonator ~ Kimberley Dayle". YouTube. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  8. "Britney Spears Saved My Life: Britney super-fans talk about how their love for the singer has made their lives worth living". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  9. "Kitty Brucknell warns X Factor may kill her as she collapses at boot camp | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. 26 September 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  10. "'X Factor' 2011 voting breakdown in full". Digital Spy. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. Copsey, Robert. "Kitty Brucknell teases debut single 'Red Shoes'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  12. Rainsforth, Lara. "X FACTOR'S KITTY BRUCKNELL CONFIRMS DEBUT SINGLE". UKstandUp. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  13. Taylor, Sam. "Interview: X Factor's Kitty Brucknell on her Glamour and Damage tour, gay marriage and 'living the dream'". Mancurianmatters. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  14. "Kitty Brucknell – Official Website – Biography". KittyBrucknell.com. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  15. Rollins, Claire. "Kitty Brucknell – 'Chains' (Official Video)". HitTheFloor. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  16. "Kitty : Glamour and Damage". wEb.archive.org. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  17. Granger, Anthony (5 October 2014). "Exclusive: Kitty Brucknell In Eurovision Quest". Eurovoix. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  18. Granger, Anthony (25 November 2014). "Switzerland: SRF Announce Their 9 Finalists". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
  19. Honciuc, Bogdan (17 January 2015). "MOLDOVA: 24 SEMI-FINALISTS SELECTED AFTER LIVE AUDITIONS". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 17 January 2015.
  20. Granger, Anthony (24 February 2015). "Moldova: O Melodie Pentru Europa Semi Final 1 Results". Eurovoix. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  21. Welton, Victoria (13 November 2014). "Vote Kitty Brucknell for Eurovision". Verily Victoria Vocalises. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
  22. "The ESC News Group". The ESC News Group. Retrieved 27 March 2016. This year we gave you even more choice; a selection of sixty songs, albums and performances all worthy of your vote to win the prestigious title 'Track of The Year 2015'. After tens of thousands of votes, Kitty Brucknell from the United Kingdom took the title with a stagering 71% of the votes for her song 'Yearning'.
  23. ago, Richard Taylor • 3 months. "Track Of The Year 2015 Winner". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 March 2016. Kitty Brucknell has taken the accolade of ESC News’ Track of the Year 2015 with her Moldovan National Final entry “Yearning”.
  24. "Kitty Brucknell on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 March 2016. On Thursday, I move to LA, 2 a place that CELEBRATES eccentricity and diversity
  25. "Kitty Brucknell on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 27 March 2016. Just arrived in LAX....now off to enjoy the sun! First day of the rest of my life!
  26. Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  27. Peak positions for the featured singles in Ireland:
  28. Peak positions for the featured singles in Scotland: