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Grammy-nominated Scottish singer and songwriter. She broke into the public eye with a performance on Later with Jools Holland of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". She has enjoyed commercial and critical success since, selling over 4 million albums and picking up three BRIT Awards and 2 Grammy nominations.
Tunstall is known for her live performances, in which she combines use of a loop pedal (which she affectionately calls "Wee Bastard,") with a full four-piece backing band.
Throughout her twenties, she mostly played in independent bands including Elia Drew and Tomoko, and focused on songwriting, as well as performing with members of the fledgling Fence Collective including work in the Skubaidh Dubh Orchestra with King Creosote, who recently supported her UK tour. She toured with the Klezmer band Oi Va Voi, and featured on their debut album, Laughter Through Tears. Her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, was released in late 2004. Tunstall's style of music varies from folk to pop. In Edinburgh and St Andrews, she played in a band called Red Light Stylus, which was regarded as one of the better bands to emerge from the limited Fife scene.
Tunstall's first appearance of note was a solo performance of "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on Later with Jools Holland. The performance was notable as she had only 24 hours to prepare after scheduled performer Nas cancelled. Her performance caught the eye of many viewers, upstaging more established acts such as The Cure, Embrace, and The Futureheads; she then went on to top the post-show poll on the website for that episode.
Shortly after the "Later" appearance, Eye to the Telescope was re-released and shot up the UK charts, eventually peaking at #3 (on its first release it had entered at #73); it was nominated for the 2005 Mercury Music Prize. It was released in the U.S. on February 7, 2006.
Tunstall's North American break came when American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee contacted her asking to use "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" as her choice for a Billboard-themed week. At the time, the song was #79 on the Billboard charts. Tunstall had not been shy with her opinions regarding shows like Idol saying "The major problem I have is that it's completely controlled... they're told what to say. They're told how to sing." She chose to license the song as she felt that "no one on that show told Katharine McPhee to sing my song because no one fucking knew it". The song immediately jumped to #23 on the Billboard charts the week following McPhee's performance.
Since her debut appearance on Later with Jools Holland, she has returned to the show to perform "Suddenly I See," "Under the Weather," "Tangled up in Blue" (she performed the same song, as well as "Simple Twist of Fate" and "This Wheel's on Fire" on a BBC 4 Bob Dylan tribute), and an Ella Fitzgerald song ("Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller) with Jools Holland on piano.
She ended 2005 on Hogmanay by performing at Edinburgh's Concert in the Gardens alongside Scottish band Texas, being broadcast on BBC Scotland's Hogmanay Live show also. Tunstall said prior to that performance that "This is the gig of a lifetime... This Hogmanay party is probably the best-known and best-loved in the world, and I've been here a few times over the years dreaming of being the one entertaining the crowds. Until we're on that stage I won't believe we're allowed on it."
While Tunstall had performed on multiple American talk shows since the previous summer, it wasn't until 17 January 2007 that Tunstall actually was interviewed on an American programme, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
On 7 July 2007, she performed at the American leg of Live Earth at Giants Stadium in New Jersey wearing gold leggings and a t-shirt fittingly emblazoned with "save the future". She sang her two biggest hits, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", "Suddenly I See", along with "Other Side of the World".
On 5 September 2007, she performed at Apple's 'The Beat Goes On', at which Apple revealed their new iPod touch and a redesign of their remaining iPods. She sang "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" from her album Eye to the Telescope as well as the single, "Hold On," from her album Drastic Fantastic.
In 2005, Tunstall won Best Track Q Music Award for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree". She received a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, though lost to Antony and the Johnsons.
Tunstall received three BRIT award nominations when they were announced on January 11, 2006. Nominations included Best British Live Act, British Breakthrough Act, and British Female Solo Artist. At the ceremony on February 15, 2006, Tunstall performed "Suddenly I See" and won the award for Best British Female Solo Artist, remarking that she wished to share it with fellow nominee Kate Bush.
On January 22, 2006, she was awarded a European Border Breakers Award, which awards the top-selling EU artists. Also, in 2006 she won the Ivor Novello Best Song Musically and Lyrically for "Suddenly I See" along with Scottish Style Awards "Most Stylish Band or Musician - Interview here."
She received a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree", but the award went to Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man."
All Time Hits
Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
Gone To The Dogs