Britain’s best loved songwriter returns with the exquisite album of career
Multi platinum selling singer songwriter KT Tunstall returns this summer with her much anticipated 4th studio album ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’ through Virgin Records.
‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’ represents a return to the delicate simplicity of her early work and an evolution of her sound, with its country-folk tinged undercurrents. Travelling to Tucson, Arizona to record her new album with alt-country leading light Howe Gelb (AKA Giant Sand), KT describes the stunning album as “full of songs from the heart”.
Since scoring a worldwide hit with her debut album Eye To The Telescope in 2005, which went on to sell more than 4 million copies worldwide and over 1.8m in the UK alone (and a million plus in the US), KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer-songwriter talent. Two critically acclaimed albums, Drastic Fantastic and Tiger Suit followed in 2007 and 2010 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish songtress’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist.
The moment that pushed Tunstall from cult folk hero and part time member of the much vaunted, Fyfe-based collection of folk musicians, The Fence Collective, was her now legendary appearance on Later…With Jools Holland in 2005, when rapper Nas pulled out ill. That night she wowed the nation with her one-woman blues-stomp ‘Black Horse And The Cherry Tree’ and the rest, as they say, is history. Since that moment Tunstall has toured the world a fair few times. Become a festival favourite from Glastonbury to T In The Park (and back again). Secured a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Outsold every other female artist in the UK in 2005. Won a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist. Won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for writing Suddenly I See. And a Q award for Track of the Year for Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. Landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Lent her tunes to choice American films and TV shows (eg, Suddenly I See, used in the opening scene of Meryl Streep flick ‘The Devil Wears Prada’). Watched her songs become staple audition material for contestants on American Idol. Found time to record and film her lo-fi ‘living room’ album, Acoustic Extravaganza, live with her band on the Isle of Skye. Signed up for the GlobalCool campaign, which took her to No.10 in attempts to put pressure on the government to reduce carbon emissions. Visited Greenland with the Cape Farewell project. Released a collection of new acoustic songs for her fans in 2011 called the Scarlet Tulip EP…. And lots more besides!
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