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Fifteen-year-old British artist Jasmine van den Bogaerde is better known as Birdy, and perhaps best known for her 2011 cover of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love."  Birdy started playing piano at the age of five and began composing a few years later. 

She won the Open Mic UK competition in 2008 at the age of twelve. The win guaranteed the young artist a recording contract, but before releasing her debut, she had already scored a spot on the UK pop chart with her cover of "Skinny Love," making "Birdy" a household name.  In November, she released her self-titled debut album, featuring re-imagined covers of a slew of alternative artists.

On her debut, Birdy covers artists ranging from The XX to Phoenix.  Yet, Birdy's talent is not simply that she can sing someone else's song well.  She rewrites each song and included an original piece on the album.  On today's episode of World cafe, she talks about her original track and what it's been like to reintroduce herself to the world following her competition win, her Youtube fame and her chart success. 


Set List:
SKINNY LOVE                                    
WITHOUT A WORD                         


Recent Release: Birdy   
Release Date: November 4th, 2011
Label: Warner Music
Band Origin: U.K.