Wednesday, September 07, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-KT Tunstall

Artist:KT Tunstall
Song:Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
Album:Eye To The Telescope

Black Horse & The Cherry Tree is the biggest hit and signature song for Scottish singer songwriter KT Tunstall. She's one of those singers who is frequently compared to other female singers and I think she gets lost in the shuffle. She was born Kate Victoria Tunstall June 23, 1975 in Edinburgh, Scotland. KT is short for Katie. Her exotic dancer mother put her up for adoption. KT was raised by University of St. Andrews physics professor David Tunstall. KT got into music as a child and she studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She played with bands like Ella Drew and she toured with the klezmer band Oi Va Voi. She signed with Relentless Records which was distributed by Virgin Records. Relentless was sold to Virgin in 2008. Her debut CD Eye To The Telescope was released in 2004. What got KT noticed was when she performed Black Horse & The Cherry Tree on an episode of Later...with Jools Holland. She was a last minute replacement when Nas cancelled. The song became so popular in England that the album was certified 5XPlatinum. Then the album was released in the US in 2006. Black Horse & The Cherry Tree was a top 20 hit in the US and the album was certified Platinum. Eye To The Telescope is available as a budget CD and there is also a 2CD/1DVD deluxe edition. She also got a big boost when Katharine McPhee sang Black Horse & The Cherry Tree on American Idol. The song would have been a much bigger hit if the chorus refrain "You're Not The One For Me" was the song title...but it isn't. That just confuses listeners and then they never know who the artist is. So KT was confused with Dido, Sheryl Crow etc. None of KT's subsequent albums have done nearly as well. In 2014, KT moved to Los Angeles to study film composition at the Skywalker Ranch. She also signed a new record deal with Caroline Records and her CD KIN will be released on Sept. 9. She will tour to support the album. She seems to know that commercial success is behind her and that's why she wants to get into films. Here's the video for Black Horse & The Cherry Tree by KT Tunstall.

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