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Kate Bush

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Bush about to perform at Comic Relief (1986)
Background information
Birth name Catherine Bush
Born 30 July 1958 (1958-07-30) (age 62)
Bexleyheath, Kent, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
  • director
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboards
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts

Catherine "Kate" Bush CBE (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter. In 1978, her first single "Wuthering Heights" was Number 1 in the UK for a month, making her the first woman to have a No.1 in the UK with a song she had written by herself. She has released ten studio albums and 25 UK hit singles.

She has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 2002, she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. In October 2017 she was nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Bush was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.

Early life

Bush was born in Welling, Kent and raised in East Wickham. At the age of 11 she taught herself piano. At 13 she was writing songs, some of which featured on her first album.


In July 1976 Bush was signed to EMI. Bush's first album The Kick Inside was released 17 February 1978 and reached number three in the UK album charts. The album had her brother Paddy playing harmonica and mandolin. She released her second album Lionheart nine months afterwards. It reached number six in the UK album chart. In 1979 she did The Tour of Life, her only tour until August 2014.

In 1980 she had her first UK No.1 album, Never for Ever. "Babooshka" was the best-selling single from the album. It reached number five in the UK and was the 20th best-selling single of the year in Australia.

In 1982 her fourth album, The Dreaming, was released. It was the first album she had produced. It was also her first album to enter the US Billboard 200 chart. It went straight to number 3 in the UK chart but it is her lowest-selling album so far.

Hounds of Love's 1985 release gave Bush her second No.1 album. It is her best-selling studio album so far. Its first single, "Running Up That Hill", was her most successful 1980s release. It reached No.3 in the UK, her second highest chart place for a single ever. In 1986 it was used as the theme tune for the BBC children's drama Running Scared. The Whole Story, a collection of her "greatest hits" so far, was released and reached No.1 in the UK chart.

1989's The Sensual World reached number 2 in the UK album chart. It is Bush's best-selling album in the US.

In 1990 she played a bride called Angela in a comedy film, Les Dogs.

In 1993 Bush released The Red Shoes, her last album for twelve years. Bush released a short film called The Line, the Cross and the Curve in 1994.

Her eighth studio album and first double album, Aerial, was released on CD and vinyl in 2005. It took nine years to make.

In 2007 she was asked to write a song for The Golden Compass soundtrack. It was played in the credits at the end of the film.

In 2011 she released two albums, Director's Cut and 50 Words for Snow on her own record label Fish People.

Director's Cut is made of songs from The Sensual World and The Red Shoes. They have been remixed and three have been re-recorded. It got mostly good reviews.

50 Words for Snow got good responses from critics and won the 2012 Best Album at the South Bank Arts Awards.

On 26 August 2014 Bush performed her first concert in 35 years.

Personal life

Bush lives in Devon with her husband Dan McIntosh and son Albert "Bertie" Jack, who was born in 1998.

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