J'AIME JUNE 2019

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All eyes on KT

KT TUNSTALL WILL BE OPENING NEXT MONTH’S LICHFIELD FESTIVAL WITH A CONCERT IN

LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL ON FRIDAY, JULY 5. PETER BACON CAUGHT UP WITH THE SCOTTISH

SINGER-SONGWRITER FOR A CHAT AHEAD OF HER VISIT TO THE MIDLANDS

Ever since her debut album Eye To The Telescope

landed back in 2004, going on to sell more than five

million copies, KT Tunstall has been at the forefront

of the UK’s singer-songwriter talent.

The creation of three further critically acclaimed

albums, Drastic Fantastic, Tiger Suit and Invisible

Empire/Crescent Moon in 2007, 2010 and 2013

respectively, kept the platinum sales rolling and

cemented the Scottish songstress’ reputation as a

major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live

artist.

Most of us first heard KT Tunstall back in 2004

singing Black Horse and the Cherry Tree on BBC

Two’s Later With Jools Holland, performing as a

one-person band armed with her guitar, tambourine

and a loop pedal. Presumably there had been a lot

of hard graft that had led to that strikingly poised

performance?

“Yes, it’s true. I looked a lot younger on Jools than

I actually was! I was just about to turn 30. I’d spent

10 years of hard graft to get to the point of making

my first record after signing publishing and record

deals,” she explains.

“I’d put in the thousands of hours of practice and

live performing, so when the golden ticket came up

for me, I was able to really use it.”

The effects of that mainstream TV exposure must

have been dramatic.

“Things moved extremely quickly,” says KT. “ We

rushed the album out after the crazy reaction to the

live performance, and Black Horse... was followed by

Suddenly I See, and then the lid just blew off. I loved

it and found it uncomfortable at the same time. But

what I loved the most was being able to travel the

world with my guitar.”

Having toured the world many times over, she has

become a festival favourite, from Glastonbury to

Belladrum. She outsold every other female artist in

the UK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best

British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best

KT TUNSTALL IS OPENING

THIS YEAR’S LICHFIELD

FESTIVAL NEXT MONTH

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