Katy B performing in 2011
|Birth name||Kathleen Anne Brien|
|Also known as||Baby Katy|
|Born||(1989-05-08) 8 May 1989 (age 24)|
London, United Kingdom
|Genres||Breakstep, dubstep, R&B, UK funky, electronica, UK garage, house|
|Associated acts||Magnetic Man, Ms. Dynamite, Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware|
Kathleen Anne Brien (born 8 May 1989), better known as Katy B, is a British singer-songwriter and a graduate of the BRIT School. She is a dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK garage singer and has also performed under the name Baby Katy. She released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London. She was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize.
Katy was born in Peckham, South London in 1989, and attended Lyndhurst Primary school, Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College and the BRIT School.
Katy featured on many tracks before and during the release of her album, DJ NG's song "Tell Me", on which she featured as Baby Katy, was released on a white label and later signed to Ministry of Sound. Katy B has collaborated with Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced "Good Life" and the track "As I". She also provides vocals on the track "Hold Me" for The Count & Sinden's debut album Mega Mega Mega and features on Magnetic Man's tracks "Perfect Stranger" and "Crossover".
Geeneus, with whom Katy B collaborated, works for Rinse FM. Following the official recognition of the station in June 2010 (formerly a pirate radio station), Rinse presented Katy B's first single, "Katy on a Mission", which was produced by Benga and was released on 22 August 2010. The single reached number five on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Indie Chart. Katy B performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 with Ms Dynamite, who also featured on Katy's second single, "Lights On" which was released in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2010, and debuted at number four on the UK Singles Chart. Her third single "Broken Record" was released in March 2011, and peaked at number eight. The fourth single "Easy Please Me" was released on 3 June 2011. Her fifth single "Witches' Brew" was released on 28 August 2011. Katy's debut album On a Mission was released on 4 April 2011, and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.
Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011. On 30 April 2011, Katy embarked on her debut concert tour throughout Europe until September, then the UK in October. In 2011, Katy B and Mark Ronson teamed up for the song "Anywhere in the World" created as an advert for the Coca-Cola and the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was released as a digital download on 13 May 2012. She's now working on new material with songwriter/producer Guy Chambers. She released the first promotional single from her upcoming second studio album in May 2013, which is named 'What Love is Made Of'.
Katy B has received two nominations at both the BT Digital Music Awards and the MOBO Awards. She was nominated for Best Push Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011. She has received six nominations at the Virgin Media Music Awards and one nomination for the iTunes Rewind 2011.
Katy B has 4 upcoming shows:
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