About Kate Nash
Kate Marie Nash is an English singer-songwriter and actress who rose to prominence in the UK with the sleeper hit "Foundations" . Her debut album, Made of Bricks, peaked at #1 in the UK and #36 in the US. Nash subsequently won the award for Best British Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards. Nash's second studio album, My Best Friend Is You, was released in 2010 and reached the top 10 in both the UK and Germany. The album's lead single, "Do-Wah-Doo", peaked at number 15 in the UK, becoming her fourth UK Top 40 single. Nash self-released her third studio album, Girl Talk, on 4 March 2013. The album failed to match the commercial success of her previous albums, though it charted within the top 100 in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. Her fourth studio album, Yesterday Was Forever, was self-released on 30 March 2018, funded by her fans via a Kickstarter campaign. Aside from music, Nash has acted in various films and TV shows. Most notably, she starred in the 2012 film Greetings from Tim Buckley, as well as the 2013 films Powder Room and Syrup. Since 2017, Nash has starred in the Netflix series GLOW as Rhonda "Britannica" Richardson.
Born to an English father, Steve, and an Irish mother, Marie , who is a nurse in a hospice, Nash underwent cardiac radiofrequency ablation in 2005 in order to eliminate tachycardia. The surgery subsequently inspired the song "Death Proof," featured on her third studio album, Girl Talk.
A graduate of the BRIT School, Nash originally wanted to study acting after graduating. However, she was rejected from several drama colleges and universities, one of them being Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Nash had been working for fashion retailer River Island and restaurant chain Nando's prior to starting her music career.
Nash started her career in 2005. She started recording after falling down the stairs and breaking her foot, leaving her homebound. After several gigs, she uploaded her music to MySpace, found a manager and then producers for her music.
Her debut was a single, "Caroline's a Victim"/"Birds", produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurðsson and released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. The release was limited to 2,000 copies and available only on 7" vinyl. Due to demand, another 1,000 copies were made and these also sold out. CD-promo copies were produced for distribution to the press and DJs and are occasionally available for sale. The single is featured on the CD Moshi Moshi Singles Compilation. A video for the song, directed by Kinga Burza, was released and received airplay on MTV2. The single's B-side, "Birds", later featured on her début album Made of Bricks. Both tracks have also been released as MP3 downloads.
In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Her second single "Foundations", which she co-wrote with producer Richard D, was released by Fiction on 18 June 2007 and reached number two in the official UK Singles Chart. Following this success, Fiction announced plans to bring forward the release of Nash's début album Made of Bricks to 6 August 2007. The album, also produced by Paul Epworth, included many of the tracks she had been performing during her two nationwide tours.
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