Open Mic UK winner Birdy, is still soaring towards stardom as she reveals her brand new album – ‘Fire Within’ – which was released earlier this month. ‘Fire Within’ follows Birdy’s eponymous 2011 debut album ‘Birdy’, which saw the young star rise to success, hitting the Top 20 in the UK and fluttering to the top spot in Belgium and Holland. The album achieved Gold status in the UK, Platinum status throughout Europe and resulted in a gargantuan 148 million views on her YouTube channel.
Since winning the Open Mic UK competition and releasing her debut album, Birdy has worked with Mumford and Sons, appeared on ‘The Hunger Games’ soundtrack, and has performed live at the Sydney Opera House, which she has cited as “one of my favourite shows.”
Birdy on the Open Mic UK competition
Birdy first felt the heat of the spotlights when she came up against 10,000 hopeful acts in the national music competition Open Mic UK at the young and impressionable age of just 12. Arriving with her trademark beautiful voice and the dream of becoming a superstar, Birdy eased her way through the auditions into both the Regional and Area finals before her glorious win at the Grand Final, where she sang her own song ‘So Be Free’. You can watch her winning performance here:
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Casting his mind back to first meeting Birdy, the Events Director for Open Mic UK, Chris Grayston – who first discovered the young talent, said “When we first saw Birdy, it was obvious that she had a rare talent – for someone so young she had maturity beyond her years and I’m delighted that we were able to give her help to take the first steps towards what I’m sure will be a fantastically successful career.”
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