Anglophiles, stand up! 22-year-old UK singer and MTV Push Artist of the Week Katy B is already a star in England, but the dance-pop Dubstep singer has been quickly blowing up in America with her hypnotic high-street bad-ass style and genre-bending hits.
Born Kathleen Brien, Katy B is a graduate of London’s BRIT School, whose alumni includes Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis and classmates Jessie J and Adele. She released her debut album On A Mission in the UK earlier this year, and critics and the public pretty much had a meltdown over it, earning Katy a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination for best album. (The award went to PJ Harvey. And if you have to get trumped, you could lose to far worse artists than Polly Jean.)
We’ve got a musical pick and mix, if you will, of Katy B interviews, live performances and music videos to get you caught up. In the first video, Katy discusses listening to and absorbing R&B artists like Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu before getting into club music as a teen. “Growing up, there was lots of club music and listening to pirate radio in London was definitely a massive influence and a big platform for my music,” the singer says. “That was the first place my music got played.”
We’ve also got a live version of “Katy on a Mission,” from her MTV Hive “Live In NYC” performance shot just last week. Judging by the video, the hyperkinetic energy of UK clubs has clearly inspired Katy’s stage show. Finally, check out the official videos for “Katy On A Mission” and “Witches’ Brew,” the latter a bizarre, surreal clip featuring bubbling tar, floating books and men in wolf masks. Get involved.
+ Watch exclusive Katy B interviews, videos and live performances:
++ KATY B DISCUSSES HER MUSICAL INFLUENCES.
Watch more videos after the jump.
++ KATY B ON NEW YORK
++ KATY B ON PIRATE RADIO
++ KATY B ON HER MISSION
++ WATCH KATY B PERFORM “KATY ON A MISSION” AT HER MTV HIVE “LIVE IN NYC” PERFORMANCE
++ WATCH KATY B, “KATY ON A MISSION”
++ WATCH KATY B, “WITCHES’ BREW”
++ WATCH KATY B SHARE HER MOVIE FAVORITES WITH NEXTMOVIE