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Female pop geniuses who exercise their gifts in rampant, restless fashion over decades, writing, performing, and producing their own work, are as rare as black opals. Kate Bush, the English singer-songwriter, is one of those who have held fast without shrinking, so it is curious and instructive to see how certain cultural signifiers have been trotted out over the years to diminish her. Vincent, Perfume Genius, and Mitski are all heirs. She is a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty, and critics have always noticed that. It was a house full of hidden corners and secret-garden nooks, a portal to the imagination almost as good as a magic wardrobe. The family was Catholic, and Kate, the youngest of three, attended convent school; home, meanwhile, was vibrant with the Celtic singing and sayings of her Irish mother. Her mum and dad loved her songs, even the ripe ones about adolescent sexual longing.
In , aged 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single " Wuthering Heights ", becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a self-written song. She was the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist to enter the album chart at number one. Bush began writing songs at Her debut album, The Kick Inside , was released in Bush slowly gained artistic independence in album production and has produced all her studio albums since The Dreaming She took a hiatus between her seventh and eighth albums, The Red Shoes and Aerial
Kate Bush , byname of Catherine Bush , born July 30, , Bexleyheath, Kent , England , British singer and songwriter whose imaginative and inventive art rock —marked by theatrical sensuality, textural experimentation, and allusive subject matter—made her one of the most successful and influential female musicians in Britain in the late 20th century. Bush was the youngest child of an artistic family. Her father, who was a doctor, played the piano , and her mother, a nurse, had competed as a folk dancer in her native Ireland. As a child, Bush studied violin and piano and frequently joined her parents and older brothers in performing traditional English and Irish tunes at home. By age 14 she had begun writing her own musical compositions , and two years later a family friend introduced her to Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour , who helped her win a contract with EMI Records. For the next several years Bush took vocal lessons and studied dance and mime in London while preparing material for her first recording. She quickly capitalized on her early success with another album, Lionheart , after which she embarked on a European tour. The performance schedule exhausted Bush, however, and she subsequently focused primarily on recording. On The Dreaming , the first album she produced entirely on her own, she employed new synthesizer technology to create densely layered arrangements for songs that explored such subjects as the life of Harry Houdini and the plight of Australian Aborigines. The album sold only modestly, however.