Childhood & Early Life
She was born as Catherine Bush in Welling, Kent, England to Robert Bush, a physician and Hannah Daly. She grew up in the family farmhouse in East Wickham, where she had a Roman Catholic upbringing.
Her mother was an Irish folk dancer and her father, apart from being a physician also played the piano. Her older brothers, John and Paddy had musical interests and were part of the local folk music scene.
She learned karate at the Goldsmiths College along with her brother John. From the age of 11, she started playing the piano, studied the violin and also wrote her own tunes.
She went to the St Joseph's Convent Grammar School and later attended the Catholic girls' school, London. David Gilmour of Pink Floyd at this time received one of the family recordings and helped her to create a more professional one.
The tape she recorded with the help of David Gilmour was sent to Terry Slater, executive at the EMI record label, who went on to sign her. She was, however, put on a two year hold and she left school and joined dance classes.
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In February 1978, she came out with her debut album, ‘The Kick Inside', which featured the hit single, ‘Wuthering Heights'. In November that year, she released another album titled, 'Lionheart'
In 1979, she came out with the extended play, ‘On Stage’, which included live recordings. The following year, her album titled, ‘Never for Ever' was released. The album topped the charts.
Around 1979, she made numerous appearances on television, all over the world. She appeared in ' Top of the Pops' in U.K, 'Bios Bahnhof' in Germany and '‘Saturday Night Live' in U.S.
From April 2, 1979 to May 13, 1979, she went on the ‘The Tour of Life', which was a concert tour that included 24 performances from her earlier albums, ' ‘The Kick Inside' and 'Lionheart'.
In November 1980, she came out with her one-off single titled, ‘December Will Be Magic Again’. The following year, she came out with the video album, ‘Live at the Hammersmith Odeon'.
Released in 1982, her studio album, ‘The Dreaming‘, received mixed reviews from music critics. The following year, she came out with the extended play, ‘Kate Bush', which was released in U.S and Canada only.
In 1983, she came out with her video album titled, ‘The Single File'. Some of her other music videos include, ‘Running Up that Hill’, ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Man with the Child in His Eyes’ and ‘Cloudbusting’.
In 1985, she came out with the studio album, ‘Hounds of Love', which is one of her most successful albums. The next year, her compilation album titled, ‘The Whole Story' was released.
In 1986, she came out with the video album, 'The Hair of the Hound'. The same year, she came out with the video version of the album, ‘The Whole Story, which peaked at the music charts.
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In 1989, her studio album, ‘The Sensual World' was released. The following year, she released a video version titled, ‘The Sensual World - The Videos' and came out with the EP, ‘Aspects of the Sensual World'.
In 1990, she starred in the TV film, ‘Les Dogs', a black comedy. This project was produced by The Comic Strip and was aired on the BBC television in March that year.
In 1993, she directed and also starred in the musical short film, ‘The Line, the Cross & the Curve’. The film was screened at the London Film Festival and featured songs from her album, ‘The Red Shoes', released the same year.
In 1994, she provided music for the commercial of the soft drink, ‘Fruitopia’. In later years, her song 'The Sensual World' was featured in the Canadian film ' Felicia's Journey'.
In 2005, she came out with her studio album titled, ‘Aerial'. The following year, a documentary on her titled, ‘Kate Bush Under Review’ was released. The documentary had excerpts of her interviews.
In 2007, she wrote the song 'Lyra' for the soundtrack of the film, ‘The Golden Compass'. The following year, a DVD collection of her Saturday Night Live performances was released.
In 2011, she came out with the studio albums, ‘Director's Cut and '50 Words for Snow'. The following year, she released her music video titled, ‘Lake Tahoe'.