KT Tunstall performs "If Only" from her new album Drastic Fantastic.
Two years ago this week, Scottish musician KT Tunstall appeared on the Today Show with nothing but an acoustic guitar, a tambourine, and a array of foot pedals on the floor in front of her. It's pretty rare in this multimedia era that just a couple TV performances have much of an impact on someone's career, but folks on her message boards are still competing to find the highest quality video of that performance.
Next, Katharine McPhee covered Tunstall's "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" on American Idol. Then Tunstall's music was included in the film The Devil Wears Prada and she was off. Her debut album, Eye to the Telescope, went on to sell four million copies worldwide. Her sophomore effort, Drastic Fantastic, debuted in September at number nine on the Billboard chart.
But what seems like an overnight success story is actually the result of more than 15 years of hard work. And if Tunstall has anything to say about it, there will be many more chapters written. In an interview with the BPP today, she talks about the impact of success on her music, the genesis of her guitar style, and what it's like to play music for her deaf brother.