A One-Woman Band of Awesomeness

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Why the BPP loves singer/songwriter/guitarist/loop-pedal pusher KT Tunstall.

(Soundbite of song, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree")

Ms. KT TUNSTALL (Singer): (Singing) Two, three, four. Woo ho. Woo ho. Woo ho. Woo ho.


Sound familiar? That's the foot-stomping, syncopated-opening to "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," the hit single from KT Tunstall's debut album "Eye to the Telescope."

The Scottish-born singer started her career busking on the streets of the U.K. She said she would have been happy just to pay her bills by making music, but over the last two years, her career has gone through the roof. There were a couple of turning points for her. Star of "American Idol," Katharine McPhee, performed this very song on "American Idol," catapulting the single up the charts. And then there was this hit.

(Soundbite of song, "Suddenly I See")

MARTIN: Tunstall's song "Suddenly I See" was in the opening scene of the 2006 Hollywood hit "The Devil Wears Prada," starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, which cemented the young singer's reputation in the U.S.

Some fun facts about Tunstall: She learned to sing listening to Ella Fitzgerald. She likes being compared to PJ Harvey, not so much to Dido. She went to high school for a year in Vermont. And she can't really sing unless she's got a guitar in her hands.

She made a stop to BPP headquarters here in New York, and we got to talk to her about her life has changed now that she's a big rock star, and in some ways, how it hasn't?

Stay with us, that interview is coming up later in the show.

(Soundbite of song, "Suddenly I See")

Ms. TUNSTALL: (Singing) Suddenly I see, suddenly I see, why the hell it means so much to me. Suddenly I see, this is what I want to be.

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