KT Tunstall is a singer and musician born in Scotland, Edinburgh, 23 June 1975, who lives now in Los Angeles. Her true name is Kate Victoria Tunstall.
She has sold more than 5 million records worldwide.
The name “KT” is an abbreviation of the most common nickname “Katie”, used in place of the name “Kate”. When she was a Royal Holloway College student she performed with the acoustic guitar at a student bar with the name of Katie.
She plays guitar, piano, drum and flute. Her style ranges from Alternative Rock to Blues to Pop Rock. She is influenced by David Bowie, Patti Smith, Suzi Quatro, The Velvet Underground, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.
She became popular in 2004 with the song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree“, taken from her first album, Eye to the Telescope.
Kate grew up in St. Andrews, a town in Fife, attending Dundee High School and Madras College in St. Andrews. After studying piano, flute and guitar, she left native St Andrews to take a scholarship at Kent School in Connecticut, New England, where she formed her first band, The Happy Campers.
In April 2007, KT underwent surgery to correct an underdeveloped kidney, a problem caused by an infection contracted during childhood.
In 2010, KT publicly denied her stepfather, David Orr. Orr is the husband of KT’s mother, half-chinese and half Scottish, Carol Ann Orr, who has given her in adoption only a few days after her birth.