May 8: British singer-songwriter Kathleen "Katie" Brien - AKA Katy B - is 22-years-old today.

Kathleen "Katie" Brien was born in Peckham, South London. Also known as Katy B, and Baby Katy, she is a Dubstep, R&B, funky, house and UK Garage singer. She was offered major label deals in 2009. She released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.

DJ NG's song "Tell Me," on which she's featured as Baby Katy, was released on a white label and later signed to Ministry of Sound. Katy B has collaborated with Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced "Good Life" and the track "As I." She also provides vocals on the track "Hold Me" for The Count & Sinden's debut album Mega Mega Mega and features on Magnetic Man's tracks "Perfect Stranger" and "Crossover."

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On a MissionPerfect Stranger

Geeneus, with whom Katy B collaborated, works for Rinse FM. Following the official recognition of the station in June 2010 (formerly a pirate radio station), Rinse presented Katy B's first single, "Katy On a Mission," which was produced by Benga and was released on 22 August 2010. The single reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the UK Indie Chart.

With Ms. Dynamite
Katy B performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 with Ms Dynamite, who also featured on Katy's second single, "Lights On" which was released in the UK on 19 December 2010, where it debuted at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.

Her third single "Broken Record" was released in March 2011, and peaked at number 8 in the UK. Her fourth single "Easy Please Me" and her fifth, "Witches Brew" were released in 2011.

Katy's debut album On a Mission was released in April 2011, and reached number 2 on the UK Albums Chart.

Katy B supported Tinie Tempah on his tour during Spring of 2011. In April 2011, Katy embarked on her debut concert tour across Europe.



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