“I don't want to be the next anyone. I just want to be me, now, and that means all different things.” Natasha Bedingfield
British pop singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, who debuted in the 1990s as a member of the Christian dance/electronic group “The DNA Algorithm” with her siblings Daniel and Nikola, rose to fame in 2004 when she released her debut album, “Unwritten,” which produced four commercially released singles: "Single," "These Words," "Unwritten," and "I Bruise Easily." The Grammy Award-nominated singer then released her second studio album, “N.B.” (2007), which was considered a commercial failure despite producing two top ten singles, "I Wanna Have Your Babies" and "Soulmate."
Bedingfield recently released her second North American and third European album, "Pocketful of Sunshine" (2008), which is comprised of new songs and tracks previously released on "N.B." The singles off the album include "Love like This" (featuring Sean Kingston) and "Pocketful of Sunshine."
This 5' 6¼'' British artist set a record in the Guinness World of Records with her brother Daniel as the only brother and sister to have separate solo no.1 hits in the U.K. She was one of Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100 of 2008” and is currently engaged to businessman and documentary filmmaker Matt Robinson.
Childhood and Family:
In Lewisham, southeast London, England, Natasha Anne Bedingfield was born on November 26, 1981, to New Zealand-born social workers John and Molly Bedingfield, who were married in 1978. She has one sister, Nikola (younger; musician), and two brothers, Daniel (musician; born on December 3, 1979) and Joshua (born in 1990).
Bedingfield studied psychology at the University of Greenwich, but left after one year to concentrate on singing and songwriting. She works for the charity Global Angels, which was founded by her mother. Now an ambassador for Global Angels, Bedingfield visited India for three weeks in support of the charity. She is also an advocate for Stop the Traffik, a global coalition that works toward ending human trafficking. She is also a member of the (RED) campaign.
Bedingfield is currently engaged to Matt Robinson, a businessman and documentary filmmaker from California.
“It just happened. But I am so excited and it happened in New York and I want to share it with the world.” Natasha Bedingfield (on her engagement to boyfriend Matthew Robinson)
Pocketful of Sunshine
“I know I should keep this a secret, but Celine Dion is something of an icon to me.” Natasha Bedingfield
Having been interested in music since an early age, Natasha Bedingfield took guitar and piano lessons while growing up. In her teenage years, she formed a Christian dance/electronic group called "The DNA Algorithm" with her older brother Daniel and younger sister Nikola. Natasha Bedingfield provided vocals for the group.
After leaving college, Bedingfield began to record demos and spent the 1990s and early 2000s composing and recording songs for the Hillsong London Church. In 2004, her recordings appeared on the church's first live praise and worship album, "Shout God's Fame," and the children's album "Jesus Is My Superhero."
“Life is a blank page. Each person holds their pen and writes their own story.” Natasha Bedingfield
In 2003, Bedingfield signed a recording contract with BMG UK & Ireland. The following year, her debut album "Unwritten" hit the music stores. It was released in the U.K. on September 6, 2004, where it debuted at #1 and the U.S. on August 2, 2005, where it debuted at #26. It spun off the singles "Single" (#57 U.S. Billboard Hot 100; #3 U.K. Singles Chart), "These Words" (#17 U.S. Billboard Hot 100; #1 U.K. Singles Chart; was nominated for "Best British Single" at the 2005 BRIT Awards), "Unwritten" (#5 U.S. Billboard Hot 100; #6 U.K. Singles Chart), "I Bruise Easily" (#12 U.K. Singles Chart), and "The One That Got Away" (#1 U.S. Hot Dance Club Play and #4 U.S. Hot Dance Airplay).
“A lot of my songs are about taking whatever life throws at you and making the most of it.” Natasha Bedingfield
The album debuted on the U.K. Albums Chart at #1 and rose to the top 30 in the United States. It received three times platinum certification in the United Kingdom and went platinum in the U.S. Bedingfield was nominated for four awards at the 2005 Brit Awards, one award at the 2006 Brit Awards, and was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards. She also set a record in the Guinness World of Records with her brother Daniel as the only brother and sister to have separate solo no.1 hits in the U.K.
On November 21, 2006, Bedingfield released the "Live in New York City" DVD, which features her concert at the Nokia Theatre in New York City. The following year, on April 27, 2007, she released her sophomore album, "N.B.," which was a mediocre success. It produced the singles "I Wanna Have Your Babies" (aka. "Babies," #7 U.K.), "Soulmate" (#7 U.K.), and "Say It Again" (released as a digital download; failed to chart in the U.K.).
"Pocketful of Sunshine," Bedingfield's second North American and third European album, was released on January 22, 2008, by Epic Records. The album, which includes new songs and tracks from her second European album “N.B.,” was a top three album in the United States. The lead single, "Love like This," (featuring Sean Kingston) rose to #20 in U.K. and #11 in U.S., where it also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song was certified Platinum on March 12, 2008. The second single, "Pocketful of Sunshine," rose to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and went 2 times Platinum. The album's third single, "Angel," climbed to #63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
BMI Film & TV: BMI Cable Award, "The Hills," 2008