You might recall Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall’s break out hit ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ when it first hit the air waves 6 years ago or her equally memorable follow-up, ‘Suddenly I See.”
The Grammy nominated musician, who plays everything from piano and drums to flute and guitar – is likened to that of a slightly younger Sheryl Crow, but perhaps the comparison extends beyond their instrumental/vocal prowess and into the world of environmental activism.
Like Crow – who has made herself a fixture on the green scene, whether by participating in the Green Music Group, creating a stylish reusable shopping tote design for Whole Foods, saying ‘NEIGH!!’ to the round-up of wild horses or crafting her Bootheel Trading Co. line of eco-friendly duds — Tunstall is no slouch in the Mother Nature department.
She was among the many artists who journeyed all the way to Greenland’s Disko Bay several years back in order to document the palpable effects of climate change – and those who tuned into Sundance Channel’s recently premiered ‘Burning Ice’ documentary got a taste of what went down.
Besides being fortunate enough to hang her hat in seriously green abode featuring 11 solar panels, sustainable Forest Stewardship Council-approved wooden kitchen wooden cabinets, energy efficient appliances, smart water/heat systems, ceiling and walls filled with Thermafleece natural wool insulation, 99.9% recycled sawmill wood waste fiberboard walls coated with 100% solvent-free paint and furniture purchased from flea markets and second hand shops, Tunstall has looked beyond her four walls to make a difference in the world by offsetting the carbon emissions produced from her tours by seeding vast Scottish Borders acreage with native trees, fueling all of her US tour buses with a cleaner burning biodiesel blend and selling concert merchandise produced solely by an ethical clothing company.
The platinum selling artist is releasing her first solar-powered album Tiger Suit on September 28, 2010, peppered with a few undoubtedly catchy Linda Perry-penned tunes (the same songwriter who has helped to propel the careers of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears and Pink).
What should you expect from Tiger Suit? How about a Nature Techno sound for starters that relies heavily on the integration of “organic instrumentation and electronic, dance-friendly textures”?!?
Intrigued? If you’d like a sneak peek, be sure to tune into ESPN’s broadcast of their half time presentation during the WNBA vs. USA Basketball” faceoff on Saturday, July 10 where Tunstall will be performing live, or check her out later that week at NYC’s Hiro Ballroom on July 13th or LA’s Hotel Café on July 15th.
Via Official Press Release