Under the sculpted, neo-Renaissance ceiling of the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan, KT Tunstall performed before an intimate Artists Den audience, revisiting her hits and giving a sneak peek of her sophomore album, Drastic Fantastic (Virgin/EMI), a follow-up to the massively successful Eye to the Telescope. Tunstall’s dynamic sound found full expression with a five-piece band, filling the ornate, colorful ballroom with equally lavish music.
Tunstall’s dynamic sound found full expression with a five-piece band, filling the ornate, colorful ballroom with equally lavish music.
Since exploding onto the US music scene in 2006, KT Tunstall has emerged as one of today’s most remarkable new artists. Eye To The Telescope, the Scottish singer-songwriter’s dazzling Virgin Records debut, spawned smash singles, “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See,” which showcase her provocative sonic mesh of heartfelt pop, bona fide electric blues, and left-field alt-folk. Her second album, Drastic Fantastic debuted on the Billboard Top 200 at #9. The lead-off single, “Hold On,” quickly became a multi-week No.1 airplay smash in the AAA (adult alternative albums) format. She has gone on to continue writing her own music as well as collaborating on feature film soundtracks.
Once one of New York City’s premier hotels, the Prince George was rehabilitated by Common Ground and reopened in 1999 after many years of decline. Built in 1904 and located in Manhattan’s Madison Square North Historic District, the Prince George is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Prince George provides permanent, affordable housing for 416 low-income and formerly homeless adults and combines it with a variety of social services provided by Common Ground’s partner, the Center for Urban Community Services, that help tenants put their lives back on track and manage their housing, careers and health-related needs. Proceeds from the rental of the Prince George Ballroom support the expansion of Common Ground’s housing development work. Photography courtesy of Zachary Bako for Artists Den Entertainment