Catherine Bush (born 30 July 1958) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, dancer and record producer. Bush came to note in 1978 when, aged 19, she topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks with her debut single "Wuthering Heights", becoming the first female artist to achieve a UK number one with a self-written song. She has since released twenty-five UK Top 40 singles, including the top-ten hits "The Man with the Child in His Eyes", "Babooshka", "Running Up That Hill", "Don't Give Up" (a duet with Peter Gabriel) and "King of the Mountain". She has released ten studio albums, all of which reached the UK Top 10, including the UK number-one albums Never for Ever (1980), Hounds of Love (1985), and the compilation The Whole Story (1986). She is the first British solo female artist to top the UK album charts and the first female artist to enter the album chart at number one.Having been writing songs since age 11, she was signed to EMI Records while under professional assistance by David Gilmour, whom along with his associates, curated her 1978 debut album The Kick Inside. Bush slowly gained artistic independence in album production, up to completely producing her fourth album The Dreaming (1982). After the release of her seventh album The Red Shoes (1993), she took a 12 year hiatus that ended with the issue of her following album Aerial in 2005. She significantly regained notoriety in 2014 when she announced her concert residency Before The Dawn, which was her first set of shows since 1979's The Tour of Life.
Her eclectic and experimental musical style with literary and unconventional lyrical themes, has proved influential to a diverse range of artists. She has been nominated 13 times for British Phonographic Industry accolades, winning for Best British Female Artist in 1987. She has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards. In 2002, she was recognised with an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. In October 2017 she was nominated for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. Bush was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to music.