Industry (Irish band)
Industry from left to right, Michele McGrath, Lee Hutton, Morgan Deane and Donal Skehan.
Industry were a pop mixed boy/girl group formed in Ireland in 2009. The band comprised Donal Skehan, Morgan Deane, Michele McGrath and British Lee Hutton. Industry made their recording debut in 2009 under the independent record label MIG Live, and broke up in 2010.
Lee Andrew Hutton is an English singer-songwriter musician, born in Chesterfield. He was part of the boy band project Streetwize, alongside Donal Skehan, Lee Mulhern and Jonathan Fagerlund. With a slightly changed Streetwize line-up that included Kyle Carpenter and Venezuelan Antonio Jones, Hutton took part in Childline 2007 charity event singing a cover of Living in a Box's hit Room in Your Heart. Hutton then went solo with a number of his tunes (like "Shinedown", "Perfect Bride", "Invincible", "Madeline", "Butterfly") until joining Industry, becoming the only non-Irish member of the band.
Donal Skehan, a vocalist with Industry was born in Dublin, Ireland on 3 June 1986. In 2006, he was an original member of the boyband project Streetwize, with whom he toured in Ireland, UK, Sweden, and appeared on the US television station CN8.
After quitting the band, he became an announcer on the Bubble Hits station, broadcasting music and entertainment news and celebrity gossip segments. On 23 February 2008, he tried to represent Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Double Cross My Heart" composed by Joel Humlen, Oscar Gorres and Charlie Mason. Skehan has also authored a cookbook entitled Good Mood Food
Michele McGrath, born in Dublin 12th April 1987, is now a model, currently signed to Assets Modelling Agency. She has also regularly contributed to fashion segments on TV3 (Ireland)'s Ireland AM and worked as an extra on such show as Camelot (TV series) and The Tudors.
Morgan Smith was born Claire Deasy in Cork on 1 May 1985. She tried for The X Factor in 2006, but failed to qualify to the Final 12. A vocalist with Industry, she married South Africa national cricket team captain Graeme Smith.
Industry were signed to MIG Live, an independent label, formed by former Bubble Hits owner James Hyland who also managed the group. The group supported the Pussycat Dolls on their Irish tour during the release of their first single, "My Baby's Waiting". The single was released in June 2009 and peaked at number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart for one week.
Their second single, "Burn", was released in August 2009 and also took the number one spot
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions|
|2009||"My Baby's Waiting"||1||—|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart|
- Non-charting singles
- 2009: "In Your Arms"
- 2010: "My Mistake"
- Industry page on ucharts.us site
- Performance of "Room in your Heart" by Streetwize in Childline 2007 with the line-up including Lee Hutton
- Lee Hutton solo compositions on his MySpace site
- CN8 performance and interview with Streetwize band members including Donal Skehan
- ESC Today: Donal Skehan speaks to esctoday.com
- Irish Eurovision site interview with Donal Skehan
- Presenttaion of Donal Skehan and the writers of "Double Cross My Heart"
- Interview of Donal Skehan in launching of Good Mood Food book
- Irish Independent: Donal dishes up class act at school
- Audition to 2006 X Factor