Lorraine Crosby

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Lorraine Crosby
Also known as Mrs. Loud
Born (1960-11-27) 27 November 1960 (age 53)
Origin Walker, North East England
Genres Rock'n'roll
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Meat Loaf; Patti Russo; Bonnie Tyler
Website http://www.lorrainecrosby.co.uk

Lorraine Crosby (born 27 November 1960) better known as "Mrs. Loud," is a singer-songwriter from North East England. Her most famous work, especially in the United States, is as the female vocalist in Meat Loaf's 1993 hit single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)."

Her debut album Mrs Loud was released on 10 November 2008.

Early life[edit]

Lorraine Crosby was born in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne in 1960. Her father died in a car crash when he collided with a bus when she was two years old, leaving her mother to raise Lorraine and her two sisters and brother. She attended Walker Comprehensive, and she sang in school and church choirs and played the violin in the orchestra but didn't start singing professionally until she was 20.

Work with Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman[edit]

Inspired by Tina Turner, Crosby searched the noticeboard for bands wanting singers at the guitar shop Rock City in Newcastle. After joining several bands she set up a five-piece cabaret band which toured extensively, playing to British and American servicemen throughout the early eighties.

Back in Newcastle, she met Stuart Emerson, who was looking for a backing singer for his band. They began writing together, and also became a couple. In the early 1990s, Crosby sent songwriter and producer Jim Steinman some demos of songs she had written with Emerson. Steinman asked to meet them so they decided to move to New York. They then followed Steinman after he moved to Los Angeles. Steinman became their manager and secured them a contract with Meat Loaf's recording label MCA. While visiting the label's recording studios on Sunset Boulevard, Crosby was asked to provide guide vocals for Meat Loaf, who was recording the song "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Cher, Melissa Etheridge and Bonnie Tyler were considered for the role. The song was a commercial success, becoming number one in 28 countries.[1] However, as Crosby had recorded her part as guide vocals, she did not receive any royalties from the song,[2] nor was she actually credited on the album; the credit "Mrs. Loud" was used instead. Also, Crosby did not appear in the Michael Bay-directed music video, where model Dana Patrick mimed her vocals.[3] Meat Loaf promoted the single with American vocalist Patti Russo performing the live female vocals of this song at his promotional appearances and concerts. Lorraine also sang additional and backing vocals on the songs "Life Is A Lemon and I Want My Money Back," "Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are", and "Everything Louder Than Everything Else" from the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell. On these three selections, she was credited under her real name rather than the alias of Mrs Loud.[4]

I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) has recently been featured in a commercial for M&M's candy during Super Bowl XLVII.[5]

Solo work[edit]

Crosby regularly performed at holiday camps and social clubs in England until April 2005 when she took a break from live work.
In 2005 she sang a duet with Bonnie Tyler for the track "I'll Stand by You" from the album Wings. The song was written and composed by Stuart Emerson about Crosby's and Tyler's relationship.[6]

In 2005 Crosby appeared as a contestant on ITV's The X Factor. She performed "You've Got a Friend" and progressed to the second round after impressing judges Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne but Simon Cowell expressed doubt saying she "lacked star quality."[7]

She returned to live performances in April 2007.

In November 2007 Crosby appeared on the BBC Three TV show "Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate To Love"[8] discussing the Meat Loaf track "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" which featured at #76.

In November 2008 she appeared at Newcastle City Hall with special guest Bonnie Tyler to launch her self-produced album entitled "Mrs Loud"[9] The concert was later repeated in March 2011. In April 2009 she was also featured on The Justin Lee Collins Show and performed a duet with Justin, singing the Meat Loaf song "Dead Ringer for Love". She also performed "I'd Do Anything for Love" with Tim Healy for Sunday for Sammy in 2012.[10]

She performs in cabaret shows with her band [11] along with her partner Stuart Emerson.

Crosby appeared in the first round of BBC's second series of The Voice on 6 April 2013.[12] She failed to progress when she was rejected by all four coaches.[13]

Crosby and her band reached #4 on the Reverbnation rock charts on 9 April 2013.

Other Work[edit]

In the mid 90s Lorraine appeared as an extra in several TV series episodes.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Crosby has provided backing vocals on Bonnie Tyler's 1995 album "Free Spirit" and 2005 album "Wings".

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Other recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chart Success for Meat Loaf, Official Charts Company, retrieved 7 April 2012
  2. ^ video interview with her, Youtube, retrieved 3 November 2013
  3. ^ "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2006-08-29. 
  4. ^ Credits in the booklet of the album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell.
  5. ^ I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)
  6. ^ I'll Stand By You, a video of Tyler and Crosby performing the song in 2011.
  7. ^ "Entertainment Zone Forums > The X Factor > sat 27/08 Meat Loaf Lady". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  8. ^ Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate To Love, BBC Three
  9. ^ Mrs Loud on Spotify
  10. ^ Sunday for Sammy 2012, MWMDVD106, Dir. Geoff Wonfor, Prod. Ray Laidlaw
  11. ^ Lorraine Crosby Band, the Lorraine Crosby Band
  12. ^ The Voice 2013: Meat Loaf singer Lorraine Crosby & Emma Jade Garbutt in tomorrow’s Blind Auditions, Unreality TV, Lisa McGarry, April 5, 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013
  13. ^ Lorraine Crosby: 'I would do anything for fame, but I won’t do The Voice again', "Evening Chronicle", Gordon Barr, April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2013

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