Sharon Corr

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Sharon Corr
MBE
Sharon Corr @ Brussels Summer Festival 2012 (8269542975).jpg
Sharon Corr performs at the 2012 Brussels Summer Festival.
Background information
Birth name Sharon Helga Corr
Born (1970-03-24) 24 March 1970 (age 44)
Origin Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Genres Pop, rock, celtic
Occupations Musician, television personality
Instruments Violin, vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Rhino
Warner Bros.
Associated acts The Corrs
Website www.sharoncorr.com
Notable instruments
Barcus-Berry Violin

Sharon Helga Corr (born 24 March 1970) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television personality. She is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990 with her elder brother Jim and younger sisters Caroline and Andrea. She plays the violin, piano and guitar, and sings backing vocals. She began learning the violin when she was six years old. She has played in national youth orchestras and is qualified to teach the violin.

The Corr siblings were awarded honorary MBEs in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of both their musical talent and their charitable work raising money for Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, victims of the Omagh Bombing, and other charities.

In 2012, Corr was revealed as one of the coaches on the first series of the RTÉ talent show The Voice of Ireland.[1]

Career[edit]

2009–2012: Dream of You[edit]

In July 2009, Corr was voted into first place in the Ms Twitter UK competition.[2]

On 15 July 2009, Corr appeared on This Morning, having been booked by host Phillip Schofield via Twitter, to confirm the release of a new solo single and album. Her début single, "It's Not a Dream", was released on 29 August in Ireland and 31 August in the UK, with appearances at Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, and a number of other European music festivals. The album, Dream of You, was released on 13 September 2010 and comprises a number of self-penned tracks and select covers with Corr playing violin throughout. She was joined by longtime Corrs' sidemen Anthony (Anto) Drennan on lead guitar, Keith Duffy on bass, and Jason Duffy on drums, with orchestral arrangements by Fiachra Trench, a collaborator on four Corrs' albums.

Corr embarked on the Dream of You Tour on 19 August 2011 in Aberdeen and continued through the UK and Europe, with an Australian leg added in January 2012. While on the tour she introduced a newly written track, "Edge of Nowhere", which will be included on her second album.

2012–present: The Voice of Ireland and The Same Sun[edit]

Corr was a coach on the first and second series of the RTÉ talent show The Voice of Ireland.[3]

In an interview with the Maitland Mercury in February 2012, Corr revealed that she is piecing together her second solo record.[4]

Corr finished writing the album in March 2012 and she said it may be called Catch the Moon. The title comes from the idea "of when somebody comes into your life and they utterly change yours, that you would go to any lengths for them... so you would catch the moon."[5] However, on 21 August 2013 it was announced that the new album would be titled The Same Sun. Corr will also embark on a world tour during the promoting time of the album. She will have tour in Germany, Brazil, and Indonesia as she had announced about it on the early of September 2013. She will perform in Indonesia at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Indonesia, on 24 September 2013 (WIB) as a special guest. Rick Prize was also invited to be the special guest.

The Same Sun lead single called 'Take a Minute' has peaked No. 11 on Irish Chart, and No. 20 in France Chart. Meanwhile, Yovie Widianto was invited to play at "The Same Sun Tour" in Madrid, Spain, on November 2013 as a special guest. "It was great to have you last night!" tweeted Corr on the late of November. The tour will be continued to Los Angeles, and New York which had been scheduled to be held on January until February 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Corr married Belfast barrister[6] Robert Gavin Bonnar in Cratloe Church, County Clare.[7] In a performance for BBC Radio 2, she stated, before performing the song, that she walked up the aisle to "Along with the Girls", a traditional instrumental track that featured on The Corr's first album, "Forgiven, Not Forgotten". The couple met when she was shooting the video for "Runaway". They had their first child, son Cathal ("Cal") Robert Gerard, on 31 March 2006, and their second child, daughter Flori Jean Elizabeth, on 18 July 2007.[8] Due to the proximity of Dundalk, County Louth, a town within the Border Region, to the Irish–Northern Irish/United Kingdom border, Corr considers herself to be Northern Irish.[7]

Corr's paternal uncle, Peter Corr, was a professional footballer who played for Republic of Ireland, and several clubs including Everton.

Other recordings[edit]

As well as "No Frontiers" with Caroline Corr, Sharon sings "Dimming of the Day" and the demo version of "Goodbye". In 1999 she recorded violin parts for the Jean Michel Jarre track "Rendez-vous à Paris", which was released in 2000 on the album Metamorphoses.

She also recorded two tracks in 2008 with the Welsh operatic singer Bryn Terfel, and "Amarrado a Ti" with the Spanish singer Alex Ubago in 2009.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
IRE AUS FR NZ SP UK
Dream of You 22 67 100 15 67 37
The Same Sun
  • Released: 16 September 2013
  • Label: BobbyJean
  • Formats: CD, Digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
IRE UK
2009 "Me and My Teddy Bear" 27 Bandaged Together
"It's Not a Dream" 29 167 Dream of You
2010 "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime" 40
"So Long Ago"
2011 "Over It"
2013 "Take a Minute" 11 The Same Sun
2014 "We Could Be Lovers"

Guest appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/sharon-corr-to-judge-for-the-voice-2898083.html
  2. ^ "Ms Twitter UK Hall of Fame". 
  3. ^ Finn, Melanie (28 October 2011). "Bressie's in the hotseat in search for the Voice". Evening Herald. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Milligan, Nick (26 February 2012). "Sharon Corr lives to make music". Maitland Mercury. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sharon Corr: Rock chick and yummy mummy". The Belfast Telegraph. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gavin Bonnar, LLB, BL". JAMS International. 
  7. ^ a b Coleman, Maureen (28 May 2012). "Sharon Corr Judges The Voice". Culture Northern Ireland. 
  8. ^ "The Corr's Main Frame". 
  9. ^ "It's Reality – UK & Ireland Release Dates For Sharon Corr's Debut Album". Sharon Corr Official Website. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 

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