Sinéad O'Carroll

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Sinéad O'Carroll
Birth name Sinéad Maria O'Carroll
Born (1973-05-14) 14 May 1973 (age 41)
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, dancer, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts B*Witched, Minx

Sinéad Maria O'Carroll (born 14 May 1973 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, dancer and actress. She is best known as the oldest member of the girl group B*Witched.

Career[edit]

1998–2002: B*Witched[edit]

In 1998, Edele Lynch formed the girl group Butterfly Farm with her twin sister Keavy Lynch and O'Carroll. The trio began writing and recording together, but soon realised that there was "someone missing". Upon Keavy's suggestion, they asked Armaou to come for an audition and she played a tape recording of a song she had written. The other girls liked it and Lindsay became the fourth member of the band, who later changed their name to B*Witched. Although the official B*Witched website gave Sinéad's year of birth as 1978, she later admitted that this was a lie.[1] She was not the only member of the group to lie about her age, however; when the group started out, Lindsay claimed to be 17, despite actually being 19.

B*Witched enjoyed huge success worldwide, becoming the first girl group in history to have their first four singles all go to number one after "C'est la Vie", "Rollercoaster", "To You I Belong" and "Blame It on the Weatherman" all topped the UK Singles Chart. Their self-titled debut album also topped the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard 200. B*Witched split up in 2002 after being dropped by their record label Sony Music and having sold over 3 million albums worldwide.

2003–2011: Career with Minx and hiatus[edit]

It was Sinéad's departure from B*Witched in 2002 that broke up the band, and since then she has embarked on a string of solo projects, with mixed success. She spent some time managing a new girl group, Minx, until their somewhat early demise in 2004, disbanded in 2007. She has stated that she does not wish to return to the music business as an artist in her own right, disliking the levels of control that record companies can exert over musical acts - something that she claims to have fallen victim to in the final months of her time in B*Witched. In November 2007 Sinead starred in an episode of the Irish soap opera Fair City as a hotel receptionist.

2012–present: Return with B*Witched[edit]

On 18 October 2012, it was announced that B*Witched would reunite for an ITV2 series entitled The Big Reunion, along with five other pop groups of their time - 911, Liberty X, Blue, Five and Atomic Kitten. The show would feature each group telling their stories of their times in their respective bands, before rehearsing together ahead of one major comeback performance at the Hammersmith Apollo.[2][3]

B*Witched had to hold "emotional clear the air" talks before reforming.[4] Edele admitted that "The biggest anxiety about doing this - there's only one, and that's Sinéad."[5] She admitted that she and Sinéad had fallen out in 2006 and had not spoken to each other since. Lindsay also said: "Some of the issues we didn't even know were necessarily there until we were faced with this opportunity that we have to work together again, then we were like, 'Oh, OK, in order for us to do this then we have to sort a few things out.' It all just came up. It's been difficult to get to this point. There's been a lot of talking, a lot of talking. But we're here now. It's very surreal being called B*Witched again because it's been 12 years."[4]

Due to the success of The Big Reunion, the bands will now be embarking on an arena around the UK and Ireland in May 2013.[6] The tour did not initially include Ireland and Northern Ireland, but two extra dates were later added in Dublin and Belfast, marking B*Witched's first performance in their home country for the first time in over 10 years. B*Witched will also join Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz and Liberty X for a "Christmas party tour" in December.[7]

Personal life[edit]

O'Carroll got married in Ireland in June 2006. In 2007 she set up a musical workshop known as Star Academy to help talented youngsters succeed in the music industry.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Fair City Sarah (hotel receptionist) Recurring role
2012 The Big Fat Quiz of the Year Herself Special TV show
2013 The Big Reunion Herself Reality television

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramon, Michael (12 June 2000). "Sinead O'Carroll B*Witched". Showbiz Ireland. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Goodacre, Kate (26 April 2013). "Atomic Kitten, 5ive, B*Witched, 911, more to reunite for ITV2 show". Digital Spy. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (18 October 2012). "Atomic Kitten, 5ive and B*Witched to reform for ITV2's The Big Reunion". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "B*Witched held emotional talks before their Big Reunion". virginmedia.com. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "B*Witched & Honeyz". The Big Reunion. Series 1. Episode 5. 14 February 2013. ITV2.
  6. ^ Nissam, Mayer (11 February 2013). "5ive, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Liberty X, 911 for Big Reunion arena tour". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "5ive, B*Witched, Atomic Kitten for 'Big Reunion' Christmas Party tour". Digital Spy. 27 March 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 

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