Siobhán Donaghy

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Siobhán Donaghy
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Donaghy in 2007
Background information
Birth name Siobhán Emma Donaghy
Born (1984-06-14) 14 June 1984 (age 30)
London, England
Genres Pop, alternative, experimental
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Years active 1998–present
Labels London (1998-04)
Parlophone (2006–07)
EMI (2009–present)
Polydor Records (2012–present)
Associated acts Sugababes, Mutya Keisha Siobhan
Website siobhandonaghy.co.uk

Siobhán Emma Donaghy[1] (born 14 June 1984) is an English singer-songwriter[2] She was a founding member of girl group the Sugababes and Mutya Keisha Siobhan. Donaghy left Sugababes in 2001 following arguments and accusations in the band with Keisha Buchanan. Donaghy released her debut solo album Revolution in Me on 23 September 2003 which contained three single releases. Donaghy released her second studio album Ghosts on 25 June 2007. Donaghy appeared in a remixed version of the hit stage show Rent Remixed for its 2007–2008 run playing the role of Mimi alongside Denise Van Outen.

On 20 July 2012, Donaghy and her former Sugababes bandmates, Buena and Buchanan confirmed their reunion.[3] The original trio will not be able to release music under the name "Sugababes" as it is still being used by the current members of the band. They will instead release music under the new band name, Mutya Keisha Siobhan.[4]

History[edit]

Donaghy was born in London, England and has two sisters called Bevin and Róisín, who works as her make-up artist.[citation needed] She attended The Douay Martyrs School in Ickenham, in the London Borough of Hillingdon.[citation needed] She was discovered by former All Saints manager Ron Tom, who went on to manage Sugababes.[citation needed]

1998–2001: Sugababes[edit]

Main article: Sugababes

The group was created when Donaghy and Mutya Buena, while working together in a studio, hooked up with Buena's best friend Keisha Buchanan. Manager Ron Tom decided they were to be a trio and came up with the name "the Sugababies". Within a year they were offered a record contract by London Records and started calling themselves the Sugababes.[5]

Their debut single, "Overload", was a top ten hit in the UK and was nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best Single".[citation needed] It was a top five hit in Germany and New Zealand.[citation needed] The group co-wrote most of the tracks on One Touch, with the help of All Saints producer Cameron McVey. One Touch produced three more top forty singles in the UK: "New Year", "Run for Cover" and "Soul Sound".[citation needed]

According to Donaghy, she left the group because she never got along with Keisha Buchanan, whom she described as a bully. Donaghy became depressed (eventually being diagnosed with clinical depression) and could no longer be a part of the Sugababes.[6] In an interview with thelondonpaper, Donaghy said: "It's difficult to leave a band and then make sort of a solo career. I left for a very good reason and I've never for a second wanted to go back there." Despite this, Donaghy maintained contact with Buena, saying she was always pleased to see her.[5]

In March 2010, it was reported that Donaghy's former bandmate, Mutya Buena, was pursuing legal rights to the Sugababes name. Buena was doing it by herself and only listed Donaghy and Buchanan's names on the documentation to register the Sugababes' name with the EU's trademark office OHIM.[7]

2002–09: Revolution in Me, Ghosts and Hiatus[edit]

Donaghy started writing music with the help of former producer Cameron McVey to help overcome her depression, and began performing under the alias of "Shanghai Nobody", an anagram of "Siobhán Donaghy".[citation needed] In March 2003, Donaghy released the 7-inch vinyl single "Nothing but Song" under this title as she did not want to be known as "the girl who left the Sugababes".[citation needed] For the release of her first commercial single in June 2003, "Overrated" (co-written with McVey and Paul Simm), Donaghy reverted to her given name. "Overrated" peaked at No.19 in the UK.[8] It was followed by the single "Twist of Fate", which was released in September 2003 and charted at No.52.[8]

Donaghy's debut album Revolution in Me was released by London Records in September 2003, and entered the UK Albums Chart at No.117.[9] Working with her on the album were father-son producers and writers Cameron McVey and Marlon Roudette from Mattafix. Each of the twelve tracks on the album were co-written by Donaghy with McVey, Silvio Pacini, Preetesh Hirji, Matt Kent and others.

In 2005, Donaghy appeared as a backing vocalist on the Mattafix album Signs of a Struggle and on the Morcheeba album The Antidote.

Donaghy parted with London Records in a mutual decision with the company.[citation needed] She recorded a second album independently which was picked up by Parlophone, part of the EMI group, which also bought the rights to Revolution in Me. The album's title track, "Ghosts", was released in February 2007 as a 12-inch promotional two-track single with the song "Don't Give It Up". The latter song was given a wider release in April 2007 and peaked at No.45 in the UK.[8] The second single, "So You Say", was released in June 2007 and peaked at No.76.[8] A remix of "Don't Give It Up" by Jerry Bouthier is featured on the Kitsuné release BoomBox, released in November 2007.[10]

The album, Ghosts, was also released in June 2007 and peaked at No.92.[8] Donaghy had said of the release that she wanted commercial success only so that she could continue to make music. She told The London Paper: "I make left field pop music, and it's a difficult genre to be in because it's not straight pop, it's not alternative, and it's quite hard to market. You have to push it and work it."[11] The album was recorded in a small studio near Barneville-Carteret, France with producer James Sanger;[citation needed] other producers/songwriters include Jony Rockstar, Carl McIntosh ("There's a Place"), Ben Ranyard ("12 Bar Acid Blues"), Charles Lucy of Lucy Tuning ("Sometimes"[12]) and Marius De Vries.

Donaghy appeared as the character of Mimi, a lead role, in the William Baker-directed production of RENT in London's West End at the Duke of York's Theatre, which opened in October 2007 and ran until February 2008. She said she was "overwhelmed that she got the part and was looking forward to the challenge". In August 2007 she flew to New York to watch RENT on Broadway to get inspiration for her interpretation of her part.[13] This was Donaghy's West End debut.[14] From 2006 to 2011 she worked as a model booker in London. [15]

In a January 2009 interview with the music site We7, Donaghy indicated that there will be no further solo albums released for the time being.[16] "At this point in time I have no further plans to undertake another record of my own. Ultimately, the true nature of the business side of the music industry is enough to keep me away. Nonetheless, if I find myself in the future bursting with ideas and experiences I feel the need to share through music, I will be back," Donaghy stated.

In June 2009, Donaghy was featured on the Square1 single "Styfling" produced by Silvio Pacini. Later in the year, she said in an interview with fashion site ponystep.com that she feels she had "had the break" she wanted from the industry and was currently working on new music but was unsure when it will be finished.[5]

2011–present: Forming Mutya Keisha Siobhan[edit]

Main article: Mutya Keisha Siobhan

In October 2011, several news outlets reported that the original line-up of the Sugababes would reform.[17][18][19] In January 2012, further circulations that the group would reunite were sparked, after both Buena and Buchanan tweeted that they were in the studio with "two other females" and British rapper Professor Green.[20] However, Buena later denied this on Twitter, saying: "No track [with] keisha or professor G he was around tha studio. im jus workin on my stuff @ tha moment. (sic)"[20] Despite this, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé confirmed to MTV UK that she had written new songs for Buena, Buchanan and Donaghy, saying: "Yes, that is true. I’ve written for the original line-up of the Sugababes, which I’m very happy about because I just loved them when they first came out. I loved their sound, it was so cool. It was very different, so I’m happy to kind of be involved in what started the whole Sugababes journey. It sounds amazing."[21] In April 2012, it was reported that the line-up had signed a £1 million record real with Polydor Records.[22] In June 2012, Donaghy confirmed on Twitter that new music would be released, saying: "the soonest it'll be is in 2 weeks. The latest is 10 weeks."[23]

In July 2012, it was officially confirmed that the group had reformed under the name Mutya Keisha Siobhan and were writing songs for a new album under Polydor. The name was officially registered through the European Union on 27 June 2012.[24] The group attended the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony on 27 July 2012 and posted pictures on their official Instagram page, marked Buena, Buchanan and Donaghy's first public appearance together in eleven years. On 6 August the group confirmed they had written two songs with Shaznay Lewis, former member of All Saints.[25] The next day, Siobhan Donaghy tweeted "With the girls in the studio. I think the album is finished!!!" before adding "Whoop!"[26] In an interview with Popjustice in August 2012, Donaghy stated that she had no interest in releasing any more solo material, saying that she felt her 2007 album Ghosts was her best work and didn't see why she needed to release any more material and that she was completely focused on the band.

Discography[edit]

Theatre appearances[edit]

Year Production Role Theatre
2007 / 2008 Rent Mimi Duke of York's Theatre, London

Personal life[edit]

Donaghy married long-term lover Chris McCoy, in an intimate ceremony, on 17 January 2013 which MKS bandmates Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan attended.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GRO Birth Registration Index". 1984. 
  2. ^ Raphael, Amy (22 June 2003). "Interview with Siobhan Donaghy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Original Sugababes Confirm Reunion! MTV. 20 July 2012
  4. ^ Original Sugababes come up with catchy new relaunch name... Mutya Keisha Siobhan Daily Mail. 19 July 2012
  5. ^ a b c "Siobhan Donaghy – The one that got away.". PonyStep. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  6. ^ Biography at IDMb
  7. ^ Mutya sues for Sugababes' name. Thefirstpost.co.uk (4 March 2010).
  8. ^ a b c d e "Chart Stats – Siobhan Donaghy". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  9. ^ Chart Log UK – Siobhan Donaghy. Zobbel.de.
  10. ^ Siobhan Donaghy Mixed By Jerry Bouthier. Nuloop.com.
  11. ^ Press section of her web site. Siobhandonaghy.co.uk.
  12. ^ "Index", LucyTune.com[dead link]
  13. ^ "Siobhan Donaghy – Donaghy Lands Role In Rent", 6 August 2007, Contact Music. Contactmusic.com (6 August 2007).
  14. ^ "Kylie’s Director Reinvents West End Rent", 3 August 2007, Whats on Stage. Whatsonstage.com.
  15. ^ How Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan – aka the Sugababes – became MKS | Music | The Observer. Theguardian.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-12.
  16. ^ "Siobhan Donaghy's Ghosts voted most underrated album!". We7.com. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 
  17. ^ Corner, Lewis (19 October 2011). "Sugababes original lineup to reform?". Digital Spy (Hearst Magazines). Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Original Sugababes lineup of Keisha, Mutya and Siobhan set to reform". Metro. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Original Sugababes line-up rumoured to be reforming". NME. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Corner, Lewis (9 January 2012). "Mutya Buena denies original Sugababes reunion plans". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  21. ^ Dorken, Joanne (25 January 2012). "Emeli Sande Confirms Song With Original Sugababes". MTV. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sugababes sign £1m record deal". RTÉ. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  23. ^ Corner, Lewis (25 June 2012). "Sugababes original line-up to unveil new music within 10 weeks". Digital Spy. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  24. ^ Saunders, Louise (20 July 2012). "Original Sugababes come up with catchy new relaunch name... Mutya Keisha Siobhan". Daily Mail. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  25. ^ Mutya Keisha Siobhan get in the studio with All Saints’ Shaznay Lewis | Metro UK. Metro.co.uk (7 August 2012).
  26. ^ Original Sugababes Mutya Keisha Siobhan finish new album – Music News. Digital Spy (8 August 2012).
  27. ^ Sheridan, Emily (17 January 2013). "Introducing Mrs McCoy: Original Sugababe Siobhan Donaghy marries long-term love Chris". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

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