Ana Matronic

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Ana Matronic
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Ana Matronic in concert in Portland, on October 4, 2005
Background information
Birth nameAna Lynch
Born (1974-08-14) August 14, 1974 (age 44)
Portland, Oregon, US
GenresGlam Rock, Alternative, Pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Radio Presenter
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, percussion
Years active2000–present
Associated actsScissor Sisters

Ana Lynch (born August 14, 1974), known by her stage name Ana Matronic, is an American singer, best known as the female co-lead vocalist for Scissor Sisters.

Career[edit]

She joined Scissor Sisters, founded by Jake Shears and Babydaddy, after they played their first live gig at club Knockoff on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

She has stated that in her eyes, the objective of the band is "about people displaying their fantasies on the outside, trying to break out of the everyday, and look like their dreams."[1] In The Scissorhood, the fan community for the Scissor Sisters, those fans who hold a special affinity for Ana are known as "nuns". Homosexual men and heterosexual women who are attracted to Ana term themselves "Anasexual".[2]

In 2005, she was featured on the New Order single, "Jetstream". The single was taken from the band's album, Waiting for the Sirens' Call. In 2009, Matronic performed on the glass harmonica at the New Museum in NYC in Auroville, a multimedia ritual tribute to an experimental community dedicated to the guru Sri Aurobindo.[3] Ana appears as a guest vocalist on the Mark Ronson produced track 'Safe (In the Heat of the Moment)' from the December 21, 2010, release All You Need Is Now from the band Duran Duran.

In 2012, Matronic appeared as an advisor on The Voice UK, pairing up to assist Jessie J.[4] The following year, she served as commentator of the BBC Three broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 semi-finals in Malmö, Sweden for the United Kingdom, replacing Sara Cox who had commentated previously.[5] Matronic returned in 2014 as radio commentator on Radio 2 Eurovision, a pop-up DAB station, for the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.[6]

Matronic appeared on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on November 15, 2013, alongside Jason Donovan and Jodie Prenger.


She currently presents a weekly show on BBC Radio 2 from 00:00-02:00 on Sunday mornings. The show was titled Disco Devotion which had been on air since April 2017. The final Disco Devotion was broadcast on 10 June 2018 before the show changed its name to Dance Devotion.

From July 24–27, 2017, she covered for Jo Whiley[7] and presented a special program alongside Scott Mills on July 29 celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexual activity in the UK.[8]

She performed a live DJ set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on September 10 and will host the New Year's Eve show.

As of May 2018 Matronic also frequently sits in for Sara Cox when Cox is unavailable or covering Chris Evans Monday-Thursday between 22:00-00:00 on BBC Radio 2 in addition to presenting her own show Dance Devotion 00:00-02:00 on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 2.

Personal life[edit]

Her stage name is said to be due to "a deep and abiding love of robots".[9] She has a large tattoo on her right shoulder of bionic circuitry.[9] She has a second tattoo on her ankle of a Celtic knot to signify her Irish roots.[10]

Ana married her long-time boyfriend Seth Kirby in April 2010, at New York City Hall after having been together for seven years.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scissor Sisters - Interview Video". ContactMusic.com. December 2006. Archived from the original on July 8, 2010. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  2. ^ Gammail, Natasha. "Scissor Sisters on Magic Hour". Archived from the original on July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
  3. ^ "Nick Hallett: Voice & Light Systems, Part Four: Auroville". Events. New Museum. Archived from the original on July 4, 2009. Retrieved June 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Jamieson, Natalie, "Paloma Faith and Ana Matronic join The Voice as advisers", BBC News, Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  5. ^ "United Kingdom: Ana Matronic to commentate". ESC Today. March 7, 2012.
  6. ^ "Radio 2 Eurovision Schedule: Thursday 8 May". Radio 2 Eurovision. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Instagram post by Ana Matronic • Jul 24, 2017 at 6:31pm UTC". Instagram.
  8. ^ "Gay Britannia: Radio 2 - Gay Britannia on Radio 2 - BBC Radio 2". BBC.
  9. ^ a b Paul Lester (January 9, 2004). "Fun with filth". The Guardian. London. Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  10. ^ "Ana Matronic Biography". idontfeellikedancin.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  11. ^ Jenkin, Matthew (July 21, 2010) INTERVIEW: Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic. News Shopper.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic is a slimmer sister after losing two stone". Daily Mail. London. June 23, 2010.

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