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She was born in Northern Ireland. When she was 11 years old, her family moved from Belfast to Portstewart, County Londonderry. She moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in England at the age of 18 to study for a BA in creative and performing arts and, while there, she began singing with The Anthill Runaways. Go! Discs Records, which was considering signing the band, made her an offer to travel to Hull and sing with Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway of The Beautiful South. Soon after she was asked to go to Milan with the band to help record their debut album, Welcome to the Beautiful South. She appeared alongside Dave Hemingway on the band's only UK Singles Chart number 1 single, "A Little Time".
After appearing on three albums, Corrigan left the band in 1992 to pursue a solo career. The decision was driven by a desire to record her own work and partly by ethical disagreements with some of Heaton's lyrics, particularly songs such as "36D", which criticized British glamour models and the industry that employed them. Hemingway later remarked, "We all agree that we should have targeted the media as sexist instead of blaming the girls for taking off their tops".
Her time with the band culminated in one of the fastest-selling British albums in history, Carry On up the Charts: The Best of the Beautiful South. After she left the band, she reunited with producer Mike Hedges who had produced the first two TBS Albums, and recorded the solo critically acclaimed album, When My Arms Wrap You Round, in 1996 on East West Records. The first single, "Love Me Now", peaked on the UK Singles Chart at No.48. This was the only single released, as Corrigan and her record company parted company a few months after the album's release.
- Studio albums
- When My Arms Wrap You Round (1996)
- Red Bird (2012)
- "Contemporary Musicians, Volume 19". beautifulsouth.org. 1 September 1997. Archived from the original on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- "The Beautiful South – the Band". BBC. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- "A Little Time". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- Chart Stats: Briana Corrigan – Love Me Now