Drewery performing at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida, 2006
21 September 1959 |
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
|Genres||Sophisti-pop, pop music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, composer, fashion designer|
|Labels||Avex Trax, Shanachie|
|Associated acts||Swing Out Sister, Working Week|
|Website||Official Swing Out Sister Website|
Drewery grew up in Nottingham and the Lincolnshire village of Authorpe and went to South Reston Primary School, then Monks' Dyke High School and King Edward VI Grammar School in nearby Louth, then Lincoln College. She grew up on the classic pop standards, since her father played in a band which was regular support to big stars like Tom Jones and Sandie Shaw. She was strongly influenced by Northern soul, visiting performances at the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes, and referred to Northern soul tracks during an extensive interview on BBC Radio Nottingham. Her mother looks after Authorpe Hedgehog Care.
Drewery moved to London after leaving school in 1976 to study fashion at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and eventually became a fashion designer. But she also sang for short periods with bands like Working Week.
She first met Andy Connell and Martin Jackson in 1984 and together they formed Swing Out Sister, who in 1986-87 achieved enormous chart success at both sides of the Atlantic with Breakout. This became the band's signature song and by far their most successful hit.
Apart from singing the lead vocals in the band, she is the band's lyricist, and participates in the composing of the songs together with her musical partner Connell.
- Campbell, Mary (Associated Press) (15 November 1987) Swing Out Sister makes smooth home run debut, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved 28 October 2010
- (1 June 2010) Swing it like you mean it!: Lead singer of Swing Out Sister Corinne Drewery shares her musical journey of over two decades, Bangkok Post, Retrieved 28 October 2010
- "Corinne Drewery - Still in full swing". The Scotsman. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 29 October 2010.