Corinne Drewery

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Corinne Drewery
Drewery performing at Bayfront Park in Miami, Florida, 2006
Background information
Born (1959-09-21) 21 September 1959 (age 58)
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
Genres Sophisti-pop, pop music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, fashion designer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1984–present
Labels Avex Trax, Shanachie
Associated acts Swing Out Sister, Working Week
Website Official Swing Out Sister Website

Corinne Drewery (born 21 September 1959, in Nottingham, England) is an English singer-songwriter and fashion designer, best known for being the lead vocalist of the band Swing Out Sister.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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 is involved with Authorpe Hedgehog Care.[2]


Drewery moved to London after leaving school in 1976 to study fashion at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design[3] 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.[4]


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