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 60)
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
GenresSophisti-pop, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, fashion designer
Years active1984–present
LabelsAvex Trax, Shanachie
Associated actsSwing Out Sister, Working Week
WebsiteOfficial Swing Out Sister Website

Corinne Drewery (born 21 September 1959) 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 was born and grew up in Nottingham. She later moved to 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, Elaine Drewery, is the founder of Hedgehog Care in Authorpe.[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 such as Working Week.

She first met Andy Connell and Martin Jackson in 1984 and together they formed Swing Out Sister. In 1986-87 the group achieved chart success on both sides of the Atlantic with "Breakout". This became the band's signature song and was by far their most successful hit.

Apart from singing the lead vocals in the band, Drewery is the band's lyricist, and participates in the composing of the songs with her musical partner Connell.[4]


  1. ^ Campbell, Mary (Associated Press) (15 November 1987) Swing Out Sister makes smooth home run debut, The Gadsden Times, Retrieved 28 October 2010
  2. ^ Authorpe Hedgehog Care Retrieved 23 November 2017
  3. ^ (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
  4. ^ "Corinne Brewery (sic) - Still in full swing". The Scotsman. 8 September 2008. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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