Jacqui Abbott

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Jacqui Abbott
Performing at the O2 Apollo, Manchester, March 2016
Performing at the O2 Apollo, Manchester, March 2016
Background information
Birth nameJacqueline Abbott
Born (1973-11-10) 10 November 1973 (age 48)
St Helens, Lancashire, England
GenresIndie pop, pop, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1994–present

Jacqueline Abbott (born 10 November 1973) is an English singer who was a vocalist with the band The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000, following the departure of Briana Corrigan.

With Abbott, the band released several Top 10 singles. Amongst their most successful hits during her stint were: "Rotterdam (or Anywhere)", "Perfect 10", "Don't Marry Her" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me". Abbott was discovered by Beautiful South co-founder Paul Heaton after she and a friend met him outside a night club. Heaton invited them to a party, where Abbott's friend encouraged her to sing. Heaton was impressed with her singing, and later invited her to audition to replace Corrigan.[1]

She left the band in 2000,[2][3] because of the pressure of touring. A busy tour schedule would have conflicted with Abbott's wish to concentrate on looking after her son, who had just been diagnosed with autism.[1]

Abbott reunited with Paul Heaton in June 2011 to perform in his musical The 8th, while in 2013 they recorded a new album What Have We Become?[4] released on 19 May 2014. This was followed by a second album in 2015 entitled Wisdom, Laughter and Lines. They embarked on a tour in 2016.[5] Their third album, Crooked Calypso, was released in July 2017, with a tour beginning later that year.[6] In 2020, Heaton and Abbott again collaborated on Manchester Calling, their first UK Number 1 album.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[7]
IRE
[8]
What Have We Become?
(with Paul Heaton)
  • Released: 12 May 2014
  • Label: Virgin EMI 
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
3 26
Wisdom, Laughter and Lines
(with Paul Heaton)
  • Released: 23 October 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI 
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
4 39
Crooked Calypso
(with Paul Heaton)
  • Released: 21 July 2017
  • Label: Virgin EMI 
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
2 10
Manchester Calling
(with Paul Heaton)
  • Released: 6 March 2020
  • Label: Virgin EMI 
  • Formats: CD, LP
1 3

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
"DIY"
(with Paul Heaton)
2014 75 What Have We Become?
"Moulding of a Fool"
(with Paul Heaton)
"When It Was Ours"
(with Paul Heaton)
"Real Hope"
(with Paul Heaton)
"The Austerity of Love"
(with Paul Heaton)
2015 Wisdom, Laughter and Lines
"I Don't See Them"
(with Paul Heaton)
"(Man Is) The Biggest Bitch of All"
(with Paul Heaton)
2016
"I Gotta Praise"
(with Paul Heaton)
2017 Crooked Calypso
"She Got the Garden"
(with Paul Heaton)
"He Wants To"
(with Paul Heaton)
"You and Me (Were Meant to Be Together)"
(with Paul Heaton)
2020 Manchester Calling
"—" denotes a release that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jacqui Abbott interviewed by Allan Johnson Radio 4 2nd June 2011". BBC. 2 June 2011.
  2. ^ "It's All Two Beautiful". NME.COM. 23 November 2000. Archived from the original on 29 January 2009. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Beautiful South - The Beautiful South: London Brixton Academy - Live Reviews - NME.COM". NME. 14 December 2000. Archived from the original on 10 June 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.
  4. ^ Heward, Emily (3 July 2015). "Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at Summer in the City". Manchester Evening News. Chadderton, Oldham, UK: M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  5. ^ Walters, Sarah (5 October 2015). "Paul Heaton announces 2016 tour dates and new album with Jacqui Abbott". Manchester Evening News. Chadderton, Oldham, UK: M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  6. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (20 July 2017). "Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: Crooked Calypso review – wise, witty and weighty". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  7. ^ a b "PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOTT | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  8. ^ "irishcharts.com - Discography Jacqui Abbott". IRMA. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  9. ^ a b "BRIT Certified - bpi" (To access, enter the search parameter "Jacqui Abbott" and select "Search by Keyword"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 March 2020.