Jacqui Abbott

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Jacqui Abbott
Jacqui Abbott 2016.jpg
Performing at the O2 Apollo, Manchester, March 2016
Background information
Birth name Jacqueline Abbott
Born (1973-11-10) 10 November 1973 (age 44)
St Helens, Lancashire, England
Genres Indie pop, pop, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1994–present
Associated acts Paul Heaton, The Beautiful South, Oz Madrugaz

Jacqueline "Jacqui" Abbott (born 10 November 1973) is a British singer who was the female 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", "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]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jacqui Abbott interviewed by Allan Johnson Radio 4 2nd June 2011". BBC. 2011-06-02.
  2. ^ "It's All Two Beautiful". NME.COM. 2000-11-23. Archived from the original on 14 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. ^ "Beautiful South - The Beautiful South: London Brixton Academy - Live Reviews - NME.COM". 2000-12-14. Archived from the original on 14 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  4. ^ Heward, Emily (3 Jul 2015). "Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott at Summer in the City". Manchester Evening News. Chadderton, Oldham, UK: M.E.N. Media. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  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 2015-10-23.
  6. ^ Aroesti, Rachel (20 July 2017). "Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: Crooked Calypso review – wise, witty and weighty". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2017.