Joanna Fisher

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Joanna Fisher
Occupation Musician, author
Years active 1982–present

Joanna Fisher is a musician, TV personality, equestrian and author most famous for her performances on Channel 4's divisive children's programme Minipops.

Minipops[edit]

Joanna Fisher was, at five years old, the youngest performer on Minipops. Fisher's performance of the Sheena Easton hit "9 to 5" caused controversy because of the adult nature of the song's lyrics, as well as Fisher's heavy makeup.[1]

Minipops was cancelled after one season amid accusations of the sexualization of its child performers.[2] Speaking in 2015, however, Fisher criticized these suggestions, asserting that "the idea was to entertain like-minded youngsters."[3]

After the series' cancellation, Fisher continued to perform with The Mini Pops for five years. Their 1983 album, We're the Mini Pops, was Canada's third highest-selling album ever at the time.[4]

Fisher is often called on to discuss Minipops, appearing in this capacity on the 2007 Big Fat Quiz of the Year,[5] Whatever Happened to the Minipops[4] and Best of Bad TV.[3]

Later musical career[edit]

In 2011, Fisher released the EP Hypnotised under the name Miss Demeanour.[6][7]

Dressage[edit]

Fisher is a successful dressage rider, having been shortlisted for the British 2004 Athens Olympics squad, as well as winning both the 2004 Nations Cup Team and the Steinhagen CDN GP Special, and placing fifth in the Gelderland CDI in the Grand Prix special.[8][9]

In 2005 she sold her horse Coco Chanel to author Tami Hoag.[10]

Writing career[edit]

Fisher's debut book for children, Stable Gossip, was published by Candy Jar Books in 2016.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullock, Darryl W. The World's Worst Records: Volume One: An Arcade of Audio Atrocity. Bristol Green Publishing. p. 223. ISBN 978-1482624465. 
  2. ^ "Teenybob Times". New Statesman Society. 1989. 
  3. ^ a b "80s". Best of Bad TV. 27 June 2015. Channel 5. 
  4. ^ a b Martin Fuller (Director) (2005). Whatever Happened to the Minipops?. 
  5. ^ The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. 2007. 
  6. ^ "joannafisher.co.uk". Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Miss Demeanour Spotify Profile". Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Olympic dressage shortlist unveiled". Horse and Hound. 14 January 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "kingsequestrian.co.uk". Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Tami Hoag's Coco Chanel Put Down". Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Straight from the Horse's Mouth". 25 November 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.