Keren Woodward

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Keren Woodward
Bananarama Keren Woodward.jpg
Woodward in Audley End, Essex, UK, 28 July 2007
Background information
Birth name Keren Jane Woodward
Born (1961-04-02) 2 April 1961 (age 56)
Origin Bristol, England
Genres Pop, new wave
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1981–present
Associated acts Bananarama

Keren Jane Woodward (born 2 April 1961)[1] is an English pop singer and songwriter and founder member of the British girl group Bananarama, along with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey. In 1986, they reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 with their version of "Venus". Woodward has been a member of Bananarama for over 35 years.

Early life[edit]

Woodward has known Sara Dallin since she was four, when they met at primary school. Both went on to study at Rodway High School (now Mangotsfield). After leaving school, Woodward and Dallin moved to London together where Woodward briefly worked at the BBC.[2] They met Siobhan Fahey in 1979.

Career[edit]

Woodward formed Bananarama with Dallin and Fahey, releasing their first single "Aie a Mwana" in 1981. They went on to have a string of UK top ten hits and top the American charts in 1986 with "Venus". Fahey left the band in 1988, to be replaced by Jacquie O'Sullivan, who left in 1991. Woodward and Dallin continued Bananarama as a duo.[3] In 2009, she criticised the British music charts, saying that acts no longer had the opportunity to climb to a higher position each week, as was commonplace in the 1980s.[3] In 2013, the two women appeared in an episode of the BBC quiz show Pointless Celebrities.[4]

Woodward and Dallin performed as a duo for over 25 years, until reuniting with Fahey in 2017. In June 2017, the trio received the Icon Award at the Glamour Awards[5]

Personal life[edit]

Since August 2017, Woodward has lived in London with her son from a previous relationship with the model David-Scott Evans.[6] Prior to moving to London, Woodward was living in Wadebridge in North Cornwall with her husband, Andrew Ridgeley, formerly of Wham!.[3] In November 2017, it was announced that Woodward and Ridgeley had split up but remain amicable.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Times, 2 April 2011
  2. ^ "Biography". Bananarama. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Keren Woodward". BBC WebWise. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Pointless Celebrities". BBC One. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Glamour Awards 2017: All the talking points". Glamour Awards. 7 June 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "Bananarama's Keren Talks About Her Son Tom". bananaramauk.com. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Andrew Ridgeley and Keren Woodward have split up". RTÉ. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 24 December 2017. 

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