Maggie Reilly

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Maggie Reilly
Born (1956-09-15) 15 September 1956 (age 66)
Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland
Years active1970s–present

Maggie Reilly (born 15 September 1956)[1] is a Scottish singer best known for her collaborations with the composer and instrumentalist Mike Oldfield. Most notably, she performed lead vocals on the Oldfield songs "Family Man", "Moonlight Shadow", "To France", and "Foreign Affair", all of which were international hits in the early 1980s.


Reilly first came to prominence as a member of the 1970s soul outfit Cado Belle (previously named Joe Cool) and released one album with them in 1976.[2]

She is best known for her collaborations with the composer Mike Oldfield between 1980 and 1984,[2][3] especially by co-writing and performing the vocals on "Family Man" (and other tracks on the album Five Miles Out), "Moonlight Shadow", "Foreign Affair", and "To France" (and other tracks on the album Discovery).

In 1992, she released her debut solo album Echoes,[2] from which the singles "Everytime We Touch", "Tears in the Rain" and "Wait" were the most successful. A series of solo albums were released over the next 27 years.

She has also worked with many other artists, including Mike Batt (on his Hunting of the Snark album), Jack Bruce, Dave Greenfield & Jean-Jacques Burnel, Nick Mason & Rick Fenn, Michael Cretu, Lesiëm, Ralph McTell, Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention, Stefan Zauner of Münchener Freiheit, Runrig, The Sisters of Mercy, and Smokie. "Moonlight Shadow 2k14" (Michael Fall remix) was released on 23 May 2014 on the German label ZYX Music.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result Ref.
1993 RSH Gold Awards Herself Best Artist with German producer Won [4]
Danish Music Awards Best International Female Nominated [5]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Echoes (1992)
  • Midnight Sun (1993)
  • Elena (1996)
  • All the Mixes (1996) (as M.R.)
  • The Best of Maggie Reilly, There and Back Again (1998)
  • Starcrossed (2000)
  • Save It for a Rainy Day (2002)
  • Rowan (2006)
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward (2009)
  • Heaven Sent (2013)
  • Starfields (2019)
  • The Best Of Maggie Reilly: Past - Present - Future (2021)
  • Happy Christmas (2021)

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
1969 “Imagine Me” - - - - - - - non-album track
1984 "As Tears Go By" non-album track
1991 "What About Tomorrows Children" 30 Echoes
1992 "Everytime We Touch" 63 47 16 5 24 34 1
"Wait" 54 23 28
"Tears in the Rain" 56
1993 "Follow the Midnight Sun" 56 Midnight Sun
"Every Single Heartbeat" 57
1994 "Don't Wanna Lose"
1996 "Walk on By" Elena
"Listen to Your Heart"
"Walk on By (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) All The Mixes
1997 "To France (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) 53 19 17 22
"Listen to Your Heart (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) 44 38 44
1998 "One Little Word" The Best Of Maggie Reilly – There And Back Again
2000 "Always You" Starcrossed
2002 "Save It for a Rainy Day" Save It for a Rainy Day
2012 "My Angel" (with Nu Frequency) Connected Remixes (Nu Frequency album)
2013 "Juliette" Heaven Sent
"Cold the Snow Clad Mountain"
"Where the Heart Lies"
(with Bryan Rice[7]
non album single
2015 "Everytime We Touch" (remastered) non-album track
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Collaborations with Mike Oldfield[edit]

Collaborations with other artists[edit]


  1. ^ Maggie Reilly's Biography on Myspace
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Maggie Reilly Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1843531050, p. 747.
  4. ^ "RSH - Wie alles begann... - RSH Gold 1993". 27 June 2015. Archived from the original on 27 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Dansk Grammy 1993".
  6. ^ "Maggie Reilly – German Chart". Retrieved 5 June 2014.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Where the Heart Lies (single)". Apple Music. 4 September 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2021.

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