Penny Flanagan

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Penny Flanagan
Born 1970 (age 47–48)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Adult contemporary, Folk, Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, author
Years active 1989–present

Penny Flanagan (born 1970) is an Australian singer, and author.

Early life[edit]

Penny Flanagan attended high school at Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College and is a Sydney-based singer/songwriter/musician and novelist. Her musical career began in 1989 as one half of the widely acclaimed folk-pop duo, Club Hoy. The duo released three EPs and the 1991 album Thursday's Fortune before Flanagan went solo.


The first single from her debut album, Bravado was “Lap It Up” which hit #52 in Triple J Hottest 100, 1994. The album was produced by Martin Armiger and featured Paul Hester from Crowded House on drums.

She also received significant radio and MTV play for her cover of Prince's “When You Were Mine” from her EP, Seven Flights Up which was released on her own independent label, Penny Dreadful Records.

In 1997, she contributed an offbeat cover of Kylie Minogue's “Better the Devil You Know” to the soundtrack of the Australian film, Dust Off The Wings and released a music video for the song that aired on MTV and Rage.

Her next release, Light Sleeper was praised by Australian Rolling Stone Magazine as "a mature and intelligent release from a genuine talent, deserving of wider success."[1] The album was produced by Tim Powles of The Church and featured a duet with Steve Kilbey on the track "Into the Sun". After the release of Light Sleeper she retreated from performing to focus on raising her three children.

She has also written two books, the novel Sing to Me and children's book Changing The Sky.

Personal life[edit]

Her father, John Flanagan, is an Australian author, best known for the Ranger's Apprentice novel series.[2] She is the sister of actress/comedian Kitty Flanagan and since 2010 has toured with Kitty as part of her stand-up comedy shows. Penny writes original music for and performs songs in Kitty's show. [3] She also has a brother, who is a chef and runs a coffee shop in the snowfields of Japan.[2]


Bravado (1994) AUS #68
1. Lap It Up
2. Someone Else's Shoes
3. Coming Around
4. The Sky
5. Uncertain Sins
6. Blanket
7. God Damn These Clowns
8. Piece of You
9. Dig
10. Big Parade
11. Lies
12. Flesh and Bone
13. The Sky (Radio Edit)
14. The Sky (Extended Mix)
15. The Sky (Dub Madness)

Seven Flights Up (1996)
Light Sleeper (1998)


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