Una Healy

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Una Healy
UNA FODEN AT RTE's WINTER SEASON LAUNCH (SMOCK ALLEY THEATRE) REF-107005 (19922574374).jpg
Born Una Theresa Imogene Healy
(1981-10-10) 10 October 1981 (age 36)
Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland
Other names Una Foden
Occupation Singer, songwriter, guitarist, dancer
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Ben Foden (m. 2012)
Children 2
Website The Saturdays

Una Theresa Imogene Foden (née Healy; born 10 October 1981) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television presenter. Healy rose to fame in 2008 s a member of the five-piece English-Irish girl group The Saturdays, who are signed to Fascination and Polydor Records. In 2006, Healy represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006, where she sang with Brian Kennedy on the song "Every Song Is a Cry for Love", where they placed tenth overall. Healy then successfully auditioned for The Saturdays in 2007, after she had been struggling to find success in her native. Once Healy had victoriously auditioned for the band, she began recording music and releasing a number of hits. The group later gained another record deal with Geffen Records after having huge success in the United Kingdom. Healy and the rest of the group then signed a deal with Island Def Jam Records and Mercury Records to distribute their music in the United States,[1][2] which led to her first UK number-one single "What About Us". Healy previous attempted a solo career back in 2006, when she released her first extended play, Sorry. Although the EP was not successful, one of the tracks from the EP was re-recorded and used for the b-side of the bands track "Higher".

The Saturdays decided to take hiatus in 2014, upon completion of their Greatest Hits Live! tour. This lead to Healy taking on a number of television opportunities, including presenting Una's Dream Ticket, taking part in the second series of Splash! and becoming a judge on Let's Get Gold. Healy also became a judge on RTÉ's The Voice of Ireland where she remained on the judging panel for the fourth and fifth series, where she was the winning mentor in 2015 with her act Patrick James and placed third in the fifth season. While Healy was engaging in a television career, she was writing and record her debut album, The Waiting Game which was released in February 2017.

Life and Career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Healy was born in Thurles,[3] to Anne, a nurse, and John Healy, a GP. She has a sister named Deirdre.[4] She comes from a musical background and is the niece of country singer Declan Nerney.[5] She is a cousin of Irish athlete Paul Hession.[6] At the age of 13, Healy gave up swimming (she was an All-Ireland champion swimmer at nine)[7] and decided to take up guitar, teaching herself to play using her mother's guitar and from then on began to write songs of her own. After finishing school at 18, Healy decided to take a year out and worked as a medical secretary. She went on to study nursing and then primary teaching at Mary Immaculate College, but finally decided to pursue her music passion at 23 years old.[8]

Healy began her music career playing guitar and singing in pubs and clubs around Ireland, solo and in bands.[9][10] Healy won Ireland's Glinsk Song Contest in both 2004 and 2006.[11] She represented Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 as a backing singer for Brian Kennedy on "Every Song Is a Cry for Love".[12] Whilst she was slowly finding success in her native Ireland as an indie solo artist, she felt she did not have a firm direction in her career. Although in mid-2006, Healy recorded and released her first extended play, entitled Sorry, which track "Had It with Today" was re-recorded for The Saturdays b-side single to "Higher".[13] which she self-produced. The album includes the songs "So Long", "Raider of My Sleep" and "I Love You". In 2007, Healy, who was still struggling to find major success, flew over to London to gain more exposure and experience as a performer then landed an audition for The Saturdays, which was her first audition for a major label and abroad.[14]

2007–2014: The Saturdays[edit]

The Saturdays onstage, 2009

Since 2007, Healy has been a member of girl group The Saturdays. The group has achieved thirteen Top 10 hits, and four Top 10 albums.[15][15][16] The girl group released their debut single "If This Is Love" in July 2008, and it peaked at number eight in the UK.[17] The group released a second single "Up" which charted at number five in the UK[17] and later the song was given a Silver Disc in the United Kingdom.[18] In late October 2008, the group released their first studio album Chasing Lights. It charted at number nine in the UK, and went platinum according to the BPI.[18] The band released a third single from the album, "Issues", which also went silver.[18] The Saturdays released a cover of "Just Can't Get Enough" by Depeche Mode. The song debuted at number two in the UK, behind Flo Rida's "Right Round". The fifth and final single from the album was "Work", which was the first single by the group to fail to reach the top 20. The group later went on a tour titled The Work Tour. In October 2009, the group released a second studio album, Wordshaker, which charted at number nine and was given a silver certification by the BPI.[18] The first single, "Forever Is Over", charted at number two in the UK. The Saturdays appeared in advertisements for several products including a brand of deodorant, tampons,[19] mobile phones, an operating system, and hair removal products.[20] But in early 2010, the girls released a second and final single from their second album, "Ego", which charted at number nine,[17] the single gained a certification of silver by the BPI.[18]

In summer 2010, the Saturdays released their first mini album (their third album overall) Headlines!,[21] which charted at number 3 in the UK and number 10 in Ireland.[17] The band released their eighth single, "Missing You", which charted at number three in the UK and number six in Ireland.[22] Rochelle Wiseman confirmed that the second single from the album would be "Higher"[23][24] It was later confirmed, by the band's official website that Flo Rida had recorded vocals for "Higher".[25][26] On Your Radar was the girls' third studio album, reaching a disappointing number 23 in the UK and spending only three weeks in the UK Top 75, but featured the top-ten hits, "All Fired Up" and "Notorious" as well as single, "My Heart Takes Over". In December 2011, the group went on their first headlining arena tour, All Fired Up Tour! The band released their first single taken from their fourth studio album "30 Days" in May 2012, which peaked at number seven. Later in the year, they temporarily moved from London to Los Angeles in hope to break America. Helping increase their single sales in America, E! Network broadcast Chasing The Saturdays, a reality TV show following the girls during their three-month stay in America. The show premiered in January 2013, and was cancelled after one series. The band released "What About Us" (featuring rapper Sean Paul) in March 2013, which became their first number one single and was the biggest selling single of the year (at that point). Later on in the year, "Gentleman" and "Disco Love" were released; with both of them charting in the top 15. Their album Living for the Weekend became the band's fourth top ten album. The final single taken from the album was a fan favourite. The radio mix of "Not Giving Up" was released in April 2014 and was their seventeenth top 40 single. The band went on hiatus in 2014, and released a greatest hits album Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits the same year. The only single released from the album, "What Are You Waiting For?" charted at number thirty-seven, making it their lowest-charting single to date.

2014–2017: The Voice of Ireland and The Waiting Game[edit]

Una Healy at RTÉ Winter Season Launch

Healy's first solo endeavour away from the group was when RTÉ selected her to present her own television programme, entitled Una's Dream Ticket.[27] The programme was not renewed for a follow up season.[27] Healy was also drafted in to become a judge on sport] reality television competition, Let's Get Gold[28] Healy was on the judging panel alongside Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Flintoff and Rio Ferdinand.[28] During the show fifteen sporting teams go against one another as they attempt to transform their sport into the most spectacular, entertaining and inspiring routine.[29] The winners of the show would receive a grand prize of £100,000, with Healy's aim as a judge is to find groups with the best technique and skill and creativity.[29][30][31] The programme experienced poor ratings and therefore was not renewed for a second season.[32]

In 2014, Healy was announced as a contestant on the second series of UK version of diving competition, Splash!.[33] Healy's involvement gained some criticism due to Healy previously having experience in swimming and diving, due to Healy being an All Ireland champion swimmer at the age of name.[7] Despite this, Healy was eliminated twelfth and placed eighth overall in the competition.[34] In June 2014, Healy hosted the first ever Irish version of Pride of Britain Awards.[35] Healy said she was "overwhelmed" by all of the stories and it was tough choosing between such worthy contenders.[36] Despite of this, Healy began writing her solo debut album.[37] Healy began heavy writing sessions during Greatest Hits Live! tour with The Saturdays as she knew the band were going on hiatus.[37] Healy said that her children inspired her in many different ways creatively when she began to write the album.[37] Healy also said she wanted to continue to record and perform music to help support them in the life they deserved.[37] Healy said she wrote a song about her eldest child, Aiofe Belle, as she knows all the words to bands songs, the song she wrote for her daughter is titled "Stare at the Moon".[37] It was reported in early 2016 that Healy had recorded a track with Nashville star Sam Palladio.[38] It was also announced that Healy had been working with Sacha Skarbek, Amy Wadge and Ben Earle from country music duo The Shires.[38][39] Healy later performed "Perfect" with Kelly Mongan on the second series of The Voice of Ireland.[40]

In 2014, Reebok had announced that they were teaming up with Healy to launch a Women's Fitness Collection.[41] When performing on the second series of The Voice of Ireland, Healy impressed producers and fans.[40] This lead to Healy being asked to become a judge on the fourth series of the show starting in January 2015, along side Kian Egan, Bressie and Rachel Stevens.[42] In April 2016, Healy revealed her album would be influenced by country and indie-inspired music and "Staring At the Moon" the song she wrote for her daughter would be performed live on the semi-final of The Voice of Ireland.[43] Healy was the winning judge on the fourth series of The Voice of Ireland when the act she mentored, Patrick James won the show.[44] Healy returned to The Voice of Ireland to judge the fifth series of the show. Nigel Connell was the last member of Team Una to be in the competition where he placed third. In August 2016, Healy confirmed she had signed a solo deal with Decca, with the intention of releasing a solo album in 2016.[45] However, In October 2016, Healy announced that her debut album would not be realised until 2017.[45] In late 2016, Healy announced the record to be titled The Waiting Game.[46] Healy said that albums title came from waiting to record her own solo record since she was eight years old.[46] Healy also revealed that she has co-wrote the full album and it was nice to get back to her "roots" of songwriting.[37]

Healy released the lead single from her debut album, "Stay My Love in January 2017.[47] The single was in fact a collaboration with Sam Palladio, which had been reported previously.[37] The music video for the song was directed by Urban Strom.[48] Healy also took part in the "Forever Country Covers Series", which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards. She performed Forever and Ever, Amen, originally a hit for CMA winner Randy Travis.[49] The Waiting Game was released in February 2017. It was announced that Healy was in talks to become one of the four judges on Ireland's Got Talent, but it was late revealed that Michelle Visage had instead gained the role.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Healy's husband Ben Foden

Healy married international Rugby Union fullback Ben Foden on 30 June 2012 in her native Ireland after four years of dating.[51][52] She continued using the professional name Una Healy until October 2013, when she started using her legal name, Una Foden, because using multiple names was "confusing".[53] In March 2016, Healy announced that she would be reverting to her maiden name of Una Healy in her professional life.[54][55]

The couple have two children, daughter Aoife Belle (born 13 March 2012) and son Tadhg John (born 2 February 2015).[56][57]

Healy won "Hottest Female 2009" in the Virgin Media Music Awards.[58] She appeared in the January 2010 edition of FHM along with the other members of the Saturdays.[59] She was ranked number 19 and number 41 in FHM's Sexiest Women poll in 2010 and 2011, respectively.[60][61] In FHM's 2012 poll, she had dropped down to 66th place.[62] Healy previously ran her own blog where she spoke about family life, The Saturdays and herself.[63]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
IRE
[64]
UK
[65]
SCO
[66]
The Waiting Game 12 28 13

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Sorry

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
IRE
UK
SCO
[70]
2017 "Stay My Love"
(with Sam Palladio)
- - 56 The Waiting Game
"Battlelines" - - -
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
IRE
UK
SCO
2017 "In Case You Didn't Know"
(Brett Young featuring Una Healy)
- - - -

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