Briana Corrigan

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Briana Corrigan (born 30 May 1965) is a Northern Irish singer. She was the first female singer for The Beautiful South, from 1988 to 1994.

She was born in Northern Ireland, her family moving from Belfast to Portstewart, County Londonderry when she was eleven, but her love for the theatre made her move to Newcastle upon Tyne in England at the age of eighteen, to take an acting course. There she began singing with The Anthill Runaways. Go! Discs Records, who were considering signing the band, gave her an offer to travel to Hull and sing with Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway of The Beautiful South. Soon after she was asked to go to Milan with the band to help record their debut album, Welcome to the Beautiful South. She appeared alongside Dave Hemingway on the band's only UK Singles Chart number 1 single, "A Little Time".

After appearing on three albums, Corrigan left the band in 1992 to pursue a solo career. The decision was prompted partly by a desire to record and promote her own material (which she felt was not getting enough exposure in The Beautiful South), and partly by ethical disagreements with some of Heaton's lyrics, particularly songs such as "36D", which criticized British glamour models and the industry that employed them.[citation needed] Hemingway later remarked, "We all agree that we should have targeted the media as sexist instead of blaming the girls for taking off their tops".[1][2][3]

After she left the band, she recorded the solo album, When My Arms Wrap You Round, in 1996. The single, "Love Me Now", did not make the Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart (it peaked at No.48 in the week of its release),[4] and the album itself never charted.[5]

She moved to the West Country with her partner, but eventually moved to Dublin, Ireland where she now lives and works on making new music.


  1. ^ "Contemporary Musicians, Volume 19". 1 September 1997. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  2. ^ "The Beautiful South - the Band". BBC. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  3. ^ "A Little Time". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  4. ^ Chart Stats: Briana Corrigan - Love Me Now
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 122. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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