Sharon Corr

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Sharon Corr
MBE
Sharon Corr @ Brussels Summer Festival 2012 (8269542975).jpg
Sharon Corr performs at the 2012 Brussels Summer Festival.
Background information
Birth nameSharon Helga Corr
Born(1970-03-24) 24 March 1970 (age 43)
OriginDundalk, County Louth, Ireland
GenresPop, rock, Celtic
OccupationsMusician, television personality
InstrumentsViolin, vocals, piano, guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsRhino
Warner Bros.
Associated actsThe Corrs
Websitewww.sharoncorr.com
Notable instruments
Barcus-Berry Violin
 
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Sharon Corr
MBE
Sharon Corr @ Brussels Summer Festival 2012 (8269542975).jpg
Sharon Corr performs at the 2012 Brussels Summer Festival.
Background information
Birth nameSharon Helga Corr
Born(1970-03-24) 24 March 1970 (age 43)
OriginDundalk, County Louth, Ireland
GenresPop, rock, Celtic
OccupationsMusician, television personality
InstrumentsViolin, vocals, piano, guitar
Years active1990–present
LabelsRhino
Warner Bros.
Associated actsThe Corrs
Websitewww.sharoncorr.com
Notable instruments
Barcus-Berry Violin

Sharon Helga Corr (born 24 March 1970) is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician and television personality. She is best known as a member of the pop-rock band The Corrs, which she co-founded in 1990 with her elder brother Jim and younger sisters Caroline and Andrea. She plays the violin, piano and guitar, and sings backing vocals. She began learning the violin when she was six years old. She has played in national youth orchestras and is qualified to teach the violin.

The Corr siblings were awarded honorary MBEs in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of both their musical talent and their charitable work raising money for Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, victims of the Omagh Bombing, and other charities.

In 2012, Sharon was revealed as one of the coaches on the first series of the RTÉ talent show The Voice of Ireland.[1]

Career[edit]

2009–2012: Dream of You[edit]

In July 2009, Corr was voted into first place in the Ms Twitter UK competition.[2]

On 15 July 2009, Sharon appeared on This Morning, having been booked by host Phillip Schofield via Twitter, to confirm the release of a new solo single and album. Her debut single, "It's Not a Dream", was released on 29 August in Ireland and 31 August in the UK, with appearances at Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, and a number of other European music festivals. The album, Dream of You, was released on 13 September 2010 and comprises a number of self-penned tracks and select covers with Sharon playing violin throughout. She was joined by longtime Corrs' sidemen Anthony (Anto) Drennan on lead guitar, Keith Duffy on bass, and Jason Duffy on drums, with orchestral arrangements by Fiachra Trench, a collaborator on four Corrs' albums.

Corr embarked on the Dream of You Tour on 19 August 2011 in Aberdeen and continued through the UK and Europe, with an Australian leg added in January 2012. While on the tour she introduced a newly written track, "Edge of Nowhere", which will be included on her second album.

2012–present: The Voice of Ireland and The Same Sun[edit]

Corr was a coach on the first and second series of the RTÉ talent show The Voice of Ireland.[3]

In an interview with the Maitland Mercury in February 2012, Sharon revealed that she is piecing together her second solo record. "We're going to record it in May and hopefully have it out in September/October." Sharon is taking a new approach with the writing of this record, "Mostly my whole life I've written on my own. Some of the songs I wrote [for The Corrs], like So Young and Radio, I wrote myself. So [for the new album] I've been writing with other people and that's been brilliant. It's brought other angles to my music that perhaps wouldn't have been there."[4]

Corr finished writing the album in March 2012 and she said it may be called Catch the Moon. The title comes from the idea "of when somebody comes into your life and they utterly change yours, that you would go to any lengths for them... so you would catch the moon."[5] However, on 21 August 2013 it was announced that the new album would be titled The Same Sun. Corr will also embark on a world tour during the promoting time of the album. She will have tour in Germany, Brazil, and Indonesia as she had announced about it on the early of September 2013. She will perform in Indonesia at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Indonesia, on 24 September 2013 (WIB) as a special guest. Rick Prize was also invited to be the special guest.

The Same Sun lead single called 'Take a Minute' has peaked #11 on Irish Chart, and #20 in France Chart. Meanwhile, Yovie Widianto was invited to play at "The Same Sun Tour" in Madrid, Spain, on November 2013 as a special guest. "It was great to have you last night!" tweeted Corr on the late of November. The tour will be continued to Los Angeles, and New York which had been scheduled to be held on January until February 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 2001, Corr married Belfast barrister Robert Gavin Bonnar in Cratloe Church, County Clare. In a performance for BBC Radio 2, she stated, before performing the song, that she walked up the aisle to "Along With The Girls", a traditional instrumental track that featured on The Corr's first album, "Forgiven Not Forgotten". The couple met when she was shooting the video for "Runaway". They had their first child, son Cathal Robert Gerard "Cal", on 31 March 2006, and their second child, daughter Flori Jean Elizabeth, on 18 July 2007.[6]

Corr's paternal uncle, Peter Corr, was a professional footballer who played for Republic of Ireland, and several clubs including Everton.

Other recordings[edit]

As well as "No Frontiers" with Caroline Corr, Sharon sings "Dimming of the Day" and the demo version of "Goodbye". In 1999 she recorded violin parts for the Jean Michel Jarre track "Rendez-vous à Paris", which was released in 2000 on the album Metamorphoses.

She also recorded two tracks in 2008 with the Welsh operatic singer Bryn Terfel, and "Amarrado a Ti" with the Spanish singer Alex Ubago in 2009.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
IREAUSFRNZSPUK
Dream of You2267100156737
The Same Sun
  • Released: 16 September 2013
  • Label: BobbyJean
  • Formats: CD, Digital download

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
IREUK
2009"Me and My Teddy Bear"27Bandaged Together
"It's Not a Dream"29167Dream of You
2010"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime"40
"So Long Ago"
2011"Over It"
2013"Take a Minute"11The Same Sun
2013"We Could Be Lovers"-The Same Sun

Guest appearances[edit]

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