|Birth name||Sharon Helga Corr|
|Born||24 March 1970|
|Origin||Dundalk, Louth, Ireland|
|Genres||Pop, rock, celtic|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, television personality|
|Instruments||Violin, vocals, piano, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Corrs|
Sharon Helga Corr MBE (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. On 22 March 2019, Corr was awarded an honorary doctorate (DUniv) by the Open University, in recognition of her "exceptional contribution to education and culture". The ceremony took place at the Barbican Centre, London.
2009–2012: Dream of You
In July 2009, Corr was voted into first place in the Ms Twitter UK competition.
On 15 July 2009, Corr 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 début 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 Corr 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
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." However, on 21 August 2013 it was announced that the new album would be titled The Same Sun. The lead single from the album, "Take a Minute", peaked at No. 11 on the Irish charts and No. 20 in the France charts. Corr also embarked on The Same Sun Tour in late 2013, touring in Germany, Brazil, and Indonesia. She performed in Indonesia at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta, Indonesia, on 24 September 2013 (WIB) as a special guest. She was also joined on tour by Yovie Widianto who was a special guest in Madrid, Spain, in November 2013. The tour continued throughout the United States during January and February 2014.
Sharon is currently working on her third solo album, set to be released late 2021. Promo for this album might start in May.
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 ("Cal") Robert Gerard, on 31 March 2006, and their second child, daughter Flori Jean Elizabeth, on 18 July 2007. The couple split in October 2019. After having children, she battled with social anxiety disorder and wrote about her anxiety problems on her solo album.
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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Dream of You||22||67||100||15||67||37|
|The Same Sun||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2009||"Me and My Teddy Bear"||–||–||Bandaged Together|
|"It's Not a Dream"||29||167||Dream of You|
|2010||"Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime"||–||–|
|"So Long Ago"||–||–|
|2013||"Take a Minute"||11||–||The Same Sun|
|2014||"We Could Be Lovers"||–||–|
- 1999: "Rendez-vous à Paris" (Jean Michel Jarre)
- 2008: "First Love – Songs from the British Isles" (Bryn Terfel)
- 2009: "Amarrado a Tí" (Alex Ubago)
- 2015: "Black is the Colour" (Damien Leith)
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- "The Corr's Main Frame". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
- "Sharon Corr 'splits' from husband Gavin Bonnar after 18 years". Evoke.ie. 26 October 2019.
- "Sharon Corr reveals battle with anxiety: 'I needed to break down and be vulnerable'". goss.ie. 20 September 2014. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015.
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