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The Corrs

The Corrs
Clockwise from top left: Andrea, Caroline, Jim, and Sharon Corr
Background information
Origin Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Genres Rock, folk
Years active 1990–2005, 2015–present
Labels 143, Lava, Atlantic, Eastwest
Website .com.thecorrswebsitewww
Members Andrea Corr
Caroline Corr
Jim Corr
Sharon Corr

The Corrs are an Irish band that combine rock with traditional Celtic Irish folk themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals); and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, Co. Louth, in Ireland.

The Corrs have released five Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. Their third studio album, In Blue, went to number one in seventeen countries.[2]

The Corrs have been actively involved in philanthropic activities. They have performed in numerous charity concerts such as The Prince's Trust event in 2004 and Live 8 alongside Bono of U2 in 2005. The same year, they were awarded honorary MBEs for their contributions to music and charity.[3] The band was for almost 10 years inactive because Jim and Caroline were raising families, while Andrea and Sharon were pursuing solo careers while raising families of their own. According to Sharon Corr, it was uncertain if and when The Corrs will reunite.[4] However, rumours of a reunion sparked in early 2015, and in a radio interview with Chris Evans in June 2015, Andrea confirmed that The Corrs were working on a new album and would play the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park festival.[5] Their sixth studio album, White Light,[6] is due to be released in November 2015.


  • History 1
    • 1990–1994: Early commercial success 1.1
    • 1995–1999: International fame 1.2
    • 2000–2002: Mainstream success 1.3
    • 2003–2005: Later years 1.4
    • 2006–2014: Solo projects and retrospective releases 1.5
    • 2015–present: Return and sixth studio album 1.6
  • Musical style and influences 2
  • Philanthropy 3
  • Band members 4
  • Discography 5
  • Tours 6
  • Awards 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
    • Sources 9.1
    • Footnotes 9.2
  • External links 10


1990–1994: Early commercial success

While Caroline and Andrea were still attending school, Jim and Sharon began playing as a duo, often at their aunt's pub, McManus's.[7] In 1990, Jim and Sharon added their younger siblings, to form a quartet.[8] Their career took off in 1991 when they auditioned for the film The Commitments. Jim, Sharon, and Caroline each had small parts as musicians, while Andrea had a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte.[9] John Hughes noticed them when they auditioned for the movie, and agreed to become their manager.[10]

In 1994, the American ambassador to Ireland,

  • Official website
  • The Corrs at DMOZ

External links

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  • Cornwell, Jane, The Corrs, London: Virgin Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85227-840-4



See also

Many of the Corrs' songs have charted at No. 1 in numerous countries. They won one BRIT Award, in 1999,[84] and have twice been nominated for Meteor Music Awards, in 2005[85] and 2006.[86] They were nominated for two Grammy awards in 2001 too: one for their song Breathless and for another one due to their instrumental song Rebel Heart.



Studio albums


In late 1995, Anthony Drennanlead guitar and Keith Duffybass guitar joined the band and remained a permanent part of the touring and recording line-up. When Drennan was released in early 1998 to tour with Genesis, his temporary replacement for 2 legs of the Talk on Corners tour was Irish guitarist Conor Brady. Jason Duffy, younger brother to Keith, joined the line-up as drummer for the Borrowed Heaven tour due to Caroline's pregnancy. Both Anthony Drennan and Keith Duffy re-joined the band for their 2015 return.

Band members

In recognition of their charity work, the Corrs were made honorary Members of the Order of the British Empire in 2005 by Queen Elizabeth II.[83]

They are ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela's "46664" campaign, where they performed live to raise awareness towards HIV/AIDS in Africa.[80] The concert was held on 29 November 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The concert aimed to "[raise] awareness of HIV in South Africa and launched the 46664 campaign" and the money raised was donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation for Aids.[81] During the Edinburgh Live 8 on 2 July 2005, the Corrs performed "When the Stars Go Blue" alongside Bono to promote the Make Poverty History campaign,[82] which aimed to increase awareness and pressure governments into taking actions towards relieving extreme poverty.

The Corrs' mother, Jean, died in Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, England.[38] The Corrs showed their appreciation to the hospital by performing a one-off charity concert, held in 2001 at the Telewest Arena; it raised more than £100,000.[74] The money was used to extend the William Leech Centre of the hospital, which is dedicated to research into lung treatment.[75] The city of Newcastle presented them a limited edition painting of Tyneside's quayside in return.[76] The Corrs played at a 2004 charity concert for The Prince's Trust, a UK-based charity that provides help, training, financial, and practical support to UK citizens aged between 14 and 30.[77] They performed with Will Young, Blue, Avril Lavigne, Lenny Kravitz, Busted, Anastacia, Nelly Furtado, Sugababes and Natasha Bedingfield and raised more than £1 million.[78][79]

The Corrs have been active in supporting charitable and philanthropic causes and disaster relief. In 1998, the Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert. The concert was held in Modena, Italy and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti.[71] Among the other participating artists were Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Cole, Pino Daniele, Celine Dion, Florent Pagny, Eros Ramazzotti, Spice Girls, Vanessa L. Williams, Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood and Zucchero.[23] The concert raised money that was used to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children's Village and to provide a refuge for orphans in Liberia during the civil war.[24][72] The Corrs, along with Sinéad O'Connor, Van Morrison, Boyzone, U2 and Enya held a charity concert in 1998, to raise money for the victims of the Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland.[73]


The Corrs' main influences were their parents who were musicians[70] and encouraged them to learn instruments. They drew inspiration from musicians such as The Eagles, The Police, The Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac,[69] which Sharon said in an interview with CNN is the reason "our songs are very, very melodic and [harmonious]".[70]

Borrowed Heaven placed heavier emphasis on guitars, while retaining the original folk rock genre.[50] Home is a traditional Irish album, where the band covered many traditional Irish songs.[56] The album contained songs from different eras of Irish music, including a 1982 song written by Phil Lynott ("Old Town")[58] while the 1,000-year-old "Return to Fingal" featured as a bonus track on the Japanese, limited German and Spanish editions.

In Blue moved towards mainstream pop, placing heavy emphasis on synthesizers.[19] The move attracted criticism from many; one Entertainment Weekly critic called it "a disheartening example of musical ethnic cleansing".[19] A USA Today critic called it "the best mainstream pop album you're likely to come across".[69]

When asked to describe their genre, [68]

Musical style and influences

In June 2015, Andrea announced that the Corrs would perform at Live in Hyde Park on 13 September 2015 and were in the process of making a new record.[65][66] On 17 September 2015, the band confirmed that their sixth studio album, White Light, would be due for release in November 2015 accompanied by a tour in 2016.[6]

2015–present: Return and sixth studio album

The Corrs released their second compilation album, Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection, on 20 November 2006. The album consisted of several of the band's hits, as well as tracks that had not previously been released on Corrs albums, such as "I Know My Love", a collaboration with The Chieftains, and "All I Have to Do Is Dream", Andrea's duet with Laurent Voulzy. The album also featured remixes of "When the Stars Go Blue" and "Goodbye". The latter was released as a download-only single to promote the album. However, the album charted poorly, reaching number 24 in Ireland.[1] On 25 September 2007, The Corrs released another compilation album, The Works. The album consists of three CDs that feature previously released songs. It performed worse than its predecessor, failing to chart at all.[1][2]

[64] Andrea released her first solo album, [62] raising their own families and pursuing solo careers.[61] The Corrs have been on hiatus since 2006,

2006–2014: Solo projects and retrospective releases

The band also dedicated their 2005 album Home to their deceased mother.[55] It is regarded as a traditional Irish album as the band covered traditional Irish songs[56] taken from their mother's songbook to commemorate their 15 years as a band.[57] The album was produced by Mitchell Froom and featured the BBC Radio 2 Orchestra.[58] The songs on Home spanned the history of Irish music.[58] It also included two songs in Irish, "Bríd Óg Ní Mháille (Brigid O'Malley)" and "Buachaill Ón Éirne (Boy from Lough Erne)".[59] Home had success in Ireland, France (reaching No. 5) and Germany (reaching No. 12) and was certified silver in the UK.[60]

In 2003, Andrea Corr recorded "Time Enough for Tears", written by Bono and Gavin Friday[47] for the film In America.[48] This track was featured on The Corrs' 2004 album, Borrowed Heaven. Recorded over an 18-month period in Dublin and Los Angeles, Borrowed Heaven was produced by Olle Romo, who previously worked with Melanie C and Kelly Clarkson.[49] The album marked The Corrs' return to the folk rock genre with a slightly heavier emphasis on guitars.[50] Nevertheless, the album was not as successful as their predecessors, but at least successful enough to enter at No.2 in both the UK and Germany and reach silver status in the UK as well as gold in Germany.[51] Jason Duffy temporarily joined the band as drummer,[52] filling in for Caroline while she was pregnant with her second child and unable to tour.[53] Borrowed Heaven was dedicated to the band's parents.[54]

(L-R) Sharon, Andrea and Jim Corr in concert

2003–2005: Later years

When the band returned to Ireland, they hosted another live concert at Ardmore Studios, where they previously performed for the MTV's Unplugged series.[26] Guest performers included Bono from U2 and Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones. During the concert, Bono joined Andrea Corr for a duet of Nancy Sinatra's "Summer Wine" and a performance of Ryan Adams' "When the Stars Go Blue". Ronnie Wood joined the band onstage to play guitar on their version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday".[45] These performances were recorded and compiled on a live album, VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live in Dublin, which was released in the UK.[46]

In 2001, The Corrs released their first compilation album, Best of The Corrs. The album featured previously released songs and new tracks, such as the singles "Would You Be Happier?", "Make You Mine" and "Lifting Me".[41] The album did not chart highly in Ireland but reached platinum status in Australia.[42] The Corrs collaborated with Josh Groban, recording Canto Alla Vita, for his eponymous debut album.[43][44]

During the production of the album, the Corrs' mother, Jean, died while waiting for a lung transplant.[38] She was buried at St. Patrick's cemetery in Dundalk, and Bono, Larry Mullen, Jr., Brian Kennedy and Paul Brady were among the congregation at the funeral.[39] "No More Cry", written by Andrea and Caroline Corr for the album, was written to help their father get over his grief.[40]

The Corrs worked with Alejandro Sanz on In Blue, recording "Una Noche (One Night)", a duet between Sanz and Andrea Corr; Sanz played Andrea's love interest in the music video. In return, The Corrs performed "Me Iré (The Hardest Day)" with him on his album, El Alma Al Aire. The Corrs collaborated with Robert Lange[29] to produce a mainstream hit single, "Breathless", which reached number 20 in the Billboard Hot 100,[30] number seven in Australia,[31] number three in Ireland[32] and New Zealand,[33] and topped the charts in the UK.[2] The album went straight to number one in the Irish Albums Chart, the third highest single-week sales in the history of the charts, behind U2's The Best of 1980–1990 and Oasis' Be Here Now.[34] In Blue achieved platinum sales in the US,[35] double platinum in the UK,[36] and quadruple platinum in Australia.[37]

In 2000, The Corrs returned to mainstream success with their third album. Unlike their previous albums, In Blue moved towards mainstream pop. In Blue hit number one in its first sales week in the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria and debuted at No. 2 in France and Norway. It climbed to the top spot during its second week in Sweden and Spain.[28]

2000–2002: Mainstream success

The following year, The Corrs received a BRIT Award for Best International Band.[25] They performed live on MTV's Unplugged on 5 October 1999 at Ardmore Studios, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.[26][27] The resulting CD and DVD sold 2.7 million copies and featured live performances of previously released songs, plus a new song, "Radio", later featured on their third album, In Blue.[25]

In June 1998, The Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert. The concert was held in Modena, Italy and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers included Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Spice Girls and Stevie Wonder.[23] The concert aimed to raise money to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children's Village, to provide refuge for children in Liberia.[24]

After the band recorded a version of Dreams for a Fleetwood Mac tribute album, they re-released Talk on Corners, with new remixes of "What Can I Do?", "So Young" and "Runaway".[20] The special edition topped the charts worldwide, and again reached multi-platinum status in the UK[21] and Australia.[22]

The Corrs' next album, 1997's Talk on Corners, was produced by Glen Ballard, who was respected for his collaboration with Alanis Morissette.[18] The Corrs also collaborated with Carole Bayer Sager, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, and Billy Steinberg.[19][20] The album met with lukewarm response. It was successful in Ireland and entered the Australian album charts at number 3.[19]

[13] making it one of the most successful debuts by an Irish group.[12] and quadruple platinum in Ireland,[17] and Australia,[16] status in the UKplatinum It featured six instrumental selections among its Celtic-influenced tracks. The album sold well in Ireland, Australia, Japan, Norway and Spain. Major success in the US and the UK, however, was not immediately forthcoming. Eventually, the album reached [11]

1995–1999: International fame

[13] as a supporting act.Falling Into You Around the World Tour's worldwide Celine Dion The Corrs joined [12]

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