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The Corrs' violinist tours her second solo album
As a member of Irish family band The Corrs violinist/ singer Sharon Corr sold 45 million albums during a 15 year career.
By 2005, the group, whose line-up was completed by Sharon's siblings Andrea, Caroline and Jim, had moved away from pop and returned to their roots. Their final album, Home, covered traditional Irish songs, taken from their mother's songbook.
Sharon recorded and released her first solo record, Dream of You, in 2010 and now her second album, The Same Sun, is completed and set for release on September 8, 2014. It will be supported by a solo tour which takes in Birmingham Glee Club on September 23.
''When The Corrs stopped, I knew I had so much more to do,'' Sharon admits. ''I never wanted to stop singing, writing and performing, and achieving more as a musician. I was eager to pursue my own journey to find out what I would become musically on my own, because it's a very different journey on your own – especially taking centre stage. But I love it up there. It's like magic.''
Solo star: Sharon Corr (pic: Barry McCall)
Sharon toured to promote Dream of You from 2011 to 2013, playing Europe, Australia, Asia and both North and South America. It was quite a challenge to perform without her brother and sisters.
"To really inhabit front of stage took a bit of time," she says. "My first gig as a solo artist was the Isle of Wight festival. Total palpitations. But once I was up there… I came alive. I felt totally and utterly myself.''
Making plans for the new album, and with her newly discovered identity, Sharon wanted to test herself more. Having penned songs alone in the past, she brought in select co-writers for The Same Sun, pushing her to open up new angles.
Singer/ songwriter: Sharon Corr (pic: Barry McCall)
Recorded in Los Angeles, The Same Sun is produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow) and the stripped-back, clean, organic sound takes much of its influence from the late 60s/ early 70s Laurel Canyon sound and singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.
The title track was inspired by Sharon's visit to Tanzania with the charity Oxfam, for whom she is patron.
''It was probably one of the most profound experiences of my life, from a point of both joy and sorrow,'' she says.
Sharon Corr's 2014 UK tour dates:
Sept 14: Ironworks, Inverness; Sept 15: Lemon Tree, Aberdeen; Sept 16: Oran Mor, Glasgow ; Sept 18: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle; Sept 21: Deaf Institute, Manchester;
Sept 22: O2 Academy 2, Oxford;
Sept 23: The Glee Club, Birmingham;
Sept 25: St James Piccadilly, London.