Andrea (born on 17/05/74): lead vocals, tin
whistle; Caroline (born on 17/03/75): drums, bodhran, vocals ; Sharon (born
on 24/03/70): violin, vocals; Jim (born on 31/07/68): keyboards, guitars, vocals.
Already The Corrs' debut album Forgiven, Not Forgotten (1995)
earned them a fair share of attention (U.K. top 5, worldwide two million
copies sold). With their last CD, Talk on Corners (1998/99), they
have had a worldwide success and a number 1 hit in the U.K. In 1998, they
got the chance to open a number of Rolling Stones concerts on the continent
and, as Mick Jagger told El Mundo, "were on the verge of blowing
us, the Rolling Stones, off of our own stage!" That way, The Corrs were
able to win themselves a new audience. In 1999, they have had a lot of
gigs together with stars of the music business. Their unplugged appearance
on MTV together with their new CD Unplugged (1999) is already a
mega seller. The Corrs have dressed Irish folk music for success (more
than 4.5 million copies sold in 1998 alone). Nothing succeeds like success.
And of course, a long time ago, The Corrs have become a hot live act.
Whenever traditionalists dominate a musical genre, they condemn it to
sterility. The Corrs have added a modern twiste to their homeland's folk music. Andrea explains The
Corrs' popularity around the planet: "I think
the reason for that is our music is very melodic. Also, there's something
about the traditional Irish music element that, all around the world, seems
to capture everybody's heart." By the way, Andrea Corr has spent much of
her rare off-time in acting pursuits and tries to develop a parallel movie
career. She has now appeared in two films by director Alan Parker: The
Commitments and Evita, in which she portrays Juan Peron's mistress.
The Corr's grew up in Dundalk in Ireland's County Louth, which lies 50 miles north of Dublin. "In typical Irish clan
each member plays, sings, writes, and generally throws stardust into the
family pot. Since expanding thier bonds from family to band in 1990, things
have happened quickly for The Corrs. The group had only been together briefly
when they met their soon-to-be manager, John Hughes, who was assembling
musicians for Alan Parker's film, The Commitments. A friendship
was struck and the band drew an inivation to perform in Dublin as part
of a special Commitments live concert. As luck would have it, U.S. Ambassador
to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith heard The Corrs play at a small club in Dublin
and invited them to America to play at the World Cup celebration in Boston.
Still unsigned, the band seized the opportunity to meet with U.S. labels.
Captivated by the group, Atlantic Senior Vice President Jason Flom suggested
in turn they meet with Atlantic Vice President and producer David Foster.
On thier last day in New York City, The Corrs arrived at the studio unannounced.
Foster then invited them in to play for him. It was not long after that,
that the Corrs were offical Atlantic Group Artists."