Sharon Corr - one quarter of Ireland’s first musical family - will play a solo date at Newcastle 02 Academy in September.
The Grammy and Brit award-winning singer, songwriter and mean violinist has booked the dates in support of her second solo album, The Same Sun, which will be released on September 8.
“When The Corrs stopped, I knew I had so much more to do,” she says of her solo career since the band - which sold a staggering 45 million albums during a 15-year career with hits such as What Can I Do?, Runaway, So Young, Radio and Breathless - went on what has turned out to be an extended hiatus in 2006.
“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.”
Following the release of her debut solo offering, Dream of You in 2010, mother-of-two Sharon recorded its follow up in Los Angeles,
“With The Corrs, I was always aware that I wasn’t writing a song for my own voice, and I had to discover how to do that. It took Dream of You to find my own sound,” she says, adding that her upcoming release takes much of its influence from late 60s-early 70s Laurel Canyon, and singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King.
Having toured extensively in support of her first solo record - Europe, Australia, Asia and both North and South America were visited - Sharon says once the butterflies were out of the way, she felt completely at home.
“To really inhabit front of stage took a bit of time,” she admits. “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.”
* Sharon Corr plays the 02 Academy Newcastle on September 18. For tickets, call 0844 477 2000 or visit www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk