Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)

Best Known as the lead singer of the rock band Texas the scottish recording artist and songwriter Sharleen Spiteri was born 7 November 1967. Texas are a rock/pop band from Glasgow, Scotland. They were co-founded by Spiteri while She worked at the Irvine Rusk salon as a hairdresser in Glasgow & Johnny McElhone (formerly of the bands Altered Images and Hipsway) in 1986 and feature Sharleen Spiteri on lead vocals Johnny McElhone (bass guitar) and Ally McErlaine (lead guitar). Spiteri’s musical influences include Blondie, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Diana Ross and The Clash (the main reason she plays a black Fender Telecaster).

Texas made their performing debut in March 1988 at the University of Dundee. They took their name from the 1984 Wim Wenders movie Paris, Texas.The band released their debut album Southside in 1989, along with the debut single “I Don’t Want a Lover” which was an international hit, reaching the top ten in the UK and other high charting positions in Europe. Despite the success of Southside, the follow-up albums Mothers Heaven (1991) featuring the songs “Why Believe In You” “Alone With You” & “In My Heart” and Ricks Road (1993) featuring the Songs “So Called Friend” “You’ve Got To Give a Little” “Fade Away” & “You Owe It All To Me” were less successful.

The band’s fortunes changed in 1997 with the release of their White on Blonde album which featured the songs “Say What You Want” “Black Eyed Boy” “Put Your Arms Around Me” “Halo”&. became their biggest seller. In 1999, Texas song “In Our Lifetime” was included on the Notting Hill soundtrack. The Follow up album,The Hush (1999) featuring the Songs “Summer Son” & “When We Are Together”was also successful, The band’s Greatest Hits album, released in 2000, contained the single “Inner Smile” & was another big seller, Texas would go on to release a further two studio albums, Careful What You Wish For in 2003, and Red Book in 2005, both of which were certified gold in the UK. After the release of Red Book and a tour to support the album’s release, Texas went on hiatus.

In September 2002, Spiteri gave birth to her daughter Mysty Kyd, although this did not prevent her from working on a sixth album Careful What You Wish For featuring the song “Carnival Girl” & I’ll See It Through.The band returned in 2005 with the Songs “Getaway”, “Can’t Resist” The band’s seventh studio album; Red Book ‘ featured the song’ “Sleep” & “What About Us” .2007 the band released The BBC Sessions, including radio sessions spanning from 1989 to 2005 Cover songs include Elmore James’s “It Hurts Me Too”, The Beatles’ “I’ve Got a Feeling”, and Ashford & Simpson’s “You’re All I Need to Get By. In 2008 Spiteri performed as guest vocalist on Rammstein’s “Rosenrot” album & launched a solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody featuring the singles “All The Times I Cried” “Stop, I Don’t Love You Anymore” “It Was You” & “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”. Her second solo studio album, The Movie Songbook consists of movie covers chosen by Spiteri herself including the Song “Xanadu” To promote the album, she performed in front of 55,000 fans supporting Paul McCartney on his Up and Coming Tour at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. Spiteri also appeared as a judge in the Sky1 show Must Be The Music.

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