Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O’Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 with a new arrangement of Prince’s song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. In addition to her ten solo albums her work includes many singles, songs for films, collaborations with many other artists advocate against child abuse and appearances at charity fundraising concerts.
Her second album – 1990’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – gained considerable attention and mostly positive reviews: it was rated “second best album of the year” by the NME. She was praised for her voice and her original songs. She was also noted for her appearance: her trademark shaved head.
O’Connor was born in Glenageary in County Dublin and was named after Sinéad de Valera, wife of Irish President Éamon de Valera and mother of the doctor presiding over the delivery, and Saint Bernadette of Lourdes. She is the third of five children, sister to novelist Joseph, Eimear, John, and Eoin. In 1983, her father sent her to Newtown School, an exclusive Quaker boarding school in Waterford, an institution with a much more permissive atmosphere than Grianan.
With the help and encouragement of her Irish language teacher, Joseph Falvey, she recorded a four-song demo, with two covers and two of her own songs which later appeared on her first album.
In the late 1990s, Bishop Michael Cox of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church ordained O’Connor as a priest. The bishop had contacted her to offer ordination following her appearance on the RTÉ’s Late Late Show, during which she told the presenter, Gay Byrne, that had she not been a singer, she would have wished to have been a Catholic priest. After her ordination, she indicated that she wished to be called Mother Bernadette Mary.
In February 2014, it was revealed that O’Connor had been recording a new album of original material, titled The Vishnu Room, consisting of romantic love songs. In early June 2014, it was announced that O’Connor’s new album had been retitled I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, with an 11 August release date. The title derives from the Ban Bossy campaign that took place earlier the same year. The album’s first single is entitled “Take Me to Church”.
While her shaved head was initially an assertion against traditional views of women, years later, O’Connor said she had begun to grow her hair back, but that after being asked if she was Enya, O’Connor shaved it off again. “I don’t feel like me unless I have my hair shaved.
Sinead O’Connor – Song To The Siren
SINÉAD O’CONNOR – SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL
Sinead O’Connor*The Emperors New Clothes
Sinead O’Connor – Drink Before The War
Sinead O’Connor – Angel