Annie LennoxOn Our Show: December 18, 2010
Birth Year: 1954
Origin: Aberdeen, Scotland
About Annie Lennox:
Ann Griselda Lennox was raised in Aberdeen, Scotland and was the only child of a shipyard worker and a cook. She began playing the piano at age 3, and by the time she turned 7 became a member of Miss Auchinache’s choir. She started playing the flute at age 11 and a few years later she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study the instrument.
Her roommate’s record collection inspired her to pursue life as a singer/songwriter and she dropped out of the academy just weeks before exams. She joined a band called The Tourists, which included guitarist Dave Stewart. When that band folded, Stewart and Lennox formed a ten-year partnership as the Eurythmics. The two created six platinum sellers and many hit singles during the 1980s, including “Sweet Dreams,” “Here Comes the Rain Again” and “Would I Lie To You.”
The partnership was not an easy one and in 1991 both artists began solo careers. In 1992, Annie released her first solo album, Diva which included the hits “Walking on Broken Glass” and “Why.” Diva sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. alone and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. In 1995 the eight-time Brit Award winner released her second solo album, Medusa, which contained the hit “ No More I Love Yous.”
A longtime activist, she has released a number of charity-focused works as well. In 1990, Lennox recorded a version of Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” for the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue, a benefit for AIDS awareness. Among more recent examples, the second single, “Sing,” off her 2007 album Songs of Mass Destruction is a collaboration between Lennox and 23 other prominent female acts and artists and is a charity record aimed to raise money and awareness for the HIV/AIDS organization Treatment Action Campaign. (The line-up consists of Madonna, Anastacia, Isobel Campbell, Dido, Céline Dion, Melissa Etheridge, Fergie, Beth Gibbons, Faith Hill, Angélique Kidjo, Beverley Knight, Gladys Knight, k.d. lang, Sarah McLachlan, Beth Orton, Pink, Bonnie Raitt, Shakira, Shingai Shoniwa, Joss Stone, Sugababes, KT Tunstall, and Martha Wainwright.)
She is the recipient of eight BRIT Awards. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Into the West,” written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which she co-wrote with screenwriter Fran Walsh and composer Howard Shore. She has been named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone.
Lennox continues to branch out creatively writing songs for soundtracks for movies such as The Preachers Wife, Dracula, Apollo 13, and she won an Oscar and Golden Globe for “Into the West” from The Lord of the Rings: The Return the King.
Born on Christmas day in Scotland, it seemed inevitable that singer, songwriter, composer, Annie Lennox would produce a Christmas album. Critics agree that Christmas Cornucopia is a marvelous addition to the year’s most musical period.