Sheena Easton Biography

Sheena Easton is a Grammy Award winning Scottish singer and actress who rose to fame after appearing on the British documentary and reality television series, ‘The Big Time’. She quickly signed a contract with EMI Records and became one of the top British female pop-singers of her generation. Her popular singles, such as ‘Modern Girl’ and ‘Morning Train (Nine to Five)’, earned her a place on the UK top ten list, making her the first female UK artist since Ruby Murray to achieve this feat twice. She also became the third British singer to feature on the US Hot 100 with her hit single, ‘Morning Train (Nine to Five)’. In addition to her success in the music industry, Easton also holds a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for her collaboration with Luis Miguel on the Mexican hit, ‘Me Gustas Tal Como Eres’. Despite her professional achievements, she has faced personal challenges with a series of failed marriages.

Quick Facts

  • British Celebrities Born In April
  • Also Known As: Sheena Shirley Easton, Sheena Shirley Orr
  • Age: 64 Years, 64 Year Old Females
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: John Minoli, Rob Light, Robert Light, Sandi Easton, Tim Delarm
    • Father: Alex Orr
    • Mother: Annie Orr
    • Siblings: Alex Orr, Annessa Orr, Marilyn Orr, Morag Orr, Robert Orr
    • Children: Jake Rion Cousins Easton, Skylar Easton
  • Actresses
  • Musicians
  • Height: 5’1″ (155 cm), 5’1″ Females
  • Notable Alumni: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland
  • City: Bellshill, Scotland
  • More Facts
  • Education: Royal Conservatoire Of Scotland

Childhood & Early Life

Sheena Easton was born as Sheena Shirley Orr on 27 April 1959 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland to Alex Orr, a steel mill worker, and Annie Orr. Easton has five older siblings: two brothers, Robert and Alex, and three sisters, Marilyn, Anessa, and Morag.

Easton’s father passed away when she was just ten years old and her mother worked very hard to provide for the family. Sheena wasn’t much interested in music until she watched the movie ‘The Way We Were’ and became mesmerized by Barbra Streisand’s voice.

She was a brilliant student during her school days and earned a scholarship which helped her to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She trained there for four years between 1975 and 1979 and also performed with a band named ‘Something Else’ at local clubs to cover her expenses.

Career

In the late 1970s, Sheena Easton was gradually earning fame as a pop singer. Around this period, the producer of the BBC program ‘The Big Time’ wanted to make a documentary of a relatively unknown pop singer’s rise to fame and one of Easton’s tutors put her name for the audition. She was selected for the program and performed alongside Dusty Springfield and Lulu.

Easton was soon awarded a contract by EMI Records and released her first single ‘Modern Girl’ in 1980 which immediately reached No.8 on the UK Singles Charts. This was the first single of her career and it brought her instant success and recognition.

Despite her growing popularity and the success of her first single, Easton was still not confident of her singing career until her second single hit the market. Her second hit ‘Morning Train (Nine to Five)’ reached the 3rd spot on the UK Singles Charts and received a Gold certification.

In the ensuing years, she released the albums ‘Sheena Easton’, ‘You Could Have Been with Me’, and ‘Madness, Money and Music.’ These albums became super hits, catapulting the young singer to international fame.

In January 1983, her duet with Kenny Rogers, ‘We’ve Got Tonight’ reached the US Top 10 Chart and also reached the UK Top 30 Chart. Her next album, ‘Best Kept Secret’ (1983), featured the single ‘Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)’ which made it to the top 10 in the US and was also nominated for the ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ at the Grammy Awards.

Easton became the first British female singer to excel in a foreign language duet when she and Mexican artist Luis Miguel delivered the Spanish-language hit single ‘Me Gustas Tal Como Eres.’

In 1984, her album ‘A Private Heaven’ became a bestseller and was certified platinum by the RIAA. The year proved to be eventful as she was again nominated for a Grammy.

Between 1987 and 1990, Easton registered several hits. Teaming up with Prince, she collaborated on his hit single ‘U Got the Look’ for his film ‘Sign o’ the Times’ which peaked at the No.2 position in the US. She was nominated for a Grammy (along with Prince) for ‘Best R&B Vocal, Duo or Group’ and ‘Best R&B Song’.

Over the course of her career, she toured extensively throughout the country, promoting her music. Also an occasional actress, Easton has appeared in several films and television shows including ‘For Your Eyes Only’, ‘Miami Vice’, ‘Jack’s Place’, ‘All Dogs Go to Heaven 2’, and ‘Young Blades’.

Major Works

Sheena Easton has delivered several hit singles that charted in the US and the UK. After breaking into the industry, she delivered two back to back hits with ‘Modern Girl’ and ‘Morning Train (Nine to Five),’ both of which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

Easton became the first British female singer to be recognized for a foreign language song when she and Mexican singer Luis Miguel delivered the popular duet ‘Me Gustas Tal Como Eres,’ which translates to ‘I Like You Just the Way You Are’. The duo was awarded the Grammy for ‘Best Mexican-American Performance’.

Awards and Achievements

During her illustrious career Sheena Easton has won several awards. She was voted the Best British Female Singer in 1980 at the Daily Mirror Pop & Rock Awards and honored with the Billboard Music Award for ‘Top Pop New Artist’ in 1981.

She won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1982 and the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Performance for the song ‘Me Gustas Tal Como Eres’ (with Luis Miguel) in 1985.

Personal Life

Sheena Easton has been married four times in her life and has two adopted children. Her first marriage with Sandi Easton in 1978 didn’t last even a year.

She later married Robert Light on January 12, 1985 and divorced him a year later. Eleven years later, she married again. Her third marriage to Timothy Delarm on July 28, 1997 also ended in a divorce within a year.

Her fourth marriage—which lasted for around two years—proved to be her longest one so far. She married John Minoli on November 9, 2002 and obtained a divorce in 2004.

Easton adopted two children: Jake Rion Cousins Easton (in November 1994) and Skylar (in January 1996).

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