Sinéad O’Connor is an Irish Pop singer from Glenageary, County Dublin. She was born on 8th December 1966 and had a turbulent upbringing stemming from her abusive father.
The singer is best known for her 1990 smash hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” and her outspoken attitude towards the Catholic religion. Starting from an early age, Sinéad O’Connor started her musical career by forming the band Ton Ton Macoute with fellow musician Columb Farrelly.
Following the death of her mother in 1985, Sinéad O’Connor moved to London to pursue a full-time musical career. During the 1980’s she first had success with ‘The Lion and the Cobra’ (1987) and earned herself a Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Her world-wide hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” was spawned from the album ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got’ in 1990 and this stayed at number 1 in the UK Charts for four week, Germany (no.1) for 11 weeks and number 1 in the US Hot 100 chart. Sinéad O’Connor also received the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
Throughout the rest of the ‘90’s, Sinead O’Connor failed emulate her earlier success and had to stop her tour with festival Lollapalooza when she fell pregnant.
Her album Faith and Courage features Fugees’ singer Wycleaf Jean and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and it was during the 2000’s that Sinéad O’Connor went through a controversial time – producing a further three albums, 2002: Sean-Nós Nua, 2005: Throw Down Your Arms and 2007: Theology.
She then went on to announce her retirement from mainstream music, but went onto duet with R&B sensation Mary J. Blige in 2010 with proceeds going to the charity GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services).