Eddi Reader (realname Sadenia!) has proven herself to be atour-de-forceof musical talent over her illustrious career.
The Scottish singer-songwriter, is perhaps best known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career that so far is quite the tale… After starting out as a busker in her home town ofGlasgow she headed to London and then across Europe in the early 1980s, performing live on the streets with circus and performance artists.
She headed back to London answering an advert from legendary punks Gang Of Four who needed a backing singer for a TV appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test and for UK tour. She went on to tour the US with the band but left to pursue more work singing with acts such as Eurythmics, John Foxx and Alison Moyet.
After a while living in Paris she came back to London and joined Fairground Attraction whose first single Perfecttook the UK pop scene by storm, goingto No. 1in the UK charts, and the band scooped best single and best album at the Brit Awards. After the band split, Reader spent some time acting in everything from Royal Shakespeare to BBC dramas, before kick starting her solo musical career. Through the nineties she released albums on Warner Bros, RCA and Rough Trade, and won Best Female Singer at The Brits..
Many more critically acclaimed albums followed, and in2003, not content to rest in any kind of comfort zone, sherecordedanalbum of material by Robert Burns with the Royal Scottish Orchestra.
Since then, she'ssungfor the Queen, performed for the reopened Scottish Parliament, received three honorarydoctorates (and anMBE!), performed in the period drama Me and Orson Wells with Claire Danes and Zac Efron, rearranged 1930's standards with JoolsHolland, written for film soundtracks including Batman and has of course continued releasing stunning solo albums…Phew!
From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song and she has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most affecting performers.