Sharon ready to work with fam­ily firm again

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

SHARON Corr re­fuses to rule out a re­union of The Corrs – even though the band left her ex­hausted. The 41-year-old head­lines The Lemon Tree to­mor­row as part of a solo tour to pro­mote sin­gle Over It. It has now been six years since chart top­pers The Corrs took an ex­tended hia­tus. And Sharon would wel­come the chance to work with sis­ters An­drea and Caro­line along­side brother Jim again. Sharon said: “The Corrs will def­i­nitely work to­gether again. “I am very open to the idea of do­ing some­thing with them. “We still get on re­ally well and there is an ap­pre­ci­a­tion amongst us that what we did to­gether was spe­cial.” The Corrs last played to­gether in 2005 fol­low­ing the re­lease of fifth stu­dio al­bum Home. Formed in 1990, the Ir­ish sib­ling act rose to world­wide promi­nence fol­low­ing a per­for­mance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games open­ing cer­e­mony. That ex­po­sure led to a sup­port slot on Ce­line Dion’s Fall­ing Into You Tour. From then on it was a whirl­wind of con­stant tour­ing and record­ing that even­tu­ally took its toll. “The Corrs came off the road be­cause we had been on it non-stop for fif­teen years,” she said. “We were wrecked! For many of those years we were tour­ing for as many as 300 days. “Some years we were on the road for longer than that which, when I look back on it now, is in­sane. “Plus, we weren’t just a band, but a fam­ily. “In that sort of dy­namic you need to get time apart to ex­plore your own iden­tity, with­out be­ing part of the sum of the group.” Since the sab­bat­i­cal from her fam­ily band, Sharon has be­gan a fam­ily with hus­band Gavin Bon­nar. She gave birth to son Cathal in March 2006 and daugh­ter Flori in July the fol­low­ing year. “When you are con­stantly tour­ing you have to put your life on hold,” she said. “Ba­si­cally there is not enough time to do any­thing nor­mal, like have ba­bies. We all re­alised it was time to get our in­di­vid­ual lives go­ing.” Sharon be­gan learn­ing the vi­o­lin aged six and was one of the pri­mary song-writers within The Corrs. The Ir­ish singer ad­mits she de­spairs at the cur­rent trend for man­u­fac­tur­ing ready-made pop stars churned out from tele­vi­sion tal­ent shows. “The mu­sic in­dus­try is im­pos­si­ble at the mo­ment,” she said. “To me the X-Fac­tor is like a pack­ag­ing plant. “They shave off a cou­ple of pounds, add some nice clothes and then stick it in a box with a bow on top and there you are, you have a star. “How­ever that star will only last for five min­utes. “I’m ter­ri­fied for those kids.”

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