As one of the world’s finest and most outstanding musical voices, singer songwriter Annie Lennox is celebrated as an innovator, an iconoclast, and a symbol of enduring excellence.
Her songs, both with Eurythmics and as a solo artist, are part of the soundtrack to our collective lives.
In 1971, at the age of 17, Annie left her native Scotland to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London.
From a chance encounter with Dave Stewart a few years later, the pair went on to form The Tourists, achieving significant chart success in the UK, Europe and Australia.
It was not until the break up of the band in ’79 however, that they decided to form a duo,
which would come to be known as Eurythmics.
After the massive success of their second album, SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS, Eurythmics went on to become the household name that we know today.
Spanning over a decade of records, tours and groundbreaking videos, they sold over 75 million albums, and achieved over 20 international hits across the world.
Annie released her debut solo album entitled DIVA in 1992, entering the charts at number 1 in the UK. The album sold around six million worldwide, two and a half million of those in the USA.
It included the Top 10 singles WHY , WALKING ON BROKEN GLASS and LITTLE BIRD
In 1995, Annie released MEDUSA an album of lovingly crafted reinterpretations of some of her favourite songs. The album also debuted at number one in the UK and included the massive single NO MORE I LOVE YOU’S MEDUSA sold around 5 million copies.
Several years later, in June 2003 Annie released her third solo album BARE to much critical acclaim, achieving the position of number 4 in the US Billboard Charts.
In September 2005 Eurythmics issued ULTIMATE COLLECTION as an updated version of the classic double albumEURYTHMICS GREATEST HITS
Throughout her career Annie has received countless awards including; the prestigious Ivor Novello Award, eight BRITS, including Lifetime Achievement Award, three Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, a World Music Award, ASCAPs including the Founders Award (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), The Billboard Century Award and, ultimately…an Oscar for her work on Lord Of The Rings.
Annie’s fourth solo album “Songs of Mass Destruction” was released October 2007, it included the song SING/JIKELELE which launched the SING campaign(www.annielennoxsing.com) , working to raise awareness and support women and children affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic in Southern Africa.
The Annie Lennox Collection released 2009 paints a vivid portrait in song of the most successful female British artist in pop music history. This 14-song retrospective brings together the acclaimed artist’s finest solo work on a single disc for the first time, and includes a pair of new songs available exclusively with this release.
Spanning 15 years, The Annie Lennox Collection also available in a Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes hits from her four top-selling solo albums Diva (1992), Medusa (1995), Bare (2003) and last year’s highly praised Songs of Mass Destruction. The timeless music selected for this collection uniquely reflects the essence of the singer’s instantly recognizable brand of soul music on tracks like “Why,” “Walking on Broken Glass” and “No More ‘I Love You’s’” — a song that earned Lennox one of her four Grammys.
“It seems like the time has come to release the Collection this year,” Lennox says of her first best-of set. “I’m very proud of these songs. They are timeless and have become ‘classics’ in their own right.”
The retrospective also includes two new songs that Lennox recorded specially for this collection. The first, “Pattern of My Life,” was written by Tom Chaplin of Keane. The second is a cover of “Shining Light,” a song originally recorded by Ash in 2001. “I first discovered this song by Ash about six years ago, and I simply couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s so exultant that it virtually shimmers,” Lennox says.
As a dedicated activist and campaigner, Annie works with numerous organisations, including SING, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Comic Relief, and Greenpeace.