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Sinead O’Connor

Biography

Irish singer-songwriter whose album The Lion as well as the Cobra brought her industrial success, aswell as her cover of “Nothing at all Compares 2 U.” She was delivered to Magdalene Asylum for shoplifting when she was fifteen. She’s collaborated with performers like Shane McGowan. In 2000, she openly accepted to being truly a lesbian, despite her previous failed marriages. She has wedded four situations: initial to John Reynolds in 1987, after that to Nicholas Sommerlad in 2001, after that to Steve Cooney this year 2010, and lastly to Barry Herridge in 2011. She acquired four kids and welcomed her initial grandchild in 2015. Bob Dylan was an impact on her behalf songwriting.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sinéad O'Connor
Date Of Birth December 8, 1966
Place Of Birth Glenageary, Ireland
Height 1.63 m
Profession Rock Singer
Education Newtown School, Waterford
Nationality Irish, British, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Spouse Barry Herridge, Stephen Cooney, Nicholas Sommerlad, John Reynolds, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Children Roisin Waters, Shane Lunny, Yeshua Bonadio, Jake Reynolds, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Parents Marie O'Connor, John O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Siblings Joseph O'Connor, Eimear O'Connor, John O'Connor, Eoin O'Connor, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Awards MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Alternative Video, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Danish Music Award for International Hit of the Year, Billboard Music Award for No. 1 World Single, Danish Grammy Award for Foreign Female Singer of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Rock Female Artist, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Music Groups The The, Band Aid 30, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Music Video, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, Juno Award for International Album of the Year, International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Europe, Juno Award for International Entertainer of the Year, TV Land Most Memorable SNL Musical Guest Award, Nothing Compares 2 U, This Is a Rebel Song, Oró Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile
Movies The Butcher Boy, Hush-a-Bye Baby, The Year of the Horse, The Value of Ignorance, Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin, Red Hot and Blue, Live at the Sugar Club, Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, Greatest Irish Artists, The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1, Out of Ireland: The Hit Songs and Artists of Irish Music, Gaelic Spirit: Bringing Together the Best in Irish Music, Greatest Love: 18 Classic Hits
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Sister of renowned Irish author and broadcaster Joseph O'Connor.
2 Re-establishing Herself as a prominent Musician by Releasing Séan-Nos Nua, an Album of Traditional Irish Folk tunes, as well as New Music. [October 2002]
3 Was incarcerated in one of the notorious Magdalene Asylums during her teens for shoplifting.
4 Gave birth to her fourth child at age 40, a son Yeshua Francis Neil Bonadino on December 19, 2006. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Frank Bonadino.
5 Gave birth to her third child at age 37, a son Shane Lunny on March 10, 2004. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, Donal Lunny.
6 Gave birth to her second child at age 29, a daughter Brigidine Róisíne Waters on March 6, 1996. Child's father is her ex-boyfriend, John Waters.
7 Gave birth to her first child at age 20, a son Jake Reynolds on June 16, 1987. Child's father is her first husband, John Reynolds.
8 Is a Vegan.
9 Winner of the 1991 Brit Award for International Female.
10 Expecting fourth child, first with partner Frank Bonadio, due Christmas Eve 2006.
11 A few weeks after her notorious Saturday Night Live appearance, she appeared at a benefit concert with Kris Kristofferson. When her name was announced, the crowd responded with what appeared to be a dead-even split between cheering and booing. Due to this rare reaction, she immediately scrapped her scheduled song (the keyboardist started playing and she waved for him to stop, which he did) and sang "War" again (the song she sang on SNL), then left the stage and broke down crying in Kristofferson's arms.
12 Was ordained as a Latin Tridentine Church priest by a rebel bishop; her adopted religious name was Mother Bernadette Mary.
13 Retired from music in 2003 to raise her three children, but announced in February 2005 that she was returning to the business.
14 In 2003, announced she had fibromyalgia, a illness known for causing incredible fatigue. This was a factor in her retirement from music.
15 Had a bitter three-year battle with ex-boyfriend, Irish journalist John Waters, for full custody rights of their daughter Roisin. The singer decided to turn over the baby to her father, just four days after she attempted suicide by swallowing 20 valium tablets. [1999]
16 Ranked #35 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
17 When she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category for "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" (1990), she refused to accept it making her the first recording artist to rebuff N.A.R.A.S. Thus, the title of the song became somewhat prophetic
18 Once worked as a "Kiss-O-Gram" girl in Dublin.
19 Caused a huge international stir when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, live, on Saturday Night Live (1975) (on October 3, 1992), while shouting "Fight the true evil!" after singing an a capella version of Bob Marley's "War". Almost immediately, NBC received over a thousand phone calls with complaints. NBC, to this day, refuses to ever reair the incident, and all subsequent reruns of that show have a pre-show recording of her singing the song.
20 She made news in 1990 when she announced she would refuse to go onstage at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey if "The Star Spangled Banner" was performed. The venue heeded her demand.
21 Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. [1991]


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guapas 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series producer - 1 episode
My Mad Fat Diary 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Reason to Kill 2013 Short performer: "One More Day"
So You Think You Can Dance 2006-2012 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
White Heat 2012 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
One Hit Wonderland 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Voice UK 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Albert Nobbs 2011 performer: "Lay Your Head Down"
Doctors 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
20 to 1 2006-2010 TV Series documentary performer - 2 episodes
The Young Victoria 2009 performer: "Only You love theme from The Young Victoria"
Sputnik 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
60/90 2008 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 performer: "Nothing Compares 2 U"
100 Greatest Songs of the 90s 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Water Horse 2007 performer: "Back Where You Belong Theme from The Water Horse" / writer: "Back Where You Belong Theme from The Water Horse"
Fred Claus 2007 performer: "Silent Night"
Le premier cri 2007 Documentary performer: "A newborn Child"
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Jericho 2006-2007 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dolly Parton: The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002 2006 Video short performer: "Dagger Through The Heart"
Blind Dating 2006 performer: "Harbour" - as Sinead O'Connor
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2004-2005 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
I Love the '90s 2004 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Joan of Arcadia 2003 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 "Tears From the Moon" Carmen Rizzo Stateside West Chillout mix
Veronica Guerin 2003 performer: "Funeral Song", "One More Day"
120 Minutes 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Québec-Montréal 2002 performer: "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance" / writer: "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"
S.P.U.N.G 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience 2002 Video performer: "Molly Malone", "Oró Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile", "The Singing Bird", "My Lagan Love", "I Am Stretched on Your Grave", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "John I Love You", "The Moorlough Shore", "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart", "Paddy's Lament", "Thank You for Hearing Me", "Fire on Babylon", "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"
Vanilla Sky 2001 performer: "The Healing Room" 2000 / writer: "The Healing Room" 2000
Alias 2001 TV Series 1 episode
If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story 2001 Documentary performer: "Haunted"
Heroes of Magic 2000 TV Special documentary performer: "You Do Something to Me" - uncredited
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 2000 performer: "When You Love"
Little Nicky 2000 performer: "Dancing Lessons" - as Sinead O'Connor / writer: "Dancing Lessons" - as Sinead O'Connor
When the Sky Falls 2000 performer: "Full Circle"
Angela's Ashes 1999 performer: "Three Babies" / writer: "Three Babies"
The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 performer: "LULLABY FOR CAIN"
Stigmata 1999 performer: "Release" / writer: "Release"
A Song for Eurotrash 1998 TV Movie documentary performer: "All Kinds of Everything"
You've Got Mail 1998 performer: "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" - as Sinead O'Connor
TFI Friday 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dog Park 1998 performer: "This Is To Mother You" / writer: "This Is To Mother You"
Dance with Me 1998 performer: "Why Don't You Do Right"
The Great Hunger: The Life and Songs of Shane MacGowan 1997 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Song With No Name"
The MatchMaker 1997 performer: "Haunted"
The Butcher Boy 1997 performer: "THE BUTCHER BOY", "BEAUTIFUL BUNDORAN"
The End of Violence 1997 performer: "I'm Not Your Baby"
No Child of Mine 1997 TV Movie performer: "In This Heart" - uncredited / writer: "In This Heart" - uncredited
Michael Collins 1996 performer: "She Moved Through The Fair", "Easter Rebellion", "Civil War"
Two If by Sea 1996 performer: "Haunted"
In the Name of the Father 1993 performer: " You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart"
Forsthaus Falkenau 1992 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1990-1992 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Nothing Compares to You 1992 Documentary short performer: "Nothing Compares to You"
The Ghosts of Oxford Street 1991 TV Movie performer: "Silent Night" - uncredited
Only Fools and Horses.... 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Red Hot and Blue 1990 TV Movie performer: "You Do Something To Me"
State of Grace 1990 performer: "Drink Before the War" / writer: "Drink Before the War"
Top of the Pops 1990 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sinead O'Connor: Year of the Horse 1990 Video performer: "Feel so Different", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "I Want Your Hands On Me", "Three Babies", "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance", "Nothing Compares 2 U", "Jump in the River", "Jerusalem", "Troy" / writer: "Feel so Different", "The Emperor's New Clothes", "I Want Your Hands On Me", "Three Babies", "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance", "Jump in the River", "Jerusalem", "Troy"
The Value of Ignorance 1989 Video short performer: "Jackie", "Just Like U Said It Would B", "Mandinka", "Just Call Me Joe", "Never Get Old", "Jerusalem", "Troy", "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" / writer: "Jackie", "Just Like U Said It Would B", "Mandinka", "Never Get Old", "Jerusalem", "Troy", "I Am Stretched on Your Grave"
Miami Vice 1988 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Good Mother 1988 performer: "Just Like U Said It Would B" / writer: "Just Like U Said It Would B"
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988 performer: "I Want Your Hands On Me" / producer: "I Want Your Hands On Me"
Married to the Mob 1988 performer: "Jump in the River" / writer: "Jump in the River"
Captive 1986 performer: "Heroine"
The Clan of the Cave Bear 1986 performer: "HEROINE"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Waves 2017 Short composer: theme music filming
The Water Horse 2007 vocals
Independent Lens TV Series documentary composer - 1 episode, 2003 musician - 1 episode, 2003
I Could Read the Sky 1999 musician
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary musical performance by - 1 episode
Hush-a-Bye Baby 1990 composer: theme music

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Famine pre-production
The Butcher Boy 1997 Our Lady / Colleen
Wuthering Heights 1992 Emily Bronte (uncredited)
The Ghosts of Oxford Street 1991 TV Movie Ann of Oxford Street
Hush-a-Bye Baby 1990 Sinéad

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Mother's Blight 2016 Short
The Value of Ignorance 1989 Video short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience 2002 Video executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Artists of the Roundtable 2008 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
Sinead O'Connor: 8 Good Reasons 2014 Short Herself
Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Series Herself
Night of the Proms 2013 TV Series Herself - Singer
Skavlan 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2007-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show 2005-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Music 2010 Documentary Herself
Music of Ireland: Welcome to America 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
50 Greatest Pop Videos 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Newsnight 2010 TV Series Herself
Music of Ireland: Welcome Home 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Continuarà... 2008 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Miradas 2 2008 TV Series documentary Herself - Interviewee
Saturday Night with Miriam 2007 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2007 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
The Heaven and Earth Show 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ce soir (ou jamais!) 2007 TV Series Himself
Xposé 2007 TV Series Herself
The Podge and Rodge Show 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
God Gave Rock & Roll to You 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos 2005 TV Movie Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2005 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2000-2005 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Peter Gabriel: Play 2004 Video Herself (segment "Blood of Eden")
Damien Dempsey: It's All Good 2004 Documentary Herself
Ryan Confidential 2004 TV Series Herself (2004)
Une nuit au festival interceltique de Lorient 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Dolly Parton: Platinum Blonde 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
V Graham Norton 2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
Sinead O'Connor: Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience 2002 Video Herself
So Graham Norton 2001 TV Series Herself - Guest
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
The Big Schmooze 2000 TV Series Herself
The Beatles Revolution 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself
Good Morning Australia 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rove Live 2000 TV Series Herself
Música sí 2000 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Howard Stern 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Early Show 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
Here, There and Everywhere: a Concert for Linda 1999 TV Special documentary Herself
Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer 1999 TV Series Herself
A Song for Eurotrash 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself - Special Guest
The Righteous Babes 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
TFI Friday 1997-1998 TV Series Herself / Herself - Performer
The Art of Influence 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Jo Whiley 1998 TV Series Herself - Special Guest
The Irish in America: Long Journey Home 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary voice
The Great Hunger: The Life and Songs of Shane MacGowan 1997 TV Movie documentary Herself
Nobel Peace Prize Concert 1997 TV Movie Herself
Sessions at West 54th 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 1995-1996 TV Series Herself
Celebration: The Music of Pete Townshend and The Who 1994 Documentary Herself
Top of the Pops 1988-1994 TV Series Herself
The Danny Baker Show 1994 TV Series Herself - Guest
Verstehen Sie Spaß? 1994 TV Series Herself
All About Us 1993 Video documentary Herself - Vocals (segment "Blood of Eden") (uncredited)
MTV Video Music Awards 1993 1993 TV Special Herself
Aspel & Company 1993 TV Series Herself - Guest
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 1993 TV Special documentary Herself
Saturday Night Live 1990-1992 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
The Word 1992 TV Series Herself
Arena 1992 TV Series documentary Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 1991 1991 TV Special Herself
Two Rooms: A Tribute to Elton John & Bernie Taupin 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Simple Truth: A Concert for Kurdish Refugees 1991 TV Movie Herself
Sex in the 90's 1991 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
1990 Billboard Music Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 1990 1990 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Wall: Live in Berlin 1990 TV Movie documentary Herself
Gossip 1990 TV Series Herself - Guest
Sinead O'Connor: Year of the Horse 1990 Video Herself
The Value of Ignorance 1989 Video short Herself
Zomerrock 1988-1989 TV Series Herself
The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1988 TV Series Herself - Guest
Wired 1988 TV Series Herself - Performer
The Roxy 1988 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's So... 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Official! Biggest Hits of the 90s 2015 TV Movie Herself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Herself
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
20 to 1 2006-2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1) 2009 Video Herself (segment "Fire on Babylon")
Sputnik 2008 TV Series Herself
60/90 2008 TV Series Herself
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series Herself
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself
Folk Hibernia 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Top of the Pops 2005 TV Series Herself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story 2001 Documentary Herself - song "Haunted"
Heroes of Magic 2000 TV Special documentary
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Herself
Top of the Pops 2 1994 TV Series Herself
Showbiz Today 1992 TV Series

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Awards Best Original Song Written for a Film Albert Nobbs (2011) · Brian Byrne (music by)
· Glenn Close (lyrics by)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Song Albert Nobbs (2011) · Brian Byrne (music by)
· Glenn Close (lyrics by)
2008 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Most Memorable SNL Musical Guest Saturday Night Live (1975)
1992 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Music Video - Long Form Sinead O'Connor: Year of the Horse (1990) · Sophie Muller (video director)


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#Quote
1 [on remarrying therapist Barry Herridge] Since no woman on earth could not adore a man that treats her like a goddess and loves her like a slut.
2 All what we know as rock and pop music came from blues when you trace it back, it's history came from blues and in its time blues was pretty much like rap in so far as it had the same format which meant anybody could write a song. It wasn't too complicated, it was 12 bars, you had three verses, the first three lines were the same, the last line was different, you had a bridge.
3 A writer is the perfect boyfriend, they have lots of time to snuggle and a desk to bend you over.
4 [on her time in school in Ireland] I remember being in Sion Hill in Blackrock and this old nun walked into the room and drew this enormous big hard dick - in one continuous sweep of the chalk - and we fell on the floor clutching ourselves laughing. We had never even seen a dick that didn't belong to our brothers. Why did she do it? And how did a nun know how to draw such an accurate looking penis, balls and all? Anyway, that was the limit of my sex education.
5 I'm not a musical snob. 'Ooo Baby Baby' or whatever - those are as valid as 'Working Class Hero' or 'Imagine'. But there are times artists do need to stand up and not just be entertainers. 'V.I.P', the song, was about Irish artists being silent on the matter of the church reports [on child abuse by priests]. But it translates. The priorities have gone askew. If the rappers and the rock stars are having dinner with the President, that's a problem.
6 [observation, 2013] The music business is corrupt. It's full of nothing but vampires and pimps. What was more important that came out of the Miley [Cyrus] thing was being able to conversate about mental health and human rights. The two of us, without meaning it, did quite a good job.
7 The power of rock'n'roll to change things, to move people, is being murdered by all this worship of fame - Pop Idol, XFactor, all this stuff. What I'm worried about is it's all about the visual, the pyrotechnics, the tits out, shake your ass. It's not about the song. That to me is quite sad.
8 I don't do anything in order to cause trouble. It just so happens that what I do naturally causes trouble. I'm proud to be a troublemaker.
9 When you live with the Devil you learn there's a God very quickly.
10 As far as I'm concerned, I'm now in the business of making spiritual records and using my voice for that purpose. I'm not going to be singing songs that I made in the past. I closed the door on that incarnation of Sinead O'Connor.

#Trademark
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