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Sheena Easton

Easton's breakout moment came from appearing on a BBC reality show, The Big Time, which focused on amateurs trying to reach their dreams. Afterward, the singer got a record deal, and her debut singles "Modern Girl" and "9 to 5" made it onto the charts in England. She became the first female artist since the 1950s to have two Top 10 hits at the same time in Britain. An album followed in 1981, as did her recognition in the United States. Her song "9 to 5" was retitled "Morning Train" (since Dolly Parton had a track of the same name already in circulation), and quickly became a smash hit. Easton had arrived, and that was confirmed when she took home the Grammy Award as Best New Artist. Other hits followed, including "For Your Eyes Only," the theme song to the 1981 James Bond movie of the same name. In 1983, she scored again with the Kenny Rogers duet "We've Got Tonight."

With her 1984 album A Private Heaven, Easton went for more of a dance vibe and a racier persona, especially with the somewhat scandalous song "Sugar Walls," which was produced by Prince. (She and Prince would go on to work together again on his 1987 song "U Got The Look.") The Family Resource Center, led by Tipper Gore, targeted "Sugar Walls" for its suggestiveness, but Easton stood up to the criticism. It didn't seem to hinder her career, as that same year she was honored as the only artist in history to have Top 5 hits on Billboard's major five charts—pop, R&B, country, adult contemporary and dance.

Afterward, Easton continued to test her musical boundaries. In 1985, she won a Grammy Award for best Mexican artist performance for a duet with Luis Miguel. In 1993, she released an album of jazz/blues standards. More recently, she recorded songs for Disney's animated series Phineas and Ferb in 2009, in addition to her occasional live performances.


Sheena Shirley Easton (née Orr; born April 27, 1959) is a Scottish international recording artist and stage and TV/film actress. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality television programme The Big Time: Pop Singer, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

Easton's 1980 debut singles, "Modern Girl" and "9 to 5"," entered into the UK top ten, making her the first UK female artist to appear twice in the same top ten. In 1981, "9 to 5", topped the US Hot 100, making her the third UK female solo artist to achieve this, following Petula Clark and Lulu. In the US, the song was released as "Morning Train (9 to 5)".

A six-time Grammy nominee in the US, Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner, winning Best New Artist in 1981 and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1985, for her duet with Luis Miguel on the song "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres". She has received five U.S. Gold albums and one U.S. Platinum album. She has recorded 16 studio albums, released 45 singles, and had 15 Top 40 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 between 1981 and 1991. She also had 25 top 40 hits in international territories around the world. In Canada, Easton scored three gold and two platinum albums. She has sold over 20 million albums and singles worldwide.

Easton became the first artist in history to have a top 5 hit on five different Billboard charts consecutively, with Morning Train (9 to 5) (Pop & Adult Contemporary), "We've Got Tonight" with Kenny Rogers (Country), "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" (Dance), and "Sugar Walls" (R&B).

Easton's other hits include the James Bond theme "For Your Eyes Only", "Strut", "U Got the Look" and "The Arms of Orion" with Prince, "The Lover in Me" and "What Comes Naturally". She has worked with prominent vocalists and producers, such as Prince, Christopher Neil, Kenny Rogers, David Foster, Luis Miguel, L.A. Reid, Babyface, Patrice Rushen and Nile Rodgers.


Sheena has been married and divorced four times.
Sandi Easton (1978 - 1979)
Robert Light (1984 - 1985)
Timothy Delarm (1997 - 1998)
John Minoli (2002 - 2004)
Sheena's song "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" was her only #1 hit on the Billboard Pop Charts.
Sheena recorded an album of disco covers, 'Fabulous', in 2000 for Universal Records for the European market. It went top 20 in Spain and Estonia.
Sheena's song "9 to 5" was already a big hit in the UK, but when the song was released in America the title had to be changed to "Morning Train" to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton's recent hit of the same name.
Sheena won two Grammy Awards, including one for Best New Artist in 1981.
Sheena is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Sheena adopted two children, Jake in 1995 and Skylar in 1996.
Sheena Easton is a two time Grammy Award winner. Once for Best Newcomer in 1981, and Best MexicanAmerican Performance shared with Luis Miguel for the song ' Me Gustas Tal Como Eres' in 1983.
Sheena also recieved a Platinum Award in 1984 for 1,000,000 copies sold of her 'A Private Heaven' album. Her albums 'Sheena Easton' (1980), 'You Could Have Been With Me' (1981), Do You (1985), and 'The Lover In Me (1988) all went Gold.
Since 1980 Sheena has had 8 Billboard Hot 100 - Top 10 Hits, and is to this day the only artist ever to have had Top 5 hits on five different Billboard charts: Pop, Dance, R&B, Country, and Adult Contemporary.
As well as lending her acting talents to the TV series Miami Vice in 1988, Sheena also contributed a song to the soundtrack - 'Follow My Rainbow', which was released as a single in Germany featuring footage from the series in the music video.
Since moving out of the limelight Sheena has two adopted children and has been a regular attraction in Las Vegas since the early 90's, where she now resides.

 

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