Shirley Manson

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Shirley Manson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 26, 1966. She probably inherited her musical gifts from her father, a one-time jazz singer. Shirley didn't have an easy childhood. School was a particular problem, since she was cruelly teased by other children about everything from her red hair to her green eyes. When she couldn't take the insults anymore, and her own violent anger was getting the better of her, she dropped out of school. She was 16.

Shirley was in two local bands, 'August 1984' and 'The Wild Indian'. After months of playing in cheap hotels, in 1985 Shirley became the keyboard player and background vocalist for a band named Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. In 1990 EMI/Capitol sold their contract to Radioactive. There was a bad feeling with the distributor (MCA), and they also liked the idea of Shirley doing lead vocals so they (Shirley Manson - Vocals, Martin Metcalf - Guitar, Fin Wilson - Bass and Derek Kelly - Drums) formed Angelfish in 1993. In 1994 Angelfish's first single "Suffocate Me" aired on MTV's 120 minutes. Steve Marker was watching 120 minutes that night and he arranged a meeting with Shirley the next day. Steve offered her a position in the band and she quickly accepted. Within 24 hours of Angelfish's premiere, Shirley became the lead singer for Garbage, which led to Angelfish breaking up soon afterwards.

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Shirley Ann Manson (born 26 August 1966) is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress. She is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh and the United States to record with Garbage; she now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude and distinctive voice.

Manson's musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing vocals and keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie. Quickly she developed into a prominent member of the group and developed a formidable stage presence. Manson was approached by her band's record label with the idea of launching her as a solo artist, and recorded an album with her band under the Angelfish name. After seeing Manson in an Angelfish video broadcast only once on MTV's 120 Minutes, Garbage invited Manson to audition and record vocals on a couple of unfinished songs; she eventually co-wrote and co-produced an entire album with the band. The resulting self-titled debut, Garbage, was a critically acclaimed, worldwide hit, and was followed by four studio albums, including the multiple Grammy Award-nominated Version 2.0, and a greatest hits album. Garbage toured worldwide and sold 12 million records over ten years.

In 2006, Manson began to write and record solo material after Garbage was put on "hiatus" and in 2008 was cast in her first professional acting role on the second and final season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as series regular Catherine Weaver, a liquid metal T-1001 Terminator. Manson returned to the recording studio in 2010 to write and produce material for the group's fifth studio album Not Your Kind of People, who have since followed up with a sixth album Strange Little Birds.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Original Television Soundtrack Bear McCreary 4 1

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