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Sharleen Spiteri

Sharleen Eugene Spiteri (born 7 November 1967 in Glasgow) is a Scottish singer. She fronts the band Texas and from 2008 has begun her career as a solo artist.

Biography

Spiteri was born in Bellshill, near Glasgow, to father Eddie, a guitar-playing merchant seaman of Maltese descent, and mother Vilma, a singer of German/Irish roots. When she was young the family moved from the Glaswegian suburbs to nearby Balloch, Dumbartonshire, close to the banks of Loch Lomond. At school her nickname was ‘Spit the Dog’, after the gobbing mutt on the TV show Tiswas.

Musical career

Spiteri's musical influences include The Clash (the main reason she plays a black Fender Telecaster) and Blondie to Marvin Gaye and Prince. She is also a dedicated Diana Ross fan.

She co-founded the band Texas while still a hairdresser in Glasgow at the Irvine Rusk salon.

Several actors have appeared in Texas videos: "In Demand" featured Alan Rickman dancing the tango with Spiteri, "I'll See It Through" featured French actor Jean Reno and "Getaway" had James Purefoy courting Spiteri.

Spiteri supported German Industrial metal band Rammstein by supplying guest vocals in their ballad "Stirb Nicht Vor Mir (Don't Die Before I Do)" on their album Rosenrot (2005). She also sang backing vocals on the Gun albums Taking On The World and Gallus from 1989 and 1992. She is the cousin of Gun singer Mark Rankin. Spiteri additionally sang backing vocals on "Bad Time" by Jayhawks on their album "Tomorrow the Green Grass" from 1995.

Solo career

On 6 July 2008 she entered the UK charts at number 47 with her first solo recording "All the Times I Cried". The following week, the song rose to #26. "All the Times I Cried" is currently at number #33.

Spiteri released her debut solo album Melody on 14 July 2008. It debuted at number 3 on the UK album chart, behind Coldplay's Viva la Vida at number 2, and Basshunter, who entered at number 1.

Film

Spiteri landed the part of a detective opposite Edward Furlong in the thriller Three Blind Mice, but backed out due to pregnancy. She was also cast in Moulin Rouge! starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, but she told Jonathan Ross on his show on 4 November 2005 that she declined because she did not want to move to Australia for a year.

Lesbian fan base

Spiteri has a large lesbian fanbase, though her own sexual orientation is heterosexual.

When Texas released their debut single, "I Don't Want a Lover", in 1989, Spiteri was adamant that she didn't want a 'girly' image and insisted on 'Big E' Levi jeans and a leather jacket. She wrote and performed the title track to the 1990s sitcom Ellen, and once appeared alongside Ellen DeGeneres in the opening credits.

Additionally, according to an article in the Scottish tabloid Sunday Mail, Spitari's song "Don't Keep Me Waiting" (from the Melody album) will be used in the final season of The L Word, Showtime's popular drama about a group of lesbians living in West Hollywood.

Personal life

Spiteri had a long-term relationship with the editor of Arena magazine, Ashley Heath. The couple have a daughter, Misty Kyd (named after the phrase from the Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me and Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid), born on 9 September 2002. The birth prompted her close friend Thierry Henry to dedicate a goal to her daughter by revealing the slogan "For the new born Kyd" beneath his shirt later that day. The couple separated in the second half of 2004, and she is now dating TV chef Bryn Williams. In June 2008 on The Graham Norton Show she revealed that she was recently involved in an argument with Paris Hilton in a London club. Sharleen is a patron of children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent.

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