Full Name: Sadenia Reader

Description: Vocalist, Composer, Record producer, Scotland
Known For: Former member of – “Fairground Attraction”

Instruments: Vocals, Acoustic guitar, Concertina, Harmonica, Piano, Ukulele
Music Styles: Pop, Folk

Date Born: 29th August 1959
Location Born: Glasgow


Web Site: http://www.eddireader.co.uk/

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Eddi Reader MBE

A Scottish singer, known both for her work with Fairground Attraction and for an enduring solo career.

She is the recipient of three Brit Awards and has topped both the album and singles charts.

In 2003 she showcased the works of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

She was nicknamed Edna by her parents. Living at first in the district of Anderston, Glasgow, in a tenement slum demolished in 1965, The young Reader family moved to a two-bedroomed flat in the estate of Arden, Glasgow.

She began playing the guitar at the age of ten, and started her musical career busking, first in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street, then in the early 1980s in London and around Europe where she also worked with circus and performance artists.

Back in Scotland she answered an advert in the music press and travelled to London to audition and join the punk band Gang of Four who needed a backing singer for their appearance on the British television music show: The Old Grey Whistle Test and for their UK tour. This led to her first US tour with the band.

Back in the UK, after leaving the band she started working as a session vocalist in London, picking up work singing jingles for radio advertisements and singing with such acts as Eurythmics, etc.

She joined “Fairground Attraction” with members:

Simon Edwards (guitarrón — acoustic bass guitar)
Roy Dodds (drums & percussion).

In 1988 the band signed to RCA/BMG records and released their first single, “Perfect”, which became a UK number one, winning best single at the 1989 BRIT Awards.

This success was short-lived and in 1989 Reader returned to Scotland, but before she embarked on her solo career.

Reader worked on new material with a backing band calling itself The Patron Saints of Imperfection (made up of Roy Dodds, Neill and Calum MacColl, and Phil Steriopoulos.

This became her first solo album, recorded for RCA Records: 1992’s Mirmama.

Meeting Geoff Travis who signed her to Warner Brothers subsidiary label, Blanco Y Negro , The managing director Rob Dickens executively produced her second solo album Eddi Reader (1994), which won her the “Best female singer” BRIT Award that year.

Reader continued to tour (England, Scotland, Japan, Australia, Spain, the United States, and Ireland).

In 2003, she recorded her album of material by Robert Burns, with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, leading to good reviews and an international resurgence.

She spent April 2006 touring Australia with Boo Hewerdine and Alan Kelly.

In 2009, she performed in period-drama Me and Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Zac Efron, Christian McKay and Claire Danes.

Reader performed re-arranged 1930s standards, with Jools Holland.

The Robert Burns project saw Reader awarded an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts in the New Year’s honours list of 2006.

In May 2007 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde.

Albums include.

Mirmama (1992)
Eddi Reader (1994)
Candyfloss and Medicine (1996)
Angels & Electricity (1998)
Simple Soul (2001)
Driftwood (2001)
Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (2003)
Peacetime (2007)
The Songs of Robert Burns Deluxe Edition (2009)
Love is the Way (2009)