After providing vocals to U2's music for The Captive, Sinéad O'Connor signed to Ensign Records and debuted with the single Troy. Her striking skinhead looks, allied to her powerful swooping vocals and lilting defiance ensured that her album The Lion And The Cobra did extremely well in the shops. O'Connor chose Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U as the lead off single for her follow-up: the track was a transatlantic number 1, and the attendant I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got was nominated for four Grammy Awards. Am I Not Your Girl?, released in 1992, came as something of a departure, mixing jazz standards and show tunes to mixed reviews. The singer stirred up controversy after tearing up a photo of the Pope on USA television. In 1997, she appeared as the Virgin Mary in the film The Butcher Boy, and just in case her fans had missed the point, she was unofficially ordained as a Catholic priest - not that the Vatican recognised her. In the midst of all the religious controversy, O'Connor managed to release the Gospel Oak EP and the aptly named 2000 album, Faith And Courage.
Followers: The Cranberries, Alanis Morissette, PJ Harvey
Influenced By: Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, The The...