imageSheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959 in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a female singer that began her career in the 1980s.

The youngest of six children, Sheena first began singing when she was five years old at the celebration of her aunt & uncle’s 25th wedding anniversary. She didn’t consider a singing career until she saw the Barbra Streisand film “The Way We Were.”

From 1975 to 1979, Sheena attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland on a scholarship where she trained as a speech & drama teacher during the day and sang with a band called Something Else in local clubs at night.

In 1979, Sheena married her first husband, Sandi Easton, but they divorced eight months later & she decided to keep her husband’s last name. During that same year, one of Sheena’s tutors at the Royal Scottish Academy convinced her to audition for Esther Rantzen, who was the producer of the BBC television show “The Big Time.”

Esther was planning a documentary film to document an unknown singer’s rise to pop music fame and Sheena was selected for the program where she met and sang with singers Dusty Springfield and Lulu, whose manager told Sheena that she wouldn’t make “the big time,” but within a year of the airing of “The Big Time,” Sheena proved Lulu’s manager wrong when she was offered a record contract with EMI Records.

For much of 1980, Sheena was followed by camera crews who filmed her as she worked on her debut single.
imageIn February of 1980, she released her debut single “Modern Girl” which originally peaked at #56 on the U.K. Singles chart, but it later re-entered the chart, peaking at #8. When the single was released in the United States a year later, it peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageIn May of 1980, Sheena released her second single “9 to 5” which became her first big hit, topping the charts in the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

When the single was released in the United States in 1981, the song title was changed to “Morning Train (9 to 5)” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5” which charted at the same time as Sheena’s single.

During 1980, Sheena was voted for various awards such as “Best British Female Singer” by the Daily Mirror Pop & Rock Awards, “Best Newcomer” by Capital Radio and “Best Female Singer” by the TV Times Readers Awards.
imageIn October of 1980, Sheena released her third single “One Man Woman” which was only released in Europe. The song managed to peak at #14 on the U.K. Singles chart and #5 in Ireland.

imageIn January of 1981, Sheena’s debut album “Take My Time” was released. It peaked at #17 on the U.K. Albums chart. Two months later, the album was released in the United States & Canada as a self-titled ten-track album. It was certified Gold in the U.K. and the U.S.
imageThe fourth single from the album “Take My Time” peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “When He Shines” peaked at #12 on the U.K. Singles chart, #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageIn 1981, Sheena sang the theme song to the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.”

The song was originally planned in mind for Donna Summer or Dusty Springfield, but film company, United Artists suggested Sheena to sing the song. At first, songwriter Bill Conti wasn’t impressed with Sheena, but later decided to work with her after he met her in person.

The song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also nominated for “Best Song” at the 1982 Academy Awards and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Music (Original Song).” Sheena also won a Grammy Award for “Best New Artist” in 1981.
imageIn September of 1981, Sheena released her third album “You Could Have Been With Me” which peaked at #33 on the U.K. Albums chart. When the album was released in the U.S. a year later, it peaked at #47 on the Billboard 200.
imageThe first single from the album “Just Another Broken Heart” peaked at #33 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe second single from the album “You Could Have Been With Me” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.
imageThe last single from the album “A Little Tenderness” managed to chart in Germany, Japan and the Netherlands, but not in the U.K. or U.S.
imageIn 1982, Sheena released her fourth album “Madness, Money & Music” which peaked at #44 on the U.K. Albums chart and #85 on the Billboard 200.
imageThe first single from the album “Machinery” peaked at #38 on the U.K. Singles chart and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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imageThe second & third singles “Are You Man Enough” and “Ice Out in the Rain” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageThe last single from the album “I Wouldn’t Beg For Water” peaked at #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.

During that same year, Sheena went on her first U.S. tour and her performance in Los Angeles, California was videotaped and broadcast on HBO (& later released on VHS) as “Sheena Easton Live at the Palace, Hollywood.”
imageIn 1983, Sheena sang a duet with Kenny Rogers entitled “We’ve Got Tonight” which topped Billboard’s Country Singles chart and also peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #2 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. In the U.K., the song peaked at #28 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageDuring that same year, she released her fifth album “Best Kept Secret” which peaked at #33 on the Billboard 200 and #99 on the U.K. Albums chart.

For this album, Sheena fired her music producer Christopher Neil & hired American music producers such as Jay Graydon, Greg Mathieson and Trevor Veitch (who worked with Laura Branigan) & recorded the album in the United States.
imageThe first single released from the album “Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #9 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. In the U.K., the song only peaked at #84 on the U.K. Singles chart. It was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.”
image The second single “Almost Over You” peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart and #89 on the U.K. Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Devil in a Fast Car” peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also charted in Japan, but it failed to make any impact in the United Kingdom.
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In 1984, Sheena released her sixth (and first Spanish-language) album “Todo me recuerda a ti.” The album consists of her greatest hits sung in Spanish. The album went Gold in Mexico and Argentina.
imageThe first single from the album, a duet with Mexican singer Luis Miguel called “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres” received a Grammy Award for “Best Mexican\Mexican-American Performance” at the 27th Grammy Awards, but the win received some controversy with Mexican-American musicians.
imageThe follow-up single from the album, a Spanish-language version of “We’ve Got Tonight” was sung as a duet with singer Dyango.
imageIn October of that same year, Sheena released her seventh album “A Private Heaven” which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 and #26 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
imageThe first single “Strut” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It also managed to chart in Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

It was also nominated for a Grammy for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female” at the 27th Grammy Awards and introduced a more sexually suggestive image of Sheena.
imageThe second single “Sugar Walls” peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s dance music charts. It also peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.

The song was written by Prince (using the pseudonym “Alexander Nevermind”). Because the song’s suggestive lyrics, it was put on the PMRC (Parents’ Music Resource Council)’s “Filthy Fifteen” songs list and the music video was banned due to its risque imagery.
imageThe third single “Swear” peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #43 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
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imageTwo more singles from the album “Back to the City” and “Hungry Eyes” didn’t generate a lot of success as the previous three singles did.
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In November of 1985, Sheena released her eighth album “Do You” which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200.
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The first single from the album “Do It For Love” peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #21 on Billboard’s Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe second single from the album, a cover version of Martha & the Vandellas song “Jimmy Mack” peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageThe last single from the album “Magic of Love” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
imageIn late 1985, Sheena contributed the song “It’s Christmas (All Over the World)” to the 1985 film “Santa Claus The Movie.”
imageIn 1986, Sheena contributed the song “So Far, So Good” for the film “…About Last Night” which peaked at #43 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #32 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
imageIn 1987, Sheena’s ninth album “No Sound But a Heart” was released in Canada, Japan, Mexico and other Asian markets.

The album was supposed to be released in the United States, but it ended up being delayed by EMI Records after the label was absorbed into EMI\Manhattan Records.
imageThe lead single “Eternity” failed to make any impact on the charts at all. The album would be Sheena’s last release on EMI Records and in 1988, she signed with MCA Records.

During that same year, Sheena appeared in Prince’s concert film “Sign o’ the Times” and dueted with him on the song “U Got the Look” which ended up being nominated for two Grammy Awards for “Best R&B Vocal, Duo or Group” and “Best R&B Song.”
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In November of 1987, Sheena guest-starred on the NBC series “Miami Vice” where she portrayed the role of Caitlin Davies for five episodes. She was also featured on the soundtrack to the show’s soundtrack with the song “Follow My Rainbow” which managed to chart in New Zealand & the Netherlands.

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In November of 1988, Sheena released her tenth album “The Lover in Me” which peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and #29 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #30 on the U.K. Albums chart, making the first album to chart in the U.K. for over 5 years. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.
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The title song became a hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #5 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks.

In the U.K., the song peaked at #15 on the U.K. Singles chart, making it Sheena’s first top 20 hit in 8 years.
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The second single from the album “Days Like This” peaked at #43 on the U.K. Singles chart and #35 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
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The third single “101” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart, #2 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart and #25 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
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The last single from the album “No Deposit, No Return” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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In 1989, Sheena sang another duet with Prince on the “Batman” movie soundtrack called “The Arms of Orion” which peaked at #27 on the U.K. Singles chart and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1990, Sheena revisited Scotland to perform at a festival in Glasgow, but after announcing that it was “good to be back home” in an American accent which resulted in fans throwing bottles (some of them containing urine) at her, she was forced to cut her set short. After that incident, Sheena vowed never to perform in Scotland again.
imageIn 1991, Sheena released her eleventh album “What Comes Naturally” which peaked at #90 on the Billboard 200 chart.
imageThe title song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #39 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart, #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #39 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks, making it Sheena’s last Top 40 hit in the United States.
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imageThe follow-up singles from the album “You Can Swing It” and “To Anyone” failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
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During that same year, she was featured on the soundtrack to the animated film “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” with the track “A Dream Worth Keeping.”

In 1992, Sheena became an U.S. citizen and hold dual citizenship in the United States and Scotland. During that same year in Japan & Germany, an unofficial version of “Modern Girl (Live in San Diego)” was released with the recordings of “That’s Life” and was from her early years with EMI & it became sort of a bootleg version of her concert of her first worldwide 1982 tour.
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In August of 1993, Sheena released her 12th album “No Strings” which featured jazz & standard music, leaving her previous pop\R&B music style behind.

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One of the songs from the album “The Nearness of You” was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Indecent Proposal” where she was also featured in a cameo role singing the song as Herbie Hancock played the piano. The song was released as a promotional single in some markets in Europe, but it didn’t appear to make the charts.
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In 1995, Sheena released her 13th album “My Cherie” which didn’t appear to make any album charts at all. The album featured adult pop music songs.

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The title was released a single, but it failed to make any impact on the music charts at all.

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The follow-up singles from the album “Too Much in Love” and “Flower in the Rain” failed to chart at all as well.

Between 1995 and 1996, Sheena adopted a boy named Jake and a girl named Skylar. In 1996, she provided the voice of Sasha La Fleur in the movie “All Dogs Go To Heaven 2” and was featured on the movie soundtrack as well.

In 1997, she sang the theme song to the movie “Shiloh” called “Are There Angels.” During that same year, Sheena guest-starred in a episode of the Canadian television series “The Outer Limits” and sang two songs from the “My Cherie” album.
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In the late ’90s, Sheena signed an album deal with MCA Japan and in 1997, she released her 14th album “Freedom” which peaked at #53 on the album chart in Japan. It wasn’t released in the United States until 2007 (in order to coincide with the launch of her website).
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The singles “Modern Girl ’97,” “When You Speak My Name” and “Love Me With Freedom” failed to make the charts at all.
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In 1999, Sheena released her 15th album “Home” which peaked at #97 on the Japanese Albums chart.
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The lead single “Carry A Dream” was the theme song to a Japanese animated film called “Marco.” The follow-up single “My Treasure is You” was also released, but it’s unknown how both singles made the charts.

Between 1999 and 2000, New York-based record label One Way Records gained the rights to release all of Sheena’s music from EMI-America Records.
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In 2000, a CD of ballads sung by Sheena called “Best Ballads” was released by Universal Japan.
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During that same year, Sheena signed a record deal with Universal International UK Records and released her 16th album “Fabulous” which peaked at #185 on the UK Albums chart.
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The first single, a cover version of The Three Degrees’ song “Giving Up, Giving In” peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.
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The second single from the album, a cover version of Donna Summer’s song “Love Is In Control” (along with the double A-side song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”) was released and a music video that took footage of Sheena’s album launch concert at the G-A-Y Nightclub in London, but it flopped & it ended up being shelved.

When “Fabulous” was released in Japan in February of 2001, a cover version of Frankie Valli’s song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” was released. During that same year, Sheena was asked to perform songs from the album to close out the 2001 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras ceremonies.

From 2002 to 2003, Sheena performed at the Las Vegas Hilton in a show called “For Your Ears Only.” In 2003, she contributed vocals to the song “If You’re Happy” for a CD in Japan called “Cover Morning Musume-Hello Project.” She also began hosting a talk show called “Vegas Live,” but was later replaced by Brian McKnight.

In 2004, she was inducted into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.

These days, Sheena lives in Henderson, Nevada and is the single mother of her son & daughter. Reportedly, she made shrewd investments in Florida property, but has denied those claims. In December of 2013, it was reported that Sheena sold her five-bedroom mansion in July of that same year for $430,650 and brought a smaller home.

These days, Sheena performs gigs sporadically and from 2013 to 2014, she had her own show called “The Sheena Easton Show” at the South Point Casino Las Vegas, but it appears that she has been staying out of the spotlight & it’s unknown if she’ll release another album anytime soon.

To see the music video for “Modern Girl,” go to:

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To see the music video for “You Could’ve Been With Me,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “A Little Tenderness,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “Are You Man Enough,” go to:

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To see the music video for “101,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “No Deposit, No Return,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “The Arms of Orion,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “You Can Swing It,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “The Nearness in You,” go to:

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To see a fan-made video for “Flower in the Rain,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Modern Girl ’97,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “When You Speak My Name,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Me with Freedom,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Carry a Dream,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “My Treasure Is You,” go to:

To see the music video for “Giving Up Giving In,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Love Is in Control,” go to:

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