' in terms of crossover popularity. Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland,
began playing music as child, learning how to play both the piano and flute. In her late teens, she won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music, but she dropped out of the school before she took her finals. For the next several years, she worked around London, performing various jobs during the day and singing at night. In the late '70s, she met guitarist
through a friend.
. The band was named
, and they released three albums between 1979 and 1980 and scored a number four U.K. hit with a cover of
While they were collaborating together in the Tourists
became lovers. Soon, tensions within the band grew, and by 1980 the pair had left the band to begin Eurythmics
. During the early '80s, the sleek synth pop of Eurythmics
became one of the most popular sounds of new wave, racking up a number of hits in both the U.S. and U.K., including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," "Love Is a Stranger," "Who's That Girl," and "Here Comes the Rain Again." Midway through their career, Eurythmics
began pursuing a harder, more straightforward rock & roll sound.
In 1990, following the release of Eurythmics
' commercial disappointment We Too Are One
announced that she was taking a two-year sabbatical to have a child. During this time, the group quietly dissolved, Lennox
had a baby, and she began working on her first solo album. Diva
, her solo debut, arrived in 1992 and showcased a calmer, more mature vocalist designed to cross over into the adult contemporary market. On the strength of the singles "Walking on Broken Glass" (number 14) and "Why" (number 34), Diva
sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone; the album was also nominated for three Grammy awards.Lennox
delivered her second solo album, a covers collection entitled Medusa
, in 1995. Peaking at number 11, Medusa
spawned the hit single "No More I Love You's," and went platinum by the end of 1995. Lennox
took some time off to raise her child and become more actively involved with humanitarian endeavors. A full eight years after Medusa
was released, she returned with Bare
, one of the strongest and most personal albums of her career. After another break, she released Songs of Mass Destruction
in September 2007 and made plans to embark on an extensive North American tour, starting in October. In 2010 Lennox
returned to recording with her first holiday album, entitled A Christmas Cornucopia.