Friday, July 18, 2014
Sheena Easton began her singing career when she worked for a band in the evenings while studying to be a speech and drama teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance. It was after graduating that she won a BBC-sponsored singing competition. This led to her being featured in the BBC documentary series The Big Time, in 1980, which followed her quest to become a pop star. Her first U.S. single, “Morning Train,” topped the charts in 1981 and her eponymous debut album went gold. Shortly after, she performed the theme song to the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only and won the 1981 Grammy award for Best New Artist. In 1984, she reinvented her image and gained renewed popularity with two risque and controversial singles, “Strut” and “Sugar Wells,” the latter of which was written and produced by Prince. Later in her career, she began to focus on acting, appearing in the television series Miami Vice and the Broadway play Man of LaMancha.