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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

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First broadcast: Sun 11 May 2008

Singer, Songwriter

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is one of our most successful singer-songwriters, Annie Lennox. Her extraordinary voice has captivated us for more than a quarter of a century and, as one half of the group Eurythmics and as a solo artist, she's sold tens of millions of records and won fistfuls of awards. As a teenager, her musical ability was her passport out of her home town of Aberdeen. At that point, a career as a flautist beckoned: but, after studying in London, she felt she could never make her mark as a classical musician. It was a chance encounter with aspiring pop-star Dave Stewart that set her on an entirely different path.

For much of the 1980s, all her creative energy went into making music. But when her children were born, she says, her priorities shifted. Now she devotes much of her time and energy to supporting different humanitarian causes. She says: "I need to find meaning in my life to make me happy; and that's been an ongoing struggle."

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Claude Debussy

3.

Claude Debussy

Syrinx

Soloist: James Galway

Others who chose this artist

Aretha Franklin

5.

Castaway's favourite

Aretha Franklin

I Say A Little Prayer

Others who chose this artist

The Blue Nile

6.

The Blue Nile

A Walk Across The Rooftops

Others who chose this artist

Antonio Vivaldi

7.

Antonio Vivaldi

The Four Seasons - Winter - 1st movement

Soloist: Michel Schwalbe Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker

Others who chose this artist

Otis Redding

8.

Otis Redding

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

Others who chose this artist

9.

10.

Book

Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Suncream

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

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