Famous for her attention-grabbing style, singer-songwriter Annie Lennox uses her four-octave voice to hit all the right notes for her songs and worldwide causes alike. Born in 1954 in Scotland, Lennox very early showed a gift and a passion for singing and the flute. After high school, she attended London's Royal Academy of Music, where she gave up the flute for vocal training and songwriting, all the while working odd jobs to stay afloat. Along with Dave Stewart, she formed the band Eurythmics, which combined smooth synthetic sounds with a distinct soul ring in Lennox's voice into the most successful "New Wave" synthetic pop sound of the 1980s. After 1983 megahit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," the peripatetic duo produced seven albums over as many years, featuring songs from the haunting "Who's That Girl" to the romantic "Here Comes the Rain Again." As a solo artist she released hit albums Diva and Medusa. When not singing solo or with Stewart, Lennox works for a variety of causes, especially fighting HIV/AIDS and poverty in Africa, and received the 2008 British Red Cross Services to Humanity Award. She has worked with UNICEF, Nelson Mandela's 46664 Foundation, and Witness. Speaking out and singing out, Annie Lennox - buzzed orange hair and all - is anything but traditional.
"A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age."
"Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world."
"Music is an extraordinary vehicle for expressing emotion - very powerful emotions. That's what draws millions of people towards it. And I found myself always going for these darker places and - people identify with that."
"The future hasn't happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and no, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I'm in."
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