After giving up her life as a champion swimmer at just 12 years old, Irish singer-songwriter Una Healy moved on to music as she taught herself how to play her mother’s old guitar – a choice that would soon come to change her life as she knew it.
Inspired by witnessing Sheryl Crow perform ‘All I Wanna Do’ on TV she decided singing was the career for her. As her ambitions took shape, she continued writing through school, acing music exams by performing her own songs. This then lead to her touring every local venue she could before moving to Dublin to tour the city’s pub and club circuit, and even performing in Florida on St.Patrick’s Day.
In 2006, she independently released her debut EP Sorry, but concluded that her future career would have to continue in London. This is where she heard about the auditions for an upcoming girl group and earned herself a spot as one of the five members of The Saturdays. The band had 13 Top Ten singles and five Top Ten albums in six years, but when they went on hiatus in 2014, Una wanted more.
She released her first full-length album The Waiting Game in February 2017. Incorporating country and folk elements to her acoustic-guitar-based pop tracks, it is clear her Irish roots have been influenced by her stardom found in The Saturday’s.
In March she released the empowering single ‘Never See Me Cry’, hinting at a new album later on this year.
Fans can see her in Manchester and London this June on her first solo headlining tour.
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