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Jane Anne McDonald (born 4 April 1963) is an English singer, songwriter and
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. Born and raised in
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, McDonald spent much of her early career performing in local clubs and pubs before landing work as a singer on cruise ships. McDonald became known to the public in 1998 following her appearance on the
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show '' The Cruise''. The same year, her debut album ''Jane McDonald'' topped the UK Albums Chart and remained there for 3 weeks. Since this, McDonald has released a number of studio albums in addition to performing in live concerts and her own tours at venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium, as well as at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In 2015, McDonald performed the role of Grizabella in the musical ''Cats'' in Blackpool. McDonald has also co-presented a number of
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shows, including ''
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'' between 2004 and 2014, and the
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programme ''
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'' in 2013. Her TV travel show ''Cruising with Jane McDonald'', which debuted in 2017 on Channel 5, has spawned more than 7 series and earned her a
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. She has also presented her own shows ''Jane & Friends'' and ''Holidaying with Jane McDonald'' on Channel 5.


Biography

McDonald was born in
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,
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. After becoming popular with viewers on
Chris Terrill's
Chris Terrill's
docusoap '' The Cruise'', she was taken on by independent record label Focus Music International to make a covers album and a Christmas single. The album ''Jane McDonald'', spent three weeks at Number 1 in the
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, while the single "Cruise into Christmas" (a medley of Christmas classics) reached the UK Singles Chart Top 10. After her number one success on an independent, McDonald signed a major-label recording contract with
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(Universal's catalogue and compilations division), and began to carve out a mainstream Show business, showbiz career, first as a guest presenter on
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's National Lottery (United Kingdom), National Lottery. In 1998, she married Henrik Brixen, a ship's plumbing engineer, who later became her manager. Their whirlwind romance was detailed in a special edition of Terrill's docusoap, called ''The Cruise Special: Jane Ties the Knot'', which was broadcast on BBC One on 10 July 1998. Brixen later admitted that he did not understand the music industry, and the couple split in 2003, largely for the sake of her career. Beginning in 2004, McDonald was a regular presenter on the ITV daytime television programme ''
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'', appearing on the show three times a week. It was confirmed on 16 July 2010 that McDonald would depart ''Loose Women'' in the summer, for at least a year to concentrate on her music career and to tour Australia and New Zealand. Although an Australian tour never developed into anything official, she proceeded to tour the United Kingdom in 2011. She returned in 2012 before leaving the series permanently in January 2014 to focus on her music career. She has since made many guest appearances. She continues to tour the UK with her solo shows & has introduced Christmas themed arena shows into her work schedule. In 2008, McDonald was reunited with musician Eddie Rothe, an old acquaintance from her teenage years and a member of The Searchers (band), The Searchers. They became engaged on 24 December 2008 after Rothe proposed. Rothe died of lung cancer on 26 March 2021. ''Cruising with Jane McDonald'' won the 2018 BAFTA Award for Best Feature, making it the first win for a Channel 5 show.


Discography


Albums


Compilation albums


Live albums


Extended plays


Singles


DVDs

*''Jane McDonald in Concert'' (1999) *''Jane McDonald Live in Las Vegas'' (2001) *''Being Jane'' (filmed 2005) *''The Very Best of Loose Women'' (2008) *''Late Night With The Loose Women'' (2009) *''Jane McDonald – Live at the London Palladium'' (18 October 2010) *''Jane McDonald - A Live Christmas Concert Special'' (15 November 2019) (Reached number 2 in the DVD music charts) Directed by Julian Smith. Produced by Jane McDonald & Martin Hudson


Books

*''Jane McDonald – Follow Your Dreams'', Autobiography, 2000 *''Jane McDonald – Riding The Waves: My Story'', Autobiography, Virgin Books, 31 Oct 2019


Awards and Honours

Jane's TV series ''Cruising with Jane McDonald'' has earned her a
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. In 2011 "The Wakefield Pavement Stars" scheme awarded her with a star in the form of a pavement plaque for outstanding achievement from an entertainer. Eighteen stars have been selected and installed so far.


Notes


References


External links


Official website

Jane's profile at itv.com

Discogography at Discogs
* {{DEFAULTSORT:McDonald, Jane English women singers English television presenters Living people 1963 births