- Gwenno Saunders
Infobox musical artist 2
Name = Gwenno
Img_capt = Gwenno Saunders performing live at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, CA on
October 25, 2007.
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 2002–present
URL = [http://myspace.com/gwenno Official MySpace]
Gwenno Saunders (born Gwenno Mererid Saunders [ [http://www.ascap.com/ace/search.cfm?requesttimeout=300&mode=results&searchstr=1756325&search_in=c&search_type=exact&search_det=t,s,w,p,b,v&results_pp=20&start=1 ASC
] ] on
23 May 1981) is a Welsh dancer and solo artist. However she is best known for being a singer and keyboardistwith The Pipettes.
Saunders was born in
Cardiff[ [http://sweepingthenation.blogspot.com/2006/07/friendly-chat-with-gwenno.html Sweeping The Nation: "A Friendly Chat With Gwenno"] ] , and is the daughter of noted Cornish poetand linguist Tim Saunders[ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/music/sites/gwenno/ BBC Wales: Gwenno] ] . From the age of five she attended the Seán Éireann-McMahon Academy of Irish Dance [ [http://hjem.get2net.dk/theplace/bio3.html Lord of the Dance biographies] ] and was a cast member of Michael Flatley's productions of Lord Of The Dance [ [http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/music/rock_and_pop/s/218/218018_dotty_about_the_pipettes.html Manchester Evening News: "Dotty about The Pipettes"] ] and Feet of Flamesby the age of 17, playing a lead role in a Las Vegas production of the former. In 2001 she had a role in the Welsh language soap opera Pobol y Cwmon S4C, for whom she would later host her own programme "Ydy Gwenno'n Gallu...?". She is fluent in Welsh and also speaks Cornish and Gaelic [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/connected/stories/gwennointuneincornish.shtml BBC.co.uk: "Gwenno - in tune, in Cornish!"] ] .
Pre-The Pipettes (2002-2004)
In the years prior to her joining The Pipettes, she had been a solo
electropopsinger, mostly in the Welsh and Cornish languages, releasing two solo EP's, "Môr Hud" [ [http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=156221711&s=143444 "Môr Hud" on iTunes] ] (2002) and "Vodya" [ [http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=159162875&s=143444 "Vodya" on iTunes] ] (2004). In 2003, she was approached by Polydor Recordsto appear on BBC's Fame Academy, however withdrew from the competition before it started. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymru/eisteddfod2003/maes/sgwrs_gwenno.shtml BBC Cymru] ] After this, Saunders represented Cornwallin the Alternative Eurovision Song Contest and won the People's Choice Award for her performance of "Vodya".
The Pipettes (2005-present)
Gwenno joined The Pipettes in April 2005 after founding member Julia left. She is most notable for her lead vocals on the single "
Pull Shapes" and the chorus of " Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me". She has more recently posted solo material to her Myspacepage, and made a free download of a mini album titled "U & I" available in October 2007.
In April 2008 Gwenno's younger sister Ani joined the Pipettes after the departure of singers Rosay and RiotBecki.
Saunders is currently dating
Simon Goldring, former drummer of The Ordinary Boys.
Notes and references
* [http://www.seaneireannmcmahon.co.uk/ The Seán Éireann-McMahon Academy of Irish Dance]
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