The hitherto untold rags-to-riches story of singing sensation Jane McDonald, who rose to fame as the headline singer aboard ‘The Galaxy’ which featured in the hugely popular BBC TV series ‘The Cruise’.
Jane has since taken the UK by storm. She was the success story of 1998 and her list of achievements and her popularity has escalated since then.
Born in the north of England, Jane spent 12 years travelling and perfoming around working men’s clubs and singing in the chorus on various cruise ships. It wasn’t until she was spotted by a BBC TV documentary team and became the star of ‘The Cruise’ series (which was screened in 1998 and ended its 12 week run with an audience of 12 million viewers per episode) that Jane became an overnight sensation.
Jane will take us back to her childhood – the earliest memories of her family and growing up in Wakefield, the bullying she endured at school and then the hard slog round the Northern club and pub circuit, the six years she spent on cruise liners, meeting her husband Henrik, giving up the singing career to be a stay-at-home wife, her big break on ‘The Galaxy’ and the filming of the fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘The Cruise’ which catapulted Jane to stardom, and of course the media frenzy that ensued.
Since that time her continued success and popularity have resulted in a platinum selling Number 1 album, a top ten single, a top five Live in Concert video, two sell-out UK tours and her own TV series ‘Star for a Night’ – of which 7 episodes will be screened later this year as well as an Xmas special. Live through it all as Jane describes the highs and lows, the fears and thrills, the sadness and the happiness she has experienced on her spectacular rise to fame and fortune.
More TV projects, a Summer Spectacular concert and a new album will ensure Jane stays very much in the public eye. Her millions of fans love her – she has captured their hearts with her unique voice, huge personality and her star quality.
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In her deeply personal and intimate autobiography, Yorkshire-born singer Jane McDonald describes how she was able to cope with dizzy overnight success because of her no-nonsense roots as the daughter of a miner. Home was a two-up, two-down terrace in a poor estate; like many shy girls, at schools she was bullied. But music was an escape and a comfort, taking her through years of grinding slog on the northern club circuit and then into the glamorous world the great cruise liners, where fate led her to the man of her dreams – now her husband – Henrik Brixen, and television producer, Chris Terrill.
As we follow the story of how Jane was plucked from the relative obscurity of singing on a cruise ship to international fame and fortune after being discovered by the BBC, we are caught up in an emotional roller coaster that grips from the start. Such true-life, rags-to-riches stories are rare, and in Jane's case is the epitome of the 'girl-next-door' who has experienced the same hardship, pain and moments of joy that most of us know in our everyday lives.
Jane's success has been extraordinary. Her debut album went straight to platinum, an achievement that won her place in the 'Guinness Book of Records'. Each of the documentary programmes featuring Jane has been seen by over 400 million viewers worldwide, with videos, concert tours and her own peak-time television series following in quick succession. Throughout her meteoric rise to the top, with endearing honesty, Jane shows us her true self, revealing her laughter and her tears, her disappointments and her triumphs.About the Author:
Rosemary Kingsland is working on the book with Jane. Her last book was the best-selling autobiography of snooker player Jimmy White, which was shortlisted as Sports Book of the Year.
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Book Description HarperCollins Entertainment, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007107412