Last week the world mourned the passing of acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor at age 56. As we reflect on her immense impact, this revealing 1990 interview exemplified her artistic integrity and wisdom, even at just 23 years old.
On Discovering “Nothing Compares 2 U”
When asked about choosing to cover “Nothing Compares 2 U,” 23-year-old O’Connor explained: “I got to know it about a year and a half ago. I mean I don’t know what I liked about I just liked it. It’s just it’s a brilliant song. It’s incredibly moving.” She first heard Prince’s song a couple years prior and was immediately struck by its beauty and emotion.
On Her Upcoming Album
Regarding her forthcoming album, O’Connor shared: “I think it’s a bit more, it’s not as sort of angst…It’s much more calm I suppose, it’s far more composed if you like and relaxed than the last one was.” She conveyed a musical maturation from her debut, with less anger and more wisdom.
On Reacting to Grammy Recognition
When asked about being nominated for a Grammy, O’Connor admitted: “I was very surprised actually. I didn’t really it wasn’t something that I had thought about or that was even a possibility.” She expressed genuine shock and delight at earning the early career milestone.
On Using Music to Support Cancer Patients
O’Connor also articulated her selfless hopes “to organize some mega concert for the Bristol Cancer Help Centre.” She shared an authentic desire to fund holistic cancer treatments for those in need.
O’Connor spoke with candor and passion throughout the wide-ranging interview. Her words reveal an artist of integrity who valued emotional truth in her music and life. Though deeply missed, her bold spirit endures.
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