Jacqueline "Jacqui" Abbott is an English singer who was the female vocalist with the band The Beautiful South from 1994 to 2000, following the departure of Briana Corrigan. With Abbott, the band released several Top 10 singles. Amongst their most successful hits during her stint were: "Rotterdam", "Perfect 10", "Don't Marry Her" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me". Abbott was discovered by Beautiful South co-founder Paul Heaton after she and a friend met him outside a night club. Heaton invited them to a party, where Abbott's friend encouraged her to sing. Heaton was impressed with her singing, and later invited her to audition to replace Corrigan. She left the band in 2000, because of the pressure of touring. A busy tour schedule would have conflicted with Abbott's wish to concentrate on looking after her son, who had just been diagnosed with autism.
|Birth name:||Jacqueline Abbott|
|Born:||November 10, 1973, St Helens, Lancashire, England|
|Genres:||Indie pop, pop, alternative rock|
|Associated acts:||Paul Heaton, The Beautiful South, Oz Madrugaz|
About Jacqui Abbott
English singer known for her time as the lead singer of The Beautiful South from 1994-2000. After more than a decade working at a school, she and former bandmate Paul Heaton began performing again.
She joined the band in 1994, replacing Briana Corrigan, who had left the band in 1992.
Abbott helped the band produce their two most successful albums, Blue Is the Colour and Quench. They combined to go octuple platinum in the UK.
She has a son named Matthew, who she left the band to take care of after he was diagnosed with autism.
In 1995, she and The Beautiful South toured with Michael Stipe and R.E.M.