It seems to have been quite a few weeks since we have had any likely candidates for a new featured contemporary album to go on our playlist. Fortunately, the end of January 2017 saw just the sort of thing we were looking for with the release of Una Healy’s debut solo album “The Waiting Game”. The hit single from it, “Stay My Love” also features guest star, Sam Palladio, the British actor and musician.
Una is an Irish singer-songwriter and former member of the band, The Saturdays. Born in Tipperary in 1981, she certainly seems to have been blessed with the touch of the blarney stone. However, a career in music is not what she originally envisioned having studied to become a primary school teacher and worked as a medical secretary. It was not until she was 23 that she decided to pursue a career in music.
After a short period of playing and singing in local pubs and clubs in Ireland, she felt that she wanted her newly chosen profession to have a clearer direction and traveled to London in search of opportunity. In 2007 she found just that, suceedding in an audition with foundling band, The Saturdays. The group enjoyed thirteen Top 10 hits and four Top 10 albums. Somehow, during this whirlwind success, Una managed to find time to date Irish International Rugby Union fullback Ben Foden who she eventually married in 2012.
Since then, the couple have had two children – daughter Aoife Belle (born March 13, 2012) and son Tadhg John (born February 2, 2015). With the maturity that family life brings, Una has now embarked on a solo career in music and can also be seen on TV as one of the judges on “The Voice Of Ireland” show.