Produced on August 26, 1966, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Shirley Manson is famous for her work as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock group Garbage. In 1995, Garbage released its self-titled debut record, which went double platinum due to hits like “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Stupid Girl” and “Vow.” Manson went to release four more albums with Garbage, including Not Your Type of People (2012).
Perhaps music was a safety for the young girl, who had been intimidated relentlessly in school. The harassment took its cost; Manson fell right into a heavy melancholy and started cutting herself.
In 1984, Manson discovered an outlet to express herself: She became an associate of the band Autumn, and afterwards joined the group Wild Indians. She performed together with the group until 1992.
Manson joined the group Angelfish as its lead singer, and collectively they released the EP Suffocate Me in 1993. Although the record did not generate hits, it did get Manson found by Butch Vig, drummer for the group Garbage, when he saw her on MTV. He contacted Manson, who auditioned for Garbage twice before joining the group as its lead singer in 1994.
3 years after, the group released its second album, Version 2.0, with Manson functioning as not only the face and voice of Garbage, but also its main lyricist. Through the group’s two-year tour, Manson modeled for Calvin Klein to market the record.
In 1999, Manson co-produced the theme for the James Bond movie The World IsN’t Enough, starring Pierce Bronson as James Bond, the iconic character made by writer Ian Fleming. Garbage’s third record, beautifulgarbage, premiered in 2001 to lackluster sales. The schism did not continue long, and the group reunited to release its fourth album, Bleed Like Me, in 2005. Directed from the hit “Why Do You Love Me,” the record met with international success and, reaching Top 5 in America.
The reunion was short, as well as the group took a hiatus for a number of years. In now, Manson made efforts to produce a solo album, but to no avail. Her label refused to release the record. In a interview with Vanity Fair, Manson disclosed, “I ‘d a number of tunes that I believed were extremely powerful. They were not interested. They said they were too dim. I kid you not; I ‘m quoting directly.”
Manson made her performing debut in 2008, playing cyborg Catherine Weaver on the next season of the show Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. She returned to Garbage in 2010, when the group returned to the studio to compose and record music for its fifth album, Not Your Type of People, released in 2012.
Manson wed Scottish performer Eddie Farrell in 1996.
In May 2010, Manson wed record producer and Garbage sound engineer Billy Bush, who helped create the 2012 album Not Your Kind of People. They live using their terrier named Veela.
Manson has no kids, but this is by choice. She told the Daily Mail UK, “I only missed that entire infant calling. I feel lots of girls believe you are a freak in the event you’re feeling that way, and perhaps I’m odd, I never got that feeling.”
Manson and her husband reside in the Los Feliz neighborhood of La.