由Jim、Sharon、Caroline、Andrea四位兄弟姐妹组成的The Corrs 可儿家族合唱团，来自于爱尔兰小镇的一个天主教家庭，父母亲是巡回演出乐团的乐师，在父母亲的指引下，大哥Jim负责吉他及键盘、大姐Sharon负责演奏小提琴、二姐Caroline负责打鼓、小妹Andrea则是吹奏锡笛及身兼主唱，小时候四个人常常聚在父母亲楼上的卧房演唱，从木匠兄妹、老鹰合唱团、古典乐到宗教圣乐都有，可儿家族便自然而然地朝向音乐之路发展。
尽管可儿家族在国际乐坛上已树立起成功的标志，他们的根依然深植于爱尔兰。生长在爱尔兰边境小镇Dundalk亲情浓厚的家庭中，他们从很小的年纪就开始学习演奏乐器。1990年当Caroline和Andrea还在学校念书时，他们就参与了导演亚伦帕克(Alan Parker)电影《追梦者》的演出。最初他们也固定在都柏林各地表演。他们的成名关键始于1995年当他们首度前往美国时，在麦可杰克森的选歌会议上接触了唱片生涯中的贵人─知名唱片制作人大卫佛斯特(David Foster)，并且主动要求在他面前现场表演。大卫佛斯特对他们的印象非常深刻，很快地就同意为他们的首张专辑《原谅却未遗忘》担任制作。这张专辑1996年发行，在加拿大、爱尔兰、澳洲、西班牙、纽西兰、丹麦和英国等七国惊人地拿下多白金唱片成绩，全世界其它国家也几乎全面都有金唱片优异成果。
1999年在第三张录音唱片《天天天蓝》问世前，可儿家族先是推出了《MTV传真-现场演唱会专辑》(MTV Unplugged)专辑，《天天天蓝》则是在2000年发行。专辑一面世即迅速地再度创下如同先前专辑一样的白金唱片辉煌成绩。集结了过去这些年在唱片上的成就，可儿家族而后即发行了首张精选辑《可儿最精选》(Best Of The Corrs)，收录了历年畅销单曲如So Young、Runaway、Dreams、What Can I Do、Breathless和Give Me A Reason等脍炙人口佳作。连同为爱尔兰超级大团之一的U2主唱Bono也对这爱尔兰后起之秀可儿家族赞为：“优秀的音乐创作者!”
《借来的天堂》收录荣获金球奖提名﹝前进天堂﹞电影主题曲”Time Enough For Tears”
The Corrs are a folk rock band from Ireland, consisting of three sisters and one brother from the Corr family, who rose to prominence in the late 1990s
The Corrs were formed to audition for the 1991 film The Commitments. Jim, Sharon, and Caroline had a small part as musicians, while Andrea got a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte, sister of the main character. While auditioning for the movie they were noticed by their future manager, John Hughes.
Their music has been released through Atlantic Records, part of the Warner Music Group.
The band was unknown outside of Ireland until 1994 when the American ambassador to the country invited the group to perform at the 1994 World Cup in Boston. This performance also led to the band becoming the supporting act for Celine Dion on her 1996 world tour.
Their first album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten, had its greatest success in Australia, France and Ireland, gaining later success in the UK and in Canada. In 1998 they released Talk On Corners, which was primarily popular in Ireland and Britain, but then successfully spread across the globe. Both have been certified gold in the United States, and In Blue has been certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2004, they released Borrowed Heaven, which has been very popular globally.
They also recorded Canto Alla Vita with Josh Groban for his self-titled album, and also been involved with a number of collaborations including with Rod Stewart, Alejandro Sanz, Ron Wood from The Rolling Stones, Sheryl Crow on C’mon, C’mon and Bono from U2.
In 2005 the band returned with Home, a traditional Irish album celebrating their roots, many of the songs coming from their late mother’s songbook including two songs in their mother tongue, Gaelic. In October 2005 the band released All The Way Home an up-to-date documentary on the band along with a live concert from their Borrowed Heaven tour in Geneva recorded in 2004.
The four core Corrs were born in Dundalk, Ireland, the children of Gerry and Jean Corr, two musicians. The group contains all the Corr siblings, three sisters and their brother.
Jim Corr (born James Steven Ignatius Corr, on July 31 1964) is the oldest member of the band. He mainly plays the guitar, but is also proficient on the keyboards and the piano.
Sharon Corr (born Sharon Helga Corr, on March 24 1970) plays the violin and backing vocals.
Caroline Corr (born Caroline Georgina Corr, on March 17 1973) plays drums, percussion, bodhrán, piano, backing vocals, and tambourine.
Andrea Corr (born Andrea Jane Corr, on May 17 1974) sings lead vocals, backing vocals, and plays the tin whistle.
All members can also play the piano which was taught to them by their father Gerry Corr.
All four siblings were made Honorary Members of the Order of the British Empire in 2005. This was met with some discontent in Ireland as the Order is run via England and headed by Queen Elizabeth II.
The band’s usual support musicians are Anto Drennan (lead guitar) and Keith Duffy (bass guitar). From 2004, Duffy’s brother Jason Duffy joined on percussion, with Kieran Kiely on accordion and keyboards. The band excel in their live shows and have been called by U2’s Bono as “the loudest whisper in pop”.
The future of the band is currently unknown. Andrea Corr is currently undertaking some new projects in acting, and just finished filming a new movie called Broken Thread alongside Linus Roache and Saffron Burrows. The film is said to be an exciting psychological thriller being compared to The Sixth Sense. Sharon Corr recently gave birth to her first child with husband Gavin Bonnar and presumably will be taking time off to look after her new family. Caroline Corr, busy with her two children, also will be taking time off. Jim Corr announced his engagement to his girlfriend of one year, Gayle Williamson, a former Miss Northern Ireland who is expecting the couple’s first child. A wedding date has not been announced.
The band recently received honorary MBEs in Dublin for their outstanding contribution to music and charity work and became the second Irish band to sell over a million albums in Ireland.
Forgiven, Not Forgotten – (September 1995)
Talk On Corners – (1997)
The Corrs Unplugged – (October 1999)
In Blue – (June 2000)
The Best Of The Corrs – (October 2001)
VH1 Presents: The Corrs, Live In Dublin – (2002)
Borrowed Heaven – (May 2004)
Home – (September 2005)