Shirley Manson

Musician + Lyricist + Songwriter + Actress + Model
Born Aug 26, 1966

Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish recording artist and actress, best known internationally as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international career Manson commuted between her home city of Edinburgh to the United States to record with Garbage but now lives and works in Los Angeles. Manson gained media attention for her forthright style, rebellious attitude, and distinctive contralto voice.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shirley Manson.


1966 Birth Born on August 26, 1966.
1970 3 Years Old Manson's first public performance was in 1970, at age four, with her older sister, in an amateur show held at the local Church Hill Theatre. … Read More


1984 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Manson's first musical experiences came from briefly singing with local Edinburgh acts The Wild Indians and performed backing vocals with Autumn 1984. … Read More


1994 27 Years Old …  In August 1994, Radioactive gave their permission for Manson to work with Garbage. The band's debut album Garbage was released in August 1995, and went on to sell over 4 million copies, buoyed by a run of high charting singles including "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl."
1996 29 Years Old Manson quickly became the public face of the band over the course of a tour that took the band through to the end of 1996.


1997 - 2000 3 More Events
2003 36 Years Old In 2003, the M•A•C AIDS Fund linked with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to produce the White Bedroom campaign, where both Elton John and Manson recorded PSAs promoting condom use and stating facts on AIDS. … Read More
2005 38 Years Old Manson's lyrics became more overtly political for Garbage's fourth record, 2005's Bleed Like Me, which after the surprise success of lead-in single "Why Do You Love Me", posted some of the band's highest chart positions upon release. … Read More
2006 39 Years Old Manson confirmed in March 2006 that she had begun work on a solo album, working with musician Paul Buchanan, producer Greg Kurstin, and film composer David Arnold, stating that she had "no timetable" for completing the project.


2007 40 Years Old In 2007, Manson collaborated with Rivers Cuomo of Weezer.
Manson presented some of her work to Geffen Records in 2008, who found it "too noir", prompting Manson and Geffen to mutually terminate her contract. … Read More
2010 43 Years Old In 2010, Shirley Manson donated two hand-decorated T-shirts to Binki Shapiro's (of the band Little Joy) online charity auction "Crafts for a Cause" to raise money for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. … Read More
2015 48 Years Old In January 2015, Manson headlined Pablove 6, the sixth-annual fundraiser for the Pablove Foundation. … Read More
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