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SHIRLEY ANN MANSON is a Scottish recording artist and actress, best-known as the lead singer of the band Garbage.
Manson’s musical career began in her teens when she was approached to perform backing vocals and keyboards for Scottish band Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie, and she quickly developed into a prominent member of the group. She later recorded an album with her band under the name Angelfish, with their video showing on MTV’s show 120 Minutes. Upon seeing the video, in 1994 a new band called Garbage (Bryan “Butch” Vig, Doug “Duke” Erikson, and Steve Marker) invited Manson to record vocals on a few of their songs, eventually leading her to co-write and co-produce the entire self-titled debut album with the band. The album was a worldwide success, followed by three studio albums and multiple Grammy nominations.
Garbage went on hiatus in 2005, during which Manson began recording a solo album working with songwriter Paul Buchanan, producer Greg Kurstin, composer David Arnold, and Garbage drummer Butch Vig. She has also been a part of various recording and musical projects with musicians such as Rivers Cuomo, Gavin Rossdale, Chris Connely, Eric Avery, Debbie Harry, The Pretenders, Iggy Pop, Incubus, Kings of Leon, No Doubt, Serj Tankian, and others.
In 2008, Manson was cast in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in the season two premiere episode “Samson and Delilah.” She also performed and co-arranged a rock and blues version of the gospel song “Samson and Delilah” for the episode’s score. In 2009 Manson was digitally mapped to create an avatar of herself for the Guitar Hero videogame, which also features a Garbage track. She continues to record, act, and support various charities from her home in Los Angeles.