British diva Sarah Jane Morris was born and raised in Southampton, England, attending London's Central School of Speech and Drama while concurrently mounting a music career singing jazz and soul classics in local clubs.
Following stints with the Annie Whitehead Band and Latin combo the Republic, Morris was launched to fame after appearing with Jimmy Somerville on the Communards' chart-topping 1986 cover of the disco classic "Don't Leave Me This Way." Her debut solo album followed in 1989, featuring a controversial cover of Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones"; after touring in support of Simply Red, she returned to acting, appearing in 1991's The Beggars Opera. Morris's second album, the Martyn Ware-produced Heaven, appeared a year later, and in 1995 she released the live Blue Valentine. After spending the remainder of the decade away from the limelight, she issued Fallen Angel in 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi