Shirley Ann Manson was born on 26 August 1966, in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is an actress, singer, songwriter, and musician, probably best known to be the lead singer of the band Garbage. She found a significant amount of recognition before getting invited to join Garbage and helped the band produce several hit albums. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Shirley Manson? As of mid-2016, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $16 million, mostly earned through a successful career in the music industry. She’s had multiple Grammy nominations for her albums with Garbage, and has also tried her hand at acting. As she continues her career, it is expected that her wealth will increase.
Shirley Manson Net Worth $16 million
Shirley made her first performance at the age of four alongside her older sister. They took part in an amateur show in 1970, and she would later start learning various instruments. She went on to become part of the City of Edinburgh Music School which is part of Broughton High School, Edinburgh. During this time, she also participated in the school’s drama group and appeared in several productions including “The American Dream”, and sang with a local choir called Waverley singers as well. After school, Manson did volunteer work at a local hospital cafeteria and later worked in stockrooms. She would then find work modelling, and also started building her name in the clubbing scene.
She sang with several local acts and was approached by the Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie’s lead Martin Metcalfe, and became a well-known member of that group, doing back-up vocals and playing the keyboard. She was part of their first album “Good Deeds and Dirty Rags” which had the hit song “The Rattler”. The band was then transferred to record company Parlophone, but it would decline their second album release. Eventually, the album was released by Radioactive, and was called “Hammer and Tongs”. However, no single got to the charts and they were eventually released from their contract. After hearing several demos from Manson, Radioactive signed her as a solo artist, and the remaining members of the band became a backing band.
This new band would be called Angelfish and they started using material done by Mackenzie. They released the album “Angelfish”, and the song “Suffocate Me” was well received. In 1994, they released “Heartbreak to Hate” and then toured several countries. The music video of “Suffocate Me” was aired through MTV’s “120 Minutes”, and it caught the attention of Steve Marker, who was looking to put a singer to his band Garbage.
Shirley sang a couple of tracks as an audition but was unsuccessful; according to her, she felt nervous because she was in front of producer Butch Vig who was responsible for creating Nirvana and other popular bands. After touring with Angelfish, she decided to give another audition to Garbage, and was then invited to become a full-time member. Their debut self-titled album was released in 1995 and went on to sell four million copies, and spawned several hit singles. She became the face of the band and then they would go on to make “Version 2.0” which also found a significant amount of success in 1998. They toured for two years to support the album, and while doing so Manson did modelling work. Their third album release was entitled “Beautiful Garbage” but it did not sell as well as the last two albums. They then toured around the world, but she discovered that she had vocal fold cyst which led to surgery. In 2005, they released “Bleed Like Me” which was a success. However, the band went on extended hiatus in 2005.
During this time, Shirley started doing solo work, though she had problems negotiating with several recording companies. She would go on and release demos through her Facebook page. In 2009, she stepped back from music and went into acting. Three years later, she confirmed that her album was cancelled.
For her personal life, Manson married record producer and Garbage sound engineer Billy Bush in 2010. It is known that Shirley was bullied during high school and suffered from depression, which led her to become rebellious.
In the music video of "The World is Not Enough". Shirley Manson played a robot replica of Shirley Manson who kills the real Shirley Manson and takes hr place. In "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles", Shirley Manson played Catherine Weaver, A T-1000 liquid metal Terminator.
Was supposed to have a solo musical career but cancelled it when her record label dismissed her work as "too noir". She reunited her alternative rock band Garbage, for a new album called "Not Your Kind of People". Garbage self-released the album on their new independent label, Stun Volume Records.
Her band Garbage has preformed with american ska rock band No Doubt and Shirley has preformed with Gwen Stefani on her tour.
Has reported that she used to cut herself as a teenager, even keeping a Swiss Army Knife in her boots, and has since used her celebrity status to bring awareness to the dangers of self-mutilation.
Her band, Garbage, went on an extended hiatus in late 2005, although the have worked together, infrequently, since.
In 2005, she revealed that she has the condition body dysmorphia, which may be the root of the depression which she has mentioned previously.
Her divorce from sculptor husband Eddie Farrell became final in 2005. They had been separated since 2003.
She had a cyst removed from her vocal chords during the Beautiful Garbage period.
Ranked #47 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
She quit smoking after her husband's nephew died of cancer at age seven
Lead singer, lyricist, guitarist, and co-producer on Garbage's five albums - the 1995 debut release "Garbage", 1998's follow-up "Version 2.0", 2001's "beautiful garbage", 2005's "Bleed Like Me, and 2012's "Not Your Kind of People". These albums have sold over 17 million copies to date.
Her former husband is a sculptor.
She is the author of the handwriting in Garbage's debut album.
Failure is a part of life, and without it you'll never succeed. You build your arsenal by experience, by standing back up to take another hit. I wish I had known that more in my own life. Instead, I just sat there looking at everybody else-she's this, she's that, she comes from money, she's beautiful, she's a great athlete. Eventually I did make whatever small gifts I have work for me, but I think most women feel that they are not good enough, and my point is you are.
When you're signed to a record label, you have to run all your music through them, and they decide whether they will release it or not. After a while, you just want to scream, and hand them some really obscure, weird, obtuse, unmarketable music, but then of course they'd never release it. I think taking a hiatus was our reaction against that. We wanted to free ourselves of that straitjacket. Then, of course, years passed, and you start to feel creative again, and get excited about the notion of getting into a room with people you love, and making music. That's basically what happened.
We found ourselves in a fractious relationship with our record label. They had an idea of how they saw our career which wasn't in line with how we saw it ourselves. They felt a band was worthless unless they were the biggest band in the world but being the biggest band in the world wasn't an ambition we had for ourselves.
Selling millions of albums is a sign you've infiltrated the culture.
I'm looking at what's happened with Lana Del Rey, and I feel sympathy for her. That kind of venom is what I attracted when we first came out. Everyone called me a fake even though I'd been in bands for a decade - everybody was really on our back. We weren't "real," whatever that fucking meant.
I couldn't feel good about myself hanging out in Armani clothes when my girlfriend can't even pay her heating bill. I'd feel foul and I'd be embarrassed.
I am not a sexy woman, I'm not beautiful, I'm not a sex kitten, I don't flirt with people, yet I've been tagged more of sex symbol than women who truly are and I that's solely because I don't reveal too much: people are curious.
A lot of people these days are not music lovers - they just want to be famous which is a very different thing to what I grew up believing in.
A lot of celebrities just want money, fame, power, fancy cars, houses all over the world and have people bow down to them. To me, that's frightful behaviour.
I look at today's charts, at the women who are selling the most records, getting the most column inches, and I'm terrified by how they are all controlled by a male corporate idea of what women and rebels should be. When Christina Aguilera is taken seriously as a rebellious figure, we have a huge problem.
"Until, I think, everyone in that school thought I was less than human. I felt ugly, weak, overwhelmed - I couldn't imagine being capable of doing anything. I certainly never thought I could be in a band. This was a dream it didn't even occur to me to dream about." (1998, Select Magazine)
I'm afraid of happy people. They're chemically unbalanced.
"Here am I. I'm 38. My career's probably never been better. And I've made a decision which may or may not impact on it - I refuse to hide my experience and my age, as if it's something I should be ashamed of. I'm alive. I know lots of people who've never been lucky enough to get to this stage in their life. And I'm not gonna hide it for anybody." (about being almost 40)
"Speech is my absolute lifeline and I felt like I'd lost my personality, been stripped completely of me; I felt invisible." (About having a cyst removed from her vocal chords)
"Young girls now correlate the word 'sexy' with nakedness. It's practically, 'Show us your labia'. If you play that game of allowing yourself to be judged by your physicality, it will not sustain you through a long career. There's always going to be someone younger, more beautiful, more desirable. It's a temple of dust." (About the music industry)
'The truth is, I've always been wracked with self-loathing and terrible, paralysing depression" (Talking about her childhood years and the terrible self-image she had as a child)
I love looking at naked bodies, male or female, whenever possible. I think nudity is always tasteful.