Sharon Corr is ready to surprise us, with an album quite unlike what we expected. The dark horse but in many ways a huge driving force of The Corrs - the violinist, pianist, vocalist and frequently the writer - Sharon kept her profile low….a svelte, soignée mystery.

The first single from The Same Sun is Take A Minute. Co-written with the legendary Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Pearl Jam, Sheryl Crow), it could be Karen Carpenter, even Dusty Springfield – Sharon sings of regret about leaving, and a promise to return. It could be a song to a lover; in fact, it’s dedicated to her husband and children, whom she hates to leave on tour. ‘When I go, I’ll be back before you notice…’ As she says, ‘It can be the tiniest moment but when you’re leaving, ah, you want to stretch that moment – make it the longest minute ever.’

Recorded in Los Angeles, The Same Sun is produced by Froom and the stripped-back, clean, organic sound takes much of its influence from late 60s-early 70s Laurel Canyon, and singer/songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Carole King. There’s an immediacy, an honesty and emotional vulnerability to the lyrics that is uniquely Sharon.

During The Corrs’ 15-year career, their mellifluous, galvanic blend of Celtic rock-pop saw the Dundalk band sell a staggering 45 million albums. They toured arenas and stadia across the globe, unleashed a string of hugely successful singles – What Can I Do?, Runaway, So Young, Radio, Breathless – and were universally adored, not least for the girls’ siren-like beauty. caught up with Sharon Corr in London to find out more about the album. Check out the exclusive interview below.