Sinead O'Connor

Nigel Grainge, Ensign Records founder who discovered Sinead O'Connor, dies at 70

Nigel Grainge, Ensign Records founder who discovered Sinead O'Connor, dies at 70

It was sheer embarrassment as much as anything that brought Nigel Grainge and Sinead O’Connor together.

The music executive had seen the Irish singer perform several weeks earlier with a band that was so singularly awful that Grainge had trouble putting a finger on what was worse — their songs or their performance. She, however, was interesting.

But when O’Connor later called him up to say she’d left the band and was looking for a record label, Grainge drew a blank.

“Sinead? Sinead? Do I know a Sinead?”

Embarrassed and too much of a gentlemen to react otherwise, Grainge told The Times in 1990 that he arranged for her to get some studio time. The results, and...

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