Jane McDonald

Riding the Waves
  • Riding the Waves


    'Everything is much easier in life when difficult situations are faced with humour and a smile. But, don't get me wrong, that took years to realise. What a journey...'

    Whether performing in an arena, presenting a number one TV show or recording a top-ten album, Jane McDonald will never forget her Northern roots.

    Her down-to-earth Yorkshire charm is as much a part of her as her talent for singing, and here she is telling her remarkable story with characteristic wit and warmth, in her own words. A miner's daughter from Wakefield, Jane was a shy child who struggled with anxiety, but she found the courage to overcome her fears and follow her passion for performing.

    Jane famously hit the big time overnight on TV show The Cruise twenty years ago, but here she talks for the first time about how she survived the dark legacy of that early success, and climbed right back up for a second bite of the cherry.

    It hasn't all been plain sailing, but in Jane's world tough times make the good times better, and her spirit, heart and humour sparkle from every page.

Jane McDonald was already in high demand as a performer on the club circuit and cruise ships, when BBC1's docusoap The Cruise catapulted her to mainstream stardom in 1998. Jane went on to release a string of hit albums, with her debut achieving platinum status, and she set up her own record label in 2009. Alongside her recording career, Jane performs live concerts across the British Isles. A former panelist on Loose Women, she has also been a frequent broadcaster throughout her career. She currently presents two shows on Channel 5: the BAFTA-winning Cruising with Jane McDonald and Jane McDonald and Friends. Jane is also chartering a ship next year for her first very own exclusive seven-day cruise, 'Sail Away with Jane McDonald'. Jane lives in Wakefield with her partner Ed Rothe.

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