Her father was a Merchant seaman and was away from home for three months at a time. He played guitar and her mother was a window dresser by trade and sang as well as keeping things going at home while Spiteri’s father was at sea. Music was a prominent feature of Spiteri’s early life, with big sing-songs being held at her grandmother’s house on regular occasions. Though little information is available, by all accounts Spiteri’s early childhood was a happy one. Trained and working as a hairdresser in Glasgow Spiteri formed the band Texas in 1986, so named after she watched a movie and decided she liked the name. Spiteri continued to work as a hairdresser for 18 months after the band’s formation simply because she needed the money, while being the frontwoman of the band. Texas rocketed to success during the 1990’s, in a time when the music world was dominated by all-male bands. Spiteri was a welcome alternative both with her soulful voice and her talent with a guitar. The group became so successful that as of 2013 it is believed that their albums have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
The Texas story begins in Glasgow, Scotland in 1986 when bassist Johnny McElhone (ex-Altered Images and Hipsway) went looking for a new musical challenge and was introduced to 18-year-old art student and part-time hairdresser Sharleen Spiteri by his brother Gerry who later became the band's manager.
When asked about wedding plans Spiteri claims that she could plan everything within 2 minutes. As many brides take months to plan a wedding this claim seems a bit wild until you realize that Spiteri is deadly serious. So what is her secret?