“Biological clocks were ticking, especially mine — I really wanted to have children,” says Corr, who performs at Yoshi’s on Tuesday. “And we’d started as a band in 1990, spent 16 years on the road together, and we kind of achieved all there was to achieve. So it was definitely time to have families.”
Corr wasted no time. She and her barrister husband, Robert Bonnar, had their son, Cal in 2006 and daughter Flori in 2007. But she never once stopped making music.
“As soon as I came off the road to have children, I continued writing,” she says. “Because if you stop writing for even a little while, you get rusty, and you unlearn the things that are natural to you. So I was already composing my first solo record while pregnant with my son, and I started recording it the following year, while pregnant with my daughter.”
The artist wanted a more straightforward sound than the Celt-rocking Corrs. She wanted to write from an honest, personal perspective and employ more idiosyncratic melodies, like her idol Joni Mitchell.
You can hear the maturity in “Sun,” and its breezy lead single, “Take A Minute,” which echoes the classy ’60s pop of Lulu and Petula Clark. She wrote on the grand piano in her living room, while multitasking through the daily duties of motherhood. One song even came to her in a dream. She woke up, staggered to the keyboard and taped it before breakfast.
Corr doesn’t overthink it. She uses GarageBand or a cassette recorder and re-arranges them with a producer later.
“So on my demos, you can hear babies screaming, looking for bottles and food, nappies getting changed, all while I’m in the middle of writing a chorus,” she says. “I work well with chaos, and I really don’t like much discipline. So I never say, ‘I’m writing from 9 to 12.’”
Once her kids were older, she took an outside job as a coach for two seasons on the reality show “The Voice of Ireland.”
“And yeah, I did get the big swivelly chair!” she laughs. Do The Corrs still sing together? Maybe on holidays?
“Not really,” she says. “When we’re together now, we have a tendency to really enjoy doing anything but music.”
IF YOU GO
Where: Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Contact: (415) 655-5600, www.yoshis.com