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Industry were a pop mixed boy/girl group formed in Ireland in 2009. The band comprised Donal Skehan, Morgan Deane, Michele McGrath and Briton Lee Hutton. Industry made their recording debut in 2009 under the independent record label MIG Live, and broke up in 2010.

The band had two number 1 hits in the Irish Singles Chart with their debut single "My Baby's Waiting" (25 June 2009 chart) and follow up "Burn" (27 August 2009 chart)[1]


Lee HuttonEdit

Main article: Lee Hutton

Lee Andrew Hutton is an English singer-songwriter musician, born in Chesterfield. He was part of the boy band project Streetwize, alongside Donal Skehan, Lee Mulhern and Jonathan Fagerlund. With a slightly changed Streetwize line-up that included Kyle Carpenter and Venezuelan Antonio Jones, Hutton took part in Childline 2007 charity event singing a cover of Living in a Box's hit Room in Your Heart.[2] Hutton then went solo with a number of his tunes (like "Shinedown", "Perfect Bride", "Invincible", "Madeline", "Butterfly")[3] until joining Industry, becoming the only non-Irish member of the band.

Donal SkehanEdit

Main article: Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan, a vocalist with Industry was born in Dublin, Ireland on 3 June 1986. In 2006, he was an original member of the boyband project Streetwize, with whom he toured in Ireland, UK, Sweden, and appeared on the US television station CN8.[4]

After quitting the band, he became an announcer on the Bubble Hits station, broadcasting music and entertainment news and celebrity gossip segments. On 23 February 2008, he attempted to represent Ireland in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Double Cross My Heart" composed by Joel Humlen, Oscar Gorres and Charlie Mason, but was beaten by Dustin the Turkey.[5][6][7] Skehan has also authored a cookbook entitled Good Mood Food[8][9]

Michele McGrathEdit

Michele McGrath, born in Dublin 12 April 1987, is now a model, currently signed to Assets Modelling Agency. She has also regularly contributed to fashion segments on TV3 (Ireland)'s Ireland AM and worked as an extra on such show as Camelot (TV series) and The Tudors.

Morgan DeaneEdit

Morgan Smith was born Claire Deasy in Cork on 1 May 1983.[10] She tried for The X Factor in 2006, but failed to qualify to the Final 12. A vocalist with Industry, she married South Africa national cricket team captain Graeme Smith.[11][12]


Industry were signed to MIG Live, an independent label, formed by former Bubble Hits owner James Hyland who also managed the group.[13][14] The group supported the Pussycat Dolls[15] on their Irish tour during the release of their first single, "My Baby's Waiting". The single was released in June 2009 and peaked at number 1 on the Irish Singles Chart for one week.[16]

Their second single, "Burn", was released in August 2009 and also took the number one spot[17]

The band's third single, "In Your Arms", was set for a November 2009 European release,[18] written by band member Lee Hutton.[18]



Year Single Peak chart positions
2009 "My Baby's Waiting" 1
"Burn" 1
"—" denotes a title that did not chart
Non-charting singles
  • 2009: "In Your Arms"
  • 2010: "My Mistake"


In 2009, they were a supporting act for the Pussycat Dolls at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.


  1. Industry - Music Charts. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  2. Streetwize performing at Childline 2007. YouTube (2007-02-21). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  3. Lee Hutton | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  4. Streetwize on CN8. YouTube. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  5. Ireland: Donal Skehan speaks to ESC Today (19 February 2008). Archived from the original on 21 February 2008. Retrieved on April 14, 2015.
  6. EUROSONG 2008 : DONAL SKEHAN. All Kinds of Everything. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved on April 14, 2015.
  7. YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  8. Interview with Donal Skehan of the Good Mood Food Blog on Vimeo. (2009-12-01). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  9. Katherine Donnelly. Donal dishes up class act at school. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  11. X Factor - Morgan Dean Glasgow. YouTube (2006-09-18). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  12. "BBC Sport - South Africa captain Graeme Smith marries Morgan Deane". BBC News. 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-11.
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  15. Industry supports Pussycat Dolls - Plus - Roundup - Articles - Meath Chronicle. (2009-06-24). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  16. Industry - My Baby's Waiting - Music Charts. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  17. Industry knock Peas off Irish No.1 - Music News. Digital Spy (2009-08-28). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Video Premiere: Industry "In Your Arms". (2009-10-21). Retrieved on August 11, 2014.
  19. Steffen Hung. Discography Industry [IE]. Retrieved on August 11, 2014.

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