Maggie Reilly

Maggie Reilly (born 15 September 1956)[1] is a Scottish singer best known for her collaborations with the composer and instrumentalist Mike Oldfield. Most notably, she performed lead vocals on the Oldfield songs "Family Man", "Five Miles Out", "Moonlight Shadow", "To France" and "Foreign Affair", all of which were international hits in the early 1980s.

Maggie Reilly
Born (1956-09-15) 15 September 1956 (age 64)
Moodiesburn, Scotland
GenresPop, folk, soft rock
Years active1970s–present
LabelsEMI, Red Berry
Associated actsCado Belle, Mike Oldfield


Reilly first came to prominence as a member of the 1970s soul outfit Cado Belle (previously named Joe Cool), and released one album with them in 1976.[2]

She is best known for her collaborations with the composer Mike Oldfield between 1980 and 1984,[2][3] especially by co-writing and performing the vocals on "Family Man" (and other tracks on the album Five Miles Out), "Moonlight Shadow", "Foreign Affair", and "To France".

In 1992, she released her debut solo album Echoes,[2] from which the singles "Everytime We Touch", "Tears in the Rain" and "Wait" were the most successful. A series of solo albums were released over the next 21 years.

She has also worked with many other artists, including Mike Batt (on his Hunting of the Snark album), Jack Bruce, Dave Greenfield & Jean-Jacques Burnel, Nick Mason & Rick Fenn, Michael Cretu, Lesiëm, Ralph McTell, Simon Nicol of Fairport Convention, Stefan Zauner of Münchener Freiheit, Runrig, The Sisters of Mercy, and Smokie. "Moonlight Shadow 2k14" (Michael Fall remix) was released on 23 May 2014 on the German label ZYX Music.


Solo albumsEdit

  • Echoes (1992)
  • Midnight Sun (1993)
  • Elena (1996)
  • All the Mixes (1996) (as M.R.)
  • The Best of Maggie Reilly, There and Back Again (1998)
  • Starcrossed (2000)
  • Save It for a Rainy Day (2002)
  • Rowan (2006)
  • Looking Back, Moving Forward (2009)
  • Heaven Sent (2013)
  • Starfields (2019)

Solo singlesEdit

Year Single Peak positions Album
1984 "As Tears Go By" non-album track
1991 "What About Tomorrows Children" 30 Echoes
1992 "Everytime We Touch" 63 47 16 5 24 34 1
"Wait" 54 23 28
"Tears in the Rain" 56
1993 "Follow the Midnight Sun" 56 Midnight Sun
"Every Single Heartbeat" 57
1994 "Don't Wanna Lose"
1996 "Walk on By" Elena
"Listen to Your Heart"
"Walk on By (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) All The Mixes
1997 "To France (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) 53 19 17 22
"Listen to Your Heart (The Mixes)" (as M.R.) 44 38 44
1998 "One Little Word" The Best Of Maggie Reilly – There And Back Again
2000 "Always You" Starcrossed
2002 "Save It for a Rainy Day" Save It for a Rainy Day
2012 "My Angel" (with Nu Frequency) Connected Remixes (Nu Frequency album)
2013 "Juliette" Heaven Sent
"Cold the Snow Clad Mountain"
2015 "Everytime We Touch" (remastered) non-album track
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Collaborations with Mike OldfieldEdit

Collaborations with other artistsEdit


  1. ^ Maggie Reilly's Biography on Myspace
  2. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason "Maggie Reilly Biography", AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2013
  3. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003) The Rough Guide to Rock, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1843531050, p. 747
  4. ^ "Maggie Reilly – German Chart". Retrieved 5 June 2014.

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