Woodward worked with ‘BBC’ for a brief period and in 1981 formed the Pop group ‘Bananarama’ with Sara Dallin and Irish musician Siobhan Fahey. In 1981, the group released their first single, ‘Aie a Mwana.’
The group received their first success in 1982, when they teamed up with Terry Hall for the single ‘It Ain’t What You Do….’ It peaked at number 4 on the charts and achieved mainstream fame. The period from 1982 to 1988 was the most successful one for Woodward and the group.
During the 80s, the band released a number of hit songs, such as ‘Cruel Summer,’ ‘Love in the First Degree,’ ‘I heard a Rumour,’ ‘Shy Boy,’ ‘Robert de Niro’s Waiting…,’ etc. Their 1986 track, ‘Venus,’ topped the American charts.
‘Bananarama’s’ first studio album, ‘Deep Sea Skiving,’ was released in March 1983, which reached silver certification in the UK. Their other albums were ‘Bananarama,’ ‘True Confessions,’ ‘Wow,!’ ‘Ultra Violet,’ ‘Exotica,’ ‘Drama,’ etc. The compilation albums are mainly the collections of their ‘Greatest Hits.’
Between 1982 and 2009, 28 of their singles made it to the ‘Top 50’ on the UK singles charts. In all, Woodward and her group released 45 singles, 11 studio albums, 13 compilation albums, and four video albums. They made it to the ‘Guinness World Records’ as ‘all-female group with the most chart entries in the world.’ By 2002, ‘Bananarama’ had sold over 40 million records.
The group enjoyed their most successful period during the 80s. In 1988, Siobhan Fahey left the group when she got married to Dave Stewart and moved to the US, where she formed her band ‘Shakespears Sister.’ Jacquie O’Sullivan joined ‘Bananarama’ in place of Fahey, but left the group in 1991. In the 1990s, Woodward moved to North Cornwall where she lived for over 20 years.
Woodward and Dallin continued with the group and also toured several cities. For a brief period in 2017 the three original band-mates came together and they had a reunion tour. Woodward is always proud that their girl group became successful wearing dungarees and ‘Dr. Martens,’ and they did not wear skimpy clothes to sell records.
The group’s tenth studio album, ‘Viva,’ was released in 2009, while their 11th album, ‘In Stereo,’ was released a decade later in April 2019. This was brought out by their label, ‘IN SYNK,’ but the sales, marketing, and distribution support was provided by ‘Absolute Label.’ The tracks of this LP were written and recorded by Woodward and Dallin; the first single of this album was, ‘Stuff Like That.’
With the release of their 11th album, Woodward and Dallin went on one time only ‘Evening with Bananarama’ UK tour and performed at London, Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow during April and May 2019. Before this, they toured the USA and Australia, and in August 2019, they participated in the ‘Summer Sonic Festival’ in Japan.
Family & Personal Life
During the 1980s, Woodward was in a relationship with model David Scott Evans and has a son with him, Thomas Scott Evans, who was born in 1986.
From the 1990, she was in a relationship with Andrew Ridgeley, the guitarist and vocalist of the pop group ‘Wham!’ Along with Woodward’s son, the two moved to a 15th century converted barn in Wadebridge, North Cornwall, and lived there for over two decades. This relationship of over 25 years ended in 2017, but both Woodward and Ridgeley remain on cordial terms.
Presently Woodward resides in London with her son.