The Jane McDonald Biography

Sailing to stardom…

Jane McDonald is a popular singer, TV presenter and performer. She is best known for her powerful vocals and down to earth personality. In 1998 she rocketed to stardom when she first appeared on our screens in the BBC 1 docusoap The Cruise. The series attracted 13 million viewers and Jane emerged as a star and household name.

Her first album outsold her nearest rivals by four to one and gained Jane a place in the Guinness Book Of Records. It remained at Number One for three weeks and achieved platinum status staying in the Top 10 for 8 weeks. Each of Jane’s subsequent 4 major albums have all reached gold and silver status. 2009 saw the first album release under her own label. Simply titled ‘Jane’ it entered the Official UK Album Chart at Number 7 and achieved silver status within 6 weeks.

Stage and Screen…

Jane has built up a phenomenal theatre audience performing incredible live concerts across the United Kingdom and Southern Ireland. She has sold out the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium twice.

Performing at the MGM grand in Las Vegas she played to a sold out audience. The concert was filmed for DVD and went on to become an instant hit in the charts. The Mayor of Las Vegas also presented Jane with the ‘Key To the City’.

As a regular panellist on the hit daytime show Loose Women and a regular guest on The Alan Titchmarch Show her popularity grew. Other TV highlights included Never Mind The Buzzcocks, This Morning, GMTV and The Jonathan Ross Show.

In 2015 she performed the coveted role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS at Blackpool Opera House for which she received rave reviews.


Jane puts her heart and soul into her sell out performances. Working alongside her Musical Director she produces her own albums on her own label and was executive producer on her CD/DVD, ‘Live at the London Palladium’.

In 2016 she embarked on her ‘Making Memories’ tour which sold out at venues all over the UK. It was so popular she continued touring the show throughout 2017.

‘Hold the covers back’, her first entirely self penned album, was released in November 2017 to rave reviews. The album includes many fan favourites which include a duet with Tony Hadley.

A BAFTA winning TV performance

Jane returned to the cruise ships in 2017, this time with her own TV travel show ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’, which is shown on Channel 5. The show was so successful that in 2018 she won her first BAFTA. An album of songs from ‘Cruising with Jane McDonald’ was released in June 2018 going straight to number one in the independent album charts.

2017 also saw the launch of ‘Jane McDonald and Friends’ on Channel 5, bringing Jane’s exceptional talent as a live music performer to TV screens. Each episode Jane showcases her own voice with songs new and old. She also welcomes performances from guests such as Tony Hadley, Lee Mead, Elkie Brooks, Shayne Ward and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

Celebrating 20 years

In 2018 she returned to touring with her sold-out ‘Celebrate 20’ tour celebrating twenty years in the spotlight.  She ended the year on a high with a spectacular Christmas show at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 15th December 2018. The show was filmed live and released on DVD.

In 2019 she completed another successful UK wide tour and took her Christmas show back to The First Direct Arena in Leeds. Due to popular demand she also added an extra date at Arena Birmingham.

Jane’s autobiography ‘Riding the Waves – my story’ was also released in 2019 to rave reviews. In the book Jane shares her incredible and uplifting story in her own words.


Jane continues to tour and can’t wait to be back out on the road in 2021 for what is promising to be her best tour yet! Tickets are now on sale for her ‘Let the Light In’ tour which will visit venues across the UK. She will also be back at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on 19th December 2021 for her Christmas concert.

Click here to buy tickets for the 2022 Light The Light In tour.