Shakespears Sister is a musical act, formed by Irish-born British singer songwriter Siobhan Fahey in 1988, and situated in Great Britain. At first, Shakespears Sister was Fahey alone but from 1989 the act evolved into a duo by adding the American musician, Marcella Detroit.
Together they released two Top 10 albums and a number of Top 40 hits, such as the 1992 hit "Stay" which reached No. 1 in the UK for two months. Detroit departed from the band in the early nineties, leaving Fahey as the only member once more until she finished the project in 1996. After working under her own name for some years, Fahey started up the Shakespears Sister name in 2009.
Shakespears Sister began as a solo project by Siobhan Fahey, who had left the successful girl group Bananarama in 1988 due to disenchantment with the musical direction of the group. The name was taken from the song title "Shakespeare's Sister" by The Smiths, itself a reference to Virginia Woolf's book A Room of One's Own. Fahey claimed that the spelling started with an inadvertent misspelling on a woodcut sign but she chose to keep it, as "It made it sort of my thing, as opposed to the song by The Smiths". Fahey has said the meaning of the name was that she is the mother, the sister, the daughter, not the artist. The artist, she said, is Shakespears sister.
Whilst working on the project with Richard Feldman, Marcella Detroit was asked to assist as a songwriting aid. Detroit then went on to work with Fahey as a "hired hand" until Fahey's husband David A. Stewart had the idea that the two form a band, an idea backed by Feldman, Fahey's management and her record company, London Records. Detroit subsequently became a member of the band after her first Shakespears Sister single, "Break My Heart (You Really) / Heroine".