Emily Grove (singer)

Emily Grove (singer)

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Emily Grove
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Emily Grove on stage at The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ in June 2014
Background information
Born (1991-08-01) August 1, 1991 (age 26)
Wall, New Jersey, USA
Origin Wall, New Jersey, USA
Genres Alternative country, folk
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1999–present
Website www.facebook.com/pages/Emily-Grove/218656865435

Emily Grove (born August 1, 1991) is a singer-songwriter and musician[1] from Wall, New Jersey. Her sound has been described as alternative folk.[2] Emily Grove is active in the Asbury Park music scene in Monmouth County, New Jersey.[2] Emily Grove was the recipient of the 2011 and 2012 Asbury Music Awards for Best Female Acoustic Act, and 2011 and 2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Awards for Top Female Vocalist and Top Female Songwriter.[3] She has played with and opened for Glen Burtnik, Willie Nile, Ari Hest, Rhett Miller (Old 97s), Marshall Crenshaw, Dan Reed Network, and John Lefler (Dashboard Confessional).[3][4] Grove has toured the UK and US opening for and playing with David Ford.[3][4] Grove also performs in venues ranging from well known New Jersey music venues such as The Saint and the Stone Pony through music venues in New York City and Boston.[2][5]

Grove’s style has been described as blending the 1970s sounds of Carole King with the “orchestrated texture of The Band” and the John Prine.[5] Her songs have been described as including elements of country and rock and roll blended with poetry.[5] Regarding musical influences, Grove says that her parents listened to Johnny Cash, watched the country music stations, and listened to Americana music.[2] Her mother loved Paul Simon, and she was named Emily named after the song “For Emily Whenever I May Find Her.”[2] Her father enjoyed the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.[2] She was born on Jerry Garcia‘s birthday, which brought attention to the music of the Grateful Dead.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Emily Grove performing at The Saint in May 2011.

Groves, the daughter of an accountant and an electrician, grew up and still resides in Wall, New Jersey.[2] She attended a Catholic grammar school She reports being shy as a child. She describes her neighborhood as close, so that everyone knew each other, and was respectful. She says that she formed great friendships there.[2] Early on, her mother noticed that she like to sing and encouraged her to learn to play an instrument. She initially chose to learn the saxophone because she wanted to be like Lisa Simpson, but her mother suggested she try a different instrument.[2] She chose the guitar next, because her coach suggested that she could then accompany herself and make a living.[2] Groves continued to take lessons, and eventually was accepted into Berklee College of Music.[2] Grove completed two years at Berklee before deciding to test her skills in the East Coast music scene.[6]

Discography[edit]

Her album, “Way Across the Sea” was produced by Jack Daley (Lenny Kravitz). The title track, “Way Across The Sea,” describes her crush on an unnamed rock and roll star.[5] “Falling” is described as reminiscent of the styles of Carly Simon and Carole King. “Today” was inspired by a particularly long Sopranos marathon.[5] “Flea,” the first song Grove ever wrote, is a folk song based on a poem by John Donne, and is consistent with the style of artists like Jane Wiedlin and Alanis Morissette.[5] The album ends with, “Procrastination,” done in the style of Natalie Merchant.[5]

Her second album, released in 2014, “Life of a Commoner”, was produced by Jason Rubal of Seventh Wave Studio (Amanda Palmer).[3][4] Her vocals on “Spider” has been compared to the vocals of both Annie Haslam and Dolores O’Riordan.[4] “Scream” combines a Nicole Atkins sound with R.E.M. energy.[4] “The Call” tells a Janis Ian-like story. “Johnny Lee” is done in the style of a Celtic love song.[4]

Performances[edit]

In addition to the venues mentioned above, Grove has performed in the WBJB Songwriters in the Park and Songwriters at the Beach Concert Series. Recording are available through the station’s web site. She also appeared on the Today Show with David Gray on June 12, 2014.

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A TRIBUTE TO Mel Tillis

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Mel Tillis

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Mel Tillis
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Tillis at the Grand Ole Opry, 2007
Background information
Birth name Lonnie Melvin Tillis
Born (1932-08-08)August 8, 1932
Tampa, Florida, United States
Origin Pahokee, Florida, United States
Died November 19, 2017(2017-11-19) (aged 85)
Genres Country
Outlaw country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1958–2017
Labels Columbia Records
Decca Records
Kapp Records
MGM Records
MCA Records
Elektra Records
Radio Records
Associated acts Pam Tillis, Nancy Sinatra, Roger Miller, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Bill Anderson, Old Dogs, Dude Mowrey
Website http://www.meltillis.com/

Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the 1970s, with a long list of Top 10 hits.

Tillis’s biggest hits include “I Ain’t Never“, “Good Woman Blues“, and “Coca-Cola Cowboy“. On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to country music.[1] He also has won the CMA Awards‘ most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year. He is also known for his speech impediment, which does not affect his singing voice. His daughter is country music singer Pam Tillis.

He died on November 19, 2017, at the age of 85.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Mel Tillis was born on August 8, 1932, in Tampa, Florida, but later raised in Pahokee, Florida (near West Palm Beach). His stutter developed during his childhood, a result of a bout with malaria.[3] As a child, Tillis learned the drums as well as guitar and at age 16, won a local talent show. He attended the University of Florida but dropped out and joined the United States Air Force.[4] While stationed as a baker in Okinawa, he formed a band called The Westerners, which played at local nightclubs.[3]

After leaving the Air Force in 1955, Tillis returned to Florida where he worked a number of odd jobs, eventually finding employment with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Tampa, Florida. He used his railroad pass to visit Nashville and eventually met and auditioned for Wesley Rose of famed Nashville publishing house Acuff-Rose Music. Rose encouraged Tillis to return to Florida and continue honing his songwriting skills.[5] Tillis eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and began writing songs full-time. Tillis wrote “I’m Tired,” a No. 3 country hit for Webb Pierce in 1957.[3] Other Tillis hits include “Honky Tonk Song” and “Tupelo County Jail.” Ray Price and Brenda Lee also charted hits with Tillis’s material around this time. In the late 1950s, after becoming a hit-making songwriter, he signed his own contract with Columbia Records. In 1958, he had his first Top 40 hit, “The Violet and a Rose,” followed by the Top 25 hit “Sawmill.”

Rise to fame[edit]

Although Tillis charted on his own Billboards Hot Country Songs list, he had more success as a songwriter. He continued to be Webb Pierce’s songwriter. He wrote the hits “I Ain’t Never” (Tillis’s own future hit) and “Crazy, Wild Desire.” Bobby Bare, Tom Jones (“Detroit City“), Wanda Jackson, and Stonewall Jackson also covered his songs. Tillis continued to record on his own. Some well-known songs from his Columbia years include “The Brooklyn Bridge,” “Loco Weed,” and “Walk on, Boy.” However, he did not achieve major success on the country charts on his own.

In the mid-1960s, Tillis switched over to Kapp Records, and in 1965, he had his first Top 15 hit with “Wine.” Other hits continued to follow, such as “Stateside” and “Life Turned Her That Way” (which was later covered by Ricky Van Shelton in 1988, going to No. 1). He wrote for Charley Pride (“The Snakes Crawl At Night”) and wrote a big hit for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition called “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” He also wrote the hit “Mental Revenge” for Outlaw superstar Waylon Jennings. (It has also been covered by the Hacienda Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Gram Parsons, Barbara Mandrell, and Jamey Johnson.) In 1968, Tillis achieved his first Top 10 hit with “Who’s Julie.” He also was a regular featured singer on The Porter Wagoner Show.

The height of his career[edit]

Things turned around in 1969 for Tillis. He finally achieved the success he always wanted with two Top 10 country hits, “These Lonely Hands of Mine” and “She’ll Be Hanging Around Somewhere.” In 1970, he reached the Top 5 with “Heart Over Mind,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Hot Country Songs list. After this, Tillis’s career as a country singer went into full swing. Hits soon came quite easily, such as “Heaven Everyday” (1970), “Commercial Affection” (1970), “Arms of a Fool” (1970), “Take My Hand” (a duet with Sherry Bryce in 1971), and “Brand New Mister Me” (1971). In 1972, Tillis achieved his first chart-topper with his version of his song “I Ain’t Never.” Even though the song was previously a hit by Webb Pierce, Tillis’s version is the better-known version of the two. Most of the above-mentioned song hits were recorded on MGM Records, Tillis’s record company in the early part of the decade.

After the success of “I Ain’t Never,” Tillis had another hit, which came close to No. 1 (reaching No. 3), entitled “Neon Rose,” followed by “Sawmill,” which reached No. 2. “Midnight, Me and the Blues” was another near chart-topper in 1974. Other hits Tillis had on MGM include “Stomp Them Grapes” (1974), “Memory Maker” (1974), “Woman in the Back of My Mind” (1975), and his version of “Mental Revenge” (1976). Tillis achieved his biggest success with MCA Records, with which he signed in 1976. It started with a pair of two No. 1 hits in 1976, “Good Woman Blues” and “Heart Healer“. (In an interview, he mentioned having written five hits in one week.) Thanks to this success, in 1976 Tillis won the CMA Awards‘s most coveted award, Entertainer of the Year, and was also inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame that year. He achieved another No. 1 in 1978 with “I Believe In You” and then again in 1979 with “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” which was put in the Clint Eastwood movie Every Which Way but Loose, in which he also made a cameo appearance. Also in 1978, Mel co-hosted a short-lived variety series on ABC television, Mel and Susan Together with model Susan Anton. Other hits around this time included “Send Me Down to Tucson,” “Ain’t No California,” and “I Got the Hoss.” In mid-1979, Tillis switched to another record company, Elektra Records.

After signing with Elektra, he continued to make hit songs such as “Blind In Love” and “Lying Time Again,” both hits in 1979. Until 1981, Tillis remained on top of his game as one of country music’s most successful vocalists of the era. “Your Body Is an Outlaw” went to No. 3 in 1980, followed by another Top 10 hit, “Steppin’ Out.” “Southern Rains” in 1981 was his last No. 1 hit. That same year, he released an album of duets with Nancy Sinatra which spawned two hit singles, the Top 30 hit “Texas Cowboy Night” and the double A-side, “Play Me or Trade Me/Where Would I Be.” He remained with Elektra until 1982 before switching back to MCA for a brief period in 1983. That summer, he scored a Top 10 hit with “In The Middle Of The Night” and had his last Top 10 hit with “New Patches” in 1984. By this time, however, Tillis had built up a financial empire thanks to investing in music publishing companies such as Sawgrass and Cedarwood. He also appeared in movies, including Love Revival, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975), The Villain (1979), Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), The Cannonball Run (1981), and Uphill All the Way (1986), a comedy western in which he starred with fellow country singer Roy Clark, among others. In 1979, he acquired radio station KIXZ (AM) in Amarillo, Texas, from Sammons-Ruff Associates, which converted from Top 40 to country music and became a force in the Panhandle region. A short time later, Tillis acquired Amarillo, Texas, Rock FM station KYTX, which changed calls to KMML (a play on Tillis’s stutter). Still later he operated WMML in Mobile, Alabama. All of his stations were sold after a time for a healthy return. He briefly signed with RCA Records, as well as Mercury Records, and later Curb Records in 1991. By this time, his chart success had faded.

Later career and life[edit]

Since his heyday in the 1970s, Tillis remained a songwriter in the 1980s, writing hits for Ricky Skaggs and Randy Travis. He also wrote his autobiography called Stutterin’ Boy. (The title comes from Tillis’s speech impediment.) Tillis appeared as the television commercial spokesman for the fast-food restaurant chain Whataburger during the 1980s. Tillis continued to record and have occasional hits through the decade, with his last top-10 hit coming in 1984 and his last top-40 country hit in 1988; like most country artists of the classic era, his recording career was dented by changes in the country music industry in the early 1990s. He also built a theater in Branson, Missouri, where he performed on a regular basis until 2002. In 1998, he teamed up with Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings, and Jerry Reed to form The Old Dogs. The group recorded a double album of songs penned entirely by Shel Silverstein. In July 1998, Old Dogs Volumes 1 and 2 were released on the Atlantic Records label. A companion video, as well as a Greatest Hits album (composed of previously released material by each individual artist), were also available. In the 1990s, Tillis’s daughter, Pam Tillis, became a successful country music singer in her own right, having hits like “Maybe It Was Memphis” and “Shake the Sugar Tree.”

The Grand Ole Opry inducted Mel Tillis on June 9, 2007. He was inducted into the Opry by his daughter Pam. Along with being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, it was announced on August 7 that year that Tillis, along with Ralph Emery and Vince Gill, is the latest to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Family[edit]

Tillis had one brother, Richard, and two sisters, Linda and Imogene. He had six children: songwriter Mel “Sonny” Tillis, Jr., singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Tillis, and Hannah Tillis.

MADISON BEER

Madison Elle Beer is an American singer. She gained attention after fellow singer Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She later became signed to Island Def Jam. Beer was born on March 5, 1999 in Jericho, Long Island to Robert and Tracie Beer. She also has a younger brother named Ryder. Her parents are divorced
Actress (2 credits)
 2015 Todrick (TV Series)
Wendy

Peter Perry (2015) … Wendy
 2013/II Louder Than Words
Amy
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 2016 Hollywood Medium (TV Series)
Herself

 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards (TV Movie)
Herself
 2014 Piper’s Picks TV (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Early life

Beer was born on March 5, 1999, in Jericho, Long Island, New York, to Robert Beer, a luxury home builder,[citation needed] and Tracie Beer, an interior designer. She has a younger brother named Ryder.[3] Her parents are divorced, and her father has remarried. She went to Jericho Middle School before being homeschooled in 2012.[citation needed] Beer is Jewish and of Ashkenazi descent.[4]

Career

Beer began posting videos on YouTube of her singing covers of popular songs in early 2012.[5] They gained the attention of pop star Justin Bieber, who tweeted a link to her cover of Etta James‘ “At Last” to his over 25 million followers. This caused Beer to trend worldwide on Twitter and gain substantial media coverage.[1][6] Bieber signed Beer personally to the record label to which he is signed, Island Records.[7] Beer is managed by Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun.[8]

Beer partnered with Monster High, and recorded a theme song for the franchise titled “We Are Monster High“. In February 2013, Cody Simpson re-released his song “Valentine” with Beer which was played on Radio Disney,[9][10] but was never officially released. On September 12, 2013, Beer released her debut single and music video called “Melodies” which was written by Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn, Thomas Barnes and Ina Wroldsen.[11] The video featured a guest appearance by Bieber.

Beer is working on her debut album which she said has an R&B pop vibe, stating “will be slow songs, sad songs, happy songs, songs about boys, and songs about being who you are. I’m making sure I’m happy with all of the songs, because if I am not happy with them, I can’t expect anyone else to be, you know?”[12]

“Unbreakable” is the second single from Beer’s upcoming debut studio album.[13] The song was released on June 17, 2014 and was written by Jessica Ashley, Evan Bogart, Heather Jeanette Miley, Matt Schwartz, Emanuel Kiriakou and Andrew Goldstein and was produced by the latter two.[14] On December 6, 2014 Beer reached one million followers on Twitter.[15][16] On February 16, 2015 it was announced that Beer was set to be a featured artist in a new single by DJs Mako titled “I Won’t Let You Walk Away“.[17] The song was released for digital download on February 24, 2015 along with a music video.[18][19] The song reached No. 43 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, No. 33 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs, and No. 19 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts in the United States.[20]

Discography

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album
US
“Melodies” 2013 *US: 9,000 (first week sales)[21] Non-album single
“Unbreakable” 2014
“All For Love”
(feat. Jack & Jack)
2015
“Something Sweet”
“Dead” 2017 N/A
“Say It to My Face”

As featured artist

Title Year Album
“Valentine[10]
(Cody Simpson featuring Madison Beer)
2013 Non-album single
I Won’t Let You Walk Away
(Mako featuring Madison Beer)
2015

Other appearances

Title Year Album
“We Are Monster High” 2013 Monster High

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role
2013 Louder Than Words Amy

Ashley Roberts

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Ashley Roberts

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Ashley Roberts
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Roberts in 2005
Born Ashley Allyn Roberts
September 14, 1981 (age 36)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Residence London, England
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
  • choreographer
  • actress
  • model
  • presenter
  • television personality
Years active 2001–present
Television I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
Dancing on Ice
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
The Jump
Musical career
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels
Associated acts The Pussycat Dolls

Ashley Allyn Roberts (born September 14, 1981)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress, model, presenter, and television personality, best known as a former member of the modern burlesque group and dance ensemble The Pussycat Dolls. She departed from the band in February 2010, in order to pursue a solo singing and acting career, but also due to the overemphasis on the band’s main singer, Nicole Scherzinger.

Roberts is also well known in the United Kingdom, due to her participation in reality shows such as I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2012 and The Jump in 2015. She was a judge for two seasons of Dancing on Ice. Roberts has also co-hosted Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway since it was revived in 2013 until 2016.[2]

Life and career[edit]

1981–2002: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Roberts was born in Phoenix, Arizona and attended Shadow Mountain High School. She is of English descent. She began dancing at the age of three and singing at eight. Roberts’ father was a drummer for the Mamas & the Papas, later becoming an auto dealer and her mother was a Pilates instructor. They both inspired her to be a part of the entertainment industry.

Roberts’ hair was brunette during her teenage years, as shown in Aaron Carter‘s “Oh Aaron” and “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” music videos.[3]

During high school summer breaks, Roberts traveled to California to study modern dance. After high school, at 19 years old, she moved permanently to Los Angeles. Roberts has appeared in television commercials and music videos such as Counting CrowsAccidentally in Love“, Josh Groban‘s “You Raise Me Up“, Jane’s Addiction‘s “True Nature”, Aaron Carter‘s “Oh Aaron” and “Not Too Young, Not Too Old” and Pink‘s “Trouble“. Roberts cites Goldie Hawn, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and Gwen Stefani as her main role models and inspirations.[4]

2003–10: The Pussycat Dolls[edit]

Within six months of her move, Roberts auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls. At that time the Pussycat Dolls were an underground modern burlesque troupe. Following their growing popularity, music producers Jimmy Iovine and Ron Fair became involved with the group helping them to transform into a franchise. The former dance troupe evolved into a popular music recording group. The only troupe members who remained after the re-casting process were Robin Antin (taking on the creative, executive and managerial roles), Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta and Ashley Roberts. After a few more auditions, singers Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones were added to the line-up. In 2004, they recorded “We Went as Far as We Felt Like Going” for the Shark Tale soundtrack and recorded the single, “Sway” which is featured on the soundtrack of Shall We Dance?. Jones left the group in 2005, Batten and Campbell had left earlier.

The Pussycat Dolls were launched into mainstream recognition following the release of PCD, which contained the number-one singles “Don’t Cha“, “Buttons” and “Stickwitu“. Roberts sang co-lead with Bachar and Sutta in the “Stickwitu” single B-side, “Santa Baby“. Bachar’s departure from the group preceded the release of their second and final studio album, Doll Domination, which contains hit singles, “When I Grow Up”, “I Hate This Part” and “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)“. Roberts recorded a solo song called “Played” for the Doll Dominations deluxe edition.

On January 29, 2010, Jessica Sutta revealed to E! Online that she had been ousted from the group, following a broken rib she sustained whilst on tour with the group, and thus confirmed her exit.[53] On February 26, Kimberly Wyatt confirmed she was also leaving the group.[54] The next day, Ashley Roberts announced her departure from the group via her website.[53] In a letter to her fans, she made the following announcement:[5]

Wyatt would later go on to confirm that all of the members had left the group, including Melody Thornton.[55]Despite these changes, on May 24, a rumored third line-up would join Scherzinger.[56] However, in late 2010, Scherzinger officially left the group to pursue a solo career.[57] As a result, the original recording group line-up had officially disbanded. The group has sold 54 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling girl groups of all time.[2][3]

Roberts made her film début as Brooke in the dance/drama/romance film Make It Happen with actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Riley Smith. Production lasted from August 8 to September 17, 2007, and the film was directed by Darren Grant and distributed by The Weinstein Company. It premièred on August 8, 2008 in the UK to mixed but mainly positive reviews.

2010–present: Solo career and Butterfly Effect[edit]

After leaving the Dolls, Roberts traveled around the world, followed guru Amma and took several dance/acting classes. In 2010, Roberts released her first solo song, a cover of “A Summer Place” and was released on iTunes on September 28. Roberts also made an appearance in ex-bandmate Wyatt’s music video for the single, “Stars in Your Eyes“.[6] On June 14, 2012, she made a cameo appearance in Bobby Newberry’s music video for his debut single “Dirrty Up”, with ex-bandmate Melody Thornton.[7] On October 10, 2012, Roberts released a preview of a cover version of Bobby Newberry’s “All In A Day”, produced by the Invaders. The full version was released at the end of October.[8] On November 5, 2012, Roberts announced that her first official solo single would be “Yesterday” and would be released that week.

On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, airing on ITV[9] finishing as runner-up to Charlie Brooks. Despite not winning, she proved to be a popular public figure during her time on the show and it launched her solo career in the United Kingdom.

On May 25, 2014, Roberts’ new single, “Clockwork” was released.[10] On September 1, 2014, Roberts’ debut album, Butterfly Effect, recorded at Metropolis in Chiswick, London was released. It was preceded by new single “Woman Up“.[11]

Other ventures[edit]

Television[edit]

On her official blog, Roberts announced that she would work on a number of different projects. She worked on her acting, and was a host on Maxim Does Spring Break on E!. Roberts also shot a pilot for MTV with Aubrey O’Day, Marques Houston, and Amanda Ghost.[5]

She appeared on 90210 in the episode “Into the Wild” which aired on November 5, 2010, where she played a stripper.

On November 7, 2012, it was confirmed that Roberts would compete in the twelfth series of the British reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, airing on ITV[9] finishing as runner-up to Charlie Brooks, in one of the closest ever reality show finales where she received 49.44% against 50.56% of the final vote. Despite not winning, she proved to be a popular public figure in the United Kingdom during her time on the show.

From January 2013 to March 2014, Roberts became an ice panel judge for the British skating show, Dancing on Ice on ITV alongside Robin Cousins, Karen Barber and Jason Gardiner.[12]

Later that year, she began presenting the Ant vs Dec segment on the revived version of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, replacing former host Kirsty Gallacher along with voice-over sports commentator Clive Tyldesley. In February 2015, Roberts took part in the second series of The Jump.[13] However, she was eliminated in the second week, after losing the Jump-off to Louise Thompson.

In 2016, she began hosting 1st Look and on February 18, 2017 was the guest judge on BBC One‘s Let It Shine.

Products and endorsements[edit]

In March 2013, Roberts was announced as Garnier’s new self-tan spokesmodel and the face of Ambre Solaire No Streak Bronzer campaign.[14]

Roberts has launched her first line of lingerie designed for the beach in Sydney, Australia.[5][15]

In 2016, Ashley designed a women’s shoe collection for spring/summer 2017 called ALLYN, which is Ashley’s middle name.[16]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Nanny Alex Fine 1 episode, “The Game Show”
2005 Be Cool Herself Main role[17]
2007 Dancelife
2008 Rock and a Hard Place
Make It Happen Brooke Supporting role
2008–2009 MTV News[17] Herself 6 episodes
2010 Maxim Does Spring Break Host
Dance Your Ass Off Guest Judge
Ambush Karaoke Host Unaired pilot
2011 Temptation of Wife Appearance role
All About Aubrey[17] Herself 2 episodes
VH1’S 100 Greatest Songs of the 00s
2012 VH1′s 100 Greatest Women In Music
Total Drama Voice of Sindy 3 episodes
90210 Penny 1 episode, “Into the Wild”
I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Herself Came second place
2013–2014 Dancing on Ice Judge
2013–2016 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Host ‘Ant vs. Dec’ segment
‘Best Seats in the House’ segment
2013 This Morning Herself Reporter for the I’m a Celebrity… segment
2014 WWE Legends House Host
2015 The Jump Contestant Second series
Keith Lemon’s Back T’Future Tribute Lorraine One-off ITV2 special
2015–2016 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show Various characters
2016– 1st Look Host
2017 Let It Shine Guest judge 1 episode

Guest appearances[edit]

Documentaries[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 VH1’s Behind the Music Herself Nicole Scherzinger and Brief about PCD

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Year Award Work Result Ref.
Grammy Awards 2007 Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals Stickwitu Nominated [20]

Katherine Jenkins discography

Katherine Jenkins discography

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Katherine Jenkins discography
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Studio albums 9
Compilation albums 4
Video albums 4
Singles 11

The discography of Katherine Jenkins, a Welsh mezzo-soprano singer, consists of eight studio albums, two compilation albums, eleven singles and three video albums.

Released in April 2004, Katherine’s classical chart-topping debut album Premiere, was a mix of old standards including Ave Maria and The Lord Is My Shepherd, plus a smattering of traditional Welsh songs and new interpretations of classic tunes by Handel, Bach, Erik Satie and others. The album made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date[1] she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year.[2] Her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK later on in 2004. Next album, Living A Dream followed in 2005 and held the number one position in the classical charts for nearly a year and reached number four in the pop album charts.[3] Her fourth album, Serenade was released in November 2006 and reached number five in the mainstream charts selling more than 50,000 copies in its first week, a record in the genre.[1] Fifth album, Rejoice, was released a year later in November 2007 and included songs written specially for her and entered the pop album charts at number three, beating the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud.[4]

In October 2008 Jenkins released Sacred Arias, which was her last album with Universal Music. The Telegraph stated that Jenkins had signed the biggest classical recording deal in history, for $10 million (£5.8 million), with Warner Music.[5] Jenkins released Believe, in October 2009, the first with Warner Music, featuring guest artists Andrea Bocelli, André Rieu and Chris Botti. She released Daydream in October 2011, This Is Christmas in October 2012 and Home Sweet Home in November 2014

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[6]
UK Classical
[7]
AUS
[8]
GER
[9]
IRE
[10]
NZ
[11]
EU
[12]
US
Class

[13][14]
US
[15][16]
2004 Premiere

31 1
Second Nature (aka La Diva)

  • Released: 18 October 2004
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
16 1 48 16
2005 Living a Dream

  • Released: 31 October 2005
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
4 1 13 13 15
2006 Serenade

  • Released: 6 November 2006
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 1 92 20
2007 Rejoice

  • Released: 19 November 2007
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
3 1 25 18 23 15
2008 Sacred Arias

  • Released: 20 October 2008
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
5 1 47 20
2009 Believe

  • Released: 26 October 2009
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download
6 1 35 10 13 24 5
2011 Daydream

  • Released: 17 October 2011
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, digital download
6 78 12 29
2012 This Is Christmas

  • Released: 30 October 2012
  • Label: Reprise.
  • Format: CD, digital download
26 22 3 110
2014 Home Sweet Home

  • Released: 17 November 2014
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download
10 1 21
2016 Celebration

  • Released: 22 April 2016
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download
7

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[6]
GER
[9]
IRE
[10]
US
Class

[19][20]
UK Class
[21]
2007 From the Heart

  • Released: 17 February 2009 (China only)
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, digital download
2009 The Ultimate Collection

  • Released: 2 November 2009
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download
9 91 21 31
2011 Sweetest Love

  • Released: 14 March 2011
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: CD, digital download
199 22
One Fine Day

  • Released: 3 October 2011
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download
17 43 19
2012 My Christmas

  • Released: 9 October 2012
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download
8 6
2013 L’amour

  • Released: 1 February 2013
  • Label: Decca
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album details
2010 iTunes Live from London

  • Released: 8 February 2010[22]
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[6]
GER
[9]
2005 Time to Say Goodbye 76 Second Nature
2006 “Do Not Stand at My Grave & Weep” Living a Dream
Green, Green Grass of Home 62 Serenade
2007 “I (Who Have Nothing)” Rejoice
2008 Hallelujah 112 Sacred Arias
2009 “I Believe” (with Andrea Bocelli) Believe
Bring Me to Life 74 46
Angel
2010 “Love Never Dies”
“Fear of Falling”
Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming

In 2011, four of Jenkins’ singles appeared on the U.S. Classical Digital Songs chart: “Time to Say Goodbye” (#3), “The Flower Duet” (#7), “Hallelujah” (#17) and “O Mio Babbino Caro” (#19). In 2012, two of her singles appeared on the same chart: “Hallelujah” (#3) and “I Believe” with Andrea Bocelli (#13).[23]

Video albums[edit]

Year Video details Notes
2006 Live at Llangollen

  • Released: 4 December 2006
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: DVD
  • Jenkins sings live at the 2006 Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Wales
2007 Katherine in the Park

  • Released: 19 November 2007
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: DVD
  • Live at Margam Park, Port Talbot, Wales
  • Also includes interviews
2008 Viva La Diva

  • Released: 10 November 2008
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: DVD
2010 Katherine Jenkins: Believe Live From The O2

  • Released: 8 November 2010
  • Label: Eagle Vision
  • Format: DVD/Blu-ray
  • Live at the O2 Arena London
  • For several months before release, was available only through PBS as a thank you gift

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2004 “Time to Say Goodbye”
2005 “L’Amore Sei Tu (I Will Always Love You)”
2006 “Nella Fantasia”
2007 “Rejoice”
2008 “I (Who Have Nothing)”
2009 “I Believe” (with Andrea Bocelli)
“Bring Me to Life” Trudy Bellinger
“Angel” Brett Sullivan
2010 “Love Never Dies”
“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming”
2011 “Break It To My Heart”

Katherine Jenkins

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Katherine Jenkins
OBE
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Jenkins performing live at Clumber Park in 2011
Background information
Birth name Katherine Maria Jenkins
Born (1980-06-29) 29 June 1980 (age 37)
Genres Classical-crossover, pop, operatic pop
Instruments Voice (mezzo-soprano)
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal, Warner, Decca
Website KatherineJenkins.co.uk

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Katherine Maria Jenkins OBE (born 29 June 1980) is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano singer and songwriter. She is a classical-crossover singer[1][2] who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns.[3]

After winning singing competitions in her youth, Jenkins studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and taught voice. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II‘s silver jubilee. Since 2004, she has released numerous albums that have performed well on British and foreign charts. In both 2005 and 2006, her albums received Classic Brit Awards as Album of the Year. She has also been seen widely in concert, including concerts for British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; she has also sung at sporting events, on television shows and in support of many charities. In Spring 2012, she competed on the US television show Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place, behind NFL Super Bowl champion Donald Driver.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Jenkins was born in Neath, Wales, where she and her sister Laura were raised by their parents Selwyn John and Susan.[5]

She attended Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School in Neath, Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School and Gorseinon College.[6] She received A grades in her GCSEs and A Levels and participated in productions such as Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls.[7] She attended singing lessons with John Hugh Thomas and passed her Grade 8 examinations with distinction in both singing and piano.

Between 1991 and 1996, Jenkins was a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and passed the St Cecilia Award, the highest RSCM award for female choristers.[7] She was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales for three years,[8] won the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year contest (twice), and the BET Welsh Choirgirl of the Year competition. She was also awarded the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir Scholarship for the most promising young singer. At the age of 17 she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music,[7] graduating with honours[8] and receiving a music teacher’s diploma.

After working as a freelance singing teacher, a tour guide on the London Eye and as a model,[9] she entered a modelling competition and became the Face of Wales 2000. She then decided to follow a musical career.[7] Universal Classics and Jazz heard her demo and she was invited to an interview at which she sang Rossini‘s “Una voce poco fa“.[9] Universal offered Jenkins a six-album deal,[9] the most lucrative in the United Kingdom’s classical recording history, reportedly worth £1 million.[7][10][11]

Record success[edit]

Six out of seven of Jenkins’s studio albums reached number one in the UK classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than 4 million copies. After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date[7] she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year.[12] She is the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards: her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK Albums Chart,[10] and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards.

Jenkins’s Italian-language version of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” (“L’Amore Sei Tu”), first performed live at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire on 28 August 2005, was the first cut on her third album Living a Dream. After that album was released, uniquely, she held the top three positions in the classical crossover music chart.[7][13] The album held the number one position for nearly a year and reached number four in the pop album charts.[13] Jenkins repeated the success of Second Nature with her Living a Dream album when she won the classical BRIT award for Album of the Year for a second time.[14][15]

Her fourth album, Serenade was released on 6 November 2006 and reached number five in the mainstream charts selling more than 50,000 copies in its first week, a record in the genre.[7] The top four albums on HMV‘s classical charts were hers.[16]

Her fifth album, Rejoice, was released on 19 November 2007 and included songs written specially for her,[17] two by Take That‘s Gary Barlow.[18] The album entered the pop album charts at number three,[19] beating the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud.[20] Jenkins commented “I never imagined when I was a young girl listening to them on the radio that I would outsell the Spice Girls and Celine Dion. It’s almost too much to take in. I can’t thank my fans enough for all their support.”[20]

On 20 October 2008 Jenkins released Sacred Arias, which is her last album with Universal Music. On 19 October The Daily Telegraph stated that Jenkins had signed the biggest classical recording deal in history, for US$10 million (£5.8 million), with Warner Music.[21]

Jenkins released her next album, Believe, on 26 October 2009, the first with Warner Music. This album featured Andrea Bocelli and other musicians like André Rieu and Chris Botti. She made various TV appearances such as GMTV, Something for the Weekend and Piers Morgan’s Life Stories on 24 October 2009 and on The Graham Norton Show on 2 November 2009. She performed the theme from The Godfather, Parla Piu Piano at Children In Need Rock The Albert Hall with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Later in December 2009, she performed a cover of Evanescence‘s “Bring Me to Life” at The Royal Variety Performance. On 23 May 2010, she went to Argentina for the first time and sang Parla Piu Piano in the popular Argentinian show Susana Giménez.[22]

In 2011, Jenkins released Daydream, with the Christmas album This is Christmas following in 2012.

After a move to Decca Records, Jenkins released Home Sweet Home in 2014.

In 2015, Jenkins provided the spoken word vocals to the track “A Perfect Life” on Steven Wilson’s album Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Concerts/Theatre[edit]

Jenkins first came to public attention when she sang at Westminster Cathedral honouring Pope John Paul II‘s silver jubilee in October 2003 and then supporting Aled Jones on tour.[8][10] At the Rugby World Cup in 2003 she made her Sydney Opera House debut as a guest of fellow Welshman, Max Boyce[9] and, in August 2004, her first USA appearance, supporting Hayley Westenra at Joe’s Pub in New York City.[8]

Jenkins was the first person to perform the Home Nations anthem “The Power of Four” and began to appear regularly to sing the Welsh national anthem “Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” at Welsh international rugby union matches, singing with Bryn Terfel at the 2005 Wales vs. England Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium.[9] She is now the official mascot for the Wales rugby union team.[11]

On 22 January 2005 Jenkins sang in Cardiff at the Tsunami Relief Concert[11] and in April and May of that year supported Irish tenor Ronan Tynan on his first US tour as a solo artist. That May she sang at Trafalgar Square to a 15,000-strong audience celebrating the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.[23][24] At the Berlin stage of Live 8 in 2005, Jenkins sang the hymnAmazing Grace“,[25] and she later helped to launch The Royal British Legion‘s poppy appeal at Covent Garden whilst wearing a dress made of 2,500 poppies.[26]

On 27 August 2005 Katherine performed “Abide With Me” at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff which was attended by 74,213 spectators. During the anthem, BBC cameras captured the infamous moment of a Hull F.C. fan being brought to tears during the song. The moment is still shown in flashbacks on televised Challenge Cup games.

With the Blue Man Group, Jenkins sang “I Feel Love” in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance on 21 November 2005.[27] She performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, on 11 December 2005.[28]

In November 2006 she performed before the Queen at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and joined fellow Welsh singer James Fox in the final verse of “Anthem” from the musical Chess.[29]

In July 2007 Jenkins gave a concert at Margam Park in south Wales, performing alongside Paul Potts and Juan Diego Flórez.[30] Jenkins extended a personal invitation to Potts to sing “Nessun dorma” at the concert.[31]

In September 2007 Jenkins modeled at Naomi Campbell‘s Fashion Relief event for charity in a Julien Macdonald dress which was then bought by Sir Philip Green for £10,000.[32]

In November 2007 she sang again at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and was named classical performer of the year at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.[33]

With Darcey Bussell she has appeared in a stage song-and-dance production, entitled Viva la Diva, paying tribute to stars[34] including Madonna and the late Judy Garland (who died in 1969).[17] The show opened in Manchester in November 2007.[34][35] Jenkins learned to tap dance, spending eight hours a week learning the choreography and running three miles a day to get fit.[17] She performed the Welsh aational Anthem on 17 May 2008 at the 2008 FA Cup Final between Cardiff City and Portsmouth, becoming the first person to do this at an FA Cup Final.[36]

Jenkins sings the Welsh national anthem at Sophia Gardens before the start of the 2009 Ashes.

At the beginning of 2009, Jenkins performed in South Korea with Plácido Domingo. This was Jenkins’s third concert with Domingo having performed with him in Hong Kong in 2008 and Athens in 2007. They then performed together in May 2009 at The Classical Brit Awards.

On 8 July 2009 Jenkins performed at the opening ceremony of the Ashes Test Series between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff. On Saturday 12 September 2009 she performed in Hyde Park for Proms in the Park. On Monday 21 September she performed at the memorial service for Sir Bobby Robson, singing “Pie Jesu” at the request of Lady Robson.

On 12 November 2009, Jenkins performed a duet with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber for Children in Need at the Royal Albert Hall. The same month, Jenkins performed “I Believe” (from Believe) with Andrea Bocelli on his PBS Christmas Special. The duet appears in his album, My Christmas. Jenkins was scheduled to do her first Arena tour in March 2010.

On 24 May 2010, as part of the Argentina Bicentennial she performed the Canadian Anthem at the Argentina VS. Canada World Cup warm-up football match in the River Plate Stadium at Buenos Aires.[37] On 11 June 2010, Jenkins performed a live comedy routine with Armenian comedy pianist Kev Orkian for a private birthday party at which Motown legend Lionel Richie performed, along with the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) and comedians Bobby Davro and Jethro.[38] The comedy sketch was an updated version of an old Victor Borge routine which Orkian had written and developed with Jenkins. In her official blog, Jenkins mentions that she may one day perform the routine in public. On 3 July 2010, Jenkins took the stage at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the National Symphony Orchestra. She was supported by violinist Diana Yukawa.[39]

Jenkins performed at the opening night gala Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in July 2010. Her performance was very well received by an appreciative full house. She is booked to return there in July 2016.[40]

During March and April 2013, Jenkins went on tour with Il Divo for their first and only European and UK tour. She also participated in the 2013 U.S. Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., singing a selection from Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Requiem and You’ll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Carousel.

On 9 May 2015 she performed at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London.

In spring 2017 Katherine starred as the romantic lead Julie Jordan in Rodgers and Hammerstein‘s Carousel in a limited run at the English National Opera directed by Lonny Price, opposite musical theatre star Alfie Boe.

Television[edit]

On 23 December 2006, Jenkins appeared on ITV‘s Parkinson show, backed by the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir and a brass band.[41]

She made a cameo appearance in two episodes of Emmerdale which saw 11.6 million viewers tune in to find out who killed popular character Tom King, who was murdered on Christmas Day. She also appeared in the show on 16 and 17 May 2007, which saw her opening the village pageant.[42]

In July 2007, she performed live on Saving Planet Earth on BBC 1 to raise money for the BBC Wildlife Fund.[43]

On 12 August 2007 she appeared on ITV’s Britain’s Favourite View, nominating Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula as Britain’s favourite view.[44] She commented; “I grew up on the edge of the Gower, but it was still a holiday place for our family. We’d go on weekend breaks to Three Cliffs Bay – six miles down the road! That’s how gorgeous it is.”[45]

Jenkins live at Clumber Park in 2011

On 21 October 2007 she sang “Time to Say Goodbye” on the Strictly Come Dancing results show. Jenkins and Darcey Bussell performed a segment of their show Viva la Diva before the Queen at the 79th Royal Variety Performance, televised on 9 December 2007.[46] On 15 December, Jenkins performed on The X Factor final with contestant Rhydian Roberts, performing the song “You Raise Me Up“.[47] Jenkins made an appearance on Saturday Kitchen LIVE in December 2008. She has presented the BBC television programme Songs of Praise.

Jenkins appeared in episode 3 of the fifth series of The Apprentice, performing Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah” as part of a private recital to winning team Ignite. The programme was aired on BBC One on 8 March 2009. 2009 saw Jenkins performing on a large number of TV shows – The Royal Variety Performance, Children In Need Rocks The Albert Hall, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, This Morning, GMTV, Something for the Weekend, The Paul O’Grady Show, presenting for the BBC the week-long series The Week We Went To War, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories for ITV1, Strictly Come Dancing, The Graham Norton Show and The Andrew Marr Show.

Jenkins started 2010 by appearing as one of two mentors on ITV1s prime time Friday night show, Popstar to Operastar. Later in the year, she appeared on the ITV1 game show Magic Numbers, acting as magician and show host Stephen Mulhern‘s assistant in the UK TV premiere of an illusion in which she was sawed in half inside a clear box. She also appeared in the 2010 Christmas Special of Doctor Who, “A Christmas Carol“, in which she played Abigail Pettigrew—her first major acting role. Jenkins appeared as the featured singer on 11 April 2011 episode of ABC‘s show Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) singing “Con te partirò” (Time to Say Goodbye) and “O mio babbino caro“. She later sang “The Flower Duet” with DWTS regular Beverley Staunton.

On 23 October 2011, Jenkins appeared live on US television network, FOX from Wembley Stadium, performing “God Save the Queen” before the NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears.[48]

In February 2012, Jenkins was announced as one of the contestants on the fourteenth season of the American celebrity ballroom show, Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with two-time champion Mark Ballas. Jenkins and Ballas came runners-up in the competition.[4]

On 20 and 21 July 2012, Jenkins sang in concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah at the annual Pioneer Day Concert 2012 broadcast on BYU-TV and various PBS television stations worldwide.[49]

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

During her run on the 14th season of the show, Jenkins continually scored ceiling-high scores, enabling her to top the weekly judges leaderboard more time than anyone else on the season (six times out of ten). Her foxtrot in the first week of the competition was rewarded 26 points, matching the record for the second-highest score given in week one at the time. Her waltz in week 3 was tremendously praised and Jenkins was rewarded 29 points, which was the record for the highest score ever given in week three at the time. Jenkins made her way all the way to the semifinals, getting at least 27 points of judges’ score for every dances but two occasions only.

During her salsa in the semifinals, Jenkins’ partner Mark Ballas accidentally kicked her in the back, leading to a spasm that made Jenkins mess up her final moves, but she advanced to the finals nonetheless, along with Donald Driver and William Levy. Jenkins bounced back in the finale, getting perfect score 30 out of 30 for all three of her dances, and eventually finished as a runner-up to Driver. Her performances average was 27.9, the third highest ever in the show’s history at the time.

Week # Dance/song Judges’ score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / “The Show 9 8 9 No Elimination
2 Jive/ “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That” 9 8 9 Safe
3 Waltz/ “To Where You Are 10 9 10 Safe
4 Paso Doble/ “Time Is Running Out 8 8 8 Safe
5 Argentine Tango/ “Tanguedia II” 10 9 10 Safe
6 Samba/ “I Can’t Get Next to You
Motown Marathon
10
Awarded
9
10
10
Points
Safe
7 Rumba/ “Canon in D Major
Team Tango/ “Toccata”
9
9
9
9
9
9
Safe
8 Viennese Waltz/ “Kathleen”
Cha-cha-cha (Trio Challenge)/ “She’s a Lady
8
10
9
9
9
10
Last to be called Safe
9
Semi-finals
Quickstep/ “The Dirty Boogie
Salsa/ “Bananza (Belly Dancer)
10
9
9
9
10
9
Safe
10
Finals
Paso Doble/ “España cañí
Freestyle/ “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)
Jive (24-hour Challenge)/ “Splish Splash
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
10
Runner-Up

Artworks[edit]

In 2010 the Wales on Sunday newspaper commissioned Welsh food artist Nathan Wyburn to create a portrait of Jenkins made from hazelnut spread.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Her father, Selwyn, died of lung cancer at age 70 when she was 15.[7][51] She has dedicated each award she received to him. Jenkins, a Christian, says she believes “in heaven. I believe my dad is somewhere doing something nice.”[52] While Jenkins was studying at the Royal Academy of Music, at 19 years of age, she was attacked, beaten and robbed by an unknown assailant who attempted to rape her, but she fought the man off.[53][54]

After Jenkins and Dame Vera Lynn were together at centre stage at the 60th Anniversary of VE Day in 2005 during the song “We’ll Meet Again“, the newspapers dubbed Jenkins “the new Forces’ Sweetheart“, a nickname given to Lynn during World War II.[24] Lynn had said to Jenkins that she ought to “go out and entertain the troops,” which Jenkins promised she would.[24] In December 2005 and 2006 Jenkins travelled to Iraq to entertain the soldiers for Christmas.[12][55] On her first visit to Iraq in 2005, when travelling to Shaibah, the largest British base in Southern Iraq, the helicopter she was travelling in was targeted by missiles. Anti-missile flares were deployed and the group landed safely.[24]

In November 2008 Jenkins revealed to the Daily Mail that when she was a student she had taken class A drugs (cocaine and ecstasy) and cannabis. She noted that she was introduced to them by people she socialised with at the time and that she stopped taking them after signing her record deal in 2003.[56] In the article Jenkins said “taking drugs is the biggest regret of my life”.

Jenkins’s autobiography, Time to Say Hello, was released on 28 January 2008, and was also serialised in The Mail on Sunday.[54]

At the start of 2007 Jenkins made her first appearance in the British young people’s Sunday Times Rich List which ranked her as the sixty-second richest young person in Britain with an estimated wealth of £9 million.[57] In 2010, the Sunday Times Rich List placed her at joint 11th in the Top 20 Young Millionaires list alongside Leona Lewis and Charlotte Church with an estimated wealth of £11 million.

In April 2013, Jenkins attended the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in St Paul’s Cathedral. It was believed she was invited because of her charity work with the armed forces.[58]

Jenkins ran the 2013 London Marathon, raising £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her father. She finished the course in 5 hours 26 minutes.[59]

Jenkins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to music and for charitable services.[60][61]

In July 2010, Jenkins was reported to have bought a house with TV presenter Gethin Jones.[62] In February 2011, they became engaged, but on 30 December 2011, Jenkins and Jones announced that they were no longer together.[63] In October 2013, she began dating American artist and film actor-director Andrew Levitas. Jenkins and Levitas later announced their engagement in April 2014.[64] The couple married at Hampton Court Palace on 27 September 2014.[65] Later, a religious blessing was conducted by a Vicar from her hometown.[66] On 13 April 2015, Jenkins announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband Levitas.[67] Jenkins gave birth to their first child, a daughter called Aaliyah Reign, in New York City in September 2015.[68]

Discography

Studio albums:

KRIS ANGELIS

Kris Angelis is an actress and composer, known for Sister Mary’s Angel (2011), Liquid (2012) and Visible Scars (2012).
Actress (9 credits)
 2014 Rake (TV Series)
Rachel

Remembrance of Taxis Past (2014) … Rachel
 2012 Visible Scars
Cathy
 2012 Liquid (Short)
Good Girl
 2011 Sister Mary’s Angel
Mary Chapman
 2009 Zombie Holocaust & You! (Short)
Rhonda Romero
 2009 Bones (TV Series)
Juggling Twin

Double Trouble in the Panhandle (2009) … Juggling Twin (uncredited)
 2008 Five Minutes Ago (Short)
 2008 The Sword and the Sheath (Short)
Jezebel
 2007 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Twin Fan of Cody

The Harriet Dinner: Part I (2007) … Twin Fan of Cody
Hide Hide Show Show Composer (1 credit)
Hide Hide Show Show Music department (1 credit)
 2016/I Scratch (Short) (vocals by)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (1 credit)
 2013 Actors Entertainment (TV Series)
Herself

DISCOGRAPHY

Adrienne Bailon

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Adrienne Bailon
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Bailon in March 2011
Born Adrienne Eliza Bailon
(1983-10-24) October 24, 1983 (age 34)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Other names Adrienne Houghton[1]
Occupation
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Israel Houghton (m. 2016)
Website adriennebailon.com
Musical career
Origin New York, U.S.
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels
Associated acts

Adrienne Eliza Houghton[2][3] (née Bailon; born October 24, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter, recording artist, actress, dancer and television personality. Adrienne Bailon first became publicly known when she rose to fame as one of the founding members and singer of both 3LW (1999–2007) and Disney’s The Cheetah Girls (2003–2008).

Bailon recorded a debut solo album which was later shelved. Since then, Bailon has stated that she plans to record a Spanish-language solo album.[4]

Aside from her work in 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, Bailon went on to develop her own acting career with roles in The Cheetah Girls films, Coach Carter and the MTV film All You’ve Got. Aside from her work in film, she has also guest starred in numerous television series including the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Bailon has established a solo music career, contributing two solo tracks, including “What If”, to The Cheetah Girls: One World soundtrack as well as the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack, and numerous other guest musical ventures.

Bailon co-stars alongside television personality, model and actress Julissa Bermudez in their own reality series, Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne which airs on the Style Network. Adrienne met Julissa on the set of the 2006 film All You’ve Got.

Currently, Bailon is one of the hosts of syndicated talk show The Real along with former fellow Disney Channel star Tamera Mowry, Jeannie Mai, and Loni Love, which premiered on July 15, 2013.[5]

Bailon’s career, spanning over 16 years with both 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, has helped her sell a combined 5.6 million recording albums worldwide.

Life and career[edit]

1983–2002: Early life, career beginnings, and 3LW[edit]

The Lower East Side at Orchard and Rivington Streets, where Bailon was raised

Bailon was born to a Puerto Rican mother, Nilda Alicea and an Ecuadorian father, Freddie Bailon, on October 24, 1983. She grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.[6] Bailon has an older sister, Claudette.[7] Bailon’s parents are divorced, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Joe Felix.[8] She attended PS 110-The Monitor in Brooklyn[9] and the High School for Health Professions and Human Services, but did not pursue a career in the medical field because of her musical endeavors.[10] Bailon commented “I really wanted to be an Obstetrician! I wanted to bring babies into the world…”[11] Bailon was discovered by Latin pop singer Ricky Martin in October 1999 while she was performing in a church choir at Madison Square Garden.[12] Martin asked for the four best singers in the group, and Bailon was one of the four elected by Martin to perform as back-up singers as part of his Livin’ la Vida Loca Tour concert show later that night.[13][14]

Following the performance, Bailon became a member of the girl group 3LW. Bailon stated that she was spotted by a producer while on a field trip to Beth Israel, and was later offered a slot in the female trio.[11] Bailon said “..coming from very humble beginnings in the projects of the Lower East Side and not having any “Hollywood” connections… It did not seem realistic. I sang in church, acted in all the church and school plays… So when the opportunity came to join a girl group I was ready!”[15]

The group was signed to Epic Records. Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton were the other two members of the group, and work on their debut album began in 1999. In 1999, the original line-up of 3LW formed. Their first single, “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)“, was released in the fall of 2000. “No More” was a chart success, and was followed by “Playas Gon’ Play” in early 2001. The group’s self-titled debut album, 3LW was released on December 5, 2000. The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, selling 1.3 million copies in the United States.[16]

In the summer of 2001, the group embarked on the MTV Total Request Live tour along with Destiny’s Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Jessica Simpson. In 2001, 3LW recorded a song with various artists including Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in response to the 9/11 attacks called “What More Can I Give“. In late 2001, they collaborated with Lil’ Romeo and Nick Cannon for “Parents Just Don’t Understand” on the Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius soundtrack.[17]

3LW spent the first half of 2002 in the studio, recording an album tentatively titled Same Game, Different Rules. The album and its intended lead single “Uh Oh” were presented to the label, who felt it did not have enough urban radio appeal. The tracks from Same Game, Different Rules were leaked to the Internet in MP3 format, and Epic considered dropping the girls. A fan support campaign for 3LW, named “Never Let Go of 3LW” after their song “Never Let Go” spread to the radio, and the act was retained, despite the album loss. Recording a new set of tracks, the group returned in the summer of 2002 with the P. Diddy-produced single “I Do (Wanna Get Close To You)“, featuring Loon. That same summer, the group performed a concert special on Nickelodeon titled Live on Sunset. By August, the group was set to release its newest LP, A Girl Can Mack, when member Naughton left the group for good after heated arguments. A Girl Can Mack’s release date was pushed back a month, but sales were still disappointing debuting at #15 on the Billboard 200 with a disappointing 53,000 copies sold in the first week. Approaching the time that the group was ready to deliver their second album, Naturi Naughton announced that she was no longer a member of the group.[18][19] Naughton alleged she had had a number of conflicts and arguments with Bailon, Williams, and their management, which led to a heated argument in August 2002 involving an altercation.[18] Not long after, Naughton claimed she had been forced out of the group.[20]

2003–2008: The Cheetah Girls, 3LW disbandment, and acting career[edit]

The Cheetah Girls performing during their Christmas tour in 2005

Williams and Bailon continued as a duo while using the “3LW” name, causing the press to jokingly refer to them as “2LW”.[19] According to a cover story for the October 2002 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Kiely & Adrienne said they received death threats and that they had to beef up security. The departure of Naturi greatly affected the group’s popularity and album sales. After the second single released from the album, “Neva Get Enuf”, underperformed, auditions were held across the country for a new third member. Jessica Benson made the cut and joined 3LW in early 2003. Without Jessica, the group might have had to split due to “bankruptcy”.[21] Jessica’s first performance was on Live with Regis & Kelly, followed by a performance on Soul Train. In fall 2003, 3LW departed from Epic, signing with Jermaine Dupri‘s So So Def label. The group then began working on their fourth studio album.

While working on the album, both Bailon and Williams signed on to star in the Disney Channel film The Cheetah Girls. They starred as two of four members of a female girl group named after the film, with Raven-Symoné and Sabrina Bryan portraying the final two members. The movie was released in August 2003 and was a ratings success. The Cheetah Girls soundtrack debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.[22] Bailon had a supporting role on Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven which she played Alana. In 2005, she starred in Coach Carter as Dominique, her first theatrically-released film. Walt Disney Records soon created a real-life girl group, composed of Adrienne, Kiely, and Sabrina. Raven was offered a spot in the group but declined, opting to focus on her solo career and her television series That’s So Raven. The trio began working on their first studio album, later revealed to be a Christmas album. The album, titled Cheetah-licious Christmas, was released that year, and they soon left Walt Disney and signed to Hollywood Records in 2006.[23] Bailon then starred in the MTV film All You’ve Got, along with R&B singer Ciara. The movie was released to DVD in May 2006 and premiered on MTV.[24][25]

The Cheetah Girls later returned to film the sequel The Cheetah Girls 2. Though she was absent from the main group, Raven-Symoné did return to film the sequel. The movie premiered on August 25, 2006, and brought a total of 8.1 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated Disney Channel original movie and beating the premiere of the first of the High School Musical films.[26] The soundtrack to the movie was released on August 15, 2006, debuted at #5 on the charts and was certified platinum by the end of the year.[27] The Cheetah Girls began work on their second studio album in January 2006. “We’ll be making a real album, not a soundtrack”, Bailon said. The Cheetah Girls’ second single from The Cheetah Girls 2 soundtrack, “Strut“, considered their most successful single, was their highest peaking single to date, peaking at #53 on the Billboard charts. Bailon sung lead vocals and ad-libs. Their debut album TCG was released on September 25, 2007, and featured the single “Fuego“, which charted on Hot Dance Club Play‘s chart and had its video played in heavy rotation on Disney Channel and MTV Tr3s.

Though they were heavily involved with The Cheetah Girls, Kiely and Adrienne were still members of 3LW, though progress on their fourth album had halted due to their work with The Cheetah Girls. The group’s fourth studio album was originally called Phoenix Rising, but was renamed Point of No Return.[28][29] The lead-off single, “Feelin’ You“, was added on radio stations July 12, 2006. The album was supposed to be released later that year but was pushed back to a 2007 release because of Adrienne and Kiely’s involvement with Disney’s Cheetah Girls franchise, and eventually fell off the release schedule. The album delays were caused by image conflicts between both groups. As a result, the album was never released. In early 2007, Bailon stated in Girls Life magazine that 3LW was on hold because of the Cheetah Girls project. However, rumors were finally put to rest by Bailon in an interview with Jonathon Jackson in 2008 when Bailon confirmed that 3LW officially disbanded after they were removed from the So So Def roster. Bailon and Williams decided to then pursue The Cheetah Girls franchise full-time.

In 2008, work on the third film in The Cheetah Girls franchise, titled The Cheetah Girls: One World was in works. According to Disney, the plot would involve the Cheetah Girls going to India to star in a Bollywood production.[30] Like The Cheetah Girls 2, it was filmed on location in a foreign country. In an interview, Bailon stated the movie would film for a three-month period, in India, and that she had been doing research for the film.[31] She also stated that “all of the original cast will be back”.[31] However, Raven-Symoné later confirmed that she would not return for this film, as she was busy with her fourth studio album and filming movies such as College Road Trip.[32] The movie premiered to over 6.2 million viewers, and reached 7 million viewers in its final half-hour. This still failed to meet the ratings of the first two and was the series’ lowest-rated premiere.[33] In the UK, its premiere night scored 412,000 on Disney Channel UK, making it #1 of the week, and received 182,000 on Disney Channel UK +1, also #1 on that channel for the week, totalling 594,000.[34] Bailon recorded two solo songs for the films soundtrack album, “What If” and “Stand Up”.[35]

In November 2008, Williams confirmed in an interview with In Touch Weekly that the group had officially disbanded to pursue solo careers in both acting and singing. Bailon and Bryan later confirmed the statement. As of 2012, the group is still disbanded, though all three members have stated they are “open” to working with one another again.

2009–2014: Empire Girls, I’m in Love with a Church Girl[edit]

Following the breakup of The Cheetah Girls, Bailon was signed to Island Def Jam Records and began working on her debut studio album. First confirmed in a radio interview in New York City, Bailon later confirmed the news on her official Twitter stating “For everyone who wasn’t in [New York] – I officially announced I have signed a solo deal with Island Def Jam! So, happy I’m finally able to tell you guys..”[36][37] Bailon began working on her debut album shortly after signing with the label. Her first official musical release were the songs “Uncontrollable” and “Big Spender”, both of which were featured on the Confessions of a Shopaholic film soundtrack, released in 2009.[38] The soundtrack featured songs from numerous artist, including Lady Gaga and The Pussycat Dolls. Later that year, she was featured in the Ghostface Killah song “I’ll Be That”, featured on his eighth studio album Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City.[39]

Starting in 2007, Bailon began dating Rob Kardashian, the brother of Kim Kardashian.[40] While dating Rob, Bailon appeared in a total of eight episodes of the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, appearing as Rob’s girlfriend.[41] The show saw Bailon and Kardashian get tattoos with one another, among other aspects of their relationship. The couple officially split in 2009. On the breakup, Bailon stated “You know they say opposites attract. I’m a real New Yorker […] Sometimes I think the things that matter to us were different.”[42][43] Though the reasoning was not announced at the time of the breakup, it was later revealed that Rob had cheated on Bailon during their relationship, which was the ultimate reason they broke up.[44][45] At the end of 2008, Bailon appeared on MTV New Year’s show from Times Square, in advance promotion of her upcoming afternoon hosting on the channel.[46] In 2009, Bailon hosted the programming block New Afternoons on MTV, relocating to New York City for the job.[47] That same year, she co-hosted MTV News Presents: Top 9 of ’09, the year-end MTV New Year’s programming live from inside and outside MTV Studios in Times Square.[48][49] In 2012, Bailon announced that she was taking part in the reality show Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne, which would revolve around Bailon and friend Julissa Bermudez.[50] Bailon said of the show’s premise, “The show follows us wanting to take our careers to the next level, coming back to New York City, where we’re originally from […] to take our careers to that next level.”[51] The show premiered on June 3, 2012[52] and has been a ratings success for Style Network.[53] Bailon later appeared in the music video for Pitbull‘s “Give Me Everything“.[54]

On November 1, 2012, Bailon appeared as the co-host of The Pepsi Pre-show Live alongside Jesse Giddings and Jim Cantiello, a podcast that was sponsored by Pepsi, and broadcast through The X Factor (U.S. TV series) website one hour before every episode in the live rounds of the show. Also in 2012, Bailon separated from Island Def Jam due to creative differences. Bailon played as Katalina Santiago in the film, The Coalition, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2013. Bailon starred in the ABC Family movie, Lovestruck: The Musical, on April 21, 2013. The movie featured Bailon singing the Madonna classic,”Like A Virgin” with Sara Paxton and Chelsea Kane. Other songs Bailon sang in the film include a song entitled “Everlasting Love”, alongside Paxton, Kane, and Drew Seeley. She appeared in the film I’m in Love with a Church Girl, which was released in October 2013 and became the highest grossing independent film of 2013.[55] Bailon currently hosts a daytime talk show called The Real alongside Tamar Braxton (former co-host for seasons 1 & 2), Tamera Mowry, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai which premiered on July 15, 2013. It had a trial summer run during 2013 on the Fox Television Stations group under consideration for a full launch in fall 2014.[56] The show was approved to return September 15, 2014. On October 7, 2014, Bailon will be the host of a competition show called Nail’d It! on Oxygen.

2014–present: The Real[edit]

Personal life[edit]

On January 26, 2015, Bailon announced on The Real the reason behind why she had not released her debut solo album. She stated that she was “scared to fail” and that she did not like the sound of her own voice because of the fact that executives at Disney praised the fact that she sounded “so young”. Bailon expressed that when she got her solo record deal at Def Jam, things didn’t go the way she expected.[57][58][59][60]

Bailon is a Christian. When asked “Do you relate with I’m in Love with a Church Girl and not get involve with the sins and craziness that Hollywood is all about?”, she replied:

I think I’ve definitely tried. No one is left without a sin. Everyone sin [sic] in their own different ways. Never judge one person’s sins to be greater and lesser than your own. One thing I’m so grateful for was my foundation in faith. It kept me away from a lot of things like drugs that I never had an interest. I always had my faith in God. My relationship with God helped me to get along not to get caught up in those things.[61]

Relationships[edit]

Bailon dated Rob Kardashian, from 2007 until 2009 ; later on, Kardashian revealed that they broke up because he cheated on her.[62][63][64]

On February 5, 2015, Bailon announced via Instagram and on an episode of The Real, that she was engaged to her boyfriend of six years and music executive at Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation label, Lenny Santiago.[65] In September 2015, the couple split and they called off their engagement.[66]

In February 2016, Bailon started dating musician Israel Houghton.[67] The couple got engaged on August 12, 2016 in Paris after six months of dating.[68][69][70] They were married in Paris on November 11, 2016.[71]

Discography[edit]

Solo Songs[edit]

Featured Songs[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

List of film credits
Year Title Role Notes
2003 The Cheetah Girls Chanel Simmons Disney Channel Original Movie
2005 Coach Carter Dominique Theatrical debut; credited as Adrienne Eliza Bailon
2005 Taylor Made Madison Santos Television film
2005 Buffalo Dreams Domino Disney Channel Original Movie
2006 All You’ve Got Gabby Espinoza Television film
2006 The Cheetah Girls 2 Chanel Simmons Disney Channel Original Movie
2008 Cuttin’ da Mustard Erma Theatrically released
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Cute Video Couple Girl Cameo
2008 The Cheetah Girls: One World Chanel Simmons Disney Channel Original Movie
2012 The Coalition Katalina Santiago Exhibited in film festival; Released in DVD and Blu-ray in February 2013.
2013 Lovestruck: The Musical Noelle ABC Family Original Movie
2013 I’m in Love with a Church Girl Vanessa Leon Released in October 2013
2015 Chasing Yesterday untitled role Released in 2015[72]

Television[edit]

List of television credits
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Taina Gia 1 episode
2003–04 That’s So Raven Alana Rivera 4 episodes
2007–08 Disney Channel Games Herself Disney Channel mini-series; Red Team
2008–11 Keeping Up with the Kardashians Reality Series; 13 episodes
2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Guest star with The Cheetah Girls
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live
2008 MTV New Year’s Times Square Correspondent
2009 New Afternoons on MTV Host
2009 MTV New Year’s Co-Host
2011 Kourtney and Kim Take New York Reality series; 1 episode
2011 Celebrity Nightmares Decoded Bio series; 1 episode
2012 Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne Reality series; main cast
2013–present The Real Fox/Syndicated talk show; co-host
2014 Celebrities Undercover Oxygen series; 1 episode
2014 Nail’d It! Herself; Host Oxygen
2014 I Love The 2000s Herself VH1
2015 Knock Knock Live Fox
2016 Celebrity Cupcake Wars Food Network; 1 episode

Ella Eyre

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Ella Eyre

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Ella Eyre
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Ella Eyre on the front row at London Fashion Week 2016
Background information
Birth name Ella McMahon
Also known as Ella Eyre
Born (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 23)[1]
London, England, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels Virgin EMI

Ella McMahon (born 1 April 1994),[1] known by her stage name Ella Eyre, is an English singer and songwriter, signed to Virgin EMI Records. She is best known for her collaborations with Rudimental on their UK number one single “Waiting All Night” (2013), which won the 2014 Brit Award for British Single of the Year, with DJ Fresh on his single “Gravity” (2015), and with Sigala on their single “Came Here For Love” (2017). Her debut EP, Deeper, was released in 2013 and her debut album, Feline, was released in 2015. Eyre’s musical influences include Lauryn Hill, Etta James, Basement Jaxx and Hans Zimmer.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Eyre was raised in Ealing, west London.[3] Her father was Jamaican, and her mother is Maltese. Her father was a chef, and her mother is a cake designer.[2][4] Eyre trained as a competitive swimmer before she began singing professionally.[2]

Eyre was educated at Millfield School in Somerset and the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, where she studied musical theatre.[5][6] Discovered by her management through a vocal coach in 2011, McMahon juggled school with songwriting. She signed to the publisher Warner/Chappell Music in July 2012 and a record deal with Virgin EMI followed shortly after.

Music career[edit]

2012–2016: Breakthrough and Feline[edit]

In December 2012, Eyre featured on Bastille‘s cover and mash up of TLC‘s “No Scrubs” and the xx‘s “Angels“. Titled “No Angels”, the song featured on the band’s 2012 mixtape, Other People’s Heartache, Pt. 2. In April 2013, she featured on drum and bass band Rudimental‘s single “Waiting All Night“, which peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Eyre’s first chart entry. In August 2013, she appeared alongside rapper Wiz Khalifa on the track “Think About It” from producer Naughty Boy‘s 2013 album Hotel Cabana. The song was released as the fourth single from the album in November 2013. Eyre also features on rapper Tinie Tempah‘s album Demonstration on the track “Someday (Place in the Sun)“, which entered the UK Singles Chart at number 87 but was never released as a single.

Eyre’s first EP, Deeper, was released in December 2013, and the title track reached number 72.[7][8] She was the runner-up for the 2014 BRIT Critics’ Choice Award and came second on the BBC Sound of 2014 shortlist.[9] Her next three solo singles—”If I Go“, “Comeback” (both 2014), and “Together” (2015)—reached the top twenty on the UK Singles Chart.[10] She co-wrote the UK number one single “Changing” for drum and bass duo Sigma featuring British recording artist Paloma Faith, which was released in the United Kingdom in September 2014. The following month, Eyre won Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards 2014.[11]

Eyre featured on the DJ Fresh single “Gravity“, released in February 2015. In May 2015, a song Eyre co-wrote, “Black Smoke“, was used by Ann Sophie, the German participant of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[12] Also during mid 2015, Eyre supported Olly Murs on his 2015 arena tour and was announced as the “face” of the advertising campaign for an Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance.[13][14] Her debut album, Feline, was released in August 2015 (following the single “Good Times“) and features contributions from Wayne Hector, Ilya, Paul O’Duffy, and Jarrad Rogers.[15][16] In September, Eyre released a cover of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” in association with England Rugby, to coincide with the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[17] In November, Eyre won Best Female at the MOBO Awards 2015.[18] She then embarked on a UK tour.[19] In 2016, she appeared on Drive.

2017–present: Upcoming second studio album[edit]

On 18 February 2017, Eyre announced her comeback concert at KOKO, London on 4 April 2017.[20] At the comeback concert at KOKO, Eyre performed four new songs: “LOV(E)”, “Drink with Your Name on It”, “I Swear” and “Ego”. On 29 May 2017, Eyre and Sigala announced a new collaborative single, “Came Here for Love“, released on 9 June 2017. As of 29 June the official YouTube video has over 2.5 million views and 11 million streams on Spotify. On 31 July 2017, Eyre announced her new single ‘Ego’ featuring Ty Dollar Sign, released on 11 August 2017. Eyre supported Little Mix on their Summer Shout Out Tour and will commence to support The Script on their “Freedom Child Tour” in early 2018.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[21]
BEL (FL)
[22]
IRE
[23]
SWI
[24]
Feline
  • Released: 28 August 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
4 35 35 70

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Deeper
  • Released: 15 December 2013
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download
Ella Eyre
  • Released: 10 February 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI (US release)
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[21]
AUT
[26]
BEL (FL) Tip
[22]
GER
[27]
IRE
[23]
SWE
[28]
SWI
[24]
“Deeper” 2013 72 14 Feline
If I Go 2014 16 54 80
Comeback 12
Together 2015 12 2 82
Good Times 37 5
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 134 Non-album single
Came Here for Love
(with Sigala)
2017 6 56 1 76 9 66 49 TBA
“Ego”
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
67 [A]
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[21]
AUS
[30]
BEL (FL)
[22]
IRE
[23]
NL
[31]
NZ
[32]
SWI
[24]
Waiting All Night
(Rudimental featuring Ella Eyre)
2013 1 6 13 4 26 9 67 Home
Think About It
(Naughty Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa and Ella Eyre)
78 Hotel Cabana
Gravity
(DJ Fresh featuring Ella Eyre)
2015 4 16 67 86 Non-album SIngle
Bridge over Troubled Water
(as part of Artists for Grenfell)
2017 1 53 26 25 [B] 28
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[21]
GER
[27]
SWI
[24]
Someday (Place in the Sun)
(Tinie Tempah featuring Ella Eyre)
2014 87 88 61 Demonstration
We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off 2015 54 Feline
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
“No Angels” 2012 Bastille Other People’s Heartache Pt. 2
“Free” Bastille, Erika
“We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” 2013 None Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions
Someday (Place in the Sun) Tinie Tempah Demonstration
“Too Cool” 2015 Rudimental We the Generation
“Up” Olly Murs Never Been Better (special edition)

Tours[edit]

Headlining:

Supporting:

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2014 MTV Brand New for 2014[37] N/A Nominated
BRIT Awards Critics’ Choice[38] N/A Nominated
Single of the Year[39] Waiting All Night Won
BBC Sound of 2014[40] N/A Second
MOBO Awards Best Newcomer N/A Won
2015 MOBO Awards Best Female N/A Won