A TRIBUTE TO BARBARA ALSTON OF THE CRYSTALS

 

Barbara Alston, a singer for the ’60s girl group The Crystals that made its name with hits like “Then He Kissed Me,” has died at the age of 74. Alston’s daughter Donielle Prophete told BBC News that she died on Feb. 16 due to complications from the flu.

“She loved The Crystals,” Prophete told BBC News. “She always talked about singing with them, the work they created together. She loved the sisterhood part of it, the traveling.”

The Crystals began in 1961 — besides Alston, the other founding members were Dee Dee Kennibrew, Mary Thomas, Patricia Wright, and La La Brooks. All five women had grown up singing in church, but Alston took the lead role. The group joined up with producer Phil Spector and helped him develop his  “Wall of Sound” technique. The group had success with singles like “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me,” but they also ran into controversy. Their 1962 song “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss),” written by Carole King, was controversial for its depiction of domestic violence, and Spector eventually pulled the song from rotation.

The Crystals

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The Crystals in 1963
Background information
Origin New York, New York, United States
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 1960–1968
Labels Philles Records
Associated acts Darlene Love
Members Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew
Patricia Pritchett-Lewis
Melissa “MelSoulTree” Grant
Past members Barbara Alston
Mary Thomas
Myrna Giraud
Patricia “Patsy” Wright
Dolores “LaLa” Brooks
Frances Collins

The Crystals were an American vocal group based in New York, considered one of the defining acts of the girl group era in the first half of the 1960s. Their 1961–1964 chart hits, including “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)“, “Uptown“, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love“, “He’s a Rebel“, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me“, featured three successive female lead singers, and were all produced by Phil Spector. The latter three songs were originally ranked #267,[1] #114, and #493, respectively, on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2] However, two songs were dropped from the magazine’s 2010 update.[3]

History[edit]

Formation and signing to Philles[edit]

In 1961, Barbara Alston (September 28, 1943 – February 18, 2018[4]), Mary Thomas, Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew (born 1945), Myrna Giraud and Patricia “Patsy” Wright formed the Crystals with the help of Benny Wells, Alston’s uncle. Soon, the quintet signed with Phil Spector‘s label Philles Records.[5]

Their first hit, the gospel-influenced “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)”, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1961. Originally the B-side to “Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby” (featuring Wright on lead), the stirring pop ballad was co-written by Spector and Leroy Bates and featured Barbara Alston on vocals. The recording was made late on the evening of the high school prom at Central Commercial High School, the school attended by Barbara, Mary, and Myrna; they were still wearing their prom dresses, as they had come to the studio straight from the event.[6] The single reached number 20 in January 1962, marking an auspicious debut for Spector’s Philles label.[5]

Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil‘s “Uptown” gave the girls their second radio hit. Having an ethnic flavor with flamenco guitar and castanets, the more uptempo “Uptown” featured Alston once again emoting convincingly over a boy, though this time with class issues woven into the story. After the success of “Uptown”, a pregnant Giraud was replaced by Dolores “LaLa” Brooks.

The controversial subject matter of the next single, 1962’s “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)” (written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and sung by Alston), resulted in limited airplay with the track only “bubbling under” the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #123. Barbara Alston later disowned the track, stating it was “absolutely, positively, the one record that none of us liked”[7]

“Replacement” Crystals[edit]

Soon after “He Hit Me” flopped, Phil Spector began recording singer Darlene Love and her backing group the Blossoms but under the name “the Crystals” who sometimes had difficulty hitting the same notes during live performances according to the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Legend has it that the real Crystals were not able to travel from New York to Los Angeles fast enough to suit the LA-based Spector, who wanted to quickly record writer Gene Pitney‘s “He’s a Rebel” before Vikki Carr could release her version on Liberty Records. The Crystals were unavailable, but Love and the Blossoms were also based in L.A., so Spector recorded and released their version under the Crystals’ banner. It was not the first time Spector would promise the Blossoms a single and release it under the Crystals. Ironically, Liberty Records president Al Bennett had previously hired Spector as a staff producer and promotion director.

The song (“He’s a Rebel”) had originally been offered to The Shirelles, who turned it down because of the anti-establishment lyrics. It marked a shift in girl group thematic material, where the singer loves a “bad boy”, a theme that would be amplified by later groups (especially The Shangri-Las‘ “Leader of the Pack“).[8]

“He’s a Rebel” was the Crystals’ only US #1 hit. Their follow-up single, “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”, in actuality also featured Love and the Blossoms. It reached #11 on the Billboard chart, and features a spoken intro by Darlene Love.

“He’s a Rebel”, which Gene Pitney wrote, shut Pitney’s own “Only Love Can Break a Heart” out of the top spot on 3 November 1962.[9] Pitney never reached the Hot 100’s summit.[10]

“Let’s Dance The Screw”[edit]

After the success of He’s A Rebel, Spector wanted to sever his partnership with Lester Sill. Spector felt that—as he was a writer and producer—he shouldn’t have to split royalties. In order to fulfill the terms of their contract (which stipulated a certain number of records for which the royalty was to be split)[citation needed] and thus, offer to buy Lester Sill out, Spector quickly wrote and recorded a song which, due to its subject and length, was designed not to garner any royalties.

The song, entitled “Let’s Dance The Screw – Part I & (b-side) II”, is a track with a length (a-side) in excess of 5 minutes, therefore unlikely to be considered for radio play, as most songs’ runtimes were 3 minutes or less. The record featured simple instrumentation—just a piano (unlike Spector’s famous Wall of Sound production style)—repetitive lyrics, and Spector’s lawyer, Marty Machat, intoning the title and lyric “Let’s Dance The Screw,” numerous times in a deadpan monotone. The B-side, Part II, was more of the same but played much more slowly—and a running time in excess of 8 minutes.

The Crystals sang the song’s repetitive verses, though it is unclear if these singers were the ‘original’ Crystals or the Blossoms.[citation needed]

The recording was never released commercially as a single, and only a few promo copies are known to exist (all marked ‘DJ copy—not for sale’) and one known stock copy on light blue label.

The record was apparently created to be a joke at Sill’s expense, who was soon to leave the Philles label, as a single copy was specially delivered to him in early 1963.[11] Both parts of the song have since been released on CD.

The “Real” Crystals return[edit]

Though it is unclear as to the level of their participation in “Let’s Dance The Screw”, the ‘real’ Crystals definitely began recording again under their own name in 1963. However, Thomas had departed to get married, only to join another mildly successful group, The Butterflys, along with another original Crystal, Myrna Giraud. This reduced the group to a quartet. Alston, known for her shyness and stage fright, was never comfortable with being out front, stepped down from the lead spot giving it to Dolores “LaLa” Brooks. According to Brooks, she had been doing Alston’s leads in their live shows for a while.

After “Let’s Dance The Screw”, the group’s next release was the classic “Da Doo Ron Ron“. The song was a top 10 hit in both the US and the UK, as was the follow-up single “Then He Kissed Me”, with lead vocals also sung by Brooks. LaLa also flew out to L.A to record tracks for the seasonal album, A Christmas Gift For You.”

At the start of 1964, the Crystals flew to the UK for their first European live shows. “Then He Kissed Me” soared to #2 in the UK, and the Crystals also headlined the TV programs “Ready Steady Go”, and “Saturday Night At the Palladium”.

Mounting tension and break-up[edit]

Despite the steady flow of hit singles, tensions between Spector and the Crystals mounted. Already unhappy with having been replaced by Love and the Blossoms on two singles, the Crystals were even more upset when Spector began focusing much of his time on his other girl group the Ronettes. Not only did the Ronettes become Philles Records’ priority act, the Ronettes actually replaced the Crystals on four album tracks on the 1963 compilation LP The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits. As well, there were disputes about royalties, with the Crystals feeling that Spector was withholding royalty money that was owed to them.

Two failed Crystals singles followed before the band left Spector’s Philles Records for United Artists Records in 1964. “Little Boy”, which reached #92, was a Wall Of Sound production that was layered multiple times, which meant that the vocals were hard to distinguish from the music. “All Grown Up”, their final Philles single (of which two versions exist), only reached #98.

1964 also saw the departure of Wright, who was replaced by Frances Collins, a dancer whom they had met while touring; toward the end of that year Alston departed leaving the group a trio. As a trio, they recorded two singles for United Artists, “My Place” and “You Can’t Tie a Good Girl Down”. One more single was released by Barbara, Dee Dee and Mary on the tiny Michelle Records in 1967 (“Ring-a-Ting-a-Ling”) and they disbanded in 1967 (see 1967 in music). They reunited in 1971 (see 1971 in music) and still perform today. Kenniebrew is the only original Crystal who remained active throughout their touring from the seventies to the present. Dee Dee continues to carry on The Crystals legacy by performing with Patricia Pritchett-Lewis, a member since 2005, and Melissa “MelSoulTree” Grant (aka Mel-Soul-Tree), a member since 2002. The current trio of Crystals are currently promoting a CD project entitled Live In Asia, which they recorded live in Singapore. The lead vocalist for The Crystals’ biggest hits is La La Brooks. After living in the UK for two decades, La La returned to the US in 2001 and currently performs across the world.

Barbara Alston died at a Charlotte hospital on February 16, 2018, at age 74.[12]

Contemporary usage[edit]

“Then He Kissed Me” was the opening song to which Elisabeth Shue danced around her bedroom in Adventures in Babysitting (1987); it was the song in which Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco enter the Copacabana on their first real date in the movie Goodfellas (1990); it was featured during the episode ‘Homer and Marge Turn a Couple Play‘ on The Simpsons (2006). It was also covered by Asobi Seksu and used on their live album. “Da Doo Ron Ron” was played during a scene in a dance club in the 1979 film Quadrophenia, and by Russel/Harold Ramis to train ESL students in the 1981 comedy Stripes, “He Hit Me (and It Felt like a Kiss)” was used in the episode ‘Mystery Date’ on Mad Men (2012).

Crystal was the name of one of the girl group-inspired street urchin characters in the musical Little Shop of Horrors, along with Chiffon and Ronnette. Amy Winehouse cited “He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)” as an influence when writing her album Back to Black.[13] The American singer Lana Del Rey used the same phrase in the song “Ultraviolence” in the album of the same name.

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

NB. Nine of the twelve tracks on He’s A Rebel also appeared on Twist Uptown

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 1963: The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits, Volume 1
  • 1992: The Best of the Crystals
  • 2011: Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best of the Crystals

Singles[edit]

Year Single (A-Side, B-Side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Lead vocals Label & number Chart Positions Album
US UK[14]
1961 There’s No Other (Like My Baby)
b/w “Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby”
Barbara Alston Philles 100 20 Twist Uptown
1962 Uptown
b/w “What a Nice Way to Turn Seventeen”
Philles 102 13
He Hit Me (and It Felt like a Kiss)
b/w “No One Ever Tells You” (from Twist Uptown)
Philles 105 He’s A Rebel
He’s a Rebel
b/w “I Love You Eddie”
Darlene Love Philles 106 1 19
He’s Sure the Boy I Love
b/w “Walkin’ Along (La La La)” (Non-album instrumental)
Philles 109 11
1963 “(Let’s Dance) The Screw – Part 1”
b/w “(Let’s Dance) The Screw – Part 2”
Group vocals Philles 111 Non-album tracks
Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)
b/w “Git’ It” (Non-album instrumental)
Dolores “LaLa” Brooks Philles 112 3 5 The Crystals Sing the Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Then He Kissed Me
b/w “Brother Julius” (Non-album instrumental)
Philles 115 6 2 Today’s Hits
(Various Philles artists)
1964 “I Wonder”
b/w “Little Boy” (UK single)
London 9852 36 Non-album tracks
“Little Boy”
b/w “Harry (From West Virginia) and Milt” (Instrumental)
Philles 119 92
“All Grown Up”
b/w “Irving (Jaggered Sixteenths)” (Instrumental)
Philles 122 98
1965 “You Can’t Tie a Good Girl Down”
b/w “My Place”
United Artists 927
1966 “I Got a Man”
b/w “Are You Trying to Get Rid of Me”
United Artists 994
1967 “Ring-A-Ting-A-Ling”
b/w “Should I Keep On Waiting”
Michelle 4113
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Olia Tira

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Olia Tira

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Olia Tira in Oslo 2010
Background information
Also known as FLUX LIGHT
Born (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 29)
Potsdam, East Germany
Origin Chişinău, Moldova
Genres Pop, dance funk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2003–present
Associated acts SunStroke Project

Olia Tira (born 1 August 1988 in Potsdam, East Germany), also known by her stage name FLUX LIGHT, is a Moldovan singer.

Early life[edit]

Tira was born in 1988 into a Soviet military family[1] in Potsdam, East Germany.[2] She spent a few years there and moved to Chişinău. She first appeared in festivals and concerts when she was 14 years old.[3]

Tira attended school in Cahul and is currently a student in the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chişinău.[2]

Tira’s first album, Your Place or Mine?, was released in December 2006 by Nordika Multimedia. The songs were all written by Ruslan Taranu.[1][3]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

After participating in the 2006 and 2007 Moldovan national finals[3] and finishing fourth in the 2009 Moldovan national final with Unicul Meu,[4] she was selected to represent Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010, along with SunStroke Project.[4][5] They finished 22nd in the Eurovision Song Contest final. She was a finalist in O melodie pentru europa 2014, Moldova’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song “Never Stop No”. She competed under the stage name, FLUX LIGHT.[6] She tied for sixth place and did not qualify to represent Moldova.

Self (1 credit)
 2010 SunStroke Project & Olia Tira: Run Away (Video short)
Herself

Anna Lesko

Anna Lesko

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Born (1979-01-10) 10 January 1979 (age 39)
Chişinău, Moldova
Occupation(s) Singer
Website http://www.annalesko.ro/

Anna Lesko (born 10 January 1979 in Chișinău, Moldova) is a popular Romanian singer. Lesko is of Ukrainian origin and she lived in Moldova until she was 17 years old, when she came to Romania, where she has lived ever since. One of her passions is painting and her creations can be seen on her official website. She started her career in 2002 with the single “Ard in flacari (Burn in flames)” which was in included on the album “Flacari (Flames)”. In 2003, she released a new album entitled “Inseparabili (Inseparable)”, for which she was rewarded with the gold disc in Romania. The third studio album by the artist “Pentru tine (For you)” was released in 2004 with three singles sites, the most successful being “Nu mai am timp (I do not have time)”, written by Bogdan Popoiag and Eduard Alexandru. In 2006 Anna Lesko released the single “Anycka Maya”, which quickly became a success in Romania. Her most recent single is “Leagana barca” released in 2013 featuring Pavel Stratan.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2002 – Flăcări
  • 2003 – Inseparabili
  • 2004 – Pentru Tine
  • 2006 – Ispita
  • 2007 – 24
  • 2010 – Jocul Seducţiei

Singles[edit]

  • “Ard în Flăcări” (2002)
  • “Inseparabili” (2003)
  • “Inocenta”
  • “Pentru Tine” (2004)
  • “Nu Mai Am Timp” (2004)
  • Anicyka Maya” (2005)
  • “24”
  • “1001 Dorinţe” (2007)
  • “Balalaika” (2009)
  • “Wake Up” (2011)
  • “Go Crazy” (Featuring Gilberto) (2012)
  • “Ia-mă” (2012)
  • “Leagănă barca” (2013)
  • “Foc şi scrum” (2014)
  • “So Sexy” (Featuring Vova) (2015)
  • “Down Down/Habibi” (Featuring Vova) (2015)
  • Actress (1 credit)
     2005 Project W (Short)
    Hide Hide Show Show Self (1 credit)
     2005 VDtv (TV Series)
    Herself

Paper Dolls (band)

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Paper Dolls in 1968
Background information
Origin Northampton, England
Genres Pop music
Years active 1966–1970
Labels Pye Records, RCA Records
Past members Susanne Mathis (Tiger)
Susan Marshall (Copper)
Pauline Bennett (Spyder)

The Paper Dolls were a late 1960s British female vocal trio, from Northampton, comprising lead vocalist Susie ‘Tiger’ Mathis, Pauline ‘Spyder’ Bennett and Sue ‘Copper’ Marshall.

They appeared some years before similar recording acts such as Bananarama and Atomic Kitten became commonplace. Pre-dating the Spice Girls, each member of the group had a nickname.

Career[edit]

“Something Here in My Heart”[edit]

Signed to Pye Records, Paper Dolls had one solitary success. The song, “Something Here in My Heart (Keeps A Tellin’ Me No)”, which was their debut single, and was written by Tony Macaulay and John Macleod, reached Number 11 in the UK Singles Chart in 1968.[1] The enduring image of the Paper Dolls, as seen, for example, on BBC Television‘s Top of the Pops, was inescapably that of three young women in miniskirts, the popularity and brevity of which were at their height at the time. Moreover, the name of the group was itself suggestive of “dolly birds”, a rather impersonal term which, in the 1970s, journalist Christopher Booker associated with “girls [being] transformed into throwaway plastic objects”.[2]

Follow-up releases[edit]

Several follow-ups, notably “My Life (Is in Your Hands)” and “Someday”, failed to chart. Their greatest disappointment came when their producers arranged for them to record another Macaulay co-composition “Build Me Up Buttercup” later that year. Due to a misunderstanding they never turned up for the session, and instead the song was given to The Foundations, whose version became a transatlantic hit. The flip side of “Someday”, entitled “Any Old Time (You’re Lonely and Sad)” was also recorded by The Foundations, for whom it charted in the UK.

The Paper Dolls released a single album, Paper Dolls House in 1968, which was re-issued with bonus tracks on CD in 2001. The first release included a cover of The Beach Boys‘ song “Darlin’“; the later version substituted a cover of the Paul McCartney song “Step Inside Love“.

In 1970 they signed to RCA. But two further singles, a cover of The Angels‘ “My Boyfriend’s Back” and the original song “Remember December” (featuring backing vocals by Brian Connolly – later of Sweet) did not chart, and the trio split up. Thus they remain as one-hit wonders.

After the split[edit]

Personnel[edit]

ST. VINCENT

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Soundtrack (17 credits)
  The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (performer – 2 episodes, 2015 – 2017) (writer – 2 episodes, 2015 – 2017)

Keegan-Michael Key/Claire Foy/J.J. Watt/St. Vincent (2017) … (performer: “Slow Disco”) / (writer: “Slow Disco”)
Michael Douglas/Kat Dennings/St. Vincent (2015) … (performer: “Teenage Talk”) / (writer: “Teenage Talk”)
  The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2017) (writer – 1 episode, 2017)

Kerry Washington/Russell Brand/St. Vincent (2017) … (performer: “New York”, “Los Ageless”) / (writer: “New York”, “Los Ageless”)
  13 Reasons Why (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2017) (writer – 1 episode, 2017)

Tape 4, Side A (2017) … (performer: “The Strangers”) / (writer: “The Strangers”)
 2016 Pete’s Dragon (performer: “Something On Your Mind”)
 2015 A Bigger Splash (performer: “Emotional Rescue”)
 2015 T in the Park 2015 (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Day 1 and Day 2 Highlights (2015) … (performer: “Digital Witness” – as St Vincent)
 2014 Brows Held High (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Gerry Redux! (2014) … (writer: “Digital Witness” – uncredited)
  Late Show with David Letterman (TV Series) (performer – 4 episodes, 2009 – 2014) (writer – 3 episodes, 2009 – 2014)

Colin Firth/Tommy Johnasgin/St. Vincent (2014) … (performer: “Bring Me Your Loves”) / (writer: “Bring Me Your Loves” – as Annie Clark)
Episode #20.75 (2013) … (performer: “I Should Watch TV”)
Episode #19.1 (2011) … (performer: “Cruel” – uncredited) / (writer: “Cruel” – uncredited)
Episode #16.165 (2009) … (performer: “Marrow”) / (writer: “Marrow” – as Annie Clark)
  Saturday Night Live (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode, 2014) (writer – 1 episode, 2014)

Andy Samberg/St. Vincent (2014) … (performer: “Digital Witness”, “Birth in Reverse”) / (writer: “Digital Witness”, “Birth in Reverse”)
 2014 Perfect Sisters (performer: “Cruel”) / (writer: “Cruel” – as Annie Clark)
 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (performer: “The Antidote”) / (writer: “The Antidote” – as Anne Erin Clark)
 2012 Thanks for Sharing (performer: “YEAR OF THE TIGER”) / (writer: “YEAR OF THE TIGER” – as Anne Clark)
 2012 To the Wonder (performer: “Now Now”) / (writer: “Now Now”)
 2012 Gossip Girl (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Crazy, Cupid, Love (2012) … (performer: “Cruel”, “Cheerleader” – uncredited)
 2012 Conan (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

The Mayan ‘Dilbert Cartoon-a-Day’ Calendar (2012) … (performer: “Cheerleader”)
 2010 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Episode #2.166 (2010) … (performer: “MANIAC”)
 2010 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer – 1 episode)

Meet the Top 11 (2010) … (performer: “Paris is Burning”)
Hide Hide Show Show Actress (4 credits)
 2012-2014 Portlandia (TV Series)
Annie Clark / Annie

Spyke Drives (2014) … (as Annie Clark)
Pull-Out King (2014) … Annie Clark (as Annie Clark)
Cops Redesign (2012) … Annie (as Annie Clark)
 2014 St. Vincent: Digital Witness (Video short)
 2012 David Byrne & St. Vincent: Who (Video short)
Actress (4 credits)
 2012-2014 Portlandia (TV Series)
Annie Clark / Annie

Spyke Drives (2014) … (as Annie Clark)
Pull-Out King (2014) … Annie Clark (as Annie Clark)
Cops Redesign (2012) … Annie (as Annie Clark)
 2014 St. Vincent: Digital Witness (Video short)
 2012 David Byrne & St. Vincent: Who (Video short)

Antonia Iacobescu

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Birth name Antonia Clara Iacobescu
Born (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 28)
Bucharest, Romania
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • dancer
  • model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels Global Records
Associated acts
Website thisisantonia.com

Antonia Clara Iacobescu (born 12 April 1989), commonly known as Antonia, is a Romanian-American singer, performer, and model.

At five years old she moved to the United States with her parents. Antonia lived and grew up in the states of Utah and then Nevada, where she finished high school and got into the modeling world. She has participated in hundreds of photo shoots for catalogs while working with large agencies in the U.S., such as Lenz and Ford Models. Likewise, she has launched her own clothing line called MOJA in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Antonia Clara Iacobescu was born on April 12, 1989 in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 5, she moved to the United States along with her parents. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Utah and Las Vegas, where she finished high school. Antonia also began her modeling career in the United States, working alongside agencies such as Ford.

Antonia has been singing since she was 10 years old and attended music school in the United States. While she lived in Las Vegas and Utah, the American culture heavily influenced her musical style.

Career[edit]

At the age of 18, Antonia returned to Romania alongside her family. There, she met Romanian producer Tom Boxer, through a friend who had heard her singing. After the two met, Antonia and Tom created their first song known as “Roses on Fire”. They also created a music video for the song, directed and filmed by Boxer. The song received major success abroad, being broadcast on radio stations and television channels in the Netherlands and Poland.

Antonia released her second single “Morena“, produced by Tom Boxer which received critical acclaim due to its combination of a club dance rhythm and Antonia’s sensual voice. According to radio-station listeners, it was the “most played Romanian song of the moment” in February 2010. Two months after its debut, “Morena” managed to climb music charts.

After the birth of her first child, Antonia returned to the business as a solo singer. She released a single called “Marionette”, written by Dutch producer and DJ Afrojack. The song debuted at No. 96, however was among one of the most played songs in Romania.

On April 17, 2015, Romanian record label Roton released Antonia’s first studio album called This is Antonia. The album contains 12 songs and it’s available in physical and digital format.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Antonia gave birth to her first child, Maya Rosaria Castellano, on August 28, 2010.[2] The child’s father is Vincenzo Castellano, Antonia’s husband.[3] They separated in 2011 and are in the process of divorcing, including a custody case on behalf of their daughter Maya.

In early 2014, Antonia and her current partner Alex Velea had a son Dominic, born on December 27, 2014.[4][5][6] On the 7th of December she gave birth to her third child, Akim, to partner Alex Velea.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2015 – This is Antonia

Singles[edit]

Song Year Peak chart positions
[7]
“Roses on fire”
(feat. Pink Room)
2009
Morena
(feat. Tom Boxer)
2010 13
“Shake it Mamma” 2011
“Marionette” 2011
“Santa Baby” 2011
“The Christmas Song” 2011
“Pleacă”
(feat. Vunk)
2011
“I Got You” 2012
“Jameia” 2012 23
“Marabou” 2013 1
“Hawaii” 2013
“Hurricane”
(feat. Puya)
2013 8
“Întoarce-te acasă”
(feat. Holograf)
2014
“Wild Horses”
(feat. Jay Sean)
2014
“Fie Ce-o Fi”
(feat. Inna, Dara and Carlas Dreams)
2014
“Chica Loca” 2015
“Dream About My Face” 2015
“Gresesc” 2016
“Vorbeste Lumea” 2016
“Get Up and Dance” 2016
“Call The Police”
(feat. Inna, Alexandra Stan, Lori)
2016
“Dor De Tine” 2017
“Milk & Honey”
(feat. Inna, Lariss, Lori)
2017
“Iubirea mea” (feat. Alex Velea) 2017 9

Martine McCutcheon

Martine McCutcheon

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Martine McCutcheon
Born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting
(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 41)
Hackney, London, England, United Kingdom
Nationality English
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Jack McManus (m. 2012)
Children 1
Musical career
Genres Pop
Years active 1992–2002, 2017–present
Labels Innocent, Virgin, Liberty, BMG

Martine Kimberley Sherrie McCutcheon (born Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting, 14 May 1976), is an English singer, television personality and actress. McCutcheon’s first television role was the role of Mandy in the TV show Bluebirds in 1989. She also had minor success as one third of the pop group Milan in the early 1990s, but it was her role as Tiffany Mitchell in the BBC‘s EastEnders that she is best remembered for, as well has her role in the 2003 romantic comedy Love Actually. For the former she won the 1997 National Television Award, while for the latter she received the 2004 Empire Award and the 2004 MTV Movie Award. She was written out of EastEnders at the end of 1998 and then embarked on a pop career, this time as a solo artist.

McCutcheon’s debut studio album You Me & Us (1999) peaked at No. 2 in the UK, was certified platinum and spawned the UK No. 1 single “Perfect Moment” and two other top 10 hits. Her second studio album, Wishing (2000), was less successful, peaking at No. 25. However, it produced two top 10 singles and was certified gold. Her pop career stalled because of the poor reception of her third album, Musicality in 2002, which only reached No. 55 in the UK and received silver certification. She has since appeared on various television programmes, in films and on stage in My Fair Lady, where her portrayal of Eliza Doolittle won her a Laurence Olivier Award in 2002. She released her autobiography Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000. In 2017, she returned to music with the album Lost and Found, which peaked at No. 17 in the UK, becoming her highest-charting album since her debut.

Early life[edit]

Martine Kimberley Sherrie Ponting[1] was born on 14 May 1976 at the Salvation Army Mothers’ Hospital in the London Borough of Hackney[2] to Jenny Ponting and Thomas “Keith” Hemmings.[3] While in a relationship with Keith, Jenny experienced domestic violence, which continued for many years after their split.[4] After one of many incidents in which he attempted to kill both Jenny and Martine, he was arrested and later charged and remanded in custody for six months.[5] Jenny then met John McCutcheon, whom she later married.[6] [7] When Martine was nine, Keith contacted Jenny and asked for access to her. Jenny refused prompting him to seek sole custody of Martine through the courts. He eventually lost the case, was denied any access to Martine until she was 18, and told that he could not apply for it again due to his past behavior.[7] Shortly after, her surname was changed to her stepfather’s, McCutcheon.[8] When Martine was sixteen, her mother gave birth to her half-brother, Laurence “LJ”.[9] Jenny and John eventually divorced, and she married Alan Tomlin in 2000.[10][11]

McCutcheon attended a nursery school in Colchester, Essex,[12] and later the Shacklewell Infants’ School in Hackney, where she performed in her first play Away in a Manger, before progressing to the Shacklewell Juniors’ School at the age of six, where she appeared in more plays, including Noah’s Ark.[13] At the age of five, she began to attend extra dance classes, and later enrolled in a dance school in Stoke Newington.[14] Shortly before her tenth birthday, she successfully auditioned for a place at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[15] However, due to the changing policy of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) she was no longer eligible for the grant she was supposed to receive for coming second in the audition, and with no financial support she was forced to withdraw.[16] Instead, she began to attend Italia Conti’s Saturday lessons.[17] Later, the Reeves Foundation, a Church of England charity based in Moorgate, offered McCutchon a grant, and she was able to enrol at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.[18] She finished school with nine GCSEs.[19]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, McCutcheon obtained her first acting role and was paid £350 to appear in an American television commercial for the drink Kool-Aid, which was followed by modelling assignments and bit parts in TV shows.[20] She was given the part of Mandy in the TV series Bluebirds (1989) alongside Barbara Windsor, and played Susan, Jane’s sister (played by Denise van Outen), in the Anthony Newly directed production of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, London, later transferred to the West End Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.[21] This was followed by two guest appearances on the ITV police drama The Bill in 1991 and 1992. McCutcheon also appeared in the music video for the song “Caribbean Blue” by Irish singer Enya. By the time she was 15, she was part of an all-girl group, Milan, with two fellow pupils, and landed a record contract with Polydor and a gig touring as the warm-up act for the British boyband, East 17. Milan were reasonably successful. Three of their singles: “Is It Love You’re After“, “Affectionately Mine” and “Lead Me On”, charted in the top ten of the dance charts, with the latter also making it to the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart.[22] However, they were not successful enough to make a living and disbanded.[23][20]

EastEnders[edit]

In 1994, McCutcheon was offered the small part of Tiffany Raymond on the popular BBC soap opera EastEnders. The role of Tiffany grew as did McCutcheon’s popularity and 22 million viewers tuned in to see her final scenes in Albert Square in 1998 when her character was killed off in a special episode screened on New Years Eve.[24] In reality, McCutcheon had decided to leave the soap in order to embark on a pop career and the death of her character was not viewed favourably by the actress as she had intended to return.[25] Since leaving the show, McCutcheon has publicly slammed the BBC’s “Controller of Continuing Drama Series”, Mal Young, who made the decision to kill her character. She accused him of treating her unfairly and bringing her role in the soap to an end so irrevocably, merely as punishment for leaving.[20] In turn, Young has hit back at McCutcheon, saying her anger only arose because she wanted him to keep her role in EastEnders open as a “safety net”, in case her pop career failed, and he was not prepared to do this.[20]

For her portrayal of the character she received the 1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress and the 1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress.[26]

Pop career[edit]

McCutcheon’s first appearance on the charts occurred in 1995 on a minor dance song “Are You Man Enough” with the dance producers Uno Clio. A promotional video was also produced. In 1999, she debuted as a solo pop artist with Virgin Records and scored a number one on the UK Singles Chart with the ballad “Perfect Moment” (originally recorded by Edyta Górniak in 1997). Also that year, she had two more top 10 entries, reaching number six with two singles: “I’ve Got You” and later with “Talking in Your Sleep“, which featured the double A-sideLove Me“, an album track that was re-recorded for the Children in Need appeal with all proceeds being donated to that cause. The three singles were taken from her debut album, You Me & Us, which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).

In 2000, McCutcheon released her second album, Wishing, which was less successful, charting at number 25 in the UK. The album spawned two singles – the number two hit “I’m Over You” and the follow-up song, a cover of the Donna Summer classic “On the Radio” which peaked at number seven. Despite peaking at only number 25, the album still managed to sell around 250,000 copies, and received a gold certification from BPI. McCutcheon released her third album, Musicality, a Broadway-influenced cover album, in 2002. It reached number 55 in the UK and was certified silver by BPI, however her pop career stalled when her recording contract was cancelled due to poor sales.[20] Her two-CD best-of-album called The Collection was released in September 2012.[27]

McCutcheon returned to music in 2017 with her fourth studio album, Lost and Found, released in August by BMG. Its lead single, “Say I’m Not Alone” was released on 30 May 2017.[28] The album peaked at number 17 in the UK, becoming McCutcheon’s highest-charting album since the release of You Me & Us.[29]

Film, stage and television[edit]

McCutcheon appears in pantomines regularly.[30] She appeared in ITV’s The Knock as well as the British film Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) in 2000. She went on to play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre in London. Despite missing many performances (citing health problems) and withdrawing nearly five months early from the production’s transfer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane,[31] she won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical at the 2002 ceremony.

In 2002, McCutcheon presented the National Music Awards for ITV1 and in 2003 she featured in her only major film role. She appeared as tea-lady Natalie in the Richard Curtis romantic comedy Love Actually, where the British Prime Minister (played by Hugh Grant) falls in love with McCutcheon’s character. The film received good reviews and was a box office success. McCutcheon went to America in the wake of the film’s success, but a Hollywood career did not materialise. However, she did win the MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer. She also won the Empire Award for Best Newcomer at the 9th Empire Awards 2004 ceremony.

In September 2005, she appeared in two episodes of BBC drama series Spooks. Screened on the UK television network ITV1 in December 2005, McCutcheon appeared in The English Harem, playing a woman in love with a Muslim man (Art Malik), who marries him, despite knowing he already has two wives. That same year she presented and performed on ITV’s entertainment programme, Moviemusic Mania. In 2007, McCutcheon was seen in two independent films, Withdrawal and Jump!, as well as the Agatha Christie’s Marple television series episode “At Bertram’s Hotel”. She was also a judge for the second series of ITV1’s Soapstar Superstar. Her appearance on the show drew criticism, with reports alleging that she was becoming a hate figure for the contestants, who were said to have found her comments relentlessly critical and at times patronising.[32] She performed in an Art Plus fundraising event at the Whitechapel Art Gallery opposite Natalie Press, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans, and in January 2008 she featured in the ITV soap Echo Beach as the character Susan Penwarden.[33]

In September 2016, McCutcheon was announced as a regular panellist on the ITV daytime show Loose Women, after making a few guest appearances on the show earlier in the year.[34] She left the show in 2017 after one season.

Other work[edit]

McCutcheon released her autobiography, Who Does She Think She Is? in 2000, and in 2003 Martine McCutcheon: Behind the Scenes – A Personal Diary, was published by HarperCollins. McCutcheon was one of many celebrities who featured in a 2004 promotional film for London’s successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. A fitness DVD, Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body, was released in December 2005.

In 2006, the supermarket chain, Tesco, announced that they would be using McCutcheon in a series of adverts to promote a new green scheme for recycling used plastic carrier bags.[35] In 2009, her first novel, The Mistress, was published by Pan MacMillan.[36] From 2010 until 2011, she was the face on Danone‘s UK advertising campaign for its Activia yogurt brand.[37]

Personal life[edit]

McCutcheon was engaged to DJ Gareth Cooke, but broke off the relationship in 1996.[38] She was also in a relationship with Jonathan Barnham,[39] with whom she fell pregnant in 1999, however she miscarried.[40] McCutcheon married singer Jack McManus[41] at Lake Como in September 2012.[42] The couple had been dating since 2009.[43] On 4 February 2015, she gave birth to a son, Rafferty Jack McManus.[44]

In 2013, she was declared bankrupt by the Kingston upon Thames County Court with creditors including HM Revenue and Customs.[45]

In July 2014, she was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Bolton for her services to entertainment.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Martine McCutcheon: This Is My Moment Herself TV movie documentary
2001 Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang) Mia
2002 Martine Herself TV movie
2003 Love Actually Natalie 2004 Empire Award for Best Newcomer
2004 MTV Movie Award for Best Trans-Atlantic Breakthrough Performer
2005 The English Harem Tracy Pringle TV movie
2006 Withdrawal Bonnie Short
2008 Jump! Liuba Halsman
2013 The Home Office Jane TV movie
2017 Red Nose Day Actually Natalie Television short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Bluebirds Mandy 6 episodes
1991 The Bill Paper Girls Season 7, Episode 53 “Skeletons”
1992 Amanda Jones Season 8, Episode 57 “A Scandalous Act”
1995–1998 EastEnders Tiffany Mitchell 364 episodes
1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Actress
1998 TV Quick Award for Best Actress[26]
Nominated—1999 British Soap Award for Best Exit
2000 The Knock Jenny Foster Season 5, Episode 2
2005 Spooks Tash Season 4, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2007 Agatha Christie’s Marple Jane Cooper Season 3, Episode 1 “At Bertram’s Hotel”
Soapstar Superstar Herself/Judge Series 2
2008 Echo Beach Susan Penwarden Season 1, 12 episodes
Moving Wallpaper Herself Season 1, 4 episodes (uncredited)
Moving Wallpaper: The Mole Herself Short, Season 1, 2 episodes (uncredited)
2012 Let’s Get Gold Herself/Judge
2013 Midsomer Murders Debbie Moffett Season 15, Episode 6 “Schooled in Murder”
2016–2017 Loose Women Herself/Panellist Series 21
Video
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Martine McCutcheon: Dance Body Herself Fitness DVD

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[47]
You Me & Us
  • Released: 6 September 1999
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2
Wishing
  • Released: 13 November 2000
  • Label: Innocent, Virgin
  • Formats: CD, digital download
25
Musicality
  • Released: 2 December 2002
  • Label: Liberty
  • Formats: CD, digital download
55
Lost and Found
  • Released: 11 August 2017
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
The Collection[27]
  • Released: 18 September 2012
  • Label: Music Club Deluxe
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[47]
GER
[49]
IRL
[50]
Perfect Moment 1999 1 100 3 You Me & Us
“I’ve Got You” 6 17
Talking in Your Sleep“/”Love Me 6 26
“I’m Over You” 2000 2 23 Wishing
On the Radio 2001 7 18
“Say I’m Not Alone” 2017 Lost and Found
“Any Sign of Life”
“Maybe I Should Run”
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[47]
“Are You Man Enough”
(Uno Clio featuring Martine McCutcheon)
1995 62 Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
Mamma Mia 1999 ABBAmania
I Could Have Danced All Night 2001 My Fair Lady (2001 London Cast Recording)

Amanda Somerville

Amanda Somerville

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Amanda Somerville
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Background information
Born (1979-03-07) March 7, 1979 (age 38)
Flushing, Michigan, United States
Genres Pop rock, heavy metal, hard rock, symphonic rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts Trillium, HDK, Kiske/Somerville, Aina,
Exit Eden, Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot
Website www.amandasomerville.com

Amanda Somerville (born March 7, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter and vocal coach, known primarily for her work with many European symphonic metal bands. Her voice has a wide range, but she has said herself that her tessitura is in the alto range.

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Somerville was born in Flushing, Michigan.[1] She attended Flushing Senior High School, graduating a full year early and winning a scholarship for graduating with high honors to the University of Michigan in Flint, Michigan, where she majored in psychology.[2] Somerville moved to Wolfsburg, Germany in 1999, where she has resided, working mainly in Germany and the Netherlands.[3]

On August 19, 2013, she announced that she was engaged to be married to After Forever‘s former guitarist Sander Gommans,[4] and the pair were married on July 28, 2014.[5] On January 8, 2015, she announced that she and Gommans were expecting their first child.[6] On July 17, 2015, their daughter, Lana Elise Gommans, was born.

Music career[edit]

Somerville has written and recorded with bands such as After Forever, Edguy, Kamelot, Epica, Avantasia, and Docker’s Guild, and has produced two solo albums.[7] Her solo releases to date are primarily soft and elegant pop rock with some hard rock, folk and soul music influences. Somerville herself wrote and contributed instrumentally to all of the songs on her solo albums, with only one exception, “Out” from the album Windows (written by Sascha Paeth).

She collaborated with several of these metal bands alongside producers Sascha Paeth and Michael Rodenberg, which led her to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, co-writing the rock opera Aina. Later she made a similar collaboration with guitarist Sander Gommans (After Forever), providing vocals and lyrical concept for the project HDK.[3] In 2008, she toured America with Dutch heavy metal band Epica, while regular vocalist Simone Simons recovered from a staph infection.[1]

Kiske/Somerville[edit]

In 2010, she collaborated with Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween singer) on a musical project entitled Kiske/Somerville. The band is a melodic metal act put together by Frontiers Records, a similar project as Allen/Lande. Songwriting and producing was done by Primal Fear bassist Mat Sinner with collaboration by guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Allen/Lande, also from Primal Fear), Sander Gommans, Jimmy Kresic and Somerville herself. Their first single, “Silence”, was released on August 20. Their self-titled album was released on 24 September 2010 by Frontiers Records, after the single accompanied by a music video for “Silence”. A music video was also made for the song “If I Had One Wish.” Somerville contributed creatively to the album by writing three of its songs: “A Thousand Suns,” “Arise” and “Set Afire,” all co-written with Sander Gommans.

Avantasia[edit]

Somerville was also one of the live guest vocalists for Tobias Sammet‘s metal opera Avantasia world tours in 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Her role onstage included singing backing vocals during the whole setlist and performing lead vocals for the songs “Farewell,” “Sleepwalking,” “The Wicked Symphony,” “Lost in Space” and “Sign of the Cross.”[8]

Trillium[edit]

In 2011, Somerville finally released her first heavy metal-oriented project, called Trillium, with the record company Frontiers Records. The project has contributions by Sascha Paeth, Michael Rodenberg, Sander Gommans and a guest appearance of Jørn Lande on a duet vocal track with Somerville.[9]

Trillium live band members[edit]

  • Amanda Somerville – vocals (2011–present)
  • Paul Owsinski – guitar (2011–present)
  • Marc Burnash – bass, vocals (2011–present)
  • Simon Oberender (†) – keyboard (2011-2012)
  • Philip Krause – drums (2011-2012)
  • Tom Pluijmaekers – drums (2013)

Docker’s Guild[edit]

Somerville was featured on Douglas R. Docker‘s space metal opera Docker’s Guild. In 2012, she appeared on the song “Black Swan”, a duet with Goran Edman on the debut album The Mystic Technocracy – Season 1: The Age of Ignorance. In 2016, she was featured again in the “Flash Gordon Suite”, from Queen‘s soundtrack of the same name, on the album The Heisenberg Diaries – Book A: Sounds of Future past. [10]

New HDK, Kiske/Somerville albums and beyond[edit]

In 2014, a new HDK album called Serenades of the Netherworld was released, featuring Somerville and Geert Kroes on vocals, and once again produced and composed by Sander Gommans. This was also the year Somerville and Gommans were married. Somerville was also part of a metal opera project from the Middle East, produced by Lebanese guitarist Amadeus Awad, with an album called The Book of Gates. She played the part of the Queen of the Nile.[11]

In 2015, the second Kiske/Somerville album, entitled City of Heroes, was announced and released, once again featuring bassist Mat Sinner as producer and in a songwriting partnership with guitarist Magnus Karlsson, who was also in charge of the keyboards, while Veronika Lukesova was the drummer. The song “Breaking Neptune” was written by Somerville and Gommans, and two music videos were filmed for the songs “City of Heroes” and “Walk on Water”.[12]

Exit Eden[edit]

In 2017, another new project was announced. Called Exit Eden, it features Somerville and three other female singers from the rock/metal scene: Clémentine Delauney (Visions of Atlantis, Serenity, Melted Space, Kai Hansen & Friends), Marina La Torraca (who replaced Somerville in a few festival shows of the Avantasia 2016 world tour) and newcomer Anna Brunner. The band was conceived with the plan “to show the world that almost every classic song can be transformed into a solid Metal-Rock song”, a concept similar to Finland’s Northern Kings. The tracklist of their debut album, Rhapsodies In Black, features some pop hits such as Madonna‘s “Frozen”, Adele‘s “Skyfall” and Lady Gaga‘s “Paparazzi”. The album was released on August 4, 2017 via Napalm Records worldwide and via Starwatch in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. [13] Simone Simons (Epica) appears on two tracks of the album.

Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • In the Beginning there was… (2000)
  • Blue Nothing (EP, 2000)
  • Never Alone (EP, 2003)
  • Windows (2008)
  • Conformity Challenged (TBA)[14]

Aina[edit]

HDK[edit]

Kiske/Somerville[edit]

Trillium[edit]

Exit Eden[edit]

Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis

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Vanessa Paradis
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Vanessa Paradis at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival
Born Vanessa Chantal Paradis
(1972-12-22) 22 December 1972 (age 45)
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, France
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • actress
  • model
Years active 1981–present
Partner(s) Johnny Depp (1998–2012)
Samuel Benchetrit (2016–present)
Children 2, including Lily-Rose Depp
Relatives Alysson Paradis (sister)
Website www.vanessaparadis.fr
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Labels
Associated acts

Vanessa Chantal Paradis (French pronunciation: ​[vanɛsa ʃɑ̃tal paʁadi]; born 22 December 1972)[1][2] is a French singer-songwriter, musician, actress and model.

Paradis became a child star at 14 with the worldwide success of her single “Joe le taxi“. Since 1991, Paradis has been a spokesmodel for Chanel. She was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp from 1998 to 2012; they have two children: Lily-Rose and John “Jack” Christopher Depp III. Vanessa’s sister, Alysson Paradis, is also an actress.[3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Vanessa Paradis was born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France, to interior designers Corinne and André Paradis. She began to develop her singing career at age seven when her uncle, record producer Didier Pain, helped her appear on the local television program L’École des fans, a talent show for child singers.[1]

1983–1991[edit]

Paradis recorded her first single, “La Magie des surprises-parties”, in 1983 and performed it in an Italian festival in 1985. Although not a hit, it paved the way for the song with which she became internationally famous, “Joe le taxi“, in 1987 when she was 14. It was No. 1 in France for 11 weeks[5] and, unusually for a song sung in French, was released in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 3. It was taken from her first album M&J (it stands for Marilyn & John) which, although it placed 13th in France, drew little attention in the UK and did not enter the chart.

In March 1989, at age 16, she left high school to pursue her career.

Paradis released the album Variations sur le même t’aime in 1990, containing a remake of the Lou Reed song “Walk on the Wild Side“. The album was written by acclaimed French composer Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met when she received the best singer award at Les Victoires de la Musique, on 4 February 1990. In 1990, Paradis won the 1990 César Award for Most Promising Actress for her role in Noce Blanche.

In 1991, Paradis promoted the fragrance Coco for Chanel.[6] In the advertisement, she was covered in black feathers, portraying a bird swinging in a cage. The advert was shot by Jean-Paul Goude.[7] Paradis spoke of her continued admiration of Chanel in 2010 saying, “The more I know them, the more I love Chanel.”[8]

1992–1996[edit]

In 1992, Paradis moved to the United States to work with Lenny Kravitz, whom she also dated at the time.[1][9] Paradis started working on a new album in English, a language she was now fluent in. Written and produced by Kravitz, the album, titled Vanessa Paradis, topped the French chart and briefly made the UK listings (number 45). One of the singles from it was “Be My Baby“, which made number 5 in France and gave her another Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at No. 6.

In March 1993, Paradis started her first international tour, the Natural High Tour; she performed in France, England and Canada. In February 1994, Live was released in France. In April 1994, Paradis filmed Élisa, under the direction of Jean Becker. Elisa was a big success in France, and was released internationally.

1997–2006[edit]

In 1997, Paradis played in Un amour de sorcière with Jeanne Moreau and Jean Reno, before filming Une chance sur deux, with Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo. In March 1999, La fille sur le Pont, by Patrice Leconte was released. This movie was shot and released in black and white. In 2004, she promoted Chanel’s new handbags called Ligne Cambon.

In 2005, she modeled for Chanel again for The New Mademoiselle handbag. In 2008, she modelled for Miu Miu. Meanwhile, she was included in the French children’s album and concert Le Soldat Rose in 2006.

Paradis performing in 2007

2007–present[edit]

Paradis released a new album (Divinidylle) in 2007 which was released in the UK on 11 December (September in France). There are three versions (regular, limited edition, and the Christmas edition). She started the Divinidylle Tour in October. Some concerts were filmed and a DVD/CD of the tour was released. Paradis won two ‘Les Victoires de la Musique’ awards for this album in February 2008. Some of her later projects are a greatest hits CD (Best of Vanessa Paradis), which includes the commercial jingle “I love Paris in the Springtime”; she also starred in the animated film Un monstre à Paris, released in 2010.

Canadian film director Jean-Marc Vallée cast Paradis in a starring role in his film Café de Flore, in which she plays the single mother of a Down syndrome child in the 1960s.[10] The film was released in 2011, and Paradis garnered a Genie Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2012 Genie Awards.[11]

Paradis released an acoustic album in November 2010 entitled Une nuit à Versailles. The album was recorded at L’Opéra of the Palace of Versailles during her Vanessa Paradis Concert Acoustique Tour.[12] She also released a set of DVDs in 2010 called Anthologie which collected rare live performances and interviews from 1987–2007.[13]

In 2010 she became the face of Chanel‘s new lipstick, Rouge Coco. She also became the face of their new handbag line, Ranger.

Her 2011 international tour included performances in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Turkey.[14]

In May 2013, Vanessa Paradis released a new album, Love Songs, a double LP produced by French singer and producer Benjamin Biolay.[15] The first single, Love Song, was also written by Biolay.[16] The second single was Les espaces et les sentiments.[17] The third single, Mi Amor, was written by BB Brunes frontman Adrien Gallo. Other people that have contributed to the songwriting of the album include Mickey 3D frontman Mickaël Furnon, Johnny Depp, Paradis herself and their daughter Lily-Rose.[15]

In 2016, Paradis starred in Yoga Hosers with her daughter Lily Rose, as a history teacher.[18] That same year, she was a member of the main competition jury of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Paradis dated French singer Florent Pagny from 1988 to 1991. From 1992 to 1997, she was in a relationship with Lenny Kravitz, who also produced her 1992 self-titled album. She also dated French actor Stanislas Merhar from 1997 to 1998. From 1998 to 2012, Paradis was in a relationship with American actor Johnny Depp.[20] They have a daughter, Lily-Rose Depp (born May 27, 1999),[21][22] and a son, John Christopher “Jack” Depp III (born April 9, 2002).[23] After her split from Depp, she dated French singer Benjamin Biolay from 2012 to 2015, who also worked as a producer and director for her 2013 album Love Songs. In 2016, she began dating Samuel Benchetrit, who directed her in his fifth film, Dog.[24][25]

Philanthropy[edit]

Paradis has been a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 1993.[26]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Noce Blanche Mathilde Tessier
1995 Élisa Marie Desmoulin
1997 Witch Way Love Morgane
1998 Pleasure (And It’s Little Inconveniences) La voix du nouvel âge (voice)
1998 Une chance sur deux Alice Tomaso
1999 Girl on the Bridge Adèle
2002 Lost in La Mancha Herself Documentary (footage from the filming
of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote)
2004 Atomik Circus – The Return of James Battle Concia
2004 My Angel Colette
2005 Magic Roundabout, TheThe Magic Roundabout Margotte (voice)
2006 Le soldat Rose Made in Asia TV film
2007 La clef Cécile
2010 Heartbreaker Juliette Van Der Becq
2011 Monster in Paris, AA Monster in Paris Lucille (voice) English and French dubs
2011 Café de Flore Jacqueline
2012 Dubaï Flamingo Jackie
2012 Low Profile Emmanuelle
2012 Cornouaille Odile
2013 Fading Gigolo Avigal
2014 Rio, I Love You Mulher segment “Quando não há Mais Amor”
2014 Sous les jupes des filles Rose
2016 Yoga Hosers History Teacher
2017 Frost

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work(s) Award Category Result
1988 Joe le taxi Victoires de la Musique
  • Best Song
Nominated
Herself
  • Best New Female Artist
Nominated
1989 Nominated
1990 “Mosquito”
  • Best Music Video
Nominated
Noce Blanche César Award Won
Herself Prix Romy Schneider
  • Most Promising Actress
Won
Victoire de la Musique Won
1991 Tandem Won
1993 Herself
  • Best Female Artist
Nominated
2000 La fille sur le pont César Award Nominated
2001 Bliss NRJ Music Awards
  • Best Francophone Album
Nominated
Herself
  • Best Francophone Female Artist
Nominated
2007 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • Chevalier
Honored
2008 Trophée des femmes en or (fr)
  • Femme de Spectacle
Nominated
“Dès que j’te vois” NRJ Music Awards
  • Best Song
Nominated
Divinidylle
  • Best French Album
Nominated
Victoire de la Musique
  • Best Pop Album
Won
Herself
  • Best Female Artist
Won
Globe de cristal (fr)
  • Best Actress
Nominated
2009 Divinidylle Tour Victoire de la Musique
  • Best Music DVD
Won
2011 Herself
  • Best Female Artist
Nominated
Une nuit à Versailles (fr) Globe de Cristal Nominated
L’arnacœur
  • Best Actress
Nominated
2012 “La Seine” (fr) (with ‑M-) Victoire de la Musique Won
Café de Flore Genie Award Won
Jutra Award Won
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival
  • Swann d’honneur
Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominated
2016 Herself Legion of Honour
  • Chevalier
Honored

Bea Miller

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Bea Miller

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Bea Miller
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Bea Miller in 2016
Background information
Birth name Beatrice Annika Miller
Born (1999-02-07) February 7, 1999 (age 18)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Pop rock
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts Boyce Avenue
Website beamiller.com

Beatrice AnnikaBeaMiller (born February 7, 1999) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She came in ninth place on season two of The X Factor (US). She is currently signed to Hollywood Records. Her debut EP was released in 2014, and her debut album Not an Apology was released on July 24, 2015. In 2016, she released her single “Yes Girl“. In early 2017, she began releasing the EPs Chapter One: Blue, Chapter Two: Red, and Chapter Three: Yellow. The three EPs, along with three additional songs, will ultimately be collected as her second studio album, Spectrum.

Career[edit]

2012: The X Factor (US)[edit]

Miller performed the following songs on The X Factor:

Episode Theme Song[citation needed] Original artist Order Result
Audition Free choice Cowboy Take Me Away Dixie Chicks N/A Advanced
Bootcamp 1 Solo performance Not viewed Advanced
Bootcamp 2 Group performance Not viewed Advanced
Bootcamp 3 Duet performance Pumped Up Kicks
(with Carly Rose Sonenclar)
Foster the People Advanced
Judges’ houses Free choice Titanium David Guetta and Sia Advanced
Week 1 Made in America I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz 11 Advanced
Week 2 Songs from movies Iris Goo Goo Dolls 5 Safe (10th)
Week 3 Divas Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 4 Safe (8th)[1]
Week 4 Giving Thanks Chasing Cars Snow Patrol 7 Bottom three (8th)[2]
Week 4 Survival Singing for Survival White Flag Dido 2 Eliminated[2]

2013–2015: Record deal and Not an Apology[edit]

On April 11, 2013, it was officially announced that she was signed to Syco Music and Hollywood Records, making the first collaborative arrangement between these two labels.[3] Shortly after the ending of the second season of The X Factor, Miller changed her name to simply Bea Miller.[4] Her album was released in 2015 with the lead singles being “Young Blood” and “Fire n Gold”. The cover art is a picture of Miller, sitting down holding a sharpie, stylized with sharpie marks around her.[5] She uploaded her new song “Rich Kids” to YouTube, in 2014 and it will be included in Not an Apology. Her single, “Young Blood”, received over 150,000 views in less than a week.[6] She released a clip of a new song called “Enemy Fire”.[7][when?]

“Enemy Fire” premiered on her own Vevo channel in April 2014. She worked with busbee, Jarrad Rogers, Mike Del Rio, and other noteworthy producers for her album. Her debut EP Young Blood was released on April 22, 2014,[8][9] with the lead single “Young Blood“. Her EP peaked at No. 2 on the iTunes pop albums chart. Her EP had a debut peak on Billboard 200 at No. 64. She contributed her voice towards the audio book for Jennifer Donnelly‘s new book, Deep Blue: Songspell and a promotional song for it called “Open Your Eyes”. Miller opened up for Demi Lovato on select cities for her Demi World Tour.[10]

In December 2014, she was picked as Elvis Duran‘s Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC‘s Today show hosted by Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, where she performed live her single “Young Blood“.

In 2015, Miller was named Radio Disney‘s newest Next Big Thing artist. She appeared on Disney Channel many times with it and promoted her album with it as well. Her debut single “Young Blood” won the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards for “Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF”.[11]

Miller released her debut album, Not an Apology, on July 24, 2015, on Hollywood Records. The album peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. On April 24, 2015, it was announced that Miller would accompany Debby Ryan and Natalie La Rose as opening acts for the summer leg of Fifth Harmony‘s The Reflection Tour, which began on July 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.[12] In July 2015, Miller was chosen by public vote to be the next Vevo Lift artist. Bea finished the tour in late August.[citation needed]

2016–present: Chapter One: Blue, Chapter Two: Red, Chapter Three: Yellow[edit]

On April 20, 2016, it was announced that Miller would join Selena Gomez on her Revival Tour as an opening act along with DNCE.[13] The tour ran from May throughout the summer. Miller also announced that she would be hosting meet and greets titled “Tea With Bea”.[14]

Miller teased her upcoming second studio album on Twitter in 2016. Miller released a non-album single “Yes Girl” on May 20, 2016.[15] Miller performed “Yes Girl” and another song titled “Song Like You” numerous times on the Revival Tour. Her song “This Little Light of Mine” was featured in a 2016 advertising campaign for 3 Musketeers.[16] On February 24, 2017, she released the first part of a three-EP project, Chapter One: Blue.

On March 30, 2017, Miller performed “Song Like You” on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It was her first late-night talk show appearance.[17] On June 2, 2017 she released the second part Chapter Two: Red on digital retailers.[18] The final EP, Chapter Three: Yellow was released on October 6, 2017.[19] Along with three additional songs, the three EPs will be collected as her second studio album, tentatively titled Spectrum.[20]

In August 2017, Miller’s single “Brand New Eyes” was featured in the trailer to the film Wonder, directed by Stephen Chbosky and starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Miller is the daughter of two mothers, and has two adopted younger sisters.[22][23][24]

In 2015, Miller began dating American singer Jacob Whitesides.[25] The couple broke up in May 2016, after one year of dating.[26]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[27]
Not an Apology 7
Spectrum[20]
  • Release: 2018[citation needed]
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected details, chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[27]
Young Blood
  • Released: April 22, 2014
  • Label: Syco, Hollywood
  • Format: Digital download
64
Chapter One: Blue
  • Released: February 24, 2017
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Format: Digital download
Chapter Two: Red
  • Released: June 2, 2017[28]
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Format: Digital download
Chapter Three: Yellow[29]
  • Released: October 6, 2017
  • Label: Hollywood
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title[citation needed] Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[27]
US
Pop
[27]
US
Dance
[27]
Young Blood 2014 4 Not an Apology
Fire n Gold[30] 2015 78 42
Yes Girl 2016 Non-album single
“Song Like You[31] 2017 Chapter One: Blue
“Buy Me Diamonds” Chapter Two: Red
“Repercussions” Chapter Three: Yellow
“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
“Open Your Eyes”[32] 2014 Non-album singles
“Brand New Eyes”[33] 2017

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref
“Young Blood” 2014 Mark Pellington [34]
“Fire n Gold” 2015 Black Coffee [35]
“Yes Girl” 2016 Aya Tanimura [36]
“Song Like You” 2017 Kyle Cogan [37]
“Burning Bridges” [38]
“I Can’t Breathe” [39]
“Like That” Miles & AJ [40]
“Buy Me Diamonds” [41]
“Warmer” [42]
“Repercussions” [43]
“To The Grave” (ft. Mike Stud) [44]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Saturday Night Live Kid on “The Dakota Fanning Show” Appearance
2008 Teddy Grams Grace Short
2009 Wonder Pets Cuby / Baby Munchkin 2 episodes
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Shoestore girl
2009 Tell-Tale Angela Bernard
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Additional voice
2008 Yes, Virginia Virginia O’Hanlon Lead role
2009 Yuppie Federation Waitress
2010 Hens and Chicks Hanna
2010 Toy Story 3 Molly Voice role
2011 Too Big to Fail Buffett’s Great Grandkid
2012 Lifted Sara Short film
2012 Unforgettable Katrina Sadler
2012 The X Factor Herself
2013 Officer Down Lanie Callahan
2013 Mary and Martha Funeral singer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Song to Rock Out to With your BFFs “Young Blood” Won [11]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Next Big Thing Herself Won [45]
2016 Teen Choice Awards[citation needed] Choice Music: Breakout Artist Nominated

Tours[edit]

Headlining Act

  • Bea Miller: Live on Tour (2017)(3 stops tour: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Anaheim)[citation needed]

Opening act