Jessica Origliasso

Jessica Origliasso

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Jessica Origliasso
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Origliasso at the Snow White and the Huntsman film premiere in Sydney, 2012.
Background information
Birth name Jessica Louise Origliasso[1]
Born (1984-12-25) 25 December 1984 (age 33)[1]
Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia
Origin Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Electro rock, pop punk, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2001–present
Labels Sony Music, Sire, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts The Veronicas

Jessica Louise Origliasso (born 25 December 1984) is an Australian singer-songwriter, actress, and fashion designer. Born and raised in Albany Creek, Queensland she, alongside twin sister Lisa Origliasso, performed in show business at a young age. Origliasso rose to fame in the 2000s when she and her twin sister formed the pop duo the Veronicas.[2]

Prior to the Veronicas, the Origliassos had a small career in acting. In 2001, she had a recurring role alongside her sister in the children’s television series Cybergirl as Emerald Buxton.[2][3] In 2007, she co-designed a fashion line with, her sister, called The Veronicas, aimed at girls aged 7–14, for Target.[4] Origliasso has been endorsed by Nu:U, Calvin Klein, Keds and Estée Lauder.[5][6][7][8]


1984–03: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Jessica Louise Origliasso was born in Queensland, Australia, the daughter of Italian-Australians, Joseph and Colleen Origliasso.[9][10] She is older than her twin sister, Lisa, by one minute.[11] Their older brother, Julian Origliasso, is a music manager who manages their duo the Veronicas.[12] They were raised in Albany Creek, Queensland, and attended both Ferny Grove State High School, and Wavell State High School.[13][14]

The Origliasso sisters began their career at the age of five, performing at awards shows and sporting events as the Origliasso Twins, changing their name to “Lisa & Jessica” in their teen years, under which they released three albums.[2] At age sixteen, Lisa and Jessica ventured into acting, being cast in a small role in the children’s television series Cybergirl, as villains Emerald and Sapphire Buxton, respectively.[15] In 2003, they formed another band with two of their friends called Teal and released a single called “Baby It’s Over”.[2][15]

2004–09: The Veronicas[edit]

Lisa and Jessica impressed music executive Hayden Bell with their demo tracks, and were signed to Excalibur Productions Australia as songwriters in 2004. After being signed to Sydney based independent record label Engine Room Recordings, they received funding to travel the world to write and record demos with other songwriters.[16] During this trip, they co-wrote songs that would be released by other artists, including: “What’s Going On?” by Casey Donovan,[17]All About Us” by t.A.T.u.[18] and “Faded” by Kate DeAraugo (also covered by Cascada).[19] By the end of 2004 they travelled to America and signed with Sire Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music for a deal worth $2 million.[15][16] Taking their name from a line in the film Heathers (1988), they called themselves the Veronicas.[20] However the name was also connected to the Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge, leading to the owners suing them for trademark infringement,[21] but resulted in a settlement which included the sisters appearing in the comics.[22]

The following year, they released their debut album The Secret Life of… (2005), which spawned their first major hit “4ever” peaking at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and certified platinum, denoting 70,000 copies shipped in Australia.[23][24] The album sold almost half a million copies worldwide[25][26] and earned them an ARIA Award for Best Pop Release.[27] In 2007 they released their second album Hook Me Up and its eponymous single scored them their first number one hit on the ARIA Charts and was certified platinum.[28][29] The following single, “Untouched” became their global breakthrough song, reaching the top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top twenty in seven other countries, including number one in Ireland.[30] It went on to be certified platinum in the United States, with over one million digital downloads.[31] They embarked on the Revenge Is Sweeter tour, their first to go global, which began in February 2009 and ended December. After concluding the tour, Lisa and Jessica decided to take time off from the group.[32] Having promoted their second album since 2007, they were “ready to move on” wanting to “discover whether they could create separately as well as individually.”[33]

2010-present: Album delays and The Veronicas[edit]

Jessica re-united with Lisa after their break in 2010 to begin working on the Veronicas third studio album.[34] Their record label, Warner Music, went through major restructuring during this time which caused delays in releasing new music.[35] Wanting to keep fans updated with the progress of their new work, they performed a set at The Viper Room in 2011.[36] Months after this performance, in 2012, the Veronicas finally revealed that they would release a new song called “Lolita” for their new album, which was known as Life on Mars at the time.[37] The single reached number twenty three on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold.[38][39] Life on Mars was to be released by the end of 2012, however, Warner Music pushed the date back to early 2013, and eventually the record was shelved altogether.[40][41] Because of this, Lisa and Jessica hired a lawyer in a bid to get out of their contractual obligations with the label and were successful, so by 2013 the Veronicas became an independent act.[42]

In April 2014 the Veronicas were signed to Sony Music and began putting the finishing touches on their third album, which was renamed The Veronicas.[43][44] The first single from the album, “You Ruin Me“, debuted atop the ARIA Singles Chart, becoming their first number-one hit in the country since “Hook Me Up” in 2007.[45] It stayed at the apex of the chart for three consecutive weeks and was certified double platinum.[46][47] The Veronicas released various singles in 2016 and 2017, In My Blood, On Your Side and The Only High [48]

Personal life[edit]

Origliasso was in a relationship with Ruby Rose in 2008.[49] She entered into a relationship with Smashing Pumpkins singer and songwriter Billy Corgan from 2010 to 2012; the two remained friends afterward.[50][51] She dated Badflower guitarist Josh Katz from 2014 to 2016, and started dating Rose again in November 2016.[49] Dating Rose deepened Origliasso’s passion for marriage equality. “When I did the speech for the last marriage-equality rally I was dating a boy,” she stated. “I remember writing the speech thinking that I’m treated as a fully equal citizen. Now purely because of the gender of the person I am in love with, I have those rights taken away.”[49] Her relationship with Rose ended in 2018.[52]

With regard to labels, Origliasso said that she dislikes being called a fake lesbian, stating, “I’m not going to be tricked into feeling like I have to make a statement about something because everyone wants confirmation.” She added, “I’ll just live my life how I want. If they want to call me a fake lesbian and degrade my sexuality and my choices, go ahead, I’ll just ignore it.”[53]


In 2006, Origliasso and her sister, Lisa, joined Steve Irwin‘s Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a charity that deals with the protection of animals and their natural environments.[54]

In January 2009, Origliasso posed nude for PETA; this came after she was seen on the New York City Subway wearing a faux fur jacket with an anti-fur message on the back.[55]

Origliasso and Lisa also joined a “Wear it with Pride” campaign to reform same-sex laws in Australia for the 85 legislative changes made in 2010 to overturn discrimination against same-sex couples and their families. The campaign involved them wearing numbered T-shirts representing each legislative change.[56]

In 2010, Origliasso and Lisa were honoured as Wildlife Warriors of the year for their efforts in publicising animal protection and conservation on a worldwide scale.[57]

Actress (2 credits)
 2009 90210 (TV Series)
The Veronicas

Zero Tolerance (2009) … The Veronicas (as Jess Origliasso)
 2001-2002 Cybergirl (TV Series)
Emerald Buxton

Episode #1.25 (2002) … Emerald Buxton
Episode #1.24 (2001) … Emerald Buxton
Episode #1.21 (2001) … Emerald Buxton
Episode #1.16 (2001) … Emerald Buxton
Episode #1.15 (2001) … Emerald Buxton



Pam Sheyne

Soundtrack (37 credits)
 2018 Pasapalabra (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Rocío Robles/Hernán Drago/Iliana Calabró/Cristian Urrizaga (2018) … (writer: “Genio atrapado”)
 2017 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Ray Romano/Ruth Negga/Camila Cabello (2017) … (writer: “Crying in the Club”)
 2016 Britain’s Got More Talent (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #10.13 (2016) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 2015 Back in Time for Dinner (TV Series documentary) (writer – 1 episode)

The 1990s (2015) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 2014 Todd’s Pop Song Reviews (TV Series documentary) (writer – 1 episode)

“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj (2014) … (writer: “Genie In A Bottle”)
 2014 Wimbledon (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

2014: Day 12, Part 1 – Ladies’ Singles and Ladies’ Doubles Finals (2014) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 2010 Misfits (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #2.3 (2010) … (writer: “Till It Happens to You”)
 2010 Sonny with a Chance (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

A So Random Halloween Special (2010) … (writer: “Work of Art”)
 2010 American Idol (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Top 8 Male Semifinalists Perform (2010) … (writer: “Genie In A Bottle”)
 2009 Hannah Montana: The Movie (Video Game) (writer: “Old Blue Jeans”)
 2009 Being Erica (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Battle Royale (2009) … (writer: “Till It Happens to You”)
 2009 The Young Victoria (writer: “Only You (love theme from The Young Victoria)”)
 2008 The Xtra Factor (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #5.9 (2008) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 2008 Camp Rock (TV Movie) (producer: “Too Cool”, “Hasta La Vista”) / (writer: “Too Cool”, “Hasta La Vista”)
 2007-2008 Hannah Montana (TV Series) (writer – 2 episodes)

The Way We Almost Weren’t (2008) … (writer: “Old Blue Jeans”)
When You Wish You Were the Star (2007) … (writer: “Old Blue Jeans”)
 2008 Video on Trial (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Totally Beachin’ Video on Trial (2008) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
 2008 Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics – Live and Down Under (Video documentary) (writer: “Encore: Thank You”)
 2008 Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (Documentary) (writer: “Old Blue Jeans”)
 2007 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s (TV Mini-Series documentary) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.4 (2007) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
 2007 Jump In! (TV Movie) (writer: “I’m Ready”)
 2005 Go Figure (TV Movie) (writer: “She Said”)
 2004 Singapore Idol (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Piano Show 2 (2004) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
 2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (writer: “Miracles Happen”)
 2004 Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 (Video Game) (“Genie In A Bottle”, “Irresistible”)
 2004 Hrvatski Idol (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.14 (2004) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
 2004 Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (writer: “Drama Queen (That Girl)”)
 2002 Rouge: O Sonho de Ser Uma Popstar (Video) (writer: “Sou o que Sou”)
 2002 The Master of Disguise (writer: “Irresistible” – as Pamela Shayne)
 2001 Bring It On (TV Series documentary) (writer – 1 episode)

Song Writing (2001) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”, “Bring It On” – uncredited)
 2001 The Princess Diaries (writer: “Miracles Happen”)
 1995-2001 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (writer – 4 episodes)

Episode dated 16 March 2001 (2001) … (writer: “He Loves U Not”)
Episode dated 22 October 1999 (1999) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
Episode dated 15 October 1999 (1999) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle”)
Episode dated 2 November 1995 (1995) … (writer: “Baby It’s You”)
 2000 King of the Hill (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

I Don’t Want to Wait … (2000) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 2000 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Episode #1.3221 (2000) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 1999 Roswell (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Monsters (1999) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 1999 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (writer – 1 episode)

Let’s Eat Cake (1999) … (writer: “Genie in a Bottle” – uncredited)
 1999 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 (writer: “The Extra Mile”)
 1998 Billie: She Wants You (Video short) (writer: “She Wants You”)

Jessie James Decker

Jessie James Decker

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Jessie James Decker
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Background information
Birth name Jessica Rose James
Born (1988-04-12) April 12, 1988 (age 30)
Vicenza, Italy
Genres Country, pop[1]
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2008–present
Website Official website

Jessica Rose James Decker (born April 12, 1988) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and reality television personality. At age 15, after auditioning for and being rejected by most of the country labels in Nashville, Tennessee, James began working on refining her craft with Carla Wallace of Big Yellow Dog Music. One of her songs attracted the attention of Mercury Records which offered her a recording contract. She released her debut album, Jessie James, in 2009. A few years later in 2013, she starred with her husband Eric Decker, a wide receiver in the National Football League, in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On, which stopped airing in April 2014, but returned in September 2017. On April 18, 2014, James released an EP through iTunes with 19 Recordings entitled Comin’ Home.[2] On her new label Epic she released a 5-track EP Gold on February 17, 2017, & released a surprise live EP on June 9, 2017 titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017 she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights.[3]

Early life[edit]

James was born April 12, 1988, in Vicenza, Italy.[1][4] She is from a military family, as her father served in the U.S. Air Force.[5] As a result, she lived in many areas: Germany, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana.[6] James has two younger siblings, Sydney Rae Bass (born 1991) and John James (1994).[7] She began singing at the age of two and won her first talent contest in Baker, Louisiana, at the age of nine singing “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart“. By then, she had already been writing songs on a plastic guitar and had performed at SeaWorld and in Warner Robins in 2000. At age fifteen, she made weekly trips to Nashville to hone her songwriting skills.



At seventeen, James was introduced to Carla Wallace of independent label Big Yellow Dog Music, who helped her with her songwriting and singing. One of her songs, “Gypsy Girl”, written with two writers from Yellow Dog had been pitched to American Idol contestant and winner, Carrie Underwood. Underwood put it on hold for her record, but nonetheless the song made it into the hands of record executive David Massey, who brought her to the attention of L.A. Reid. She auditioned for Reid singing her song “My Cowboy”, produced by John Rich. James soon inked a contract with Mercury Records.[8]

Even though she originally thought that she would be producing a country record, James was later told to record a pop album by record executives.[9] She also claimed to have been asked to sound like pop singer Britney Spears.[10] She described the recording process as “intense” due to the label sending her to work with hip-hop producers, who asked her to sound less country despite her desire to make country music.[9] She described herself in an interview as “a country girl at heart,” having grown up listening to the genre and preferring it to pop.[11]

Her debut album, Jessie James, was released in August 2009, debuting at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200. The music on the album was a fusion between country and pop music, with more emphasis placed on the latter as dictated by her label. The album also featured writing credits from James and seasoned pop songwriter Kara DioGuardi and Mitch Allan among others.[11] The album received mixed receptions from critics. Allmusic received the album positively, but found that despite being marketed as such and featuring some country influenced production, the music on the album was a far cry from country music.[12] Slant thought that the album only superficially pulled together influences from pop, country and hip-hop while failing to pander to any of those audiences.[13] The album’s first single, “Wanted“, produced by Allan, had been released in April and peaked at number forty on the Billboard Hot 100. She later performed in the Middle East with singer Kid Rock and comedian Carlos Mencia for US troops stationed overseas.[4]

James began working on her second album, Sweet American Dreams,[14] in 2010, which was initially planned to be released in late summer.[15] The album was to be of the same country-pop sound as her debut, with James being given more leeway by Mercury in incorporating country sounds.[11] The first single, “Boys in the Summer”, released in June, was a minor country success but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Having struggled with accepting her career path as a pop singer, James told her label in the midst of preparations for her album that she did not want to be a pop artist and wanted to record country music.[10] After negotiations, Massey asked Mark Wright from Show Dog-Universal Music, which had facilitated the country release of “Boys in the Summer” in November, to help Mercury/IDJ launch James in the country genre.[16] James then began recording in April 2011.[14] “When You Say My Name” was produced by Wright and released on January 31, 2012. “Military Man” was released on May 22, 2012. She was removed from the Show Dog Universal roster in 2013.[17] James released an extended play, Comin’ Home, on April 18, 2014, which hit number one on iTunes top albums chart and debuted in the top 5 on Billboard’s top country albums chart.[2] Decker will be featured on former Hinder lead singer Austin John‘s debut solo EP Love Sick Radio on the track “Howlin'”. The EP was released April 22, 2016.[18] She finished the Lights Down Low tour. On her new label Epic she released a 5 track ep “Gold” on February 17, 2017 & release a surprise live ep on June 9, 2017 titled Blackbird Sessions. On October 13, 2017 she released her second full-length album and first for Epic Records, Southern Girl City Lights. On November 27th 2017 Jessie appeared in 12 Days of Cracker Barrel ending on December 8th.[19] Each day got a new YouTube video in the style of the original 12 Days of Christmas song.

Other activities[edit]

  • James and her husband Eric Decker have starred in the E! reality show Eric & Jessie: Game On since the show’s series premiere on September 29, 2013.[20] The third season aired on September 6, 2017.[21]
  • Collaboration with Australia-based swimwear company Amore & Sorvete to design bikinis and swimsuits in 2015.[23]
  • James teamed with Connecticut-based clothing designer Kora Rae to create her own clothing line, Kittenish, in 2015.[24]
  • On June 29, 2016 James partnered with makeup brand: Alexa Persico Cosmetics to release her own lipstick/liner duo, dubbed “The Jessie Lip Kit”[25] The Lip Kit Collaboration was widely successful, selling out in just a few short hours of its initial release. They later released their second hit product called “The Jessie Decker Palette” in 2017 which sold out at a similarly brisk pace as the lip kits.[26].
  • On May 23, 2017, she appeared as a guest judge on the Food Network show Chopped Junior.[27]
  • On October 10, 2018 her book Just Jessie My Guide to Love, Life, Family, and Food will be available.[28]

Musical style and influences[edit]

James co-wrote the majority of the songs on her debut album.[29] The album is of a country pop fusion genre, revealing her taste for not only country music, but pop and soul music as well.[29] The beat for “Blue Jeans” was a recording of James stepping, this talent stems from her time on the step team at her school.[30] Initially, she faced opposition for her soul music-inspired vocal runs when trying to get signed in Nashville.[29] She has listed Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Bobbie Gentry, Janis Joplin, Shelby Lynne, and Shania Twain as her musical influences.[29][31] Initially, she also stated that she wanted a career similar to those of Gentry and Twain, who were signed to pop labels but found crossover success in both country and pop music.[29]

Personal life[edit]

James was romantically linked to former NFL running back Reggie Bush in 2010.[32]

On June 22, 2013, Jessie married Eric Decker, an NFL wide receiver who at the time played for the Denver Broncos.[33][34][35]

In September 2013, it was announced that the couple was expecting their first child together.[36][37] She gave birth to their daughter Vivianne Rose on March 18, 2014 in Colorado.[38] On September 3, 2015, James gave birth to their second child, Eric Thomas Decker II.[39] James announced on October 9, 2017 that they are expecting a third child, another boy, due in late March 2018.[40] She gave birth to their second son, Forrest Bradley Decker on March 31, 2018.[41]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Sales
US Country
NZ Heat
Jessie James 23
  • US: 120,000
Southern Girl City Lights
  • Release date: October 13, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 18 9
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country
US Indie
US Holiday
NZ Heat
Comin’ Home 5 28 4
This Christmas
  • Release date: December 4, 2015
  • Label: Big Yellow Dog
  • Formats: Digital download
16 178 7 42
  • Release date: February 17, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Digital download
5 33 7
Blackbird Sessions
  • Release date: June 9, 2017
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Digital download
33 175
“—” denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)

US Dance
US Country
2009 Wanted 40 23 18 82 Jessie James
“I Look So Good (Without You)” [A]
“My Cowboy”[60]
2010 Boys in the Summer [B] 58 Non-album singles
2012 “When You Say My Name”[61]
“Military Man” 49
2013 I Do 39
2015 “Clint Eastwood”[62] [C]
Lights Down Low 38 Gold
2017 “Southern Girl City Lights”[64] Southern Girl City Lights
2018 “Flip My Hair”[65] [D]
“—” denotes releases that did not chart
Self (25 credits)
 2017 Megyn Kelly Today (TV Series)
Herself – Musical Guest

Episode #1.35 (2017) … Herself – Musical Guest
 2017 Celebrity Page (TV Series)

Episode #3.37 (2017) … Herself
 2017 Daily Pop (TV Series)
Herself – Co-Host / Herself – Guest

Episode dated 20 October 2017 (2017) … Herself – Co-Host
Episode dated 19 October 2017 (2017) … Herself – Co-Host
Episode dated 18 October 2017 (2017) … Herself – Co-Host
Episode dated 28 June 2017 (2017) … Herself – Guest
 2017 Harry (TV Series)
Herself – Musical Guest

 2017 Home & Family (TV Series)

 2017 Entertainment Tonight (TV Series)

Episode #37.33 (2017) … Herself
 2014-2017 Fox and Friends (TV Series)
Herself – Country Singer / Herself – Musical Guest

Episode dated 12 October 2017 (2017) … Herself – Country Singer
Fox & Friends Christmas 2014 (2014) … Herself – Musical Guest
 2017 Access Hollywood (TV Series)

Episode #21.255 (2017) … Herself
 2016-2017 Access Hollywood Live (TV Series)

Episode dated 28 June 2017 (2017) … Herself
Episode dated 12 July 2016 (2016) … Herself
 2017 The Kitchen (TV Series)

Summer Sides (2017) … Herself
 2017 Chopped Junior (TV Series)
Herself – Judge

Grillin’ and Chillin’ (2017) … Herself – Judge
 2014-2017 Today (TV Series)
Herself – Guest / Herself – Musical Guest

Episode dated 3 February 2017 (2017) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 31 August 2016 (2016) … Herself – Musical Guest
Episode dated 4 December 2014 (2014) … Herself – Guest
 2014-2016 Extra (TV Series)

Episode #22.243 (2016) … Herself
Episode #21.82 (2014) … Herself
 2015-2016 E! News (TV Series)
Herself – Guest

Episode dated 1 April 2016 (2016) … Herself – Guest
Episode dated 5 March 2015 (2015) … Herself – Guest
 2015 Miss USA 2015 (TV Special)
Herself – Judge
 2014 Fashion Rocks (TV Special)
 2014 2014 CMT Music Awards (TV Special)
 2013 In Bed with Joan (TV Series)
Herself – Singer

Jessie James and Eric Decker (2013) … Herself – Singer (as Jessie James)
 2013 Eric & Jessie: Game On (TV Series)
Herself (as Jessie James)
 2010 VEVO’s ASK:REPLY (TV Series)
Herself (as Jessie James)
 2010 Jessie James: Dear John (Video short)
 2010 Silent Library (TV Series)

Episode #2.11 (2010) … Herself (as Jessie James)
 2010 Top 20 Under 25 (TV Movie)
Herself (as Jessie James)
 2009 Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (TV Series)

Episode #7.12 (2009) … Herself (as Jessie James)

Archive footage (2 credits)
 2017 Celebrity Page (TV Series)

Episode #3.33 (2017) … Herself
 2014 Extra (TV Series)

Episode dated 4 October 2014 (2014) … Herself

Madison Beer

Madison Beer

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Madison Beer
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Beer in September 2014
Background information
Birth name Madison Elle Beer
Born (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 19)
Jericho, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 2012–present
Website Official website

Madison Elle Beer (born March 5, 1999) is an American singer and actress. She gained media attention after pop star Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing.[1][2]

Early life

Beer was born on March 5, 1999, in Jericho, New York on Long Island 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]


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 began work on her debut album which she said would have an R&B pop vibe, stating there “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” was the second single from Beer’s 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]

As She Pleases

Beer recorded her first studio EP As She Pleases, over a three-year period. It was released on February 2, 2018. She is credited as a songwriter on several tracks of the album. Among some of the artists Beer worked with on the EP are Raye and Madison Love.

“Dead” was released as the lead single off the EP on May 19, 2017. The song was first teased on Beer’s Instagram on May 12, 2017. The music video was released on August 3, 2017. Beer then released “Say It to My Face” her second single off the EP on November 3, 2017. The music video was released on November 15, 2017.

On March 11, 2018, Beer embarked on the international, 30-city, As She Pleases Tour, which concluded on May 20 the same year.[21]


Extended plays

Title Extended play details Peak chart positions

As She Pleases
  • Released: February 2, 2018
  • Label: First Access
  • Format: Digital download
93 64 62 38 3 91 68


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Album

“Melodies” 2013 Non-album singles
“Unbreakable” 2014
“All for Love”
(featuring Jack & Jack)
“Something Sweet”
“Dead” 2017 As She Pleases
“Say It to My Face”
“Home with You” 2018 26 93 21

As featured artist

Title Year Album
(Cody Simpson featuring Madison Beer)
2013 Non-album singles
I Won’t Let You Walk Away
(Mako featuring Madison Beer)

Other appearances

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



  • As She Pleases Tour (2018)


Year Title Role
2013 Louder Than Words Amy
Actress (2 credits)
 2015 Todrick (TV Series)

Peter Perry (2015) … Wendy
 2013/II Louder Than Words
Hide Hide Show Show Self (5 credits)
 2017 We Day 2017 (TV Movie)
Herself – Guest
 2016 Hollywood Medium (TV Series)

 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards (TV Movie)

April Smith and the Great Picture Show

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April Smith and the Great Picture Show

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April Smith and the Great Picture Show
Origin Folk rock, indie pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Independent
Members April Smith
Marty O’Kane
Ray Malo
Nick D’Agostino

April Smith and the Great Picture Show are an American folk rock/indie pop group from Brooklyn, New York.[1] The group won Best Pop/Rock Song at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for their song “Colors”.[2]


  • Live from the Penthouse (2008)
  • Songs for a Sinking Ship (2010)[1]

Songs for a Sinking Ship[edit]

In 2010, the band released their first studio album, “Songs for a Sinking Ship”. This album was funded by fans through the website Kickstarter.[1][3] “Drop Dead Gorgeous”, from the album, was featured on’s Top 100 Songs of 2010 List.[4]

Television appearances[edit]

A number of April Smith and the Great Picture Show’s songs have been used in television promotions and episodes. “Terrible Things” from “Songs for a Sinking Ship” was used in a promo for the third season of the Showtime series Californication. The song was also used during the end credits for an episode of Weeds, as well as promo for the series’ sixth season. Music from the same album also appeared on the shows “Introducing: Fresh on the Net” on BBC 6, and “Fearless Music”.[5] “Can’t Say No” from “Songs for a Sinking Ship” appeared in an episode of the 10th season of American Idol. “Colors” from “Songs for a Sinking Ship” was used in a 2012 commercial for Lowe’s Valspar Paint products and featured in the movie The Perfect Family. “Movie Loves a Screen” from “Songs for a Sinking Ship” appeared in a commercial for Pandora and Nescafe. “Movie Loves a Screen” was also featured in an episode of ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth“. A cover of the Leslie Gore song “You Don’t Own Me” performed by the band was featured in an NFL commercial airing in 2010 and 2011.[6] “Wow and Flutter” was used in a 2010 Colgate Wisps commercial.[7]

Other appearances[edit]

“Colors” from “Songs for a Sinking Ship” was used in episode 457:Why Pink? of NPR‘s Planet Money podcast, released in early May, about how trends are picked up and used in clothing – specifically the colors chosen for the Planet Money t-shirts offered through their Kickstarter page


While most music fans weren’t aware of Jillian Jacqueline until she released her single “Overdue” in 2014, she already had an impressive career in show business before she was old enough to enroll in junior high. Jacqueline was born in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her childhood there, before moving to New York City in her early teens. A precocious talent inspired by the music playing on the family’s stereo — including Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, the Dixie Chicks, Carole King, James Taylor, and Patty LovelessJacqueline began singing at an early age, and was performing at local coffee shops when she was only seven years of age.

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Maite Perroni

Maite Perroni

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Maite Perroni
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Perroni at International Film Festival in Guadalajara, March 2016.
Born Maite Perroni Beorlegui
(1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 35)
Mexico City, Mexico
Residence Mexico City
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2004–present
Musical career
Genres Latin pop
  • Vocals
  • piano
Labels Warner
Associated acts RBD

Maite Perroni Beorlegui (born March 9, 1983)[1] is a Mexican actress and singer, who is best known for starring in the Mexican telenovelas Rebelde (2004), Cuidado con el ángel (2008), Mi Pecado (2009) Triunfo del Amor (2010), Cachito de cielo (2012), La Gata (2014), Antes muerta que Lichita (2015) and Papá a toda madre (2017).

She further gained international fame as a member of the Latin Grammy nominated Latin pop group RBD. In 2016 she won the Premios TVyNovelas of Best Actress of the Year for her work in Antes muerta que Lichita. In 2009, Perroni was named “The New Queen of The Telenovelas” by Univision.[2]

In 2012, she signed a contract with Warner Music Group and the following year Perroni released her first solo album Eclipse de Luna (2013), which debuted in the third position at Amprofon Top 20, the main table of Mexican albums, and got to ninth position on the Billboard Latin Albums and second in Latin Pop Albums.[3][4]


Early life[edit]

Maite Perroni Beorlegui was born in Mexico City but grew up in Guadalajara until age 12, when her family moved back to Mexico City.[5] She has two younger brothers, Adolfo (born in 1986) and Francisco (born in 1992). In early childhood, Perroni had an inclination towards acting and appeared in many TV commercials and in some music videos. In school she was involved in acting, art, singing and dancing. She also participated as a dancer in a Disney Channel show. After graduating from high school, Perroni signed up for the Centro de Educación Artística (CEA), an acting school run by Televisa, and signed up for a three-year course, though it only took her two years to complete. She graduated and landed the role Guadalupe “Lupita” Fernandez, in the Mexican telenovela Rebelde. She was one of the six protagonists alongside Anahí, Dulce María, Christian Chávez, Alfonso Herrera, and Christopher von Uckermann. The series lasted three seasons.

Through the musical group she was a part of, RBD, she is an award-winning recording artist, performing sold-out concerts throughout Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Ecuador. Her first solo album, Eclipse de Luna, was released on the Warner Brothers label released in August 2013, and was considered a commercial success. It quickly climbed to number 3 on the Mexican Albums Chart and number 2 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart. In 2014, she launched her own clothing line, known as Colección Maite Perroni. She has hosted prestigious awards shows such as the 2015 “Lo Nuestro Awards” and “The 25th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony.” She has 8 million followers on Facebook, over 4 million follow her on Twitter, more than 3 million on Instagram, and over 600,000 YouTube subscribers.

In 2012, Maite voiced the lead roles in the Spanish language versions of several movies such as the DreamWorks’ movie “El Origen de los Guardianes” (Rise of the Guardians) being “El Hada de los Dientes” (Tooth Fairy), Nahuala Film’s “Selección Canina” (Canine’s National Football Team) as “Maite Terranova” and Lionsgate’s “Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos” (Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure) as “Di”.

Maite’s TV career began when she starred in the telenovela (soap opera) “Rebelde”. From the show came the musical group RBD, which featured Maite as a lead singer. She helped carry the group to worldwide recognition and acclaim; they won several awards including “Best Group of the Year,” “Best album of the Year,” “Best Concert,” and “Best Song of the Year.” RBD has sold over 50 million records and entirely sold venues such as “Estadio Maracaná” in Brazil, Madison Square Garden in New York, L.A. Coliseum, American Airlines Arena in Miami, Estadio Vicente Calderón in Spain, Auditorio Nacional and Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City among others.

Her popularity was cemented in 2008 when she was selected by Mexico’s youth to become one of the first Latin women to have an iconic Barbie doll fashioned after her. The Maite Perroni Barbie was a success in Mexico, elsewhere in Latin America, the United States, and Spain.

She has won numerous awards including the Tvynovelas Award’s “Best Young Actress” for the soap opera, “Cuidado con el Ángel” (Don’t mess with an Angel), Tvynovelas Award’s “Most Popular Social Media Artist 2011”, “Alta Inspiration Award 2016” by Alta Med, Tvynovelas Award’s “Best Actress in a Leading Role” and “Favorite Leading Actress” at the “Premios Juventud 2016” both for the soap opera “Antes Muerta Que Lichita” (Anything But Plain).

She released her first solo album in 2013, entitled “Eclipse de Luna” (Moon Eclipse). The release of the music video for the album’s first single, “Tu y Yo” was during the “Premios Juventud 2013” (2013 Youth Awards), which aired on Univision and was seen by over 13 million viewers. The CD reached #2 on the U.S. Latin Pop Charts.

In July 2016, she released a new single, Adicta. Its official video has over 7.5 million views on YouTube. During that year she also won numerous music awards such as “Best Latin Female Artist / Best Latin Female Video – Adicta” at the “Latin Music Italian Awards 2016” and “Latin Artist of the Year” by “La Caja de Música” in Spain.

Renowned for her beauty, Maite was selected to be among the top ten of the “100 Most Beautiful Faces 2016” by TC Candler – the only Mexican on the list for 5 years in a row. She has also made “The 50 Most Beautiful People in the World” list by People Magazine En Español for 8 years running. Maite has been an ambassador for the brand Proactiv in the U.S. Hispanic market for a long time.

Maite is fluent in Spanish and English. She is an Ambassador for PADF, an organization with the mission of raising awareness and combatting child labor. Variety picked Maite as one of the “Top 10 Latinas to Watch” in 2015 Maite is a longtime time Brand Ambassador for Proactiv in the U.S. Hispanic market. She also has a record deal with Warner Music.[6]


Acting career[edit]

Perroni in 2006.

Perroni made her acting debut in Rebelde, a remake of the acclaimed Argentine novela Rebelde Way. She portrayed Guadalupe “Lupita” Fernández, a teenage girl from a lower-class family who gets the opportunity to study at the fictitious Elite Way School. Rebelde ran from 2004 to 2006, filming 440 episodes.

Following the success of Rebelde in 2007, Televisa released RBD: La Familia, which starred the members of RBD. The characters of the sitcom were not based on the band’s characters in Rebelde, but intended to be similar to the actors’ real personalities. RBD: La Familia was the first Mexican show shot entirely in high definition and ran from March 14, 2007 to June 13, 2007, and only lasted 13 episodes.

In 2008, she starred as the lead character in Cuidado con el ángel, opposite William Levy. The show had great success around the world. She starred in her second leading role in Mi Pecado opposite Eugenio Siller. She was part of the third season of Mujeres Asesinas in the sixth episode called Las Blanco, Viudas along with Diana Bracho, Luz Maria Aguilar, and Mark Tacher.

In 2009, Perroni was named the new queen of the telenovelas by Univision.[2]

In 2010, Maite was confirmed to star with her previous co-star, William Levy, in Triunfo del Amor, a remake of the Venezuelan classic Cristal.

In 2012, Perroni was confirmed to star with Pedro Fernandez in Cachito de Cielo, her fifth lead role.

In 2014, it was confirmed that Perroni was to star in her sixth lead role in a telenovela called La Gata along with Daniel Arenas, Erika Buenfil, and Laura Zapata. It aired on May 5, 2014.

On July 12, 2014, People en Español named Perroni the new queen of Mexican telenovelas.[7]

In 2015, Perroni landed her seventh lead role next to Arath De La Torre, called “Antes muerta que Lichita“. It became a hit right away in Mexico and the U.S., where she was invited to promote it, as she has a huge fanbase in North America.

Musical career[edit]

Maite Perroni at International Film Festival in Guadalajara, in March 2016

Perroni was a member of the popular band RBD, which was launched off of the success of the most-watched telenovela in years, Rebelde. To date, RBD has made 9 studio albums, including albums in Spanish, Portuguese, and English. They have sold over 15 million albums worldwide, and have embarked on various international tours including shows throughout Latin America and Europe.

Mai composed “Tal Vez Mañana”, for RBD’s fourth Spanish language album, Empezar Desde Cero and sang solo on the title track for the album.

On August 8, 2008, RBD released a message telling fans that they had decided to split up. They went on one final tour, Gira Del Adios World Tour, which ended in early 2009. Perroni was absent part of the tour, due to her filming of Cuidado con el ángel.[8]

For her role in Cuidado con el ángel, Perroni recorded three songs for the show called “Esta Soledad”, “Separada De Ti”, and “Contigo”.[9]

She recorded a song with Reik, entitled “Mi Pecado”, which was used as the opening song for the telenovela, Mi Pecado.[10]

On July 17, 2010, Mai released her new single “No Vuelvas”, which was featured on an EP she released for her Brazilian Pocket Show performances, on her website[11]

She recorded a song with Marco di Mauro called “A Partir De Hoy” which forms part of the musical soundtrack of the telenovela Triunfo del Amor, her third lead role.[12]

In 2012, Perroni released a single called “Te daré mi corazón” that was used for her telenovola “Cachito de Cielo”.

In late 2012, Perroni announced that she will record her first solo album called Eclipse de Luna.

On July 16, 2013, Perroni released a bachata song called “Tu y Yo”.

In May 2014, Perroni released another bachata song called “Vas A Querer Volver” which is also the theme song for her soap opera La Gata.

In June 2014, Perroni released a duet song with Alex Ubago called “Todo lo que soy” which was the couple’s theme song in the telenovela La Gata.

On July 14, 2016, Perroni released her first single called Adicta. She performed it at Premios Juventud 2016. It will be included in her new album soon to be released.

Products and endorsements[edit]

Maite Perroni Coleccion.

Mai is the spokesmodel for NYX Cosmetics.[13] In 2007, a Barbie doll version of Perroni was released based on her character in Rebelde.[14]

In June 2009, Perroni announced her support for the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico.[15]

Mai stars in commercials for Giraffas, Pepsi, Proactiv, Teleton, Pantene, and Coppel.

In fall 2014, Perroni partnered with National Stores to introduce her Coleccion Maite Perroni, a contemporary fashion line inspired by her favorite designers reflecting her own personal taste.[16] “Latinas who accept, love themselves… who want to look good and feel better, who maximize your qualities and analyze the defects you project onto the world…and discover that you love yourself and you are passionate… “And you know how to face life, how to live life, give life and be alive, who are who they are and don’t follow stereotypes.”[17]

Personal life[edit]

Perroni is currently living in Los Angeles, California. She has been in a relationship with Chilean music producer Koko Stambuk since October 2014.[18]



Year Album details Peaks Certifications
(sales threshold)
2013 Eclipse de Luna

  • Release date: August 23, 2013
  • Label: Warner Music
  • CD, Digital download
9 2 6 3


Year Song Peaks Album
MEX Monitor Latino MEX Monitor Latino Pop MEX Billboard México Airplay MEX Billboard México Español Airplay GRE Billboard Digital Songs COS Monitec US Latin Pop US Latin Digital US Latin Digital Pop
2013 “Tú y Yo” 65 25 9 4 4 1 20 25 12 Eclipse de Luna
“Eclipse de Luna” 122 43 27 12 11 5
2014 “Vas a Querer Volver” 62 21 13 6 3 23 19
“Todo Lo Que Soy”
(featuring Alex Ubago)
20 24 8 4
2016 “Adicta” 17 35 6 TBA
2017 “Loca”
(featuring Cali & El Dandee)
27 14 41 36
2018 “Como Yo Te Quiero”(featuring Alexis & Fido)


Year Song Peaks Album
MEX Monitor Latino MEX Monitor Latino Pop MEX Billboard México Español Airplay US Hot Latin Songs US Latin US Latin Pop US Latin Digital US Latin Digital Pop
2009 Mi Pecado (with Reik) Un Día Más Edición Especial
2011 A Partir De Hoy (a dueto con Marco Di Mauro) 4 3 1 44 44 24 29 17 Algo Que Me Faltaba

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Song Album
2012 Te Daré Mi Corazón Cachito de Cielo
2017 Asi Soy The Greatest Showman



Year Title Role Notes
2012 El arribo de Conrado Sierra Ninfa
2014 El Origen de los Guardianes Tooth Fairy Voice only
2015 Selección Canina Maite Terranova Voice only
2015 Un gallo con muchos huevos Di Voice only


Year Title Role Notes
2004-2006 Rebelde Guadalupe “Lupita” Fernández Co-lead role
2007 RBD: La Familia May Lead role; 13 episodes
2007 Lola Érase Una Vez Herself / Mujer en Austria Guest role
2008-2009 Cuidado Con El Ángel María de Jesus “Marichuy” Velarde Lead role
2009 Mi Pecado Lucrecia Córdoba Pedraza de Huerta Lead role
2010 Mujeres Asesinas Estela Blanco “Las Blanco, Viudas”(Season 3, Episode 4)
2010-2011 Triunfo del Amor Maria “Desamparada” Iturbide Gutiérrez Lead role
2012 Cachito de Cielo Renata Landeros Lead role
2014 La Gata Esmeralda “La Gata” / Renata de la Santa Cruz Lead role
2015-2016 Antes Muerta Que Lichita Alicia Gutiérrez López / Lichita Lead role
2017-2018 Papá a Toda Madre Renée Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

TVyNovelas Award[edit]

Year Category Nominated Result
2009 Best Young Lead Actress Cuidado Con El Ángel Won
2010 Mi Pecado[19] Nominated
2012 Best Lead Actress Triunfo del Amor Nominated
Musical Theme Nominated
2015 Best Lead Actress La Gata Nominated
2016 Antes muerta que Lichita Won
2018 Papá a toda madre Won
  • Special award of most influential (2012).

Premios Juventud[edit]

Year Category Nominated Result
2008 The Girl of My Dreams RBD: La Familia Nominated
2009 She’s Got Style Herself Nominated
The Girl of My Dreams Cuidado Con El Ángel Won
2010 The Girl of My Dreams Mi Pecado Nominated
2011 The Girl of My Dreams Triunfo del Amor[20] Won
2014 The Girl of My Dreams Cachito de Cielo Nominated
2015 Favorite Actress La Gata Nominated
Best Theme Novelero Nominated
2016 Favorite Actress Antes muerta que Lichita Won
Actress Who Steals the Show Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos Nominated
Best Fans Perronitos Nominated

People en Español Award[edit]

Year Category Nominated Result
2009 Best Actress Cuidado con el ángel Nominated
Best Couple (with William Levy) Nominated
2010 Best Actress Mi Pecado Nominated
Best Couple (with Eugenio Siller) Nominated
Best Young Lead Actress Nominated
2011 Best Actress Triunfo del Amor Nominated
Best Couple (with William Levy) Won
2012 Queen of Twitter Maite Perroni Won
2013 Album of the Year Eclipse de Luna Nominated
Song of the Year “Tú y Yo” Nominated
Music Video of the Year Nominated
Best New Artist Maite Perroni Nominated
The Most Beautiful Instagram Nominated
2014 Best Couple (with Daniel Arenas) La Gata Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
Best Theme Song “Vas a Querer Volver” Nominated

Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico[edit]

Year Category Nominated Result
2014 Favorite Actress La Gata Nominated
2013 Favorite Actress Cachito de Cielo Nominated
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie El Origen de los Guardianes Nominated

Estilo DF[edit]

Year Category Nominated Result
2014 Artist With Best Style Herself Won

People en Español’s 50 Most Beautiful[edit]

Year Category
2008 50 Most Beautiful
2009 50 Most Beautiful
2010 50 Most Beautiful
2011 50 Most Beautiful
2012 50 Most Beautiful
2013 50 Most Beautiful
2014 50 Most Beautiful
2015 50 Most Beautiful
2016 50 Most Beautiful

Solo tour[edit]

Year Title
2010 Maite Perroni Brazilian Tour 2010
2013–15 Eclipse de Luna Tour
2016-18 Tour Love
2018 Maite Perroni Live Tour

Keshia Chanté

Keshia Chanté

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Keshia Chanté
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Keshia Chanté on set of her music video “Test Drive” in 2010
Background information
Birth name Keshia Chanté Harper
Born (1988-06-16) June 16, 1988 (age 30)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Years active 2004–present
Associated acts Drake, Preme, Belly

Keshia Chanté (born June 16, 1988) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, television personality, actress and philanthropist. She is a teen star, having released three albums exclusively for Canada and in 2012, she rose to international prominence hosting BET’s 106 & Park.

Chante’s music has garnered numerous awards and accolades. She is a Juno Award winner (Grammy Award equivalent), 7 time nominee and has won 5 Urban Music Awards & 2 Radio Music Awards. Chanté was given a star on the Brampton Walk of Fame for her achievements in Canadian Music & Film.[2]

Chanté has had many number one singles on radio in both Canada & Japan, as well as 8 singles hitting Top Ten on the radio music charts.[3] She has earned multiple SOCAN #1 Awards for her songwriting efforts. Her single “Table Dancer” went #1 on the Billboard Charts in Japan.[4]

Chante is the muse to former lover Drake.[5]

Early life[edit]

Keshia Chanté Harper was born in Ottawa, Ontario. Her mother is Portuguese and Puerto Rican and her father is Trinidadian. She was 6 years old when she first performed, receiving a standing ovation for her rendition of Dear Mama by Tupac Shakur.[6]


2003–2012: beginnings[edit]

In 2002, at the age of 14, SonyMusic Canada signed Chante to a long term record contract to release her music in Canada. In early 2003, she released “Shook (The Answer)” which won an Urban Music Award for “Best Pop/R&B Single”. The follow-up, “Unpredictable” went #3 on radio charts,[7] and her first video hit number one on YTV and the top ten on MuchMusic. In November 2003, the CD single of “Unpredictable” was certified gold and later went on to win Chante the Canadian Radio Music Award for “Best New Solo Artist”. In early February 2004, Chanté’s third single, “Bad Boy”, was released. It was also successful, breaking the Top 10 on radio and sitting at #3 on MuchMusic for 4 weeks before later earning the #1 position on the chart. The video was directed by Director X.[8] Later, in June 2004, Chanté’s fourth single “Does He Love Me?” ft. Foxy Brown reached top 5 at radio. The video was also directed by Director X and became #1 on MuchMusic for 3 weeks. The video also garnered her an Urban Music Video Award for “Video of the Year”. On June 22, 2004 Chanté released her self-titled debut album. On December 3, 2004 it was certified gold. In October 2004, at the Canadian Urban Music Awards Chanté swept all three of her nominations, winning awards for “Best New Artist”, “Video of the Year” (for Bad Boy), “Fans’ Choice Award” and by surprise taking home the “Rising Star of the Year” award.[9] This brought the attention of the President of BET, Stephen Hill, who became Chante’s mentor and putting the video for “Bad Boy” into heavy rotation. In that same month, she sang the national anthem at the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup championship game.[10] She was also selected to represent Canada at Expo 2005 held in Japan. In July 2005, Chanté went on a cross-Canada tour and later opened up for Destiny’s Child during the Canadian leg of their Destiny Fulfilled … And Lovin’ It tour, and is also included on the Destiny’s Child Live In Atlanta Tour DVD. In October 2005, Chanté received four nominations at the Urban Music Awards.[11] In 2006, Chanté toured with Teen People Magazine and Seventeen Magazine across select cities in the U.S. In July 2006, Chante released her new single “Been Gone” with a video shot by Director X (marking her third collaboration with him). Her second single, “2U” was released in early November. Also in 2006, Chanté made a featured cameo appearance in Bow Wow and Chris Brown‘s music video “Shortie Like Mine“. Her second album, which Chanté executive produced[12] was released on December 5, 2006 in Canada and Japan through SonyMusic Canada. MTV’s “The Diary of Keshia Chante” aired in Canada December 6, 2006, showing footage following Chante as she travelled to Miami and LA working on her album.[13] In 2007, during her last year of high school, Chante took a departure from music to study to learn more about the music business and be mentored by respected entertainment lawyers in LA and Toronto. She later made the decision to move to Atlanta and West Hollywood, where she worked closely the camps of Ne-Yo, Missy Elliott and OutKast. She began honing her skill as a songwriter and her acting chops, starring as the lead actress in the TV series “Soul”.[14][15] In 2010, Chanté released her third album “Night & Day” in Canada through Universal Music Canada. Chanté released “Table Dancer” and “Test Drive” which were both nominated for Juno Awards; R&B Recording of the Year for “Test Drive” and Dance Recording of the Year for “Table Dancer”.[16] Both songs entered Top 10 at radio. On February 14, 2011, Chanté released the Taio Cruz penned song “Set U Free”. On December 31, 2011, Chanté performed on ET Canada’s New Year’s Eve Bash in Niagara Falls, which later set a record becoming Canada’s #1 Year End Countdown Show with 4.8 million viewers.[17] In April 2012, Chanté was announced as the new music judge for a music competition show on YTV called The Next Star. On the week of November 28, 2012, Chante’s first single release “Table Dancer” went #1 on the Billboard Charts in Japan and #6[18] on Hot 100, #3[19] on Digital & Airplay & #11[20] on regular charts[19] Chanté guest starred & judged on TV shows Top Chef Canada and Canada’s Best Beauty Talent with supermodel Coco Rocha & Flare Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Lisa Tant[21]

2013–2015: BET’s 106 and Park[edit]

On June 14, 2012, Chanté made her US television debut on BET‘s 106 & Park as a co-host on two separate occasions co-hosting with Terrence J.[22] On June 30, 2013, Chanté attended the 2013 BET Awards as a correspondent for the event & began co-hosting select episodes of 106 & Park. On September 26, 2013, BET President Stephen Hill announced on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show that Chante will be a new co host for 106 & Park alongside rapper Bow Wow starting on October 1. Childhood friend and fellow Canadian Drake publicly announced and congratulated Chante for becoming the first ever Canadian to host the iconic show. Chante went on to make history having the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama on the show, as well as filming with the likes of Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Mark Wahlberg, Sylvester Stallone, Denzel Washington, Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Will Ferrell, Eminem, The Rock, Floyd Mayweather, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Kerry Washington, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Kevin Hart, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Joe Manganiello, and many more.

On December 18, 2013, Chante was invited by United States President Barack Obama & the first lady Michelle Obama to their White House holiday party in DC. In December 2014, received a star on the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame.[2] In January 2015, after two years hosting 106 & Park, the show announced it was going digital. In June 2014, 2015 and 2016, Chante hosted the BET Awards 106 & Park Pre-Show in LA.

2016–present: New music[edit]

In 2016, Chante announced she was a “free-agent” and would be releasing her new music independently. On November 11, 2016, BET premiered Chante’s song “The Valley” off her upcoming album.[23] On January 11, 2017, Radio Host Ebro Darden debuted Chante’s single “F**k It Tho” on his Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music.

On March 22, Ebro Darden announced Keshia Chante’s track listing for Unbound 01 and premiered “Bryson Tiller” exclusively with Apple Music on the Beats 1 radio show.[24] On March 23, Noisey premiered “RedLight”, citing the track as “the sonic equivalent of a cool, still night: beautiful but there is something eerie in its midst, hidden in the dark”[25] and AUX TV premiered “Harmless” citing that Chanté is “re-igniting her signature R&B sound” and that “Chanté’s soaring vocals lend the track a distinctly modern edge”.[26] On March 24, 2017 Chanté released Unbound 01, an EP and in February 2018 it was nominated for a Juno Award for Best R&B Recording.[27] Unbound 02 was released March 23, 2018.


Musical style[edit]

Tara Henley of The Georgia Straight noted that Chante had “an arresting voice, magnetic charisma, and driving ambition.”[28] Denise Sheppard from also noted, “[Chanté is] a teen-targeted pop phenom” whose “music has the one-two punch of melodic hooks and the voice to back them up; a combination that can and will appeal to dance/pop music fans of any age.[29]


Chante cited Beyoncé, Aaliyah and Brandy as her childhood influences, as well as Tupac Shakur, with whom she shares the same birth date.[30]

Public image[edit]

Chante has been cited for having an eerily striking resemblance to late-singer Aaliyah, often cited as her doppelganger. Chante was set to play Aaliyah in the biopic but declined after saying Aaliyah’s mother was against the film being made. [31]

In Canada, Chanté is considered a Fashionista by fashion’s high rankings[32] performing at Marchesa‘s first runway show in Toronto, as well as Chanel event for Toronto International Film Festival. Her style has been described as “glamorous” meets “sexy elegance” by Holt Renfrew executives.[32] Chante is an avid supporter of Canadian Fashion Designers and labels. Flare Magazine has named her a “true style chameleon”[33] January 2012, Fashion Television labeled Keshia a Fashion Icon[34] In 2012, Chante served as a Judge on Canada’s Best Beauty Talent with Coco Rocha and Editor-in-Chief of FLARE Magazine Lisa Tant.[35]

Other ventures[edit]


Chante worked with Alicia Keys to throw a fundraising concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation[36][37] She has visited Dominican Republic to work with World Vision.[38] and Kenya, Africa with CANFAR, serving as their Youth Ambassador for two years. In 2014, Chante starred in NBC’s PSA for Mariska Hargitay‘s Joyful Heart foundation alongside Eli Manning, Hilary Swank and more.


Chante has been endorsed by brands such as Pepsi, Smarties, Bell, Rogers, Stila Cosmetics, MAC Cosmetics, Ecko Red and Sony. In November 2010, Chante became the face of Pepsi and their Pepsi Refresh Project campaign. Chante is the face of Ontario Tourism and sings the theme song in their commercials.[39][40]

Personal life[edit]

Chante grew up in Toronto with rapper Drake and was his first girlfriend.[41] They dated during their teen years, have collaborated together and remain good friends. Drake has cited Chante as his “muse” and has written multiple songs about Chante, including “In My Feelings” (Chante’s nickname is Keke), “Nice For What”, “Madonna” and is heard discussing their relationship in the remix of Chante’s song titled “Fallen”, rapping “Keshia, Keshia, do you remember the old us?/ You just hold it down for your boy until the plaques arrive that’s why I love you”. Drake also speaks of Chante in the second verse of his song “Deceiving” referencing Chante’s mom “Tessa”, Drake rhymes; “What up Tessa, I love you like my own mama / And your daughter’s getting grown, mama / And me, I’m just here working, waiting / patient for her to be ready to love and leave alone drama.”[42][43]

On October 1, 2013, Drake told Chante on an episode of 106 & Park, “You were one of my first crushes, and a lot of people might not know this, but I actually rapped about you before.” He later was a part of a commercial announce Chante as the new official host of 106 & Park. [44]

In June 2010, Chante began dating NHL netminder Ray Emery,[45] announcing their relationship when Emery starred as the love interest in Chanté’s Test Drive music video. On June 16, 2016, Emery proposed to Chanté on her birthday with friends in Nassau, Bahamas. Emery and Chanté were set to wed June 2017, however, simultaneously with the release of her cover on Today’s Bride, Chanté announced via her Instagram that she called off the wedding.[46] On September 18, 2017, Emery was arrested for assault with a weapon and uttering threats towards Chante, after Chanté went to authorities seeking a restraining order. TMZ reported that Emery got violent and threatened Chanté, allegedly abusing her several times from July to September 2016.[47]


Awards and nominations[edit]


  • Canadian Urban Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for “Shook (The Answer)” – Won
  • Canadian Radio Music Award for “Best New Solo Artist” (Dance Urban Rhythmic) – Won [48]
  • Canadian Radio Music Award for “Best New Solo Artist” (CHR) – Won[48]


  • Canadian Urban Music Award for Best New Artist – Won
  • Canadian Urban Music Award for Video Of The Year for “Bad Boy” – Won
  • Canadian Urban Music Award for Fans Choice – Won
  • Rising Star Award for Rising Star of the Year – Won
  • MuchMusic Video Award for “Best R&B Video” for “Does He Love Me?” – Won


  • Juno Award for “R&B/Soul Recording Of The Year” – Won[49]
  • Juno Award for “New Artist of the Year” – Nominee[50]
  • Canadian Urban Music Award for “Video Of The Year” for “Does He Love Me?” – Won
  • MuchMusic Video Award for “People’s Choice: Favorite Canadian Artist” – Won
  • MuchMusic Video Award for “Best Pop Video” for “Does He Love Me?” – Won


  • Juno Award for “R&B/SOUL Recording Of The Year” for “Been Gone” – Nominee[51]


  • Juno Award for “R&B/SOUL Recording Of The Year” for “2U” – Nominee[52]


  • Juno Award for “Dance Recording Of The Year” for “Table Dancer” – Nominee[53]
  • Juno Award for “R&B/SOUL Recording Of The Year” for “Test Drive” – Nominee[54]


Juno Award for “R&B/SOUL Recording Of The Year” for “Unbound 01” (EP) – Nominee[55]

Actress (5 credits)
 2013 Soul’d Out (Short)
 2012 Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (TV Movie)
Soloist (as Keshia Chanté)
 2009 Soul (TV Series)

My Way (2009) … Mahalia
Fathers and Daughters (2009) … Mahalia
Seducing Spirits (2009) … Mahalia
Twice (2009) … Mahalia
Stepping Through Doors (2009) … Mahalia
 2008 Cat’s Cradle
Keshia Chanté
 2007 ‘Da Kink in My Hair (TV Series)

Empty Bag Can’t Stand Up (2007) … Dahlia
Hide Hide Show Show Self (10 credits)
 2015-2016 Hockey Wives (TV Series documentary)

Time-Out (2016)
Breakaways (2016)
The Long Goodbye (2016)
 2013-2014 106 & Park Top 10 Live (TV Series)
Herself – Host / Herself – Hostess

Episode dated 22 September 2014 (2014) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 14 March 2014 (2014) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 13 March 2014 (2014) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 12 March 2014 (2014) … Herself – Host
Episode dated 10 March 2014 (2014) … Herself – Host
 2014 BET Awards 2014 (TV Special)
 2012 Match Game (TV Series)
Herself – Panelist / Guest Panelist

Whiskey (2012) … Guest Panelist
Step (2012) … Herself – Panelist
Number (2012) … Herself – Panelist
Sleeping (2012) … Herself – Panelist
 2012 Top Chef Canada (TV Series)
Herself – Guest Judge

The Italian Feast (2012) … Herself – Guest Judge
 2011 The Marilyn Denis Show (TV Series)

Episode #2.48 (2011) … Herself
 2005 2005 MuchMusic Video Awards (TV Special)
 2004 2004 Much Music Video Music Awards (TV Special)
 2004 The 33rd Annual Juno Awards (TV Special)
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (1 credit)
 2006 Video on Trial (TV Series)
Toronto Girl

Episode #2.12 (2006) … Toronto Girl (uncredited)




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The ongoing rif regarding The Kinks appears for the time being, to be over.  On Monday, Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, revealed that the band would be reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years.

Davies, 74, told Channel 4 that he had been working in the studio with his brother Dave Davies and band mate Mick Avory, which had led to a resolution between the two warring members. Davies said that the group were “making a new Kinks album.”

“The trouble is, the two remaining members – my brother Dave and Mick – never got along very well. But I’ve made that work in the studio and it’s fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire,” Davies said, adding that he hoped to “recapture those moments.”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor
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Ellis-Bextor at the 2015 British Academy Television Awards, May 2015
Background information
Birth name Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor
Also known as
  • The Dance Queen
  • Mademoiselle EB
Born (1979-04-10) 10 April 1979 (age 39)
Origin Hounslow, London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • model
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 1997–present
Associated acts

Sophie Michelle Ellis-Bextor (born 10 April 1979) is an English singer, songwriter and model. She first came to prominence in the late 1990s, as the lead singer of the indie rock band Theaudience. After the group disbanded, Ellis-Bextor went solo, achieving widespread success in the early 2000s. Her music is a mixture of mainstream pop, disco, nu-disco, and 1980s electronic influences.

Her solo debut album, Read My Lips, was released in September 2001. The album reached number two in the UK Albums Chart and was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).[1][2] The record experienced international success, selling more than 2 million copies worldwide.[3] It produced four singles, three of which reached the top three in the UK.[1] In 2003, Read My Lips won the Edison Award for “Best Dance Album”.[4] Ellis-Bextor’s second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in October 2003. The album reached number 19 in the UK and produced two top ten singles.[1] Trip the Light Fantastic, her third album, was released in May 2007 and reached number seven in the UK.[1] The album produced three singles, one of which reached the top ten in the UK.[1]

In 2009, Ellis-Bextor released the Freemasons collaboration “Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)” (reaching number 13 in the UK) and her first extended play, Sophie Ellis-Bextor: iTunes Live in London. Her fourth studio album, Make a Scene, was released in April 2011 (reaching number 33 in the UK), with its lead single “Bittersweet” peaking at number 25 in the UK.

In 2014, Ellis-Bextor released her fifth studio album, Wanderlust which became her highest charting album since “Read My Lips”, peaking at number 4 in the UK. Coinciding with the album’s release, the lead single, “Young Blood“, reached number 34 in the UK. Her next effort, the Latin America inspired Familia earnt critical acclaim in 2016. In Autumn 2018 she will release her first greatest hits compilation, called The Song Diaries, which will consist of orchestal reworkings of 16 singles.

Early life[edit]

Ellis-Bextor’s childhood stamp collection at Spring Stampex 2018

Ellis-Bextor was born in London to Janet Ellis, who was later a presenter on BBC‘s children’s television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw, and Robin Bextor, a film producer and director: they separated when she was four.[5] As a young girl, she appeared on several Blue Peter items, with no indication given on-screen that she was Ellis’s daughter.

She attended St. Stephen’s School and later Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith. Among her earliest public performances were with the W11 Opera children’s opera from the age of thirteen, and she is now a patron of the organisation.[6] She is a lifelong supporter of Fulham F.C. and revealed in a 2012 interview that her brother Bertie had been on the club’s books for a while.

Ellis-Bextor has said “I didn’t see myself as a good-looking girl and that was good, because I didn’t rely on it…. I’ve now found lots of like-minded weirdos so it’s OK.”[7]


1994–99: Early career and Theaudience[edit]

At the age of four, Ellis-Bextor appeared on the BBC’s That’s Life! programme,[citation needed] which her father directed. She began her musical career in 1997, singing lead vocals in indie band Theaudience.

Theaudience released four singles, including the UK Top 40 hits “I Know Enough (I Don’t Get Enough)“, and “A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed“, and one self-titled album (theaudience (1999)). Videos for the band’s singles were directed by her father, Robin Bextor.

While in Theaudience, readers of Melody Maker voted Ellis-Bextor number one in a poll of ‘most sexy people in rock’. The band split in 1999 after demos for a planned second album were rejected by their label Mercury Records, who then dropped the band.

Ellis-Bextor recorded a duet with Manic Street Preachers — “Black Holes for the Young” — as a B-side for their 1998 single “The Everlasting“, and in 1999, made an appearance on the Departure Lounge album Out of Here.

2000–03: Read My Lips[edit]

After Theaudience split, Ellis-Bextor took a year off from singing.

In 2000, Ellis-Bextor collaborated with Italian DJ Spiller, adding vocals to his then-instrumental club track “Groovejet“. Before recording, Ellis-Bextor’s lyric was partly reworked by Rob Davis, who replaced her hook “And so it goes… how does it feel so good?” with “If this ain’t love… why does it feel so good?”, thereby providing the song with its subtitle.[8] “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” entered the UK charts at number one, just beating former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham on her first solo outing to the top. Since then, the two have been described as rivals[citation needed] Both women deny, however, that there is any rivalry between the two of them. “Groovejet” won several awards: No. 1, Pop Top 20; No. 1, ILR; No. 1, Radio 1; No. 8, top dance track of 2000 and single of the year in Melody Maker. In the Metro Newspaper, it received ninth place in the contest for the Greatest No. 1 of all time.[9] In 2000, it was a finalist in The Record of the Year. In that same year, it won the awards for Best Single and Best Ibiza Tune at the Ericsson Muzik Awards.[10] In 2010, the song was named the most played record on UK radio of the previous decade.

Ellis Bextor in Poland, 2011

In 2001, Ellis-Bextor released her début album, Read My Lips. It reached number two on the UK charts and spawned four top-twenty hit singles. Her rework of Cher‘s “Take Me Home” reached number two, as did “Murder on the Dancefloor“, which became Ellis-Bextor’s biggest single and was on charts for twenty-three weeks.[11] “Murder on the Dancefloor” became Europe’s most played song of 2002. In 2002, Read My Lips was re-released with two new songs (and a live version of “Groovejet”) and Ellis-Bextor won the Recording Artist Award at that year’s Showbusiness Awards. Her third single, “Get Over You / Move This Mountain“, was released in June 2002 and reached number three. The fourth single, “Music Gets the Best of Me“, rose to number fourteen in December. At the beginning of 2002, Ellis-Bextor was nominated for the “British Female Solo Artist” BRIT Award, going on to be nominated for a further two consecutive years.[12][13][14]

2003–06: Shoot from the Hip[edit]

Her second album, Shoot from the Hip, was released in October 2003 and yielded two further top-ten singles. The album reached number 19 on the UK charts and was certified silver in 2013 for shipments of 60,000;[15] its two singles were “Mixed Up World“, which reached number seven, and “I Won’t Change You“, reaching number nine. Around this time, rivalry against Victoria Beckham was suggested again; Beckham’s single “This Groove“/”Let Your Head Go” reached number three, a higher position in the charts than “I Won’t Change You”. During this time Ellis-Bextor became pregnant and plans for a third and fourth single from the album, as well as the Shoot from the Hip Tour, were scrapped. After that, Ellis-Bextor took a break from her musical career to take care of her first child. In early 2005, she performed on a track by the duo Busface, entitled “Circles (Just My Good Time)“; she was credited as “Mademoiselle E.B.” to not have this be mistaken for a single from her next album.

In 2006, her track “Dear Jimmy” was released on the Popjustice compilation album 100% Solid Pop Music.

2007–08: Trip the Light Fantastic[edit]

Ellis-Bextor performing at G-A-Y in 2007

Her third album, Trip the Light Fantastic, was released in May 2007 and débuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart. Fred Schneider of The B-52s, Richard Barone (formerly of The Bongos), Shelly Poole (formerly of Alisha’s Attic), Cathy Dennis and Kerin Smith (formerly of Theaudience) contributed to produce an album of disco-pop music. Before the album, two singles were released: “Catch You“, which charted in the UK at number eight, and “Me and My Imagination” (number twenty-three). The third single, “Today the Sun’s on Us“, débuted on the UK Singles Chart at number sixty-four.

Ellis-Bextor supported George Michael on his UK tour leg in June 2007. Her own UK tour, the Trip the Light Fantastic Tour, was due to start in August 2007, but it was postponed after Ellis-Bextor was invited to be the “special guest” on Take That‘s Beautiful World Tour, which commenced in October 2007.[16] Ellis-Bextor stated that her tour would be rescheduled for March 2008, with all tickets purchased being valid for the rescheduled concerts. The tour was never rescheduled, and Ellis-Bextor subsequently refused to discuss the issue in interviews.[17] In September 2007, Ellis-Bextor took part in Sopot Festival 2007 in Poland, representing the UK.

The song “If I Can’t Dance” was announced as a single but later retracted,[16][18] as was “Love Is Here”; Ellis-Bextor was supposed to release a single in late November to promote a greatest hits album, but the release date was pushed back to March 2008, and subsequently cancelled. However, “If I Can’t Dance” has appeared on several compilations in Spain such as Supermodelo 2008 CD and Disco Estrella 2008.

2009–11: Make a Scene and Bittersweet[edit]

According to Ellis-Bextor in April 2008, recording sessions for her scrapped greatest hits collection proved fruitful, so she decided to release a fourth studio album.[citation needed] In October 2008, Ellis-Bextor covered the Dolly Parton song “Jolene“; the track was released on the soundtrack to the BBC2 sitcom Beautiful People. In November 2008, Ellis-Bextor recorded a track with the French DJ Junior Caldera, “Can’t Fight This Feeling“, for his 2009 album Début. Released as a single in February 2010, it reached the top 20 in France.

In August 2009, she released a five-track live EP from the 2009 iTunes Festival, during which she performed previous singles of hers and a new track, “Starlight” (not included on the EP). Freemasons worked with Ellis-Bextor for their album Shakedown 2 on “Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer)“, which was released as a single in June 2009 and peaked at 13 in the UK.

Ellis-Bextor’s fourth album, Make a Scene, was released in June 2011.[19] She described it as “very much [a dance album]—more so than any of my other albums.”[20]

Looking to her next effort, Ellis-Bextor said she was planning an “album that’s really different. I think I need to do something different now and move on from the dance stuff. I might come back to it, but I think this album is a good way to bow out of the dance sound for now. I think it’s finishing on a high.”[20] She worked with Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren,[21] Richard X, Dimitri Tikovoi, Hannah Robinson, Metronomy,[22] and Liam Howe from the Sneaker Pimps. The first single from the album, “Bittersweet” (co-written by Freemasons and Hannah Robinson[23]), was released in May 2010 and reached 25 on the UK Singles Chart. “Not Giving Up on Love” was released as the second single from the album, in August 2010 in Europe,[24] followed by “Starlight” as the third single in May 2011. “Off & On” was the fourth and final single.

2012–14: Wanderlust and collaborations[edit]

Ellis-Bextor performing in November 2012

In May 2011, she revealed that she had begun work on her fifth album.[25] She resumed touring internationally that year, playing venues such as Jakarta‘s SoulNation festival, as well as returning to Australia by performing in Sydney and Melbourne.[26] Ellis-Bextor collaborated with French DJ Bob Sinclar on a track titled “Fuck with You”, which was included on his album Disco Crash and was a huge club hit in Continental Europe.[27][28]

Ellis-Bextor’s collaboration with French DJ Mathieu Bouthier, “Beautiful”, was released on 16 July 2012 in France through iTunes.[29]

Beginning in 2012, Ellis-Bextor worked with British singer and producer Ed Harcourt on a “more concept driven record“, and possibly having as few as eight tracks. On 23 November, she performed at a London charity gala, including a new song, “Young Blood”.[30]

On 26 March 2013, a demo of “Young Blood” was released as a complimentary digital download from her website, as a thank you gift to her fans.[31] On 14 October 2013, Wanderlust was revealed to be the title of her next album, along with the album’s cover art.[32] On 15 May 2013, Ellis-Bextor confirmed completion of the album.[33]

Ellis-Bextor performed a headline sold-out show to support Wanderlust’s release on 21 January 2014 at Bush Hall, London, and also performed at Union Chapel, London on 14 April.[34][35] Ellis-Bextor then announced a 10-date UK tour, which finished in Glasgow on 20 April 2014.[36]

“Young Blood” was released as the lead single from the album on 21 November 2013, peaking at #3 on the UK Indie Chart[37] and #34 on the UK Singles Chart.[38]

The album was released on 20 January 2014 and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart and number one on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[39][40] Wanderlust also debuted inside the Scottish Top 10 Albums Chart, charting at number nine.[41]

Aside from her Wanderlust project, she has also collaborated with Guéna LG and Amir Afargan on the track “Back 2 Paradise”, which was released on 23 June 2014. The single became a club smash and was the number 1 “breakout” in October 2014 on the US Billboard Dance/Club Chart.[42] It later reached number 25 on the Dance/Club Chart.[43] Ellis-Bextor then featured on the song “Only Child”, produced by up-and-coming new electronic music project DedRekoning, which was released in September 2014. The track was remixed by Paul Oakenfold, Roddy Reynaert and Pearson and Hirst, among others.[44]

2015–present: Familia and The Song Diaries[edit]

After spending 2014 promoting Wanderlust, on 28 January 2015, Ellis-Bextor revealed on her Twitter account that she had begun working on her sixth studio album, once again with Ed Harcourt.[45] She performed at Carfest South on 29 August 2015, heavily pregnant, and announced that was her last big gig for a while, and that she was going to take some time off.

On 3 November her fourth child, Jesse, was born. In January 2016, Ellis-Bextor posted an image on Instagram captioned “Last song written. Next stop – rehearsals! #album6 #whatthehellshouldicallit.” She also posted a YouTube video of the making of the album.[46]

Ellis-Bextor announced on Facebook that the new album was inspired by her most recent visit to North America, particularly Mexico. It was titled “Familia”, a title that implied a sound closer to that of her earlier albums.[47][48] It was announced before the release of “Familia” she would be headlining the new Priory Park Festival in Chichester. [49] Referring to “Familia,” Ellis-Bextor explained that she “wanted something with a Spanish or Italian feel.”

Familia was released on 2 September 2016. Along the album pre-order buyers could download “Come With Us”, the first available song and single from the album. As well as the album version, the radio version with an extended mix and a ‘mixshow’ mix were all made available on a separate EP, with all three versions being produced by F9. Three other singles were released off the album, all of them with videos directed by Sophie Muller. None of them entered in any important charts, but the album entered the UK Albums Charts on #12 and got celebrated by music critics.

After taking time off for the birth of her child in late 2015, she resumed touring in 2017, mostly at small venues in the UK.[50]

In November 2017, she announced via Facebook she’s going to release an Orchestral Greatest Hits album – a selection of her greatest hits reworked with an orchestra. She also announced it would be released in 2018.[51] [52]In February 2018, she announced via Instagram the album will be called The Song Diaries and will consist on sixteen re-recorded tracks spawning her career from theaudience to Familia’s “Wild Forever” plus a new track co-written with Ed Harcourt. The album’s artwork was drawn by David Downtown.[53][54]

Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In September 2013, the BBC announced that Ellis-Bextor would be a contestant on the forthcoming eleventh series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Brendan Cole. In week two of the competition, the couple were at the top of the leaderboard with their Charleston and were at the top again in week four with their Foxtrot. On 15 December Ellis-Bextor became a competition finalist alongside Abbey Clancy, Susanna Reid and Natalie Gumede and ultimately finished in fourth place. The following year she returned to the ballroom to compete in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. She was paired with Aljaž Skorjanec and danced an American Smooth to the song “White Christmas” and scored a 39. She had the second highest score of the night, but ended up losing to Louis Smith.

Other projects[edit]

In 2001 Ellis-Bextor auditioned for the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge! for the character, Satine.[55]

In 2007, Ellis-Bextor appeared at Christmas in the Robbie the Reindeer episode, “Close Encounters of the Herd Kind”. Ellis-Bextor was depicted as a female alien at the closure of the story, singing the song ‘Supersonic’, the last track on her third solo studio album Trip The Light Fantastic. In November of that year she also launched the npower Greener Schools Programme, which aims to give schools in the UK a ‘green makeover’ by providing free energy audits, implementing tailor-made energy efficiency measures to reduce their carbon footprint, and educating children on how to be greener[56] She also launched Capital Radio‘s Capital 95.8 ‘Lights Out London’ campaign, which asks Londoners to switch off their lights for one hour in a bid to save 750 MWh and send a message to the world on the importance of climate change.[57]

In 2008, she features in the short musical film The Town that Boars Me by photographer Ben Charles Edwards. The film also features Jodie Harsh, Kelly Osbourne and Zandra Rhodes. The film is set to début in late summer at the Portobello Film Festival and is produced by Glass Loves and Shoot to Kill Productions.[58]

An advocate for animal rights, she posed for PETA‘s anti–fur clothing advertisement.[59] In 2008, she fronted a campaign for The Children’s Society encouraging people to log onto the Hundreds and Thousands of Childhood Memories Website to donate their favourite childhood memory.[60]

In May 2008, Ellis-Bextor was hired by cosmetics brand Rimmel as one of their new faces. A new song performed by Ellis-Bextor is featured in one of the Rimmel London’ spot for the line “Sexy Curves”. Ellis-Bextor is appearing as an advocate for Verdi on BBC World News classical music programme Visionaries.[61] On 24 August 2008, Ellis-Bextor performed a live cover version of Carly Simon‘s “Nobody Does It Better” outside Buckingham Palace as part of the Visa London 2012 Handover Party in the Mall.

On 4 October 2008, Ellis-Bextor sang at the Keep The Promise Rally in Trafalgar Square to end Child Poverty.[62]

Ellis-Bextor and her husband Richard Jones launched a DJ club project, called “Modern Love” in London.[citation needed]

Ellis-Bextor and her mother Janet Ellis appeared on Channel 4’s game show The Million Pound Drop Live playing for charity. Despite losing on the final question, £5000 was donated to their chosen charity.[citation needed]

Ellis-Bextor has made a cameo appearance in the BBC2 sitcom, Life’s Too Short, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, which centres on an angry entertainment agency boss who exploits his fellow dwarf clients. The sitcom premiered on 10 November 2011.[citation needed]

On 22 March 2013 she performed outdoors at Old Republic Square in Almaty, Kazakhstan.[63]

In June 2014, The Music House for Children announced Ellis-Bextor would become their patron alongside Bill Bailey in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

In September 2014, the Pretty Polly hosiery company announced that she was their latest “face and legs”, and would be designing and modelling for them.[64]

Personal life[edit]

Ellis-Bextor married The Feeling bassist Richard Jones in 2005.[65] Jones has said “something kind of smacked us in the face. The chemistry was incredible – it was like nothing I’ve ever experienced“, and their first baby was born 8 months after they met.[66] Together, the couple have four sons. She suffered from pre-eclampsia (the onset of high blood pressure) during her first two pregnancies resulting in both deliveries being premature.[67]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Work Category Result
2000 The Record of the Year Groovejet Record of the Year Nominated
Ericsson Muzik Awards Best Single Won
Best Ibiza Tune Won
2001 Brit Awards Best British Single Nominated
2002 Music Television Awards Herself Best New Act Nominated
Best Dance Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Nominated
Showbusiness Awards Recording Artist Award Won
Brit Awards British Female Solo Artist Nominated
2003 Nominated
ECHO Awards Best International Newcomer Nominated
2004 Brit Awards British Female Solo Artist Nominated
2007 Popjustice £20 Music Prize Catch You Best British Pop Single Nominated
2010 Bittersweet Nominated
2014 AIM Independent Music Awards Herself Best Live Act Won

Current band members[edit]

  • Drums: Phil Wilkinson
  • Bass: Richard Jones
  • Keyboards: Ciaran Jeremiah
  • Guitar: Seton Daunt
  • Backing Vocals/Violin: Gita Langley
  • Backing Vocals/Violin: Cat Parker




Studio albums