Sofía Reyes

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Sofía Reyes

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Sofía Reyes
Birth name Úrsula Sofía Reyes Piñeyro
Born (1995-09-25) 25 September 1995 (age 21)
Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Latin pop, R&B, Pop Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, violin, drums
Years active 2009-present
Labels Bekab Productions (2013- present)
D’León Récords (2013- present)
Warner Music Latina (2014-present)
Associated acts Pitbull, Prince Royce, Kendall Schmidt, Wisin, Reykon, Francesco Yates, Spencer Ludwig, Khleo Thomas, Cash Cash
Website sofiareyes.com

Sofía Reyes (born 25 September 1995) is a Mexican singer-songwriter and actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Reyes was born in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, into a supportive family. Her father, Hernan Reyes, discovered her musical potential at age 8 and began taking her to music classes. By the age 17, Reyes migrated to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a singer[2] and, like several other established recording artists, she was discovered on YouTube.[1]

Music career[edit]

The young musician, Sofía Reyes, who started singing and playing piano when she was under ten years old, would upload videos of herself covering songs, which eventually managed to capture the interest of many, including Latin American singer Prince Royce, who went on to sign Reyes with his then newly created music label D’León Records. As the first singer to be signed to the label Royce created in partnership with Warner Music Latina in order to “support other young talent in their development,” Reyes launched her debut single “Now Forever” (featuring American rapper Khleo Thomas) in 2013.[3]

Reyes, who is known for her upbeat bilingual (Spanish and English) lyrics, partnered with Puerto Rican singer Wisin and German producer Toby Gad to co-write the single “Muévelo,” which was released in August 2014.[4] Her subsequent single “Conmigo (Rest of Your Life)” was launched the following year. The music video for the latter song sees American singer/actor Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive making an appearance as Reyes’ love interest on a secluded beach.[5] In January 2016, Sofia released her third single “Solo Yo“, a heartfelt ballad and her first singing collaboration with mentor Prince Royce. Both are featured in the official music video.[6] Then after a series of on-going stints, She released her debut album Louder! on February 3, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Reyes has two brothers, Diego Reyes Piñeyro and Marcelo Reyes Piñeyro and is the daughter of Ursula Piñeyro de Reyes and Hernan Reyes. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she lives with her managers, Charlie and Paloma.

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Esperanza mía Herself Luna Park

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mi linda Anabella Camila  Mexico
2015 Esperanza mía Herself  Mexico

Commercials[edit]

Company and product Year Director(s) Featured song(s) Description Ref.
47 Street 2015-2016 Unknown Muévelo“,”Llegaste Tú”,”Conmigo (Rest of Your Life}” A series of television clothing commercials for 47 Street, an Argentine clothing brand, that advertises clothing for teens which are headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the commercial, Sofía is seen modeling for the collection of Mich Kogan from 47 Street. [7]

Tours[edit]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nomination Work Result
2014 MTV Millennial Awards Up and Coming Artist [8] Herself Nominated
2015 Premios Juventud Revelación Juvenil [9] Herself Nominated
Premios Quiero Mejor Video Artista Femenina [10] Muévelo Nominated
Mejor Coreografía Muévelo Won
Neox Fan Awards Best New Act of the Year[11] Herself Eliminated
Hit Song of the Year[12] Muévelo Eliminated
People en Español 50 Más Bellos[13] Herself Nominated
2016 Premios Lo Nuestro Artista Revelación del Año[14] Herself Nominated
Hollywood Beauty Awards Belleza Nueva[15] Herself Won
Young Awards Revelación Musical Juvenil[16] Herself Nominated
Guapa Preferida Herself Won
Latin American Music Awards Xfinity New Artist of the Year[17] Herself Nominated
Pop/Rock New Artist Herself Nominated
Latin Music Italian Awards Best Latin Female Video of The Year [18] Solo Yo Nominated
Best Latin Collaboration of The Year Solo Yo Nominated
My Favorite Lyrics Solo Yo Nominated
Premios Quiero Mejor Video Artista Femenina [19] Solo Yo Nominated
Mejor Encuentro Extraordinario Solo Yo Nominated
Tú Awards #QueenofInstagram [20] Herself Won
2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Latin Artist [21] Herself Nominated
Premios Lo Nuestro General Artista Femenino del Año [22] Herself Nominated
Pop/Rock Artista Femenino del Año Herself Nominated
Pop/Rock Canción del Año Solo Yo Nominated
Premios Juventud Mejor Fashionista[23] Herself Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards Explosión Pop del Año[24] Herself Won
#InstaCrush Herself Nominated
Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico Artista o Grupo Nacional Favorito[25] Herself Nominated
Chica Trendy Herself Nominated
Colaboración Favorita Llegaste Tú Won
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Katherine Jenkins

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Katherine Jenkins

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Katherine Jenkins
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Background information
Birth name Katherine Maria Jenkins
Born (1980-06-29) 29 June 1980 (age 37)
Origin Neath, Wales
Genres Classical-crossover, pop, operatic pop
Instruments Voice (mezzo-soprano)
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal, Warner, Decca
Website KatherineJenkins.co.uk

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

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

Early life and education[edit]

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

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

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

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

Record success[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concerts/Theatre[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Television[edit]

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

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

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

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

Jenkins live at Clumber Park in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

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

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

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

Artworks[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums:

Kristina Bach

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Kristina Bach

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Kristina Bach
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Birth name Kerstin Bräuer
Born (1962-04-07) 7 April 1962 (age 55)
Mettmann, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres Schlager
Occupation(s) Songwriter, Singer, Producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970 – present
Website www.kristinabach.de

Kristina Bach (born Kerstin Bräuer on 7 April 1962 in Mettmann, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) is a German “Schlager” singer, lyricist, and music producer. Bach is noted for her 3 ½-octave vocal range.

Biography[edit]

Bach was 13 years old when she won her first talent contest. She later studied vocal music and dance as well as piano and guitar. In addition, she took drama courses, after which she hosted a number of television programmes. Her singing career began in the early 1980s when she was discovered. She issued her first single in 1983 and had her first hit in 1984 with a remake of the schlager “Heißer Sand” (a 1962 chart topper for Mina). At the end of the 1980s a number of other hits and television appearances followed. Her big break came in 1990 with the Jean Frankfurter-penned song “Erst ein Cappucino”. This marked the beginning of her career as one of Germany’s most successful singers: she has won the Deutsche Schlagerparade an unprecedented six times.

In 1993, Bach appeared on the American Billboard charts with a dance version of “The Phantom of the Opera“, which spent several weeks in the Top 20. 1997 saw Bach sing a duo with Drafi Deutscher, “Gib’ nicht auf”.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Bach discovered the singer Michelle, for whom she wrote and produced her first hit. Bach participated in the 1994 Deutschen Schlager-Festspielen, coming in fifth with her song “Matador”, while her protégé Michelle came in second with “Silbermond und Sternenfeuer”.

Another artist that Bach discovered and promoted was Jeanette Biedermann.

She also wrote the lyrics for the huge hit “Atemlos durch die Nacht” sung by Helene Fischer.

Personal life[edit]

She lives with her partner, Peter Lichtsteiner, in Zurich, Switzerland.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Goldene Stimmgabel (“gold tuning fork”)
  • Goldenes Mikrofon (“gold mike”)
  • Silberne Muse (for lyrics)
  • Live act of the year
  • North German Schlager award
  • several gold records

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1983 “Donna Maria”
  • 1984 “Heißer Sand”
  • 1985 “Allein auf einem Stern”
  • 1986 “Irgendwann … Hand in Hand”
  • 1989 “Eldorado”
  • 1990 “Charly”
  • 1990 “Erst ein Cappuccino”
  • 1991 “Antonio”
  • 1991 “Alle Sterne von Athen”
  • 1992 “Caballero Caballero”
  • 1993 “Er schenkte mir den Eiffelturm”
  • 1993 “Ich will nicht länger Dein Geheimnis sein”
  • 1993 “Da war das Feuer einer Sommernacht”
  • 1994 “Tango mit Fernando”
  • 1994 “Avanti, Avanti”
  • 1995 “Und die Erde steht still”
  • 1995 “Hörst Du denn noch immer Al Martino”
  • 1996 “Stimmen der Nacht”
  • 1996 “Verdammt zur Sehnsucht”
  • 1996 “Dann bist Du für mich da”
  • 1997 “Ein Hauch Jamaica”
  • 1997 “Gib nicht auf” (duo with Drafi Deutscher)
  • 1998 “Schiffbruch in meiner Seele”
  • 1998 “Es kribbelt und es prickelt”
  • 1999 “Hey, ich such’ hier nicht den größten Lover” (Schlager version of You’re the Greatest Lover)
  • 1999 “Ganz schön sexy”
  • 1999 “Mein kleiner Prinz” (with Jeanette Biedermann)
  • 2000 “Rio de Janeiro”
  • 2000 “Männer sind doch schließlich zum Vergnügen da”
  • 2001 “Unverschämte blaue Augen”
  • 2001 “Davon stirbt man nicht”
  • 2001 “Du gehst mir langsam unter die Haut”
  • 2002 “Latino, Latino”
  • 2002 “Wahre Lügen”
  • 2002 “Auf dünnem Eis getanzt”
  • 2003 “Fliegst Du mit mir zu den Sternen”
  • 2004 “Die Erde hat mich wieder”
  • 2004 “Keine Nacht war zu viel”
  • 2004 “Du bist verrückt, dass Du mich liebst”
  • 2005 “Du machst eine Frau erst zur Frau”
  • 2005 “Reden ist Silber und Küssen Gold”
  • 2006 “Alles von mir”
  • 2006 “Bin kein Engel”
  • 2006 “Warum geh’n, wenn man fliegen kann”
  • 2007 “Jimmy, ich hab’ Dich geliebt”
  • 2007 “Tränen machen stark”
  • 2008 “Küss mich, küss mich”
  • 2009 “Du warst doch mal mein Mann”
  • 2009 “Der letzte Schmetterling (Fly Away)”
  • 2009 “Bis unser Leuchtturm nicht mehr brennt”
  • 2010 “Ein Sonntag im Pyjama”
  • 2010 “Tour d´amour”
  • 2010 “Tanz auf dem Seil”
  • 2011 “Das geht noch immer unter die Haut”
  • 2011 “Solitaire”
  • 2011 “Alle Sprachen der Welt”
  • 2014 “Dein Vielleicht hat nicht gereicht”

Albums[edit]

  • 1988 Musical, Musical, Musical
  • 1991 Kristina Bach
  • 1993 Ein bisschen näher zu Dir
  • 1994 Rendezvous mit dem Feuer
  • 1996 Stimmen der Nacht
  • 1997 Es kribbelt und es prickelt
  • 1999 Ganz schön frech
  • 1999 Tausend kleine Winterfeuer
  • 2001 Scharf auf’s Leben
  • 2002 Liebe, was sonst!
  • 2004 Leb Dein Gefühl
  • 2005 Alles von mir
  • 2006 Die 1002. Nacht
  • 2007 Sterne leuchten auch im Winter
  • 2009 Tagebuch einer Chaos-Queen
  • 2010 Tour d’amour
  • 2011 Große Träume
  • 2014 Leben ist Liebe!

Nicola Roberts

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Nicola Roberts

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Background information
Birth name Nicola Maria Roberts
Born (1985-10-05) 5 October 1985 (age 31)
Stamford, Lincolnshire, England
Origin Runcorn, Cheshire, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–present
Labels
Associated acts Girls Aloud
Website nicolarobertsmusic.com

Nicola Maria Roberts (born 5 October 1985) is an English recording artist, fashion designer, and songwriter. After auditioning and successfully completing the reality television series and competition Popstars The Rivals, Roberts became part of girl-group Girls Aloud. Their debut single “Sound of the Underground” topped the UK Singles chart. This success helped them win the competition and they were later entered in Guinness World Records as the most successful reality television music-group. The group enjoyed 20 consecutive top ten singles, spawning five albums and positive critical responses. During her time with Girls Aloud, Roberts received negative press attention for her pale skin tone and ginger hair which left her depressed with her fame.

In 2008, after releasing a pale skin make-up collection titled Dainty Doll, Roberts advocated the ban of underage usage of tanning beds with the documentary Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning. Her public stance with a British MP led to a bill which banned under 18s from using tanning beds. In 2011, Roberts released her debut solo album Cinderella’s Eyes and her debut single “Beat of My Drum“. Both releases received critical acclaim but had mixed commercial success. Two follow-up singles “Lucky Day” and “Yo-Yo” both gained equally positive critical responses but failed commercially. The album was described as electronic-influenced and garnered positive reviews and peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. In November 2012, Roberts reformed with Girls Aloud and in 2013, toured for the first time in over four years on their Ten: The Hits Tour. Girls Aloud split following the tour’s conclusion. Roberts’ net worth was estimated at £8.01 million in October 2014.[1]

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, when her mother was 17.[2] At the time of her birth, her father was working for the RAF and the resulting pay led to financial struggles which saw her father move to work for Ford Motor Company whilst her mother became a photographer to help the family monetary problems.[2] Roberts grew up in a “rough” council estate in Runcorn, Cheshire; she never felt threatened, but expressed concern with her younger siblings exploring the area as they “probably wouldn’t come back”.[2] Despite a history of drugs in the estate she called the situation a minority and found that estates in 2010 were much worse than her own.[2] Aged 11, Roberts and her family moved from her council estate into a middle-class area which Roberts believed was “too posh” for her and she found herself returning to the council estate to spend time with “mischievous” children from lower-class backgrounds.[2]

In school Roberts found herself shying away, in contrast to her home life where she was outgoing, even gaining the nickname Cilla from her family after singer Cilla Black.[2] Academically, Roberts performed well, leaving school with ten GCSEs, but she declared her dislike of school and began discussing a musical career which led her to work with several girl groups recording demo tracks in several cases.[3] Roberts acknowledged she had always wanted to be a singer and had been entering competitions and auditions with her father accompanying her and gaining support from other family members also.[4] In an interview with Closer magazine, Roberts spoke about how she started off her musical career at a local disco, as part of a girl band called The 5 Musketeers.[5]

Music career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Still a teenager, Roberts auditioned for the reality television series Popstars The Rivals. Participants checked into a hotel in Kensington, London before performing to a panel of celebrity judges with Roberts finding she “didn’t really have much life experience” up to that point.[6] During the auditions Roberts coincidentally sat next to Kimberley Walsh who completed the competition to become one of five in the final line-up of the girl-group, and the two spent time rehearsing before their solo audition.[6] Roberts felt confident before the audition, but during the actual audition she was “terrified” and was unable to smile until celebrity judge Geri Halliwell complimented her performance stating “I think you’re great, you’re an individual, you really stand out”.[7] Roberts found her clothing and personality were different to the other participants of Popstars The Rivals; most were well-trained vocalists and were well dressed whilst Roberts’ clothing was less fashionable due to lack of funds, and she was not as vocally well-trained as the others.[7]

Further down the process of the competition, Roberts was left as one of 15 remaining participants but found that the reality show was becoming increasingly based on personality instead of vocals.[7] Roberts found her personality to be more concealed than others but was “confident” with her performances.[8] One notable incident during the competition was when a show-producer expressed to Roberts’ mother that she wouldn’t win as she was not “outrageous” or as outgoing as others stating that vocals were secondary; this left her mother shocked with the politics of the show.[8] After the final ten participants were selected Roberts was eliminated from the competition, but in the following weeks she was enlisted as a wild-card to return to the show despite reservations from judge Louis Walsh who didn’t want her to return. However, he was overruled by judges Geri Halliwell and Pete Waterman.[9] Her return to the show stemmed from participant Nicola Ward quitting[5] and Roberts then made it through to the final where she sang the track “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters; she was the second contestant to be selected for the group after Cheryl Tweedy.[10] That night the group was formed, and a party involving promotional photographs saw their introduction to manager John McMahon who would become more of a personal friend for the group.[11]

Roberts described her time on the show Popstars The Rivals and her successes within the show:[12] “Every week before I went on stage I used to go to the toilet, to the same cubicle, and pray, just ask God to please let me have this. Even though I was confident in my singing ability, and I knew I had a stronger voice than most at the time same time I still had a little bit of insecurity because I’d been told Louis didn’t want me. I was never in the bottom two, though, and the producers told me I always came in the top two or three in terms of votes each week, which was great.”

2002–09: Girls Aloud and disbandment[edit]

Roberts performing with the group in 2005.

“The people we knew, that I’d grown up with and had relationships with, just didn’t see me as Nicola anymore; it was like I was this famous person and they didn’t know how to speak to me. Even the boy I liked – all that had gone. I’d had such happy times there, having parties loads of us sleeping on the beach, and it just wasn’t the same. People treated me differently.”

Roberts describing her return to her childhood holiday home in Cornwall.[13]

After winning Popstars: The Rivals, the group went on to record their debut music video. In addition to that, a large stint of publicity left the group exhausted, since manager, John McMahon, continually pressured them to promote the single “Sound of the Underground“.[14] At this point, the competition with Popstars: The Rivals was still ongoing with the two groups; Girls Aloud and One True Voice competing to outsell each other with their debut single releases.[15] Girls Aloud ultimately won the competition with their single topping the UK Singles Chart and gaining a record deal from Polydor Records. In the following days, however, news broke that the group’s manager had died in a car accident, shortly after texting Roberts, who was too busy to respond.[16] The death of McMahon had a large impact on Roberts, who found herself increasingly emotionally unstable and came at a time when she moved in with colleague Cheryl becoming the first time she had lived without her family.[17] It was at this time that Roberts was in the midst of several problems, including the death of her manager and leaving home. The most problematic, though, was the constant media criticism of her image, in which critics labelled her “unattractive”.[18]

Girls Aloud as a group enjoyed many successes, including two entries into the Guinness Book of World Records for “Most Successful Reality Television Group” and “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a female group”.[19] In addition to this, the band gathered five BRIT Award nominations, winning Best British Single in 2009 for “The Promise“.[20] The group earned four UK number one singles, twenty consecutive UK top ten singles and critically they have been well-received with most albums, although Roberts found at times critical opinion was “less than desirable”.[21] Their debut album, Sound of the Underground, peaked at number two in the UK and was certified Platinum. Their second album, What Will the Neighbours Say?, was certified double platinum peaking at number six. The third album, Chemistry, saw a critical improvement, but failed to enter the UK top ten. The fourth album, Tangled Up, became another Platinum certified album, peaking at number four. Finally, their fifth record, Out of Control, became their first studio album to reach number one in the UK.[21][22] In 2009 Girls Aloud took a break after embarking on their 2009 Out of Control Tour in support of the Out of Control album which became their most extensive tour and following this each member took time to work on solo projects.[23]

2010–13: Cinderella’s Eyes and other ventures[edit]

Roberts performing at G-A-Y in support of Cinderella’s Eyes in 2011.

“I’ve been looking at my album reviews today and, honestly, I could cry. It’s a bit of a shocker. Someone tweeted me all of the mark-ups – the stars that the various papers had given it – and when you see them all collected like that, 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 5, it was just like: ‘Oh my fucking god! That’s incredible.’ I could cry. It’s quite amazing. And now the album’s out there and I just have to hope that people like it. That’s all I can ask for.

—Roberts discussing the acclaimed reviews for Cinderella’s Eyes.[24]

In the Girls Aloud 2008 biography Roberts expressed an interest in writing and recording her own material, wanting to experiment in the studio for better understanding of the process.[25] She then started work in the recording studio, with producers such as; Dragonette,[26] Diplo[27] and Joseph Mount.[28] Roberts after a year of recording announced that she would be releasing her debut album, Cinderella’s Eyes.[29] The first single “Beat of My Drum” had an on-sale release meaning it had little promotion beforehand[30] and commercially it peaked at number 27 in the United Kingdom[31] but critically it garnered acclaim from critics which Roberts described as “amazing”.[32] A second single “Lucky Day” was released shortly after and whilst gaining positive reviews[33][34][35] it failed to make an impact commercially peaking at number 40 in the UK.[36] The album was then released on 23 September 2011,[37] Roberts described the album as “electronically led”,[30] and the album was inspired by her time performing with Girls Aloud – “It would have been stupid for me to make an album that meant nothing” she said.[27] For Roberts the album was about making a risky record, where there wasn’t a guaranteed commercial success, explaining to The Guardian: “It’s taken every last bit of confidence just to release this record, or maybe I’ve just brainwashed myself into feeling more confident. I don’t know if it’s good, or if I’ve just told myself it’s good.”[27] The album was released to universal positive reviews from critics,[24] reviewers such as Ludovic Hunter-Tilney of the Financial Times,[38] James Lachno of The Daily Telegraph,[39] Emily Mackay of NME,[35] Hugh Montgomery of The Independent and others hailed it as the best solo record from a member of Girls Aloud.[40] Commercially in the United Kingdom the album peaked at number 17[41] whilst on the Digital charts it peaked at number 13,[42] in Scotland it charted at number 21[43] whilst in Ireland it peaked at number 48.[44] In late 2012, Roberts admitted during a secret show at Carphones Warehouse on Oxford St, to a small pool of journalists, that she was content with and prepared for the potential commercial fallout of releasing an album that was ‘unlike anything out there’. On 6 January a third single from the album was released, titled “Yo-Yo” the song was described as a “shining example of her pop sensibilities”.[45]

In January 2012, singer Rihanna chose Roberts to co-host Styled To Rock for Sky Living HD, Roberts will act as an executive-producer and will search “for the next generation of undiscovered designer talent”.[46] The show will last ten weeks premiering in summer 2012, Roberts discussed the show saying “I am so excited to be working with Rihanna on finding a new British up and coming designer. I was so flattered when she asked me to work with her on this show. I’m so excited for us to get started on finding a new up and coming British designer who just needs a chance, a little bit of help in getting their skills noticed.”[46]

Nadine Coyle confirmed the Girls Aloud will perform shows around the country at the beginning of 2013 to celebrate their tenth anniversary.[47] On 11 March, Kimberley Walsh announced that Girls Aloud had started work on a new album.[48] Roberts was at the time a judge and mentor on Sky Living series “Styled To Rock” alongside fashion designer Henry Holland and Rihanna. Roberts co-penned a track for girl group Little Mix‘s debut album DNA. The track is entitled “Going Nowhere.” [49] In December 2013 she received disc award for her help with writing the album. The award was presented to Roberts for her contribution to Little Mix’s first album ‘DNA’, as it has sold more than 700,000 copies worldwide.[50]

After months of speculation, Girls Aloud‘s reunion would occur in November 2012.[51] The reunion is said to coincide with their tenth birthday and the release of a charity single for Children in Need. On 31 August 2012, Cheryl confirmed on BBC Radio 1 and Capital FM that the group’s new single will be released in November, teasing the lyrics “I just wanna dance”.[52] Girls Aloud reunited for the group’s 10th anniversary. On 18 November 2012, the group released their new single, “Something New” which was the official charity single for Children in Need. The single peaked at number-two on the UK Singles Chart.[53] The group released their second greatest hits compilation, Ten on 26 November 2012. The second single taken from Ten, “Beautiful Cause You Love Me” was released on 17 December 2012.[54] A documentary special entitled 10 Years of Girls Aloud aired on ITV1 on 15 December 2012.[55][56][57] In 2013, the group embarked on Ten – The Hits Tour 2013.[58][59] At the conclusion of the tour, they announced their disbandment.

2013–present: Upcoming second studio album[edit]

In October 2011, Roberts stated that she had started work on a second album.[60] On 13 January 2012 Roberts commented on her second album, stating, “Maybe. I’m not sure. There’s lots of stuff coming up and I think there always has to be a right time. I’m always working on music and if a second album came out then that would be a great thing to happen.”[61] In June 2013, following the Girls Aloud split, Daily Mail reported that Roberts was working on a second album that might be released in 2014.[62] Roberts has written 4 songs for friend and former colleague Cheryl‘s fourth studio album, Only Human, entitled “It’s About Time”, “Throwback”, “Goodbye Means Hello” and “Yellow Love”, as well as writing “Going Nowhere” for Little Mix‘s debut album and for the Girls Aloud‘s greatest hits album Ten, she contributed the track “On The Metro”. Roberts also written two songs for Little Mix‘s second album Salute, entitled “See Me Now” and “They Just Don’t Know You”.[63]

In January 2014, producer Fred Ball confirmed he was working with Roberts on a new album.[64]

Nicola also confirms that she has written for Cheryl’s new album which will be out next year. [65]

On 26 December 2016, a new song by Nicola titled “Dating” surfaced the net. [66]

Personal life[edit]

Despite a large amount of success as part of Girls Aloud, Roberts found time away from her family increasingly difficult; but, after her parents divorced and conflicts with her boyfriend, she found herself in a depressed state.[18] Her hectic schedule led her to dissolve relations with family members and, after stating her frustration at her living situation, she started frequently returning to her home town of Runcorn, Cheshire.[67] Her work life and home life saw her split into two different personalities; despite appreciating a career in the music industry, the conflicts with her personal life made her question her career.[67]

Throughout her music career Roberts was coping with hypoglycemia which restricted what foods she could eat; whilst spending time on the road touring, she found it difficult not to indulge in convenience food.[68] Her illness was diagnosed after extensive touring in which time Roberts complained of weakness and sickness which made it difficult to perform live concerts.[68]

Whilst performing on Girls Aloud’s Tangled Up Tour, Roberts’ dog Elvis died just months after he was given as a gift to her. She found his death troubling and struggled to cope as she was on tour at the time.

Other ventures[edit]

In 2007 Roberts had started a limited production of a make-up range called Dainty Doll aimed at the pale-skinned market whilst producing the Girls Aloud-related television series The Passions of Girls Aloud.[69] Then in the following 18 months Roberts expanded the collection which saw a major release with prestigious store Harrods in London exclusively stocking the items.[69] The success led to a release across the United Kingdom with Roberts explaining the concept of Dainty Doll saying “The reason behind me doing this is because I had a point of difference and that was because of the pale skin and it was something I obviously felt really passionate about. I was aware that there weren’t many make up brands that catered for women for extra pale skin so I feel proud that I’ve been the person to do it.”[69]

Philanthropy[edit]

Anti-tanning activism[edit]

With the start of her music career, Roberts started noting that other girls were dressing more “glamorous” than she was, and at aged 16 during her auditions for Popstars: The Rivals she wished to look like them.[7] It was at these times that Roberts would feel unattractive due to her pale complexion and soon began using fake-tan to darken her skin tone into what she later described as a “dirty mess” but at the time made her feel more attractive.[18] Due to her pale skin tone Roberts found herself easily burning in the sun which led to chronic pain and during the shoot of the Girls Aloud single “Love Machine” she had trouble filming due to severe burns which left her wanting to visit the hospital.[70] During her time with Girls Aloud she filmed a television special titled Passions for which she travelled to Taiwan where she learnt about natural skin products, something she had been interested in due to her pale complexion and led her to develop the make-up line Dainty Doll.[71] Following this Roberts began a stance against tanning which saw her produce and star in a BBC Three investigative documentary titled Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning in which she revealed her own personal tanning issues and those of men and women throughout the UK who have excessively used tanning beds.[72] She met families of those deceased from melanoma who were actively pushing for a change in law for a ban on tanning beds for under 18s[72] which provoked Roberts to become an advocate for the ban of underage usage of tanning beds, and with the help of British MP Julie Morgan the pair produced a bill to ban under 18s from using sun-beds.[73] At the launch of the bill Roberts said “Going into the streets of Liverpool and interviewing the young girls who are obsessed with having a tan and feeling like they had to be brown to be seen as attractive, that whole mentality that they had gathered was just a bigger problem than I ever thought it was.”[73]

Anti-bullying activism[edit]

“The internet has really highlighted this issue. It shows us how easy it is for people to pass judgement on others and it also shows us that people now have a place for expression. Whether it be twitter or blog posts it gives people a place to offload. Whenever I have bought somebody’s record I always flick through and search for the ones that I really relate to at that time, they become my favourites, I play that song to death and then the rest of the album gets its chance. Music is there to milk an emotion I think. Whether it be a party track when you want to feel sky high or an emotional song when you need something to draw out how you feel inside. That’s my sticks+stones and it’s so comforting to know that it’s yours too. I’m going to try my best to speak to Michael Gove the educational secretary about how we can work out a better support system in schools for people finding themselves in unbearable situations every time they walk through the school gate… I’ll keep you posted on that. Wish me luck!

—Roberts discussing Cinderella’s Eyes track “Sticks + Stones” and her advocacy for anti-bullying which stemmed from writing the track.[74]

After winning Popstars: The Rivals, becoming one fifth of Girls Aloud, Roberts soon found herself subject to bullying.[75] She was branded “the ugly one” of the group, and would often “cry herself to sleep” finding herself to be a victim of “faceless” bullying fuelled by celebrities such as Chris Moyles and Lily Allen.[75] Soon after the comments had an effect on her mental stability after suffering from an “identity crisis” the taunts brought her close to a breakdown leaving her feeling “miserable and confused” and finding comfort in alcohol.[75] Prior to her fame Roberts never found flaws with her red hair calling it a “prized possession” but after critics picked on her image she saw it as a flaw with Roberts explaining “I hated it and I hated people judging me. I’d put on the telly and there’d be someone saying something cruel, or I’d open up a magazine and read it. Normal people don’t have people telling them day to day they’re ugly or miserable. […] I’d think, “stop being so vain, you’ve got this amazing job” but it wasn’t enough. It didn’t stop me feeling bad”.[18] “People feel they can say nasty things and have anonymity behind the net – as they did with all the nasty comments about me – without fear of recrimination”, Roberts said, and five years after the bullying she found herself in a “better place”, with critics commenting on her image positively with writers such as Clemmie Moodie from British newspaper Daily Mirror saying “the 25-year-old radiates confidence and, with a string of fashion successes has blossomed.”[75]

Roberts then wrote the track “Sticks + Stones” in response to these times, finding herself cautioned by the serious subject matter, she wanted to write a track that was not self-indulgent featuring a “universal” chorus” and lyrics such as “I was too young for so many things. Yet you thought I’d cope with being told I’m ugly”.[75] After the release of her debut album Cinderella’s Eyes which featured the track Roberts appeared on the British television show BBC Breakfast to discuss bullying in relation to the track.[76] Soon after she advocated the issue on BBC News where they discussed the lyrical themes of the track, and during the interview Roberts named social networking site Twitter as being a tool which highlights the severity of the bullying issue, finding the problem to be “out of control” in a schooling environment.[77] Roberts continued to advocate the bullying-issue and with an interview to Rolling Stone Roberts stated she was “sick” of an image-driven society.[78] After her success with the anti-tanning bill Roberts took a similar stance with bullying saying “it doesn’t need to happen” and found that British laws were failing to combat the issue with Roberts saying “People are still scared to go to school, kids are threatening to kill themselves; it’s disgusting that it persists. So, again, I’m giving a voice to a cause, to hopefully affect change.”[78] Roberts then progressed to the British education secretary Michael Gove to raise the issue.[77]

Discography[edit]

Filmography and tours[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Popstars The Rivals Herself Winner
2005 Girls Aloud: Home Truths Herself
2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record Herself
2007 St Trinian’s Herself Cameo
2007 The Friday Night Project Herself Presenter
2008 The Passions of Girls Aloud Herself
2008 Britannia High Herself Cameo
2008 The Girls Aloud Party Herself Presenter, performer
2009 Nicola Roberts: The Truth About Tanning Herself Presenter
2010 Britain’s Next Top Model Herself Guest judge
2012 Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top Herself
2012 Styled to Rock Herself Mentor, judge
2013 Ten: The Hits Tour Herself Girls Aloud live from the O2 Arena and last ever interview as a group.

Sarah Harding

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Sarah Harding

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Sarah Harding
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Born Sarah Nicole Hardman[1]
(1981-11-17) 17 November 1981 (age 35)
Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • model
  • actress
Years active 2002–present

Sarah Nicole Harding (born Sarah Nicole Hardman; 17 November 1981) is an English singer-songwriter, dancer, model, and actress. She rose to fame in late 2002 when she auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals on ITV. The programme announced that Harding had won a place as a member of the girl group, Girls Aloud.[2] The group has achieved massive success, having twenty consecutive top ten singles (including four number ones) in the UK, six studio albums have all been certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two of which went to number one in the UK, and accumulating a total of five BRIT Award nominations. In 2009, Girls Aloud won “Best Single” with their song “The Promise“.

During the group’s break, Harding turned her attentions to acting, appearing in Bad Day, the BBC television film Freefall, Run for Your Wife, and St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold. Harding contributed three solo songs to the soundtrack of St. Trinian’s 2. She has also modelled for Ultimo lingerie. In 2011, Harding entered a rehab facility for depression, alcohol addiction, and prescription drug abuse. In late 2012, she reunited with Girls Aloud to celebrate their tenth anniversary together. In early 2013, they announced that they had split up. In 2015, the singer briefly appeared in Coronation Street, and released her first extended play, Threads.

On 25 August 2017, she was announced as the winner of Celebrity Big Brother 20 with 35.33% of the final vote.

Early life[edit]

Harding was born in Ascot, Berkshire.[3] She was raised together with her two half brothers in Staines, Surrey, then Stockport, Greater Manchester.[4] She grew up in a musical household and has attributed her “musical genes” to her musician father, John Adam Hardman, who introduced her to the studio at a very young age.[3] She attended Hazel Grove High School from 1993 to 1998, and later attended Stockport College where she studied hair and beauty.[5] When she was 15, her father left her mother.[4] Harding’s parents subsequently divorced. She has no contact with her father,[4] who remarried in 2007.[3]

She then worked as part of the promotions team for two nightclubs in The Grand Central Leisure Park in Stockport as well as waitressing at Pizza Hut, driving a van, debt collecting and as a BT telephone operator. She also toured North West England performing at pubs, social clubs, and caravan parks to support herself. In 2002, she was recording dance tracks when she decided to audition for Popstars: The Rivals.[6] She auditioned both for being a contestant on UK talent-search shows Fame Academy and Popstars: The Rivals and it was in the latter where she found fame, pulling out of Fame Academy after being accepted into the first round of Popstars. Harding also entered FHMs High Street Honeys 2002, the magazine’s national beauty contest. Her pictures appeared in the top 100, but Harding withdrew upon achieving success on Popstars.[7]

Career[edit]

2002–09: Girls Aloud and foray into acting[edit]

Harding performing with Girls Aloud at the O2 in London (2008)

In 2002, Harding auditioned for the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002.[8] The programme, the second British series of the international Popstars franchise, would see the creation of two rival groups – a boy band and a girl group each consisting of five members, which would then compete against each other for the 2002 Christmas Number One spot on the UK Singles Chart. Several thousand applicants attended auditions across the UK in hope of being selected. Ten girls and ten boys were chosen as finalists by judges Pete Waterman, Louis Walsh and Geri Halliwell. These finalists then took to the stage participating in weekly Saturday night live performances (alternating weekly between the girls and boys). Each week the contestant polling the fewest phone votes was eliminated, until the final line-ups of the groups emerged. Harding joined Nadine Coyle, Cheryl Tweedy, Nicola Roberts, and Kimberley Walsh to comprise the new girl group Girls Aloud, formed through the show by a public vote on 30 November 2002.[2]

The group’s debut single “Sound of the Underground” peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the 2002 Christmas number one.[9] Girls Aloud hold the record for the shortest time between formation and reaching number one.[10] The group released their debut album Sound of the Underground in May 2003,[11] which entered the charts at number two and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) later the same year. Their singles “I’ll Stand by You“, “Walk This Way“, and “The Promise” have charted at number one. Two of their albums have reached the top of the UK Albums Chart: their greatest hits album The Sound of Girls Aloud and 2008’s Out of Control, both of which entered the chart at number one, with over one million copies of the former being sold.[12] They also achieved seven certified albums and have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for “The Promise”.

The group’s musical style is pop, but throughout their career they had experimented with electropop and dance-pop. Girls Aloud’s collaborations with Brian Higgins and his songwriting and production team Xenomania earned the group critical acclaim,[13] due to an innovative approach to mainstream pop music. The group became one of the few UK reality television acts to achieve continued success, amassing a fortune of £30 million by May 2010. Guinness World Records lists them as “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2007 edition. They also hold the record for “Most Consecutive Top Ten Entries in the UK by a Female Group” in the 2008 edition, and are credited again for “Most Successful Reality TV Group” in the 2011 edition. The group was also named the United Kingdom’s biggest selling girl group of the 21st century, with over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sold in the UK alone.[14][15]

In 2006, Harding signed a £100,000 deal to model Ultimo lingerie, following the likes of Penny Lancaster, Rachel Hunter and Helena Christensen.[16] Harding also promoted Coca-Cola Zero following its launch in Ireland.[17] Alongside her Girls Aloud bandmates, Harding made a cameo appearance in St. Trinian’s in 2007. She took on her first major acting role in 2008, appearing in the low-budget thriller Bad Day. Harding wore a brunette wig for the role of Jade Jennings. The film also stars Donna Air and Claire Goose.[18] She also collaborated with London synthpop band Filthy Dukes on a cover of “Real Wild Child,” recorded for the film Wild Child.[19] In July 2009, Girls Aloud announced they would take a year-long hiatus to pursue solo projects, but would reunite for a new studio album in 2010.[20] In August 2010, bandmate Nicola Roberts revealed that she wasn’t anticipating a reunion of the band until 2012.[21]

2009–12: Acting career[edit]

During Girls Aloud’s hiatus, Harding decided to focus on her acting career.[22] “Singing was always my main ambition, but acting was something else I wanted to achieve,” Harding said.[23] Harding appeared in the BBC television film Freefall, written and directed by Dominic Savage. The film aired on BBC Two on 14 July 2009. Harding portrayed Sam, the beautician girlfriend of Dominic Cooper‘s character.[23][24] The drama is a satirical take on the financial crisis of 2007–2008.[25] Company magazine said that “Sarah Harding showed she’s got real acting potential in her convincing, but fleeting performance.”[26]

Later that year, Harding returned to the St. Trinian’s franchise with a starring role in St. Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold. Despite her age, Harding portrayed teenage rebel Roxy, a new student at St. Trinian’s School.[27] The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, holding a 10% ‘rotten’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[28] Harding worked with Girls Aloud producers Xenomania to record three solo tracks for the film’s soundtrack – “Too Bad,” “Make It Easy,” and a cover of David Bowie‘s “Boys Keep Swinging“.[29]

In December 2009, Harding appeared on MTV’s Sarah Harding in 24 Hours. To promote this, she also made a guest appearance on BBC Radio 1 with Chris Moyles. Harding and her then-boyfriend, DJ Tom Crayne, also launched a new nightclub named Kanaloa. Harding’s guest vocals appear alongside Kanobby on the Roger Sanchez and Far East Movement track “2Gether”; she also appears in snippets of the music video. Harding has recently finished filming Run for Your Wife in which she plays one of the wives of the lead character, John Smith.[30] The film was released on 14 February 2013.

2012–13: Girls Aloud reunion and split[edit]

After three years of hiatus, Girls Aloud reunited in 2012 to celebrate their tenth anniversary together. The group released the single “Something New” in November, with proceeds being donated to Children in Need.[31] Their second greatest hits anthology Ten was released on 26 November 2012, followed by the single “Beautiful Cause You Love Me“.[31][32] In 2013, the group embarked on Ten – The Hits Tour 2013. Shortly after the tour, the group announced their split.[33]

2013–15: Threads extended play and later acting career[edit]

Harding at the Lingerie London in October 2012.

In mid-2012, Harding announced the release of her debut solo album.[34] Harding first revealed that she was starting on a solo album in March 2010, naming Lady Gaga as her biggest influence.[35] Despite this, an album never materialised. In June 2012, Harding restated her plans to release a solo album in 2013.[36] In September 2012, she said that she had been “writing and experimenting with different sounds in the studio.”[37] On 19 August, it was reported that Harding’s debut album would be released in the fourth quarter of 2013.

In November 2013, Harding spoke to Daily Mail, hinting at the possible release of her debut solo album sometime in 2014. She hinted, “I’m doing all sorts of stuff at the moment […] A lot of it is music, music, music.”.[38] In July 2015 her first solo release, “Threads“, was announced; it was released on 7 August.

On 9 September 2014, Harding appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Innuendo Bingo.[39]

It was announced in May 2015 that Harding had agreed to make a guest appearance on the soap opera Coronation Street as Joni, the wife of returning character Robert Preston (now played by Tristan Gemmill). The character made a few appearances in July and August 2015 as her marriage to Robert disintegrated when he began an affair with ex-wife Tracy Barlow. However, Harding’s appearance was panned by both critics and fans, with her acting described as “wooden” and the producers at Corrie decided to not invite her back.

2016–present: The Jump, Ghost: The Musical, Celebrity Big Brother and future[edit]

On 16 January 2016, Harding was announced as a contestant on the third series of The Jump which began broadcasting on Channel 4 from 31 January 2016. However she withdrew from the series on 26 February 2016 (Week 5) after tearing a ligament in her knee during a training session.

In Autumn 2016 Harding appeared alongside Andy Moss in a UK Tour of Ghost the Musical. However she was replaced mid tour by Carolyn Maitland after pulling out due to the subsequent pain from her injury after The Jump.

On 1 August 2017, Harding began competing in the twentieth series of Celebrity Big Brother and was crowned the winner on 25 August 2017 beating Amelia Lily in the final vote.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Whilst in Girls Aloud, Harding gained herself a reputation as a ‘party girl’. She dated Calum Best throughout 2005 for eight months but the pair split after a huge argument occurred when Best said he wasn’t ready for a relationship.

In January 2011, Harding and DJ Tom Crane, whom she had been dating since June 2007, announced their engagement. He proposed on New Year’s Eve 2010 while on holiday in the Maldives.[41] However, rumours circulated that the couple had called the wedding off,[42] and on 6 September 2011 it was confirmed via her fiancé on his Twitter account. Initially it was uncertain whether the couple had split permanently as Crane posted “Sarah and I have decided to take a break. I have nothing else to say”.[43]

In October 2011, Harding checked into a rehab centre in Cape Town, South Africa after “hitting rock bottom” following her split with Crane, citing alcohol dependence and depression.[44][45] She said that she drank to escape the breakdown of her relationship with Crane,[46] later revealing she also had an addiction to Zopiclone sleeping tablets.[45] Harding has not stopped drinking alcohol altogether, but simply “reined it in.”[47] While in rehab, Harding met Theo Van Dries, whom she briefly dated; however, the relationship ended violently after a fight broke out in their hotel room on New Year’s Day 2012.[45]

On 16 April 2013, Harding received a six-month driving ban after police caught her talking on her mobile phone while she was driving through central London.[48] She was also fined £605. Harding had already accumulated nine penalty points on her licence for speeding prior to the incident.[49] Her case was heard at Highbury Magistrates Court, where she had argued that using public transport would be difficult because of her celebrity status. However, District Judge Nina Tempia dismissed the claim, telling her, “You are a normal person. I can see no reason why you shouldn’t be disqualified.”[50] Harding currently lives in Cadsden, Buckinghamshire.[46] In September 2014, she parted ways from music producer Mark Foster after being in a relationship for nearly two years.[51]

In June 2017, it was reported that Harding had a ‘six-week affair’ with married Danny Dyer when filming Run for Your Wife.[52]

During Celebrity Big Brother in August 2017, Harding revealed that she had a partner on ‘the outside of the house’. However after this she went onto kiss housemate Chad Johnson and they later made it an official relationship whilst in the house.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Title EP details
Threads
  • Released: 7 August 2015
  • Label: Underdog Management Limited
  • Formats: digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
Threads 2015 Threads

Other appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances
Title Year Album Notes
Real Wild Child 2008 Wild Child (soundtrack) A cover of Johnny O’Keefe‘s song.
“Too Bad” 2009 St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold (soundtrack)
“Make It Easy”
Boys Keep Swinging A cover of David Bowie‘s song.
2gether
(Roger Sanchez and Far East Movement featuring Kanobby)
2011 Free Wired Harding provided guest vocals but she’s not credited. She also appeared in the music video.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Popstars: The Rivals Herself/Contestant Reality TV series
2005 Girls Aloud: Home Truths Herself Reality TV series, Documentary
2006 Girls Aloud: Off the Record Herself Reality TV, Documentary
2007 St Trinian’s School Band Member Cameo
The Sunday Night Project Herself/Co-presenter Christmas special
2008 Bad Day Jade Jennings Supporting role
The Passions of Girls Aloud Herself Reality TV series, Documentary
The Girls Aloud Party Herself/Co-presenter ITV Music Special
2009 Freefall Sam TV movie, Supporting role
St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of Fritton’s Gold Roxy Main role
Sarah Harding: In 24 Hours Herself TV Movie, Documentary
2011 Dating in the Dark Herself/Presenter Game show
2012 Girls Aloud: Ten Years at the Top Herself Documentary
Run for Your Wife Stephanie Smith Main role
Don’t Stop Me Now Herself/Guest judge Episode 7
2014 The Voice of Ireland Herself Bressies adviser during “battles” round; series 3
Tumble Herself Contestant, runner-up
2015 Celebrity MasterChef Herself/Contestant Series 10
Coronation Street Joni Preston 5 episodes
2016 The Jump Herself Contestant, withdrew
2017 Celebrity Big Brother 20 Herself Winner

Alison Wheeler

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Alison Wheeler
Born (1972-03-04) 4 March 1972 (age 45)
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocalist
Associated acts The Beautiful South
Virginia
The Topers
Action Amanda

Alison Wheeler (born 4 March 1972) is a British singer, best known as the female vocalist for The Beautiful South from 2003 until they disbanded in 2007.

Wheeler’s career in music began at university in a cover band called Melt City, alongside Hal Ritson, now of The Young Punx, Kev Dowd, now of Lowbrow, James Woods, now of Jam Sandwich and Dom Wilhelm, (of 1990s UK pop punk act Satellite Beach). On arriving in London she joined indie band Junk, subsequently renamed Treehouse, well known on the Camden & Islington gig circuit (The Dublin Castle, Bull & Gate, the Laurel Tree, the Hope & Anchor, Islington).

In 1998 Wheeler responded to an audition for a “girl band” Virginia, masterminded by record producer Ian Shaw (founder of Warm Fuzz Records) and then consisting of Louise Miller and Lee Winnick, the latter shortly afterwards replaced by Laura Matthews. Virginia featured repeatedly as guests on BBC Radio, particularly Janice Long, Jonathan Ross, Gyles Brandreth, Nicky Campbell and Ned Sherrin, as well as TV appearances in Northern Ireland on the Kelly Show. Tracks from Virginia’s first album Firstbite had chart success in the US Billboard charts.[citation needed]

In 2002 her work with London gospel band Citizen K led to an introduction to Dave Hemingway of the Beautiful South. After working on Hemingway’s as yet unreleased solo album, Hemingway promised a recommendation to the Beautiful South’s driving force, Paul Heaton, since a new album was in the making, despite the unexpected departure of former band member Jacqui Abbott. By 2003, with the release of “Gaze”, Wheeler was a member of the band, appearing live first at a Carling Homecoming at the Welly Club in Hull on 18 September 2003. Gaze was followed by albums “Goldiggas Headnodders and Pholk Songs” and “Superbi”.

She was dubbed Alison ‘Lady’ Wheeler jokingly by her bandmates in The Beautiful South who felt that her demeanour and education at Trinity College, Cambridge was in contrast to the band’s trademark working-class northern image.[1][2]

She remained busy during her pregnancy in 2005 touring the UK, headlining the acoustic stage at Glastonbury,T in the Park and Oxygene. This was followed by nearly 50 gigs in 2006 including 2 UK tours, the V festival, an Irish tour and an American tour.

The band split in January 2007 due to “musical similarities”. She spent some time enjoying motherhood and is now back recording a solo project.[3][4]

In 2010 she recorded the track “Move A Little Closer” with Jon Windle formerly of Little Man Tate for his début solo album Step Out The Man. Since 2008 Alison has been working with Amanda Frolich recording children’s albums for “Amanda’s Action Club” [5]

Wheeler is currently in the band “The South” (formerly “The New Beautiful South”), formed of old members of The Beautiful South (minus ex lead singers Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott). They are currently touring the UK, playing songs from the new album “Sweet Refrains”[6] as well as old Beautiful South songs.[1]

The Beautiful South discography

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The Beautiful South discography
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The Beautiful South in concert.
Studio albums 10
Compilation albums 5
Singles 34

The discography of The Beautiful South, an English pop/rock group, consists of ten studio albums, five greatest hits compilations, thirty-four singles and a number of other appearances.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
BEL (Fl)
[2]
CAN
[3]
[4]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
[7]
IRL
[8]
NZL
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
1989 Welcome to the Beautiful South

  • Released: October 1989
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
2 36 39
1990 Choke

  • Released: October 1990
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
2 46
1992 0898 Beautiful South

  • Released: March 1992
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
4 47 40
1994 Miaow

  • Released: March 1994
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
6 70
1996 Blue Is the Colour

  • Released: October 1996
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
1 10 49
1998 Quench

  • Released: October 1998
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
1 26 65 58 28
2000 Painting It Red

  • Released: 9 October 2000
  • Label: Ark 21 (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
2 37 13
2003 Gaze

  • Released: 27 October 2003
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
14
2004 Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs

  • Released: 25 October 2004
  • Label: Sony (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
11 4
2006 Superbi

  • Released: 15 May 2006
  • Label: Sony (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
6 17

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
UK
[1]
[15]
BEL (Fl)
[2]
CAN
[16]
FRA
[5]
GER
[6]
[7]
IRL
[8]
NZL
[9]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
1994 Carry on up the Charts

  • Released: November 1994
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
1 50 53
  • UK: 6x Platinum[12]
  • EUR: 2x Platinum[17]
2001 Solid Bronze

  • Released: November 2001
  • Label: Polygram (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
10 77 20
  • UK: 2x Platinum[12]
2006 Gold

  • Released: 4 April 2006
  • Label: Go! Discs (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
139
2007 The BBC Sessions

  • Released: 19 March 2007
  • Label: Universal Distribution (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
165
Soup

  • Released: 12 November 2007
  • Label: Mercury (#)
  • Formats: CD, Cassette, LP
15 65
2011 Live at the BBC

  • Released: 2 May 2011
  • Label: Commercial (#)
  • Formats: CD, CD & DVD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[1]
[15]
AUT
[18]
BEL (Fl)
[2]
CAN
[19]
GER
[20]
[21]
IRL
[8]
[22]
NLD
[23]
SWE
[10]
SWI
[11]
US Mod
[24]
1989 Song For Whoever” (UK: Silver)[12] 2 30 22 81 21 5 22 Welcome to the
Beautiful South
You Keep It All In 8 37 3 19
I’ll Sail This Ship Alone 31 74 19
1990 A Little Time” (UK: Gold)[12] 1 20 17 47 2 18 Choke
“My Book” 43 25
1991 “Let Love Speak Up Itself” 51
1992 “Old Red Eyes Is Back” 22 51 21 0898 Beautiful South
“We Are Each Other” 30 81 10
“Bell Bottomed Tear” 16
36D 46
1994 Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud) 23 54 Miaow
Everybody’s Talkin’ 12 23
“Prettiest Eyes” 37
“One Last Love Song” 14 Carry on up the Charts
1995 Dream a Little Dream 29 non-album singles
“Pretenders to the Throne” 18
1996 Rotterdam” (UK: Silver)[12] 5 72 11 Blue Is the Colour
Don’t Marry Her” (UK: Silver)[12] 8 50 89 11
1997 “Blackbird on the Wire” 23
“Liars’ Bar” 43
1998 Perfect 10” (UK: Gold)[12] 2 64 6 23 47 Quench
“Dumb” 16
1999 How Long’s a Tear Take to Dry? 12
“The Table” (feat. The London Community Gospel Choir) 47
2000 “Closer than Most” 22 Painting It Red
2001 “The River/Just Checkin'” 59
“The Root of All Evil” 50 Solid Bronze
2003 “Just a Few Things That I Ain’t” 30 Gaze
“Let Go with the Flow” 47
2004 Livin’ Thing 24 26 Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs
This Old Skin(feat. Chip Taylor) 43
2005 “This Will Be Our Year” 36 28
2006 Manchester 41 43 Superbi
“The Rose of My Cologne” 99

Naomi & The Boys

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Naomi Suriya & The Boys, with the original members featuring Robert Suriya, Peter Richards, Moses Tay, Henry Richards and Joe Ahmad. Their first great hit, “It’s All Over” was composed by Robert Suriya.

Over the years, their successful recordings included Happy Happy Birthday Baby, I Know, Please Baby Please, Poncho, I’m The Loser, I’d Like To Know, As Life Goes On, Blue Mist, How was I To Know, It Doesn’t Matter, Old Photographs, Why I’m Walking, I’m Crying Inside, Happy Birthday Sweetheart, If You Change Your Mind, A Woman’s World, Bad Loser, I’ll Never Be The Same, Don’t Be Surprised, Today, He’s Mine, Life I Wanna Lead, among others. A compilation of most of their recordings were released on CD some years ago.

Albums

SKL-3002 Naomi & The Boys The Best of Naomi(LP, Album) Decca SKL-3002 Singapore 1968 0 0 0 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ME – 0136 – NE Naomi & The Boys Happy Happy Birthday, Baby!(7″, EP) Philips ME – 0136 – NE Netherlands 1964 0 0 0 Sell This Version
Naomi And The Boys* I’m The Loser (EP) 2 versions Philips Singapore 1965 0 0 0 Sell This Version 2 versions
ME-0129-NE Naomi And The Boys* It’s All Over(7″, EP, Mono) Philips ME-0129-NE Singapore 1965 0 0 0 Sell This Version
ME-0175-NE Naomi & The Boys Naomi & The Boys(7″, EP) Philips ME-0175-NE Singapore 1966 0 0 0 Sell This Version
ME-0170-NE Naomi And The Boys* Ring The Silver Bells With Naomi And The Boys(7″, EP, Mono) Philips ME-0170-NE Singapore 1966 0 0 0 Sell This Version
ME-0191-NE Naomi And The Boys* Old Photographs(7″, EP) Philips ME-0191-NE Singapore 1967 0 0 0 Sell This Version
DFE 4007 Naomi & The Boys Don’t Be Surprised(7″, EP) Decca DFE 4007 Singapore 1968 0 0 0 Sell This Version
TER 6035 Naomi And The Boys* I’m The Loser(7″) 百稫唱片 TER 6035 Singapore Unknown 0 0 0 Sell This Version

Compilations

526 744-2 Naomi & The Boys With Henry Suriya Naomi & The Boys With Henry Suriya Remembering…(2xCD, Comp) Philips 526 744-2 Singapore 1995

JENNIFER GUTHRIE

Jennifer Guthrie was born on November 5, 1969 in Willimantic, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress, known for General Hospital (1963), Adventures in Babysitting (1989) and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990).

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Filmography

 Actress (13 credits)
 1998 Sex and the City (TV Series)
Patience

Bay of Married Pigs (1998) … Patience
 1996 The Colony (TV Movie)
Molly Lanford
 1996 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
Donna

Over the Edge (1996) … Donna
 1996 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Dale Epton

The Nutty Confessor (1996) … Dale Epton
 1995 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Lena

The Sponge (1995) … Lena
 1995 Marker (TV Series)
Lawyer

 1994 Justice in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Beth Tyler
 1993 Renegade (TV Series)
Maryann Perry

Wheel Man (1993) … Maryann Perry
 1991-1993 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (TV Series)
Annie Sloan

The Last Supper (1993) … Annie Sloan
Boys Night In (1993) … Annie Sloan
A Night to Remember (1993) … Annie Sloan
Musso: A Wedding (1993) … Annie Sloan
The Bitch Is Back (1993) … Annie Sloan
 1991 Pink Lightning (TV Movie)
Sharon
 1963 General Hospital (TV Series)
Dawn Winthrop #4 (1990-1991)

Steely Dan discography

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Steely Dan discography

The discography for the American jazz rock band Steely Dan consists of nine studio albums, 21 singles, one live album, one live set on DVD, seven compilations in the United States, one box set, and numerous other appearances. The band has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[1][2][3]
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
UK
[5]
AUS
[6]
CAN
[7]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
FIN
[12]
1972 Can’t Buy a Thrill

17 38 46 4
  • US: Platinum
1973 Countdown to Ecstasy

  • Release date: July 1973
  • Label: ABC Records
35 49
  • US: Gold
1974 Pretzel Logic

  • Release date: March 2, 1974
  • Label: ABC Records
8 37 18 5 23
  • US: Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1975 Katy Lied

  • Release date: March 1975
  • Label: ABC Records
13 13 28 12 10
  • US: Platinum
1976 The Royal Scam

  • Release date: May 1976
  • Label: ABC Records
15 11 30 24 14 3
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
1977 Aja

  • Release date: September 23, 1977
  • Label: ABC Records
3 5 9 3 9 3 10 35
  • US: 2× Multi-Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • UK: Silver
1980 Gaucho

9 27 9 18 44 7 5 15
  • US: Platinum
2000 Two Against Nature

6 11 51 6 19 39 7 17 22
  • US: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
2003 Everything Must Go

9 21 68 25 40 5 11 31
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[1][2][3]
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
UK
[5]
NL
[8]
SWE
[11]
1995 Alive in America

40 62 74 41
2000 Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party

“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Compilations[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[1][2][3]
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
UK
[5]
AUS
[6]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
1978 Greatest Hits

30 41 11 10 21
  • US: Platinum
Steely Dan

1982 Gold

115 44 30
  • US: Gold
1985 A Decade of Steely Dan

100
  • US: Platinum
The Very Best of Steely Dan: Reelin’ In the Years

  • Release date: October 1985
  • Label: MCA UK
43
1993 Remastered: The Best of Steely Dan – Then and Now

42 34 21 7 38
Citizen Steely Dan

  • US: Gold
2000 Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story, 1972–1980

53 27
2006 Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection

92
2007 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Steely Dan

“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Bootlegs and other appearances[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications[1][2][3]
(sales threshold)
US
[4]
UK
[5]
AUS
[6]
NL
[8]
NZ
[9]
NOR
[10]
SWE
[11]
1987 The Very Best of Steely Dan: Do It Again

  • Release date: October 1987
  • Label: Telstar
64
1998 Members Edition

  • Release date: June 6, 1998
  • Label: TKO Magnum Music Group – UAE Ltd.
2005 Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz with guests Steely Dan

2007 Found Studio Tracks

  • Release date: July 17, 2007
  • Label: Aspirion Records
2009 The Very Best of Steely Dan

  • Release date: June 30, 2009
  • Label: 101 Distribution
183
Collected

  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Label: 101 Distribution
9
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[13] Album
US US
A/C
CAN UK
[5]
AU
[6]
1972 Dallas” b/w “Sail the Waterway” Non-album Single
Do It Again 6 34 7 39 60 Can’t Buy a Thrill
1973 Reelin’ in the Years 11 15 62
Show Biz Kids 61 Countdown to Ecstasy
My Old School 63
1974 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number 4 15 3 58 30 Pretzel Logic
Pretzel Logic 57
1975 “Black Friday” 37 Katy Lied
Bad Sneakers 103
1976 Kid Charlemagne 82 The Royal Scam
“The Fez” 59
“Haitian Divorce” 17
1977 Peg 11 30 7 Aja
1978 Deacon Blues 19 40 14
FM (No Static at All) 22 19 49 87 FM
Josie 26 44 Aja
1980 Hey Nineteen 10 11 48 Gaucho
1981 “Time Out of Mind” 22 13
1999 Cousin Dupree 30 Two Against Nature
2000 “Jack of Speed”
Janie Runaway
“—” denotes the single failed to chart

Tribute albums[edit]

  • Various Artists – No Static at All: An Instrumental Tribute to Steely Dan (2000)
  • The Royal Dan – A Tribute to the Genius of Steely Dan (2006)
  • Various Artists – Maestros of Cool: A Tribute to Steely Dan (2006)

Covers and Arrangements[edit]

  • Woody Herman Band – Chick, Donald, Walter, and Woodrow (1978): includes big band instrumental arrangements of “Green Earrings”, “Kid Charlemagne”, “I’ve Got the News”, “Aja” and “FM”.

Steely Dan

Steely Dan

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Steely Dan
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Steely Dan performing in 2007. Walter Becker (l) playing electric guitar, Donald Fagen (r) playing melodica.
Background information
Origin Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.
Genres
Years active 1972–1981, 1993–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website steelydan.com
Members Donald Fagen
Past members Walter Becker
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
Denny Dias
Jim Hodder
David Palmer
Royce Jones
Michael McDonald
Jeff Porcaro

Steely Dan is an American jazz rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972. Blending elements of jazz, R&B, traditional pop, and sophisticated studio production with ironic and cryptic lyrics,[2] the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”.[3] Steely Dan reunited in 1993 and has toured steadily ever since. Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, leaving Fagen as the only official member.

Recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians, Steely Dan’s music is characterized by complex jazz-influenced structures and harmonies. Becker and Fagen are whimsical, often sarcastic lyricists, having written “cerebral, wry and eccentric”[2] songs about recreational drugs, love affairs, gambling,[4][5][6][7] and crime.[7] The pair is also known for their near-obsessive perfectionism in the recording studio:[8][9] Over the year they took to record Gaucho (1980), an album of just seven songs, Becker and Fagen hired at least 42 studio musicians and 11 engineers.[10]

Steely Dan toured from 1972 to 1974 before retiring from live performances, becoming a studio-only band. After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following[2] remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993 Steely Dan has released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001.[11][12][13][14]

VH1 listed Steely Dan as one of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time.[15]

History[edit]

Formative and early years (1967–1972)[edit]

Becker and Fagen met in 1967 at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. As Fagen passed by a café, The Red Balloon, he heard Becker practicing the electric guitar.[16] In an interview, Fagen recounted the experience: “I hear this guy practicing, and it sounded very professional and contemporary. It sounded like, you know, like a black person, really.”[16] He introduced himself to Becker and asked, “Do you want to be in a band?”[16] Discovering that they enjoyed similar music, the two began writing songs together.

Becker and Fagen began playing in local groups. One such group, known as the Don Fagen Jazz Trio, the Bad Rock Group and later the Leather Canary, included future comedy star Chevy Chase on drums. They played covers of songs by the Rolling Stones (“Dandelion“), Moby Grape (“Hey Grandma”), and Willie Dixon (“Spoonful“), as well as some original compositions.[16] Terence Boylan, another Bard musician, remembered that Fagen took readily to the beatnik life while attending college: “They never came out of their room, they stayed up all night. They looked like ghosts — black turtlenecks and skin so white that it looked like yogurt. Absolutely no activity, chain-smoking Lucky Strikes and dope.”[16] Fagen himself would later remember it as “probably the only time in my life that I actually had friends.”[17]

After Fagen graduated in 1969, the two moved to Brooklyn and tried to peddle their tunes in the Brill Building in midtown Manhattan. Kenny Vance (of Jay and the Americans), who had a production office in the building, took an interest in their music, which led to work on the soundtrack of the low-budget Richard Pryor film You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose That Beat. Becker later said bluntly, “We did it for the money.”[18] A series of demos from 1968 to 1971 are available in bootleg form.[19] This collection features approximately 25 tracks and is notable for its sparse arrangements (Fagen plays solo piano on many songs) and lo-fi production, a contrast with Steely Dan’s later work. Although some of these songs (“Caves of Altamira”, “Brooklyn”, “Barrytown”) were re-recorded for Steely Dan albums, most were never officially released.

Becker and Fagen joined the touring band of Jay and the Americans for about a year and a half.[20] They were at first paid $100 per show, but partway through their tenure the band’s tour manager cut their salaries in half.[20] The group’s lead singer, Jay Black, dubbed Becker and Fagen “the Manson and Starkweather of rock ‘n’ roll”, referring to cult leader Charles Manson and spree killer Charles Starkweather.[20]

They had little success after moving to Brooklyn, although Barbra Streisand recorded their song “I Mean To Shine” on her 1971 Barbra Joan Streisand album. Their fortunes changed when one of Vance’s associates, Gary Katz, moved to Los Angeles to become a staff producer for ABC Records. He hired Becker and Fagen as staff songwriters; they flew to California. Katz would produce all their 1970s albums in collaboration with engineer Roger Nichols, and Nichols would win six Grammy Awards for his work with the band from the 1970s to 2001.[21]

After realizing that their songs were too complex for other ABC artists, at Katz’s suggestion Becker and Fagen formed their own band with guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer, and Katz signed them to ABC as recording artists. Fans of Beat Generation literature, Fagen and Becker named the band after “Steely Dan III from Yokohama“, an oversized, steam-powered strap-on dildo mentioned in the William S. Burroughs novel Naked Lunch.[22][23] Palmer joined as a second lead vocalist because of Fagen’s occasional stage fright, his reluctance to sing in front of an audience, and because the label believed that his voice was not “commercial” enough.

In 1972, ABC issued Steely Dan’s first single, “Dallas”, backed with “Sail the Waterway”. Distribution of “stock” copies available to the general public was apparently extremely limited;[24] the single sold so poorly that promotional copies are much more readily available than stock copies in today’s collectors market. As of 2015, “Dallas” and “Sail the Waterway” are the only officially released Steely Dan tracks that have not been reissued on cassette or compact disc. In an interview (1995), Becker and Fagen called the songs “stinko.”[25] “Dallas” was later covered by Poco on their Head Over Heels album.

Can’t Buy a Thrill and Countdown to Ecstasy (1972–1973)[edit]

Can’t Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan’s debut album, was released in 1972. Its hit singles “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ In the Years” reached No. 6 and No. 11 respectively on the Billboard singles chart. Along with “Dirty Work” (sung by David Palmer), the songs became staples on classic rock radio.

Because of Fagen’s reluctance to sing live, Palmer handled most of the vocal duties on stage. During the first tour, however, Katz and Becker decided that they preferred Fagen’s interpretations of the band’s songs, persuading him to take over. Palmer quietly left the group while it recorded its second album. He wrote the No. 2 hit “Jazzman” (1974) with Carole King.

Released in 1973, Countdown to Ecstasy was not as commercially successful as Steely Dan’s first album. Becker and Fagen were unhappy with some of the performances on the record and believed that it sold poorly because it had been recorded hastily on tour. The album’s singles were “Show Biz Kids” and “My Old School“, both of which stayed in the lower half of the Billboard charts (though “My Old School” and — to a lesser extent — “Bodhisattva” became minor FM Rock staples in time).

Pretzel Logic and Katy Lied (1974–1976)[edit]

Guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter left Steely Dan in 1974 when they ceased performing live and began working in the studio exclusively.

Pretzel Logic was released in early 1974. A diverse set, it includes “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” (No. 4) and a note-for-note rendition of Duke Ellington and James “Bubber” Miley‘s “East St. Louis Toodle-Oo“.

During the previous album’s tour, the band had added vocalist-percussionist Royce Jones, vocalist-keyboardist Michael McDonald, and session drummer Jeff Porcaro (of Sonny & Cher).[26] Porcaro contributed significantly to Pretzel Logic (as he would on future Steely Dan recordings), reflecting Steely Dan’s increasing reliance on session musicians (including Dean Parks and Rick Derringer). Drummer Jeff Porcaro and Katy Lied pianist David Paich would go on to form Toto. Striving for perfection, Becker and Fagen sometimes asked musicians to record as many as forty takes of each track.[27]

Pretzel Logic was the first Steely Dan album to feature Walter Becker on guitar. “Once I met (session musician) Chuck Rainey“, he explained, “I felt there really was no need for me to be bringing my bass guitar to the studio anymore”.[27]

A rift began growing between Becker-Fagen and Steely Dan’s other members (particularly Baxter and Hodder), who wanted to tour. Becker and Fagen disliked constant touring and wanted to concentrate solely on writing and recording. The other members gradually left the band, discouraged by this and by their diminishing roles in the studio. However, Dias remained with the group until 1980’s Gaucho and Michael McDonald contributed vocals until the group’s twenty-year hiatus after Gaucho. Baxter and McDonald went on to join The Doobie Brothers. Steely Dan’s last tour performance was on July 5, 1974, a concert at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California.[28] A recording of the show’s opening track, “Bodhisattva”, was released as a B-side, and later appeared on the compilation album Gold.

Becker and Fagen recruited a diverse group of session players for Katy Lied (1975), including Porcaro, Paich, and McDonald, as well as guitarist Elliott Randall, jazz saxophonist Phil Woods, saxophonist/bass-guitarist Wilton Felder, percussionist/vibraphonist/keyboardist Victor Feldman, keyboardist (and later producer) Michael Omartian, and guitarist Larry Carlton — Dias, Becker, and Fagen being Steely Dan’s only original members. The album went gold on the strength of “Black Friday” and “Bad Sneakers“, but Becker and Fagen were so dissatisfied with the album’s sound (compromised by a faulty DBX noise reduction system) that they publicly apologized for it (on the album’s back cover) and for years refused to listen to it in its final form.[29] Katy Lied also included “Doctor Wu” and “Chain Lightning”.

The Royal Scam and Aja (1976–1978)[edit]

The Royal Scam was released in May 1976. Partly because of Carlton’s prominent contributions, it is the band’s most guitar-oriented album. It also features performances by session drummer Bernard Purdie. The album sold well in the U.S.A. though without the strength of a hit single. “Haitian Divorce” (Top 20) drove sales in the UK, becoming Steely Dan’s first major hit in that country.[30]

Steely Dan’s sixth album, the jazz-influenced Aja, was released in September 1977. Aja reached the Top Five in the U.S. charts within three weeks, winning the Grammy award for “Engineer – Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical.” It was also one of the first American LPs to be certified ‘platinum’ for sales of over 1 million albums.[31][32]

Featuring Michael McDonald’s backing vocals, “Peg” (No. 11) was the album’s first single, followed by “Josie” (No. 26) and “Deacon Blues” (No. 19). Aja solidified Becker’s and Fagen’s reputations as songwriters and studio perfectionists. It features such jazz and fusion luminaries as guitarists Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour; bassist Chuck Rainey; saxophonists Wayne Shorter, Pete Christlieb, and Tom Scott; drummers Steve Gadd, Rick Marotta and Bernard Purdie; pianist Joe Sample and ex-Miles Davis pianist/vibraphonist Victor Feldman and Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Michael Omartian (piano).

Roger [Nichols] made those records sound like they did. He was extraordinary in his willingness and desire to make records sound better.[33] The records we did could not have been done without Roger. He was just maniacal about making the sound of the records be what we liked… He always thought there was a better way to do it, and he would find a way to do what we needed to in ways that other people hadn’t done yet.[34]

~ Steely Dan producer Gary Katz regarding Roger Nichols‘ role in the band’s recording legacy.

Planning to tour in support of Aja, Steely Dan assembled a live band. Rehearsal ended and the tour was canceled when backing musicians began comparing pay.[35] The album’s history was documented in an episode of the TV and DVD series Classic Albums.

After Aja’s success, Becker and Fagen were asked to write the title track for the movie FM. The movie was a box-office disaster, but the song was a hit, earning Steely Dan another engineering Grammy award. It was a minor hit in the UK and barely missed the Top 20 in the U.S.A.[30]

Gaucho and breakup (1978–1981)[edit]

Becker and Fagen took a break from songwriting for most of 1978 before starting work on Gaucho. The project would not go smoothly: technical, legal, and personal setbacks delayed the album’s release and subsequently led Becker and Fagen to suspend their partnership for over a decade.

Misfortune struck early when an assistant engineer accidentally deleted “The Second Arrangement”, a favorite track of Katz and Nichols,[36] which was never recovered. More trouble — this time legal — followed. In March 1979, MCA Records bought ABC, and for much of the next two years Steely Dan could not release an album. Becker and Fagen had planned on leaving ABC for Warner Bros. Records, but MCA claimed ownership of their music, preventing them from changing labels.

Turmoil in Becker’s personal life also interfered. His girlfriend died of a drug overdose in their Upper West Side apartment, and he was sued for $17 million. Becker settled out of court, but he was shocked by the accusations and by the tabloid press coverage that followed. Soon after, Becker was struck by a taxi while crossing a Manhattan street, shattering his right leg in several places and forcing him to use crutches.

Still more legal trouble was to come. Jazz composer Keith Jarrett sued Steely Dan for copyright infringement, claiming that they had based Gaucho‘s title track on one of his compositions, “Long As You Know You’re Living Yours”. (Fagen later admitted that he’d loved the song and that it had been a strong influence.)[37]

Gaucho was finally released in November 1980. Despite its tortured history, it was another major success. The album’s first single, “Hey Nineteen“, reached No. 10 on the pop chart in early 1981, and “Time Out of Mind” (featuring guitarist Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits) was a moderate hit in the spring. “My Rival” was featured in John Huston’s 1980 film Phobia. Roger Nichols won a third engineering Grammy award for his work on the album.

Time off (1981–1993)[edit]

Steely Dan disbanded in June 1981.[38] Becker and his family moved to Maui, where he became an “avocado rancher and self-styled critic of the contemporary scene.”[39] He stopped using drugs, which he had used for most of his career.[40][41][42] Meanwhile, Fagen released a solo album, The Nightfly (1982), which went platinum in both the U.S. and the U.K. and yielded the Top Twenty hit “I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World).” In 1988 Fagen wrote the score of Bright Lights, Big City and a song for its soundtrack, but otherwise recorded little. He occasionally did production work for other artists, as did Becker. The most prominent of these were two albums Becker produced for the British sophisti-pop group China Crisis, who were strongly influenced by Steely Dan.[43] Becker is listed as an official member of China Crisis on the first of these albums, 1985’s Flaunt the Imperfection, and played keyboards on the band’s Top 20 UK hit “Black Man Ray“. For the second of the two albums, 1989’s Diary of a Hollow Horse, Becker is only listed as a producer and not as a band member.

In 1986 Becker and Fagen performed on Zazu, an album by former model Rosie Vela produced by Gary Katz.[44] The two rekindled their friendship and held songwriting sessions between 1986 and 1987, leaving the results unfinished.[45] On October 25, 1991, Becker attended a concert by New York Rock and Soul Revue, co-founded by Fagen and producer/singer Libby Titus (who was for many years the partner of Levon Helm of The Band and would later become Fagen’s wife), and spontaneously performed with the group.

Becker produced Fagen’s second solo album, Kamakiriad, in 1993. Fagen conceived the album as a sequel to The Nightfly. He called it the most satisfying recording experience of his career.[citation needed]

Reunion, Alive in America (1993–2000)[edit]

Steely Dan, shown here in 2007, toured frequently after reforming in 1993.

Becker and Fagen reunited for an American tour to support Kamakiriad, which sold poorly despite a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. With Becker playing lead and rhythm guitar, the pair assembled a band that included a second keyboard player, a second lead guitarist, a bassist, three female backing singers, and a four-piece saxophone section. During this tour, Fagen introduced himself as “Rick Strauss” and Becker as “Frank Poulenc“.

The next year, MCA released Citizen Steely Dan, a boxed set featuring their entire catalog (except their debut single “Dallas”/”Sail The Waterway”) on four CDs, plus four extra tracks: “Here at the Western World” (originally released on 1978’s “Greatest Hits”), “FM” (1978 single), a 1971 demo of “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies” and “Bodhisattva (live)”, the latter recorded on a cassette in 1974 and released as a B-side in 1980. That year Becker released his debut solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack, which Fagen co-produced.

Steely Dan toured again in support of the boxed set and Tracks. In 1995 they released a live CD, Alive in America, compiled from recordings of several 1993 and 1994 concerts. The Art Crimes Tour followed, including dates in the United States, Japan, and their first European shows in 22 years. After this activity, Becker and Fagen returned to the studio to begin work on a new album.

Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go (2000–2003)[edit]

In 2000 Steely Dan released their first studio album in 20 years: Two Against Nature. It won four Grammy Awards: Best Engineered Album – Non-Classical, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocal (“Cousin Dupree“), and Album of the Year (despite competition in this category from Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP and Radiohead‘s Kid A). In the summer of 2000, they began another American tour, followed by an international tour later that year. They released the Plush TV Jazz-Rock Party DVD, documenting a live-in-the-studio concert performance of popular songs from throughout Steely Dan’s career. In March 2001, Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[11][12]

In 2003 Steely Dan released Everything Must Go and began a new tour. In contrast to their earlier work, they had tried to write music that captured a live feel. Becker sang lead vocals on a Steely Dan studio album for the first time (“Slang of Ages” — he had sung lead on his own “Book of Liars” on Alive in America). Fewer session musicians played on Everything Must Go than had become typical of Steely Dan albums: Becker played bass on every track and lead guitar on five tracks; Fagen added piano, electric piano, organ, synthesizers, and percussion on top of his vocals.

Touring, solo activity (2003–2017)[edit]

After Everything Must Go, Becker and Fagen toured frequently as Steely Dan and released occasional solo albums. To complete his Nightfly trilogy, Fagen issued his third record, Morph the Cat, in 2006. The band’s Steelyard “Sugartooth” McDan and The Fab-Originees.com Tour followed later that year,[46] in which Michael McDonald played with the group during encores. The 2007 Heavy Rollers Tour included dates in North America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, making it their most expansive tour.[47]

The smaller Think Fast Tour followed in 2008, and Steely Dan performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in July. That year Becker released a second album, Circus Money, a record produced by Larry Klein and inspired by Jamaican music. In 2009 Steely Dan toured Europe and America extensively in their Left Bank Holiday and Rent Party Tour, alternating between standard one-date concerts at large venues and multi-night theater shows that featured performances of The Royal Scam, Aja, or Gaucho in their entirety on certain nights. The following year, Fagen formed the touring supergroup Dukes of September Rhythm Revue with McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and members of Steely Dan’s live band, whose repertoire included songs by all three songwriters. Longtime studio engineer Roger Nichols died of pancreatic cancer on April 10, 2011.[48] Steely Dan’s Shuffle Diplomacy Tour that year included an expanded set list and dates in Australia and New Zealand. Fagen released his fourth album, Sunken Condos, in 2012. It was his first solo release unrelated to the Nightfly trilogy.

The Mood Swings: 8 Miles to Pancake Day Tour began in July 2013 and featured an eight-night run at the Beacon Theater in New York City.[49] Jamalot Ever After, their 2014 United States tour, ran from July 2 in Portland, Oregon to September 20 in Port Chester, New York.[50] Their Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour the following year included opening act Elvis Costello and the Imposters and dates at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Dan Who Knew Too Much tour followed in 2016, with Steve Winwood opening. Steely Dan also performed at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles with an accompanying orchestra.

The band played its final shows with Becker in 2017. In April, they played the 12-date Reelin’ In the Chips residency in Las Vegas and Southern California,[51] and performed on May 27 at the Greenwich Town Party in Greenwich, Connecticut. Due to an undisclosed illness, Becker did not play Steely Dan’s two Classics East and West concerts at Dodger Stadium and Citi Field in July.[52]

Walter Becker’s death (2017–present)[edit]

Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017.[53] In a note released to the media, Donald Fagen remembered his longtime friend and bandmate, and promised to “keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”[54]

Musical and lyrical style[edit]

Music[edit]

Overall sound[edit]

Special attention is given to the individual sound of each instrument. Recording is done with the utmost fidelity and attention to sonic detail, and mixed so that all the instruments are heard and none are given undue priority (a deft and accomplished use of the multi-tracking process).[citation needed] For example, in the song “Parker’s Band“, two drum kits are used,[citation needed] which gives the song an unexpected drive, without overpowering the sound; it is not even immediately apparent that there are two drum kits on the track. Their albums are also notable for the characteristically ‘warm’ and ‘dry’ production sound, and the sparing use of echo and reverberation. Long known as perfectionists, they often recorded take after take before selecting the player or performance that made the final cut on their albums.[citation needed]

Backing vocals[edit]

Becker and Fagen favor a distinctly soul-influenced style of backing vocals, which after the first few albums were almost always performed by a female chorus (although Michael McDonald features prominently on several tracks, including the 1975 song “Black Friday” and the 1977 song “Peg“). Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews and Clydie King were the preferred trio for backing vocals on the group’s late 1970s albums.[55] Other backing vocalists include Tawatha Agee, Brenda White-King, Carolyn Leonhart, Janice Pendarvis, Catherine Russell, Cynthia Calhoun, Victoria Cave, Cindy Mizelle, and Jeff Young. The band also featured singers like Patti Austin and Valerie Simpson on later projects such as Gaucho.

Horns[edit]

Horn arrangements have been used on songs from all Steely Dan albums. They are usually jazz-oriented, and typically feature instruments such as trumpets, trombones and saxophones, although they have also used other instruments such as flutes and clarinets. The horn parts occasionally integrate simple synth lines to alter the tone quality of individual horn lines; for example in “Deacon Blues” this was done to “thicken” one of the saxophone lines. On their earlier albums Steely Dan featured guest arrangers and on their later albums the arrangement work is credited to Fagen.

Composition and chord use[edit]

Steely Dan are famous for their use of chord sequences and harmonies that explore the area of musical tension between traditional pop sounds and jazz. In particular, they are known for their use of the add 2 chord, a type of added tone chord, which they nicknamed the mu major.[56][57][58] Other common chords used by Steely Dan include slash chords for example B/C or E-7/A. This notation shows a chord (shown to the left of the slash) with a note other than the tonic (shown to the right of the slash) as the lowest pitched note.[59]

Lyrics[edit]

Steely Dan’s lyrical subjects are diverse, but in their basic approach they often create fictional personae that participate in a narrative or situation. The duo have said that in retrospect, most of their albums have a ‘feel’ of either Los Angeles or New York City, the two main cities where Becker and Fagen lived and worked (see below). Characters appear in their songs that evoke these cities. Steely Dan’s lyrics are often puzzling to the listener,[60] with the true meaning of the song “uncoded” through repeated listening, and a richer understanding of the references within the lyrics. For example, in the song “Everyone’s Gone to the Movies,” the line “I know you’re used to 16 or more, sorry we only have eight” refers not to the count of some article, but to eight-millimeter film, which was lower quality than 16 mm or larger formats, underscoring the illicitness of Mr. Lapage’s (assumedly pornographic) movie parties.

Thematically, Steely Dan creates a universe peopled by losers, creeps and failed dreamers – often victims of their own obsessions and delusions – and frequently suggests the moral reckoning that is due them. These motifs are introduced in the Dan’s first hit song, “Do It Again” – where we hear of a murderous cowboy who beats the gallows, a man taken advantage of by a cheating girlfriend, and an obsessive gambler, all of whom are unable to command their own destinies; similar themes of being trapped in a death spiral of one’s own making appear throughout the corpus of their catalog. Other themes are also present, such as prejudice, aging, poverty and middle-class ennui, and are typically seen from an ironic and detached perspective. The moral point-of-view expressed in Steely Dan songs reinforces traditional values, that substance abuse and sexual promiscuity lead to ruin.[citation needed]

Many would argue that Steely Dan never wrote a genuine love song, instead dealing with personal passion in the guise of a destructive obsession.[61] Many of their songs concern love, but none can be classed as straightforward love songs; typical of Steely Dan songs is an ironic or disturbing twist in the lyrics that reveal a darker reality. For example, upon deeper analysis the listener realizes that the “love” expressed is actually about prostitution (“Pearl of the Quarter”), incest (“Cousin Dupree“), pedophilia (“Everyone’s Gone to the Movies”), pornography (“Peg”) or some other socially unacceptable subject. However, some of their demo-era recordings show Fagen and Becker expressing romance, including “This Seat’s Been Taken”, “Oh, Wow, It’s You” and “Come Back Baby”.

Steely Dan’s lyrics contain subtle and encoded references, unusual (and sometimes original) slang expressions, a wide variety of “word games” and intriguing lyrical choices and constructions of considerable depth. The obscure and sometimes teasing lyrics have given rise to considerable efforts by fans to explain the “inner meaning” of certain songs.[62][63] Jazz is a recurring theme, with references abounding in their songs, and there are numerous other film, television and literary references and allusions, such as “Home at Last” (from Aja), which was inspired by Homer‘s Odyssey.

Some of their lyrics are notable for their unusual meter patterns; a prime example of this is their 1972 hit “Reelin’ In the Years“, which crams an unusually large number of words into each line, giving it a highly syncopated quality.

Name dropping” is another Steely Dan lyrical device; references to real places and people abound in their songs. The song “My Old School” is a major example, referring to Annandale (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York is home to Bard College, which both attended and where they met), and the Two Against Nature album (2000) contains numerous references to the duo’s original region, the New York metro area, including the district of Gramercy Park, the Strand Bookstore, and the upscale food store Dean & DeLuca. In the song “Glamour Profession” the conclusion of a drug deal is celebrated with dumplings at Mr. Chow, a Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills. The band even employed self-reference; in the song “Show Biz Kids,” the titular subjects are sardonically portrayed as owning “the Steely Dan T-shirt.”

The band also often name-checks drinks, typically alcoholic, in their songs: rum and cokes (“Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More”), piña coladas (“Bad Sneakers”), zombies (“Haitian Divorce”), black cows (“Black Cow”), Scotch whisky (“Deacon Blues“), retsina (“Home at Last”), grapefruit wine (“FM”), cherry wine (“Time Out of Mind”), Cuervo Gold (“Hey Nineteen“), kirschwasser (“Babylon Sisters”), Tanqueray (“Lunch with Gina”) and Cuban breeze (Fagen’s solo track “The Goodbye Look”) are all mentioned in Steely Dan lyrics.[64]

Members[edit]

Current members

  • Donald Fagen – vocals, keyboards (1972–1981, 1993–present)

Former members

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums