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Rachel Stevens

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Date of Birth:09 April 1978
Birthplace:London, England, UK
Age:32
First Name:Rachel
Middle Name:Lauren
Last Name:Stevens
Build:Slim
Height:5' 3?" (161 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Light
Hair Color:Brown - Light
Star Sign:Aries
Claim to Fame:Member of UK pop band S Club 7
Occupation:Singer/Musician, Actress, Model
Religion:Jewish
Occupation Category:Singer
Nationality:English
Music Genre:Rock
Alternative Names:Ratz
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Biography for Rachel Stevens

Rachel Lauren Stevens (born 9 Apr. 1978 (41 years ago)) is an Jewish-English singer, actress and occasional model. She is a former member, and one of the lead singers, of the successful pop group S Club, and launched a solo recording career in 2003 (16 years ago), releasing seven singles and two albums in the UK between 2003 (16 years ago) and 2005 (14 years ago). In 2008 (11 years ago), she came second in the sixth series of the BBC One series Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Vincent Simone.

Early years

Born in Southgate, London to a middle class Jewish family, she attended Ashmole School in London. From a very early age, Stevens was drawn to entertaining people; she started ballet and acting lessons at the age of five. In 1993 (26 years ago) she first caught attention while beating out 5000 competitors and winning a modeling contest sponsored by UK teen magazine Just 17.

Following her first modeling jobs, she decided to study at the London College of Fashion (where she got a diploma in the business course). During that time she also worked in a movie company and later ended up working in public relations, but began to lose interest and decided to pursue a career in singing instead.

Career

Music career

S Club
At the age of twenty, Stevens became a member of the British pop group S Club 7, which were a BRIT Award-winning British pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. The group rose to fame via their own BBC TV programme and by selling 16 million records worldwide and launching four number one hit singles in the United Kingdom. The band eventually split up in 2003 (16 years ago).

In 2001 (18 years ago) and 2002 (17 years ago) respectively, she was voted the second Sexiest Woman in the World by UK's FHM readers.

Solo
After S Club were disbanded, Stevens signed a £1.5 million ($2.3 million) solo four-album deal with Polydor Records and re-signed with Fuller. Breaking out on her own after success with S Club was hard for Stevens, "I think we ended up conforming to what people's perceptions were," she said about the group. "This one was the ditzy one, this one was the singer, this one was the dancer. And to come out of that and be a whole person has been a real challenge for me. I didn't have my say, really, in the group. None of us did."

Her first solo single, written by Cathy Dennis (who has also written for Britney Spears (80 walls) and Kylie Minogue (25 walls)) and produced by Bloodshy & Avant, "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", was released in sep. 2003 (16 years ago).

Taking inspiration from R&B music most reminiscent of TLC and Sugababes (6 walls), and adult-style pop music by Madonna, Stevens's debut solo album, Funky Dory was released later that month. The album was a minor hit, reaching number nine on the UK albums chart. Although the album was not a huge commercial success, it did gain praise from pop critics. Jamie Gill, in a review for Yahoo! Launch, said that Stevens "eschews the cheap and cheerful approach of her old band for a slinky adult confidence and musical eclecticism."

That December, the album's title track, "Funky Dory" was released as the second single. The song was hailed as being sophisticated and sexy, like its predecessor, and featured a sample of the David Bowie song "Andy Warhol" from his album Hunky Dory. Hopes were high that the single would be able to match the success of "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", but like her album, the single made a low showing on the charts, peaking at number twenty four. The song was given mixed reviews by pop-critics with some calling it "musically better than "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" with a hybrid of pop, Latin and even a hint of jazz infusion" but not a good choice as a single as it lacked anything special and different, as it did not live up to Stevens' previous single.

In Jul. 2004 (15 years ago), Stevens released a brand new song, "Some Girls" which was produced by Richard X. After the commercial failure of both her album and previous song hopes were high for "Some Girls" to perform well on the charts, with critics calling the song her career make or break release. The song became a hit across Europe, and reached number two in the UK. All profits from the song went to the BBC Sport Relief charity. On its release HMV.co.uk called the song Stevens's "finest song to date", and Yahoo! Launch commented "she came to save her career. She ended up saving pop."

Due to the success of "Some Girls", Funky Dory was re-released to include "Some Girls" and another new track, a cover of Andrea True Connection's "More More More". "More More More" peaked at number three in the UK, giving Stevens her third top ten solo single in the UK. At this point, Stevens stepped up promotion, inadvertently earning herself a Guinness World Record for “Most Public Appearances by a Pop Star in 24 Hours in Different Cities” (Seven on 8 September-9 sep. 2004 (15 years ago)).

Come and Get It
In late 2004 (15 years ago), Stevens began working on her second solo album with producers and songwriters Richard X, Alexis Strum, and Xenomania. The following Mar. she released the first single from her upcoming album, "Negotiate With Love". The song was hit in the UK, reaching the top ten.

"Negotiate with Love" was followed-up by the song "So Good", which was released in Jul. and was another success when it peaked at number ten in the UK. It was hailed as a good pop song that was "tastily produced and sassily delivered."

In the summer of 2005 (14 years ago), Channel 4 broadcast a documentary which followed Stevens through the summer as she promoted "So Good". After the singles and the documentary appeared, Stevens released Come and Get It in Oct. 2005 (14 years ago). The album was, like her previous effort, a minor success peaking at number twenty eight in the UK.

The last single released from Come And Get It was "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)", released in Oct. 2005 (14 years ago) the song peaked at number twelve in the UK. The single received some of the best reviews of Stevens's career with it being hailed by HMV.co.uk for its "astonishingly flawless vocal performance" and as Stevens' "most commercially accessible and quirky single since "Some Girls"."

Two years after the album's release, The Guardian placed it in their article "1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" list.

Acting career

While Stevens was a member of S Club 7, she appeared in five series of S Club shows: S Club 7 Go Wild! Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7, and Viva S Club. The group also starred in the feature film, Seeing Double. In 2004 (15 years ago), Stevens appeared in Suzie Gold, followed by a minor cameo role in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005, 14 years ago).

In 2005 (14 years ago), Stevens played a character called "Jane-Mary" in a Spider Man charity spoof called Spider-Plant Man for the BBC appearing opposite Rowan Atkinson. In dec. 2007 (12 years ago) it was announced that Stevens would be transformed into a nine-inch high plasticine character for Glendogie Bogey, a new animated comedy for BBC Scotland. Later in 2005 (14 years ago), Stevens also played a minor role in Dominic Veall's ITV TV drama Flawless playing Lucy Carlts, the sister of Rodger Carlts.

In Jan. 2009 (10 years ago), Stevens was reportedly "in talks" to appear in the second series of BBC One's Merlin.

Personal life

In her earlier years in S Club, Stevens dated property developer Daniel Cohen for about two years. Following the split, Cohen stated he met Stevens socially a few times after their break-up, adding "she's an absolute darling, someone I haven't a bad word to say about".

On Valentine's Day in 2002 (17 years ago), Stevens became engaged to actor Jeremy Edwards. The couple broke up in early 2004 (15 years ago).

After the breakup, she dated Gavin Dein, son of former Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein. The relationship did not last long, with the couple splitting up in Aug. 2005 (14 years ago).

In sep. and Oct. 2006 (13 years ago) respectively, Stevens was linked to actor Stephen Dorff and American-based British singer Oliver Trevena, known professionally as Oli T.

In Jun. 2008 (11 years ago), Stevens became engaged to boyfriend Alex Bourne in Italy (who had changed his surname from Leigh) after 18 months of dating.. The couple were planning to get married in the autumn of 2008 (11 years ago) but decided to postpone their wedding until Aug. 2009 (10 years ago) due to Stevens's busy autumn schedule training and performing on Strictly Come Dancing. Stevens married Bourne on 2 Aug. 2009 (10 years ago).

Filmography

  • 2003 (16 years ago): S Club Seeing Double
  • 2004 (15 years ago): Suzie Gold
  • 2005 (14 years ago): Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo

TV-shows (series)

  • 1999-2000: Miami 7
  • 2000 (19 years ago): S Club 7: Artistic Differences
  • 2000 (19 years ago): L.A. 7
  • 2001-2002: Hollywood 7
  • 2002 (17 years ago): Viva S Club
  • 2005 (14 years ago): Spider-Plant Man
  • 2008 (11 years ago): Glendogie Bogey
  • 2008 (11 years ago): Strictly Come Dancing

Discography

  • 2003 (16 years ago): Funky Dory
  • 2005 (14 years ago): Come and Get It

Awards and nominations

  • 2003 (16 years ago): Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
  • 2004 (15 years ago): Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
  • 2005 (14 years ago): Smash Hits Poll Winners Party
  • 2003 (16 years ago): National Music Awards
  • 2004 (15 years ago): Celebrity Awards
  • 2004 (15 years ago): NME Awards
  • 2004 (15 years ago): Disney Channel Kid's Choice Awards
  • 2004 (15 years ago): 52nd Annual Showbusiness Awards
  • 2005 (14 years ago): Glamour Awards
  • 2006 (13 years ago): Jammy Awards
  • 2009 (10 years ago): Digital Spy Reality Awards


Source: en.wikipedia.org


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