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Lisa Scott-Lee

Performing at the Junction, Cambridge in 2004
Background information
Born 5 November 1975 (1975-11-05) (age 34)
St Asaph, Wales, Denbighshire, UK
Genres Pop, Dance, Disco
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1997–2005 (singing)
2008–present (reality)
Labels Concept Records
Associated acts Steps, Andy Scott-Lee, Hear'say
Website Official website

Lisa Scott-Lee (born 5 November 1975) is a Welsh singer-songwriter and graduate of the Italia Conti Academy stage school, who is best known for her five years with Steps.

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Career

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Steps (1997–2001)

Scott-Lee is best known for her five years with the UK pop group, Steps. The group, which came together in 1997 and had 14 top 10 singles in the UK, split up on Boxing Day 2001.

Early solo projects and career (2002–2004)

Scott-Lee spent a short time managing her three younger brothers, including Andy, in a group of their own called 3SL. After little success they were dropped from their label, and split up.

Scott-Lee decided she would go solo and was signed to Mercury Records. She stepped back into the limelight in April 2003 with her debut single, "Lately", which she co-wrote. The single was released on 12 May 2003 and pulled into the singles chart at a respectable number 6.

On 8 September 2003 Scott-Lee released her second single (which she also co-wrote), "Too Far Gone", which entered the charts at number 11.

Mercury parted company with Scott-Lee when they feared her success might be limited. She was left without a record company. As a result her album, "Unleashed", was cancelled, although promotional samplers had already been released.

Scott-Lee went on to be featured in the Girls of FHM music video for "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" in the summer of 2004, all the while preparing to release a new single.

The single, "Get It On", was a collaboration between Intenso Project and herself. At the time the song was created they had yet to score a record deal for the song and were forced to self-fund the video. Eventually Ministry of Sound picked the song (just the song, not them as a group or Scott-Lee as a solo act) up and it was released on 28 November 2004. Despite numerous personal appearances and various promotional events, the song charted at number 23. The 'Get It On' music video was ranked in the FHM top 100 sexiest music videos.

Totally Scott-Lee (2005)

In the summer of 2005, it was revealed that a camera crew from MTV had been following Scott-Lee for nearly a year, tracking her life, and those of her husband (Johnny Shentall of Hear'Say), her brother (Andy Scott-Lee), former publicist (Sean Borg), 80's pop singer turned music manager (Nathan Moore), and her brother's girlfriend Michelle Heaton (of Liberty X). The show was to be the UK version of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.

As time passed more information was revealed. The show, titled Totally Scott-Lee, originally Scott-Lee Unlimited, was to follow Scott-Lee on her effort to put her career back on track. The challenge of the show was that she had to score a top ten hit with her next single, or she would be forced to quit the music industry.[1]

Scott-Lee was signed to a small record label, Concept Records, and began recording songs for her next single. Concept chose "Electric" and starting making plans for its release. The single had to be released on 10 October 2005 in order to meet with deadlines for the MTV show.

Roseann McBride, assistant to managing director Max Bloom of Concept Records has gone on record (on the show and in private) several times saying that she was against the record being released on this date.[2] One of the main reasons for this was that it would have very little promotion time (5 weeks as opposed to the usual 8-10 weeks). The song was released and, despite a television show backing her, it failed to reach the top ten, as "Electric" charted at number 13.

Following the end result, Lisa said in the show that she deeply regretted agreeing to quit the music business. She said that she only went along with it to please other people, and that she wished she had "never said it". The final episode focused on her reaction, and the reactions of the people around her, as she came to terms with the end of her career.

Other highlights of the show included Scott-Lee's brother Andy proposing to his girlfriend Michelle Heaton in a restaurant, and the constant arguments between her and her family. The show has recently started screening in foreign markets.

Further solo career plans (2005–present)

Following the failure of Electric to achieve its targeted top 10 position (by only around 500 or so, after selling well over 8000), plans were announced to release "Electric" in Japan, Australia, Germany and South Africa.

In Australia, "Electric" spent two weeks in the Top 100, but failed to chart in the Top 40. She went to South Africa and Germany to promote the single, but did not go to Australia. Despite the failure to chart, the album will be released in Australia.[3]

Scott-Lee released Boy on the Dancefloor, a song from her unreleased album, on her website as a Christmas gift to her fans in 2005. The MP3 download came with a note which read "Merry Xmas from Lisa and all of the LSL team, we hope you love this free Xmas gift and have a great time singing and dancing along."

Scott-Lee won three Naomi Awards in 2006: Worst British Female Solo Artist, Worst Pop Act and Worst British Single (Electric). In April 2006, it was announced that her first full length solo album would be called Never Or Now, and that the UK version would be different from the international version. It's not known which countries have decided to release Never or Now. [3] In May 2006 Lisa Scott-Lee and Nathan Moore parted ways. Scott-Lee also parted ways with her Australian management, Williamson Management[citation needed].

On 28 November 2006, release dates were announced for Never And Now around the world. The UK digital release date was supposed to be 26 March, presumably to capitalise on her success in Dancing On Ice. However, following her defeat in the sixth episode, the debut album was delayed again.[4]

Dancing On Ice (2006–2007)

On 1 October 2006, it was announced that Scott-Lee would "film a great new TV show for mainstream TV" on her official website. It later emerged that the TV show in question was the second series of ITV's Dancing On Ice, although this was not officially confirmed until late December 2006. Her participation in "Dancing On Ice" began on 20 January 2007. On Saturday 24 February 2007, she lost in the dance off on the Dancing on Ice TV Show finishing in 6th place. Scott-Lee's association with Dancing On Ice continued between March and May 2007, when she took part in Dancing On Ice: The Tour which toured across the UK.

Never Or Now (2007–present)

Scott-Lee's first solo album Never Or Now was released in South Africa by Sheer Music on 26 March 2007.

'Never Or Now' was released in the UK as a music download on 18 June 2007. A CD version has also been released in Belgium and the Netherlands. On 16 July - the album shall have an import release and has been confirmed by Play.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Scott-Lee appeared in the 2007 Christmas special of the Ricky Gervais show Extras. She appeared in the Derby pantomime as 'Jack's wife' alongside her husband Johnny Shentall who is playing 'A Beanstalk' in 2007 - 2008.

ITV2's CelebAir

In September 2008 Scott-Lee was a contestant on ITV2's flight attendant-based reality series CelebAir alongside husband Johnny. On 2 October 2008. the pair were eliminated from the show in the fifth week, after abandoning their cabin crew duties to party for two hours at Eden in Ibiza.

Discography

For Lisa Scott-Lee's releases with Steps, see STEPS discography

Singles

Single UK Singles Chart[5]
"Lately" #6
"Too Far Gone" #11
"Get It On"
(Intenso Project feat. Lisa Scott Lee)
#23
"Electric" #13
"24/7" (with The Skywalkers) N/R

(*) "24/7", a song by The Skywalkers featuring Lisa Scott-Lee, was recorded in 2008, but never released. The song leaked onto the Internet in January 2009.

Albums

Year Title Chart positions
UK Albums Chart
2007 Never Or Now -

Personal life

Scott-Lee became engaged to former Steps dancer and Hear'Say singer, Johnny Shentall in April 2001 and they married on 14 August 2004. She gave birth to a baby boy on 23 February 2008, Jaden Anthony Scott-Lee (6lb 10z).[6]. On September 24th 2009 she gave birth to a baby girl called Star Lily.[7]

References

  1. ^ Lisascottlee.com Official page for Totally Scott-Lee. Accessed: 3 September 2006
  2. ^ Generationsteps.co.uk Episode 4 of Totally Scott-Lee. Accessed: 3 September 2006
  3. ^ a b Lisascottlee.com Official forum message. Posted: 21 April 2006. Accessed: 3 September 2006
  4. ^ Lisa Scott-Lee the official site
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 485. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Sarah (25 March 2008). "Lisa Scott-Lee and Johnny Shentall welcome son Jayden". Celebrity Baby Blog. http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2008/03/lisa-scott-lee.html. Retrieved 24 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Lisa Scott-Lee shows off new baby daughter". 23 November 2009. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1230143/Former-Steps-singer-Lisa-Scott-Lee-shows-new-baby-daughter-Star-Lily.html. Retrieved 24 November 2009. 

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