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Sweetbox
Origin Germany
Genres Pop, R&B, Dance, Rap, Classical
Years active 1995-present
Labels Warner Music Group (Present)
Sony BMG (Present)
Avex Trax
Website www.sweetbox.com
Members
Jamie Pineda (2007 - present)
Former members
Kimberley Kearney (1995)
Dacia Bridges (1995-1996)
Tina Harris (1997-1999)
Jade Villalon (2000-2007)

Sweetbox is a Los Angeles based pop music project formed in 1995 by executive producer Heiko Schmidt and music producer Roberto "Geo" Rosan.

Sweetbox first became famous with the singer Kimberley Kearney in the summer of 1995. Following Kimberley's departure from the project, Dacia Bridges was hired and released two singles in 1996.

Real success hit the project when the third singer, Tina Harris became the new face of Sweetbox and released the song Everything's Gonna Be Alright in 1997. The song saw worldwide success and placement in top ten charts all around the globe. Tina went on to release the first full length self titled album and it quickly became the #1 album on the charts in 1998 in Japan and was awarded two Japanese Grammies for Best Song and the Best Newcomer in 1998.

After feeling burnt out, vocalist Tina Harris departed the group. Jade Villalon was then hired and during her time recording under the Sweetbox name released five studio albums and reached high success in Europe, Japan and South Korea. In late 2007, Villalon left the project along with producer Geo.

Soon after Jade's departure, Heiko Schmidt began the search for the next front woman. Jamie Pineda was hired out of 3,000 auditions and went on to record and release her first album with the help of new producer Derek Bramble to high success in Japan and South Korea.

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History

1995-1999: Dacia, Kimberley & Tina Harris

In 1995, Sweetbox was founded as a music project from the executive producer Heiko Schmidt and music producer Roberto Rosan in Germany.

The first song, Booyah - Here We Go, performed by Atlanta based rapper Kimberley Kearney and was originally released as a "euro-house" track. A 70's style disco remix was released to radio stations and created the first success for Sweetbox in Germany and France.

In 1996, Sweetbox released their second song, Shakalaka, which was performed by Dacia Bridges, as Kimberley Kearney left. Following up on that, the third single, Wot, was released by Dacia and hit the Germany charts with great success.

Following up on Dacia and Kimberley's short stints as frontwoman, Tina Harris became the face of the group in 1997. The first single I'll Die For You was a duet with R&B singer Christopher Taylor. The second single, Everything's Gonna Be Alright, featuring a sample of Johann Sebastian Bach's Air on the G String and received placement in ten different European Top Ten charts. Tina went on to release the first full length self titled album and became a #1 album on the charts in 1998 in Japan and was awarded two Japanese Grammies for Best Song (1998) and the Best Newcomer (1998).

Everything's Gonna Be Alright, which started as a release in Germany only, became a global success and was #1 on the global radio charts for 10 weeks. In the US, the peak position for the album was #2 on the Top 100 single charts and #37 US Billboard album charts.

At the end of 1998, Harris left the project after feeling burnt out as a team.

2001–2004: Classified, Jade & Adagio

A year after Tina Harris' departure, Heiko Schmidt met aspiring vocalist Jade Villalon in Los Angeles, and invited her to join the band. With this, the project's musical style had changed from R&B and hip-hop to dance and pop, with many songs created around classical music pieces.

The first album with Jade Villalon was named Classified in 2000. The general sounds of the album were dance, pop, and rock, with songs incorporating classical pieces by Beethoven, Ennio Morricone and others. Slower tempoed romantic songs were also present on the album. It received platinum certification in Japan.

The second album with Villalon as front woman, Jade was released in Asia in 2002. The song, Lighter Shade of Blue, also known as "Here On My Own" because of its similar music video version of the song, was released as a single in Europe and remained number one on charts for four consecutive weeks. The follow up single was Read My Mind.

An acoustic version of Jade was released in 2003, under the name Jade - Silver Edition.

Later in 2003, Sweetbox was approached by Square-Enix to sing the three vocal songs for the English version of the video game, Final Fantasy X-2. Sweetbox recorded the songs Real Emotion, "1,000 Words" and 1,000 Words (Orchestrated Version) for the game. The songs were made available on the CD Final Fantasy X-2 International + Last Mission OST and longer versions of these songs are featured on the Japanese release of the album Adagio.

2004–2005: Adagio & After The Lights

Sweetbox's fourth studio album Adagio was released in 2004. Although more upbeat in nature than the Jade album, Adagio had a deeper and darker theme, similar to the sometimes chilling classical passages of which the albums songs are based on.

Also in 2004, SWEETBOX released 13 Chapters which contained half of the songs from Adagio and half from the upcoming album After the Lights which was released shortly after.

The After the Lights album, released in 2005, was a bridge album specially made for the Christmas and New Year's Eve season. The singles were Killing Me DJ and the song Girl from Tokyo. The album featured strong guitar backup, romantic pop-ballads, covers of a few Christmas songs, and one self-written Christmas song.

2005–2007: Addicted & Jade's Departure

In 2005 Sweetbox released their first greatest hits album, Best of Sweetbox in Japan, and The Best of Sweetbox 1995-2005 in Europe, Taiwan and South Korea. It contained a new version of Sweetbox's first hit, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" retitled as Everything's Gonna Be Alright -reborn- and sung by Villalon, with new lyrics and a guest singer. The greatest hits album sold 205,507 copies and became the 73rd best selling album of 2005.

Later in 2005, the music magazine FONO awarded Sweetbox the No. 1 Cross-Border Artist title, and two Sweetbox songs, Addicted and Hate Without Frontiers (turned to World Without Frontiers), were featured in a Japanese commercial for the Subaru Legacy. A new album, Raw Treasures Volume 1, featuring demo versions of Sweetbox songs, and unreleased songs the band had recorded, was released in late 2005.

Sweetbox's next full length studio album, Addicted, was released at the very beginning of 2006, bringing back a strong, up-beat dance style in many songs, and famous classical pieces to base them upon.

August 2006 saw the release of Sweetbox's first ever live album containing the DVD and CD of a major Sweetbox tour in 2006. Also a remix album, featuring many songs from before Villalon became lead vocalist for the group, was released shortly after.

In December 2006 Jade Villalon left the Sweetbox project. In 2007 Roberto "Geo" Rosan decided to quit his work for the music project and sold his part of ownership in the Sweetbox project and the trademark Sweetbox to executive producer Heiko Schmidt.

2007-Present: Jamie & The Next Generation

In August 2007 after Jade Villalon's departure from the group, Heiko Schmidt, with the help of Hayden Bell and Andre Recke began the search for the groups fifth singer. Out of 3,000 auditions, then 18 year old Jamie Pineda became the new front woman. A month later Jamie started traveling the globe to places like Stockholm, Gothenburg, New York City and London to write with the likes of Toby Gad, Georgie Dennis and Derek Bramble, who later became the new producer of Sweetbox, replacing that of Geo.

After two years in the works, The Next Generation was released to Japan under the Warner Music Japan label in June 2009 and in Korea under the Sony BMG label in November 2009. The album was also released in between the Japan and Korean releases in July via iTunes worldwide. It was the first Sweetbox release in North America since the debut album from the project in 1998.

The album was well received in Japan and had incredible success in Korea. It peaked in the top 10 in several charts in both countries including #4 on the Oricon International Charts and #1 on M-Net's Pop Album charts.

In January 2010, Heiko Schmidt announced that Jamie had finished writing for the album and that the second release from Pineda would be recorded in the coming months and would be released in the second quarter of 2010. He stated that the new album will feature "more uptempo and high energetic songs" then the previous release.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums
Compilations, live and remix albums

References

External links








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