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Background information
Birth name     Rachel Lauren Stevens
Born     April 9, 1978 (1978-04-09) (age 29)
Southgate, London, England
Genre(s)     Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary
Instrument(s)     Singing
Years active     1999–present
Label(s)     Polydor (1999-2003 group), (2003-present solo)
acts     S Club
Website     Official site

Rachel Lauren Stevens (born April 9, 1978) is an English singer, actress, and an occasional model. A former member of the successful pop group S Club (7), she launched a solo recording career and has released seven singles and two albums to date in the UK.

    * 1 Early life
    * 2 Career
          o 2.1 S Club
          o 2.2 Solo career
                + 2.2.1 Funky Dory
                + 2.2.2 Come and Get It
          o 2.3 2008-present: New Album
    * 3 Acting career
          o 3.1 Reality T.V.
          o 3.2 Personal life
    * 4 Awareness campaigns
    * 5 Endorsement deals
    * 6 Discography
          o 6.1 Albums
          o 6.2 Singles
          o 6.3 Films
          o 6.4 Television
    * 7 Awards
    * 8 Achievements
    * 9 Notes
    * 10 References
    * 11 External links

Early life

Born in Southgate, London, Stevens attended Ashmole School in London.[citation needed] At the age of fifteen, she beat out 5000 competitors in a modeling competition sponsored by Just 17 magazine.[1] Following her first modeling jobs, she studied at the London School of Fashion and worked in public relations.[1]


S Club
Stevens in the music video for "Have You Ever"
Stevens in the music video for "Have You Ever"

    Main article: S Club 7

At the age of nineteen, Stevens accompanied her brother to an audition in London for a new pop group, which was being put together by Simon Fuller, the one-time manager of the Spice Girls.[2] While waiting for her brother to audition, she was approached by the judges.[citation needed] After many calls and auditions she was chosen as a member of the new group S Club 7, along with Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, and Hannah Spearritt.

After a successful audition, Stevens became a member of the British pop group S Club 7, which were a BRIT Award-winning English pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. The group rose to fame via their own BBC television programme and by selling sixteen million records worldwide[1] and launching four number one hit singles in the United Kingdom. S Club disbanded in 2003.[3]

Solo career

Funky Dory

After S Club broke up, Stevens signed a £1.5 million solo four-album deal with Polydor Records and re-signed with S Club manager, Simon Fuller.[4] 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 was," 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."[2]

Her first solo single, written by Cathy Dennis (who has also written for Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue) and produced by Bloodshy & Avant, was "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", released in September 2003. The single was a hit, debuting at number two on the UK singles chart, beaten to the top spot by the Black Eyed Peas and their international hit single "Where Is The Love?. The single was also a hit worldwide peaking in the top ten in multiple countries including Ireland and Sweden.
Stevens in the music video for her hit single More More More (2004).
Stevens in the music video for her hit single More More More (2004).

Taking inspiration from R&B music most reminiscent of TLC and Sugababes, and adult-style pop music by Madonna, Stevens' debut solo album, Funky Dory was released later that month. The album was a minor hit, reaching number nine on the UK albums chart and quickly fading away in subsequent weeks almost without a trace. 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."[3]

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 six and then quickly disappearing. 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.[4]

In July 2004, Stevens released a brand new single, "Some Girls" which was produced by Richard X. After the commercial failure of both her album and previous single hopes were high for "Some Girls" to perform well on the charts, with critics calling the single her career make or break release. The single became a hit across Europe, and reached number two in the UK. All profits from the single went to the BBC Sport Relief charity. On its release called the single Stevens' "finest song to date",[5] and Yahoo! Launch commented "she came to save her career. She ended up saving pop."[6]

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". 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 September 8-September 9, 2004).
Guinness World Records Show
Guinness World Records Show

On its single release, "More More More" peaked at number three in the UK, giving Stevens her third top ten solo single in the UK. The song was not well received by critics who called the vocals on the song weak and the fact that the song is a cover uninspiring. Stevens herself has stated that she dislikes the song. Nevertheless, the song was a hit and due to the re-release of the album, Funky Dory has sold close to 200,000 copies in the UK to date and was a minor success.[7]

Come and Get It
Stevens and dancers in the music video for her top ten hit single "So Good" (2005).
Stevens and dancers in the music video for her top ten hit single "So Good" (2005).

In late 2004, Stevens began working on her second solo album with producers and songwriters Richard X, Alexis Strum and Xenomania. The following March she released the first single from her upcoming album, "Negotiate With Love". The song was a minor hit in the UK, reaching the top ten.

"Negotiate with Love" was followed-up by the song "So Good", which was released in July 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."[8]

The singles were followed by Stevens' second full-length studio album, Come And Get It in October 2005. The album was, like her previous effort, a minor success peaking at number twenty-eight in the UK. Come And Get It sold only 18,000 copies in Britain in its first 3 months, and has been deemed a commercial failure, even though the British pop magazines hailed it as a great pop album. The album was also released as a special 'Limited Edition' CD and DVD.

The last single released from the album was "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)", released in October 2005 the song peaked at number twelve in the UK. The single received some of the best reviews of Stevens' career with it being hailed by for its "astonishingly flawless vocal performance" and as Stevens' "most commercially accessible and quirky single since "Some Girls"."[9]

Due to the low charting of the album and its singles no further singles were released, although multiple rumours stated that "Nothing Good About This Goodbye" and the Richard X produced "Crazy Boys" were going to be released as singles. In early January 2006, rumours surfaced that Stevens was to be dropped from Polydor Records. However, a statement was released by the Polydor executives stating that she is still with Polydor.[citation needed]

2008-present: New Album

Rachel rumored to begin recording her third studio album in Spring of 2006 but nothing ever came to. However in 2008 the Daily Star said that Rachel would be releasing a third album but she had departed from her managment. The song 'Guide to Seduction' [5] was added to the ASCAP website and is believed to be on her third album.

Acting career

While Stevens was a member of S Club 7, she appeared in 4 seasons of S Club shows Miami 7, L.A. 7, Hollywood 7, and Viva S Club. The group also starred in the feature film, Seeing Double. In 2004, Stevens appeared in Suzie Gold, followed by a role in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005).[6]

Stevens spent the first few months of 2006 in Los Angeles in preparation of launching an acting career, and has spent much of her time there ever since.[citation needed]

In December 2007 it was announced that Stevens will be transformed into a nine-inch high plasticine character for Glendogie Bogey, a new animated comedy for BBC Scotland.[7]

Reality T.V.

It has been speculated that Stevens would make appearances on several reality shows. It was reported that she would enter the Celebrity Big Brother house when her ex Jeremy Edwards was in the house, and again in the 2007 version of the series. In the latter instance, it was her fellow band mate Jo O'Meara who entered.

Her name was also mentioned for the 2006 series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!,[8], but she was not one of the celebrities to enter the jungle that year.

Personal life

On Valentine's Day in 2002, Stevens became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, actor Jeremy Edwards.[9] The couple broke up in early 2004 after they had been dating for over three years.[10] Stevens made headlines in March 2004 when she was ditched by her rumoured boyfriend, businessman Martin McCullough. The couple were rumoured to have dated for two months after Stevens broke-up with Edwards. The relationship was never confirmed by either side.[10][unreliable source?]

After the breakup, she started dating Gavin Dein, son of Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein.[11] The relationship would not last long, with the couple splitting up in August 2005.[12]

Stevens has also been linked to actor Steven Dorff[13]and American-based British singer Oli Trevena (Oli T).[14]

Awareness campaigns
Stevens in the Everyman Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign commercial.
Stevens in the Everyman Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign commercial.

In 2005, Stevens fronted the Everyman Testicular Cancer Awareness campaign. Stevens' role was notable as she was the first woman to represent this campaign. Her television commercial raised eyebrows with its suggestive content that included her telling men to "put one hand down their trousers and give their testicles a good feel". On the commercial, Stevens commented, "Sometimes men need a little encouragement to think about their health. This is a funny way of raising awareness about a serious subject."[11]

In 2005, Stevens also took part in the Make Poverty History campaign, which aims to eliminate poverty in developing countries by cancelling old debts, improving the way aid is given and removing barriers, so these countries can trade more effectively with the rest of the world. Stevens donated an undisclosed amount of money to the campaign, and also starred in television and magazine advertisements supporting the cause. Her official Web site also displayed the campaign's official online banner.[12]

Endorsement deals

While in S Club 7, Stevens fronted the World Wide Fund for Nature. On her episode of Go Wild, she was the spokesperson for the Siberian tiger. More recently, she has been the front woman for Pretty Polly (2004), Sky Sports (2004), Marks & Spencer (2004), Focus Dailies (2007) amongst others.



    * 2003: Funky Dory
    * 2005: Come and Get It
    * 2008: TBA

Year     Single     Chart positions[15]     Album
UK     IRL     DEN     NOR     SE     BEL     SUI     GER     EU     WW
2003     "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"     2     2     2     5     24     25     63     64     7     —     Funky Dory
"Funky Dory"     26     24     —     —     —     —     —     —     82     —
2004     "Some Girls"     2     1     —     —     —     —     —     —     10     53     Funky Dory
"More, More, More"     3     5     —     —     —     —     —     —     8     60
2005     "Negotiate with Love"     10     27     —     —     —     —     —     —     53     53     Come And Get It
"So Good"     10     27     —     —     —     —     —     —     51     69
"I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)"     12     34     —     —     —     —     —     —     65     91
2008     "TBA"     TBA     TBA     —     —     —     —     —     —     TBA     TBA

Year     Title     Character
2003     Seeing Double     Rachel Stevens (herself)
2004     Suzie Gold     Girl from M5
2005     Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo     Louisa, the Dirty Girl

Year     Title     Character
1999     Miami 7     Rachel Stevens (herself)
2000     L.A. 7     Rachel Stevens (herself)
S Club 7 Go Wild!     Rachel Stevens (herself)
2001     Hollywood 7     Rachel Stevens (herself)
2002     Don't Stop Movin'     Rachel Stevens (herself)
Viva S Club     Rachel Stevens (herself)
2005     Spider-Plant Man (for Comic Relief 2005)     Jane-Mary


Smash Hits Poll Winners Party

    * Best Dressed Star (2003)
    * Best Dressed Star (2004)
    * Most Fanciable Female (2004)
    * Most Fanciable Female (2005)

Jammy Awards

    * Most Outstanding Female Singer (2006)

Glamour Awards

    * Woman Of The Year (2005)

52nd Annual Showbusiness Awards

    * Recording Artist Of The Year (2004)

NME awards

    * Best Female Artist (2004)

Celebrity Awards

    * Sexiest Female Celebrity (2004)

Disney Channel Kid's Choice Awards'

    * Best Female (2004)

National Music Awards

    * Favourite UK Female Singer (2003)


    * Stevens album Come and Get It was one of The Guardian's 1,000 Albums You Have to Listen To Before You Die in November of 2007.
    * Stevens was the first woman to front the Everyman Cancer Campaign for testicular cancer in 2005.
    * She was chosen to open the Olympic Games bid ceremony in Trafalgar Square in July 2005.
    * She is currently at number fifteen in FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2007.
    * Stevens' cover of "More, More, More" ranked at number nine on TMFs Top 40 Covers of All-Time.
    * Was the opening artists at the Royal Variety Performance in front of Her Majesty The Queen in 2003.
    * Stevens was voted the 77th greatest sex symbol of all time in a Channel 4 poll.
    * Named #2 in's Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
    * Number 3 on's most searched women in 2003.

FHM Rank history

    * 2000: #18
    * 2001: #2
    * 2002: #2
    * 2003: #2
    * 2004: #2
    * 2005: #13
    * 2006: #14
    * 2007: #15

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