Canadian singer and songwriter Natalie Appleton was propelled to prominence as part of the girl group All Saints, with younger sister Nicole Appleton and Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis. With the group, she scored two successful studio albums with “All Saints” (1997; #2 UK) and “Saints & Sinners” (2000, #1 UK), as well No.1 hit singles with “Never Ever” (1997), “Under The Bridge/Lady Marmalade” (1998), “Bootie Call” (1998) and “Black Coffee” (2000), before their disbanded in 2001. All Saints regrouped in 2006 and released the album “Studio 1” (2006), which went gold in the United Kingdom and generated the No. 3 hit “Rock Steady.” Natalie was also a member of the group Appleton with Nicole. Appleton produced a studio album called “Everything's Eventual” (2003, #9 UK) and three singles with “Fantasy” (2002, #2), “Don't Worry” (2003, #5) and “Everything Eventually” (2003, #38).
Since the late 1990s, Natalie has appeared in various television shows, including “Burt Bacharach: One Amazing Night,” “Live & Kicking,” “TFI Friday,” “The Priory,” “The Frank Skinner Show,” “V Graham Norton,” “The Weakest Link,” “Jack Dee Live at the Apollo,” “The Xtra Factor,” “This Morning,” “I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here,” “Richard & Judy,” “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross,” “Children in Need” and “TRL Italy.” Along with Nicole and Melanie Blatt, she starred in the poorly received film “Honest” (2000), where she also performed the song “You're All I Need to Get By” with Bootsy Collins for the soundtrack.
Natalie has been married twice. She has an older daughter named Rachel Appleton with her former husband Carl Robinson (married from 1993 to 1995) and one son, Ace Billy Howlett, with current husband Liam Howlett (married since 2002).
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Childhood and Family:
Natalie Jane Appleton was born on May 14, 1973, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, to a Canadian Jewish father, Kenbut, and a British mother, Mary. Along with her older sisters, Lee and Lori, and younger sister Nicole, she was raised in Toronto, New York and London after their parents' divorce in the late 1970s. In 1983, Natalie attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in North London, the same school attended by future All Saint band member Melanie Blatt. She moved back to New York City to attend high school in Ellenville, but quit at age 15 to work as a nightclub singer. Two years later, she returned to Camden and shortly thereafter, met stripper Carl Robinson while he was performing with The Dreamboys in London. She had moved in with him within three months of the encounter and gave birth to the couple's daughter, Rachel, on May 19, 1992. They married in 1993 in New York. To support her family, Natalie sang in bars and worked as an aerobics instructor. In 1995, however, the marriage ended in divorce.
On June 6, 2002, Natalie married Prodigy's Liam Howlett. On March 2, 2004, the couple welcomed a son named Ace Billy Howlett.
Former nightclub singer Natalie Appleton joined Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis in the group All Saint (founded in 1993 as All Saints 188.8.131.52) after the departure of Simone Rainford in 1995. Her sister Nicole soon became the fourth member of the group.
On November 24, 1997, All Saint launched the self titled debut album “All Saint” on London Records. It debuted at No. 12 on the U.K. Albums chart and eventually peaked at No. 2. It was certified multi platinum in England for selling over 1.5 million copies. “All Saint” also made the Top 10 in Switzerland (#3), Australia (#4), The Netherlands (#8) and Canada (#9). In the United States, the album charted at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by RIAA.
Released on August 18, 1997, the first single, “I Know Where It's At,” rose to No. 4 on the U.K. Singles chart and became the group's first U.K. Top 10 single. It was released in the U.S. in February 1998 and peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100. Natalie and her group scored their first No. 1 hit single with the widely popular “Never Ever” (1997), which became a chart topper in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand. It debuted at No. 13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in July 1998 and peaked at No. 4. The third single, “Under the Bridge/Lady Marmalade,” (1998) became the group's second No. 1 hit in the U.K., while the fourth single, “Bootie Call,” became their third No. 1 hit. The fifth and last single, “War of Nerves,” (1998) peaked at No. 7 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Following the success of their first album, Natalie and All Saint released “The Remix Album” on December 29, 1998. It charted at No. 104 in the U.K. and No. 27 in Australia. Around the same time, rumors of the group separating began surfacing. The girls responded to the gossip by releasing the album “Saints & Sinners” on October 16, 2000. It went to No. 1 on the U.K. Albums chart and double platinum there. The album spawned two No. 1 singles with “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee” (both 2000) and a Top 10 hit titled “All Hooked Up” (2001). Also in 2000, Natalie starred in the comedy “Honest” with band members Nicole and Blatt. Directed and co-written by former Eurythmics member David A. Stewart, the film received poor reviews and was a commercial flop. “Honest” was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. In addition to appearing in the film, the three contributed to three songs on the film's soundtrack.
All Saints broke up in February 2001. Their compilation album, “All Hits,” was released by London Records on November 5th that same year. The album peaked at No. 18 in the U.K. and achieved gold certification.
After the demise of All Saints, Natalie formed a duo with her sister called Appleton. Their first single, “Fantasy,” was released on September 2, 2002. It rose to No. 2 on the U.K. Singles. The single also charted in New Zealand and Australia at No. 39 and No. 56, respectively. In October 2002, the sisters released an autobiography called “Together.”
The Appleton's debut studio album, “Everything's Eventual,” hit the music stores on February 4, 2003. Named after the short story collection of the same name by Natalie's personal idol Stephen King, the album, released on Polydor Records, climbed to No. 9 on the U.K. charts and went gold after two months. The second single, “Don't Worry,” released on February 10, 2003, rose to No. 5 in the U.K. Natalie co-wrote the song with D. Hastings and C. Dodds. The third single, “Everything Eventually,” (2003), co-written by Natalie, Nicole, Alexis Smith, and multiple Grammy nominee Marius de Vries, only made the top 40 in the U.K. charts. After the release of the album, Appleton and Polydor parted ways.
Natalie and the remaining three members of All Saint were reunited in January 2006. The newly reformed group then signed with Parlophone Records and worked on their third studio album, “Studio 1.”
Released on November 13, 2006, “Studio 1” charted at No. 40 in the U.K. and No. 73 in Switzerland. The single “Rock Steady” (2006) gained primarily good reviews. It debuted at No. 11 on the U.K. Singles chart before peaking at No. 3. The single also charted in other countries, including Ireland (#15), Austria (#20) and Switzerland (#37). “Chick Fit” was originally set to be released as the second official single from the album, but was later postponed due to the poor sales of “Studio 1.” All Saint quickly parted ways with Parlophone and canceled their planned tour.
All Saint's next compilation album, “Pure Shores: The Very Best Of All Saints,” is scheduled to be released on September 29, 2010.