"I want to put pop music back on the map." Rachel Stevens
British pop singer Rachel Stevens rose to eminence as a member of the pop band S Club 7 (later S Club), with whom she made chart-toppers "Bring It All Back," "Don't Stop Movin' " and "Never Had A Dream Come True." After the group's breakup, Stevens went solo and released an album titled "Funky Dory" (2003, re-release in 2004). Her solo hit singles included "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex," "Some Girls" and "More More More" (a cover of the Andrea True Connection song). She will soon release the next yet-untitled album (possibly named "Come And Get It") in August 2005.
On the silver screen, Stevens could be seen in the films Suzie Gold (2004), Spider-Plant Man (2005, TV) and the soon-released Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. A former model, Stevens was also a spokesmodel for Pretty Polly tights and hosiery.
Brown-haired, brown-eyed Rachel Stevens stands at 5'2" tall. She placed second in the 100 Sexiest Women' Poll by FHM Magazine in 2001 (after Jennifer Lopez). As for her personal relationships, Stevens was once engaged to Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards. More recent, she was rumored to be marrying boyfriend Gavin Dein, but she later denied it by saying, "As for rumors that I'm marrying Gavin - bloody hell, we've only been dating for seven months! We're boyfriend and girlfriend and having fun."
Ratz, Rach, Ratzilla
Childhood and Family:
"I can be very passionate but I also have a bit of a hot temper when pushed." Rachel Stevens
In Southgate, London, England, Rachel Lauren Stevens was born on April 9, 1978, to parents Michael and Linda Stevens. She has two brothers, Jason and Lee Stevens. Since the age of 5, Rachel, nicknamed Ratz, Rach, and Ratzilla, attended drama school. However, she later turned to modeling and attended the London School of Fashion.
Between her hectic schedules, the English pop beauty recently joined a cancer campaign for male cancer charity EVERYMAN. The new ad is aimed to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Stevens explained, "Women tend to keep their eyes open for any unusual health changes. While men have a reputation of having their hands down their trousers a lot. I doubt that they're feeling for warning signs.
Every man is vulnerable to cancer. I hope I can encourage them to check themselves."
Sweet Dreams My LA Ex
Starting out as a model, Rachel Stevens first caught attention while winning a modeling contest sponsored by UK teen magazine Just 17 when she was 15. Despite a promising career in modeling, Stevens became interested in singing and joined an audition for a new British pop band called S Club 7. Afterward, she found herself joining band members Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Jo O'Meara and Tina Barrett.
Former Spice Girls' manager Simon Fuller created the group S Club 7.
With Polydor Records, they launched their debut single "Bring It All Back" (1999), which topped the UK chart at No. 1. They followed it up with other highly celebrated singles, "S Club Party" (1999), "Two In A Million," "You're My Number One" (1999), "Reach" (2000), and "Natural" (2000). More smash hit singles arrived with the new recording company Interscope Records, including "Don't Stop Movin' " (2001) and "Never Had A Dream Come True" (2000), the latter of which peaked the UK chart at No. 1 and the US chart at No. 10. They also spawned the No.1 UK hit "Have You Ever" (2001) and the No. 2 UK hits "You" (2002), "Say Goodbye," and "Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You" (2003). Adding to their victories, S Club 7 starred in their popular TV series "S Club 7 in Miami," "S Club 7 in L.A.," "S Club 7 in Hollywood" and "Viva S Club."
In June 2002, Paul Cattermole left the band to join new metal band Skua and the remaining six members stayed together under the name S Club. Unfortunately after the release of their movie Seeing Double in April 2003, the group decided to breakup.
"It's a huge move for me to be going solo, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. It's also quite nerve-racking having been surrounded by six friends for four years, but I love the new single and other material I've been working on and we're all very supportive of each other." Rachel Stevens
Following the split of S Club, Rachel signed a four-album solo deal with Polydor Records and agreed to become a spokesmodel for Pretty Polly tights and hosiery.
Under her new recording company, Stevens released her debut solo single "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" on September 15, 2003. Written by Cathy Dennis, the single climbed to No. 2 on the single charts.
Rachel's full-length album "Funky Dory" finally hit the music stores on September 29, 2003, and the second single with the same title was released on December 8, 2003. The album itself eventually reached No.
9 on the album charts after just one week and sold over a quarter of a million copies.
The summer anthem "Some Girls," Stevens' next single produced by Richard X, arrived on June 12, 2004. It proved to be the second solo hit for Stevens, peaking the charts at No. 2. "Some Girls" was later included in the re-released album "Funky Dory." It hit the music shelves on July 26th 2004, and charted No. 13.
In October 2004, Stevens released the No. 3 single "More More More," a cover of the Andrea True Connection song. She followed it up with the No. 10 hit singles "Negotiate With Love" (March 28, 2005) and "So Good" (July 4th, 2005). Rachel will release her yet-untitled second album, possibly named "Come And Get It," in August 2005 Stevens has branched out into acting. She played roles in Richard Cantor's romantic comedy Suzie Gold (2004) and in the made-for-TV movie Spider-Plant Man (2005). She will also appear in Mike Bigelow's soon-to-be-released comedy Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, starring Rob Schneider.
"I want people to see me as a new artist. You've got to focus on what you're doing and just do it." Rachel Stevens