Hi-5 (Australian band)

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For the television series of the same name, see Hi-5 (Australian TV series).

and Hi-5 House

Hi-5
Hi-5 hand logo.png
Background information
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Children's music, edutainment
Years active 1998–present
Labels Sony BMG
Associated acts Hi-5 USA
Hi-5 UK
Website http://www.hi-5world.com
Members Stevie Nicholson
Dayen Zheng
Ainsley Melham
Mary Lascaris
Tanika Anderson
Past members Kathleen de Leon Jones
Tim Harding
Charli Robinson
Kellie Crawford
Nathan Foley
Sun Park
Fely Irvine
Casey Burgess
Tim Maddren
Lauren Brant

Hi-5 is an Australian children's musical group formed in 1998 which is associated with the children's television series of the same name.

Origins of the group[edit]

In 1998, television producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pyjamas, created "Hi-5" when her two children outgrew Bananas. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at children of all ages, would include educational trends as fun and games, and would feature music and movement that would attract children's attention.

The auditions for the hosts and the eventual members that would make up the group were held in June 1998, with the first program broadcast in January 1999. Since then, the group has won five ARIA awards for "Best Children's Album" (in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004),[1] won three consecutive Australian Logie Awards (the Australian awards for television performance and production recognition) for "Most Outstanding Children's Preschool Program" in 2000, 2001 (tied with Round the Twist) and 2004.

Band members[edit]

Stevie Nicholson
who joined in 2007
Casey Burgess who joined in 2008, and left in January 2013
Lauren Brant
who joined in 2009, and left in July 2014

Current members[edit]

  • Stevie Nicholson (2007–present)
  • Dayen Zheng (2012–present)
  • Mary Lascaris (2013–present)
  • Ainsley Melham (2013–present)
  • Tanika Anderson (2014–present)

Former members[edit]

Original members[edit]

Puppets[edit]

  • Chatterbox ("Chats")

- Voiced by Charli Robinson (1998–2002)
- Voiced by Sophie Katinis (2002-2004)
- Voiced by Erin Marshall (2004–2006)
- Voiced by Noni McCallum (2006–2008)
- Voiced by Natalie Duarte (2008–2009)
- Voiced by Alycce Martins (2010)
- Voiced by Brianne Turk (2011)
- Voiced by Teigan Nash (2012)
- Voiced by Mary Lascaris (2013)

  • Jup-Jup

- Voiced by Tim Harding (1998–2007)
- Voiced by Noni McCallum (2007–2008)
- Voiced by Natalie Duarte (2008–2009)
- Voiced by Alycce Martins (2010)
- Voiced by Brianne Turk (2011)
- Voiced by Teigan Nash (2012)
- Voiced by Ainsley Melham (2013)

Original and former members' reasons for leaving[edit]

In order, first to last:

  • Kathleen de Leon Jones: Left following the birth of her first child with former Savage Garden member Daniel Jones in 2006, and permanent leaving in July 2007 to focus on raising her child.
  • Tim Harding: Left following a serious motorcycle accident in 2007 where he fractured both legs and suffered a serious spinal injury that required intensive care and reconstruction.
  • Charli Robinson: In February 2008 she left to pursue other interests in presenting work, and acting in film and television, in order to "challenge herself".
  • Kellie Crawford: Left to explore other career opportunities and to settle down and start a family. Announced in October 2008 that her last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on 24 December 2008 with Nathan and Sun.
  • Nathan Foley: Left to concentrate on solo music career. Announced in November 2008 that his last show would be at Carols by Candlelight on 24 December 2008 with Kellie and Sun
  • Sun Park: Left prior to her marriage to Nathan Pezzimenti as she did not wish to be constantly leaving her husband to tour with Hi-5. Announced in December 2008 that her final performance would be at Carols by Candlelight with Kellie and Nathan.
  • Fely Irvine: Left to pursue other acting opportunities. Her final performance was at the 2011 Carols by Candlelight.
  • Tim Maddren: Left after getting a role in The Addams Family Broadway Musical. His final performance was in Cebu City, Philippines, on 19 January 2013.
  • Casey Burgess: Left to pursue a solo music career. Her final performance was in Cebu City, Philippines, on 19 January 2013.
  • Lauren Brant: Left the band to pursue other acting opportunities. Announced a business venture, Loliboli, on YouTube on 12 June 2014.

Replacement of cast[edit]

Live tours[edit]

The band tours annually and visits several countries in which they are popular. These include Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Tour themes[edit]

  • 2000 It's A Party (Series 1 and 2)
  • 2001 Hi-5 Alive (Series 3)
  • 2002 Celebrate (Series 4)
  • 2002–2003 Hi-5 Alive (Series 4)
  • 2003–2004 Come On And Party (Series 5)
  • 2005–2006 Space Magic (Series 6)
  • 2006–2007 Live Action Hero (Series 7)
  • 2007–2008 Circus Stage Show Live (Series 8 and 9)
  • 2008 Party Street Tour (Regional Australia only, Series 8 and 9 reprised)
  • 2008 Playtime Tour (Series 10)
  • 2009–2010 Hi-5 Surprise! (Series 11)
  • 2011 Turn The Music Up (series 12)
  • 2012–2013 Hi-5 Holiday! (series 13)
  • 2013–2014 Hi-5 House Party Tour (House era, Series 1)
  • 2014-2015 Hi-5 House Hits Tour (House era, Series 2)

Christmas eve concert[edit]

There have been eleven special Christmas Eve concerts, in which the cast sang at Carols by Candlelight. These concerts have been held annually since 2000 and have commomly been the last shows for departing cast members.

Shows[edit]

On 30 October 2009, there was a Hi-5 performance at UK shopping centre Westfield London for its first birthday party.

Discography[edit]

Hi-5 has produced a number of CDs, at least five of which have gone platinum in Australia. In addition, there is a range of DVD's and videos (Region 4, PAL colour), as well as games and puzzles.

  • Jump and Jive with Hi-5 (1999) – #33 Australia
  • It's A Party (2000) – #4 Australia
  • Boom Boom Beat (2001) – #3 Australia
  • It's a Hi-5 Christmas (2001)
  • Hi-5 Holiday (2003)
  • Hi-5 Hits (and Gift Pack) (2003) – #26 Australia
  • Hi-5 Christmas Gift Pack (2003)
  • Hi-5 Holiday Limited Edition (Limited edition – 2004)
  • Hi-5 Space Magic (2004)
  • Jingle Jangle Jingle With Hi-5 (2004)
  • Making Music (2005)
  • Hi-5 Christmas Gift Pack (Limited Edition 2005)
  • Wish Upon A Star (2006) – #57 Australia
  • WOW! (2007) – #30 – Australia
  • Planet Earth (2008) – #25 – Australia
  • All The Best (2008)
  • Spin Me Round (2009)
  • Turn the Music Up! (2010)
  • Sing it Loud! (2011)
  • Hi-5 Hot Hits (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hi-5 Make it 5 Arias, girl.com.au

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