Jump5

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Jump5
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Jump5 poses before their final concert, at a special VIP meet-and-greet.
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Pop, rock, teen pop, contemporary Christian
Years active 1999–2007, 2012 briefly
Labels Sparrow, Nevaeh, Slanted
Website http://www.jump5.com (website offline)
Past members Brandon Hargest
Brittany Hargest
Chris Fedun
Lesley Moore
Libby Hodges
Natasha Noack

Jump5 was an American dance-pop/contemporary Christian music group.

History[edit]

Formation (1999-2000)[edit]

Siblings Brandon Hargest and Brittany Hargest had competed on the same dance team as Lesley Moore, and were familiar with Chris Fedun and Libby Hodges through the competitive dance circuit. The mother of Hodges held an open casting call to find additional members to form a new pop group with her daughter, and the Hargest siblings along with Fedun and Moore were selected. The group was originally known as Jump Start, but the name was changed to Jump5 due to trademark conflicts. Norman Miller, the group's would-be manager, went to see the group perform and immediately referred them to Sparrow Records. Jump5 became the only teen act signed to the label to date.

Early years (2001-2003)[edit]

Jump5 released their self-titled debut album on August 14, 2001. The album was re-released twice, first with an additional bonus track, then with a cover of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" after the events of September 11. Over the following two years they released three more albums: All the Time in the World, All the Joy in the World and Accelerate.

Jump5 toured with Aaron Carter, Play, A-Teens, Baha Men, ZOEgirl, No Secrets, Nobody's Angel, Dream Street, ATC, Youngstown, and Radio Disney Live, and had a string of popular hits on Radio Disney.

Hodges' departure and Quartet line-up (2004)[edit]

In January 2004, Hodges decided to leave the group as she wanted to "take a deep breath and see what exactly God wants me to do at this point in my life." [1] In April, the group released a remix CD titled Mix It Up. That spring it was revealed via the group's official fanclub that Natasha Noack had joined the group as Jump5's fifth member. She participated in the Radio Disney Spring Thing Tour, and took part in recording a cover of the J. Geils Band's "Freeze Frame" for the Sleepover soundtrack. In June, it was revealed that Noack was only in the group on a "trial basis" and it was mutually decided that she not continue with Jump5.

On September 21, 2004, the group released Dreaming in Color, their first release as a quartet.

Unreleased Radio The World and independent career (2005-2007)[edit]

In 2005, a new studio album with the working title of Radio The World was set to be released, but the project was scrapped. Instead, a greatest hits compilation album titled The Very Best of Jump5 was released on March 15, 2005. The group subsequently parted ways with Sparrow Records and released their next album, Rock This Christmas, independently, under Nevaeh Records.

"Both To Blame" was released for online streaming only on November 30, 2006. It was never made available for download or purchase.[2]

On October 9, 2007 Jump5 released a final album entitled Hello & Goodbye with Slanted Records. It included the titular song, "Hello Goodbye", which was recorded with former Jump5 member Libby Hodges. Jump5 also embarked on a final headlining tour coinciding with the album. The tour lasted 25 dates and they played to over 45,000 people during the tour. The tour ended in Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 2007 at Rocketown.

Jump5 released a new Christmas album Christmas Like This exclusively through major digital outlets on November 20, 2007. The album featured songs from the group's 2005 indie release Rock This Christmas, but all the tracks had been re-recorded and remixed.

Jump5 officially disbanded on Sunday, December 16, 2007.

After Jump5[edit]

All six members of Jump5 are now tending to their personal objectives.

  • Chris Fedun began his solo career in early 2008. He has recorded a few songs and released several singles as MP3 downloads, but he has yet to record a full-length album. He is currently a major-label solo-artist. He sings in concerts once in a while and his songs can be heard on his MySpace account. He has been cast in several music videos, and played a role in the 2008 movie, Dance of the Dead. He has also been a dance teacher at Hermitage Dance Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. And he also started his own clothing line called "Fedora".
  • Lesley Moore has worked for a company called RANDA Solutions for over three years. She graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2012. She also signed as a publicist to Nashville Publicity Group on January 7, 2008. She has recorded a few country songs over the years as an unsigned artist. She married Daniel Sawyer in 2009, and she gave birth to their first child, a baby girl named McKinley Mae Sawyer on June 26, 2012.
  • Libby Hodges resumed education after leaving Jump5 and returned to the public eye as an unsigned solo artist in late 2009 briefly and released two songs: "Shame On Me" and "Back To Blue" on her MySpace. She is currently studying to become an esthetician.
  • Brandon Hargest and Brittany Hargest formed the independent duo "guest" in late 2007, shortly after Jump5 disbanded. Their debut release Perfect EP was made available on iTunes, Amazon and other digital music sites in October 2008. Their full-length record titled Change of Scenery came out on September 7, 2010 digitally and on December 18, 2010 in CD form. They went on tour with 7eventh Time Down in December 2010 for the "Rock Before Christmas" tour. They went on hiatus in early 2011 due to Brittany's solo career.
    • Brittany Hargest signed a deal with SoulStride Records in February 2011. Her debut solo record, Love All the Way, was released on September 27, 2011. She teaches dance and choreographs her own songs. Her music video "Put It All Together" was released on October 3, 2012. She released her next music video "I Believe In You" on June 24, 2013.
    • Brandon Hargest was the road manager of the Christian pop group pureNRG. Shortly after pureNRG disbanded, he got married to his long-time girlfriend Ashley Radford in April 2011 and the two are in a duo called "The Boy and The Bride". They started in mid-2011 and they are an independent or unsigned act. They have recorded a few songs together. So far, Brandon is the only member of Jump5 who has not recorded a song as a solo-artist.
  • Natasha Noack is currently a major-label solo-artist. She has recorded several songs and has been featured on some compilation albums. Her music can be heard on her MySpace.

Reunions[edit]

After almost four years of inactivity and separation, Jump5 (the founding members) reunited at the Sawyers' house on December 5, 2011 to announce that Lesley (Moore) Sawyer was pregnant. They also performed "Spinnin' Around", which was filmed and published on YouTube.

On September 7, 2012, the five original members of Jump5 reunited again to celebrate the birth of Lesley's first child, McKinley Mae Sawyer. Unlike their previous reunion, they did not sing or dance; they only took a photo. Exactly a week later, on September 14, 2012, Brandon's wife, Ashley, tweeted that if fans expected a Jump5 reunion tour, she would let the members know.

Albums[edit]

Main article: Jump5 discography

DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

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