Clea (band)

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Clea
Origin Northampton,[citation needed] England
Genres Pop, Europop, dance
Years active 2002–2007
Labels 1967, Upside
Past members Chloe Morgan
Lynsey Brown
Emma Beard
Aimee Kearsley

Clea was an English girl group whose members met on the television show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Chloe Morgan (née Staines), Lynsey Brown, Emma Beard, and Aimee Kearsley, decided to form a band after they were voted off the series. The name 'Clea' is an acronym of the first letter of each member's forename.

History[edit]

They initially had a management contract and recording contract with Warner offshoot 1967 Records and released their first single, "Download It", in 2003. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 21[1] and the band spent the remainder of the year playing small concerts in the United Kingdom.

In February 2004, the band released their second single, "Stuck in the Middle" which reached number 23 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] They continued playing, including appearances at Soccer 6 in Liverpool and Reading. In May of that year, Chloe Morgan left the group to begin pursuing her solo career. Clea's album, Identity Crisis was released in Russia, Eastern Europe and in certain countries in Asia. In these regions, the band had seen some moderate interest; however, due to a lack of success, they were dropped from 1967 Records in late 2004. Clea were then managed by Upside Management and released music independently.

In September 2005, Clea collaborated with production group Da Playaz to release a single, named "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" a dance remake of the Narada Michael Walden song originally made famous by Jermaine Stewart. This single reached number 35 on the UK chart.[1] "Lucky Like That", released in June 2006, was the band's fourth single. This single placed at number 55 on the UK chart. Trinity, Clea's second album (but first UK album), was released on 3 July on Upside Records. Lynsey Brown left the band in November 2006. They then released the double a-side single "Stuck in the Middle"/"I Surrender" in Europe and toured Asia in 2007.

After Clea[edit]

Aimee Kearsley, who now reside's in London, has continued working in music as a successful songwriter since leaving the group. In 2011 she joined girlband Fanfair [2] Performing initially at Rugby Union games across the UK and performing at Twickenham Stadium, they went on to tour the Uk and Ireland on The Wanted sell out arena tour 'The Code'. The band was represented by 84 World, Dan Parker (previously of Syco Entertainment). The band became brand ambassadors for Collection Makeup, releasing a single called 'Mission' as part of a Collection TV Commercial campaign in the UK in which the girls starred. In 2013 the girls disbanded after failing to secure a record deal. Aimee is currently working as a producer and songwriter for new solo material and for other artists.

Morgan is currently living in Vancouver, Canada. Following the release of her debut solo EP, Piano Forté, Morgan has begun writing and recording her first full length album to be released in late 2013. Brown has pursued a different career. Kearsley and Beard had now decided to leave Clea behind, and move onto a new dance duo project called LoveShy, which disbanded in 2008. Beard appeared as a contestant on Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, she made it to the finale and came third. She recorded a new solo single, "Vanity"; the video to support the release was directed by Lauren Pushkin,[3] and produced by PMA Digital.[4]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title UK Singles Chart Album
2003 "Download It" 21 Identity Crisis
2004 "Stuck in the Middle" 23
2005 "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off" (with Da Playaz) 35 Trinity
2006 "Lucky Like That" 55
"Stuck in the Middle" / "I Surrender" -

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 110. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Fanfair Music". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  3. ^ "Director, producer & editor". Lauren Pushkin. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ "Video splash". PMA Digital. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 

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