Simon Webbe

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Simon Webbe
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Background information
Birth name Simon Solomon Webbe
Born (1978-03-30) 30 March 1978 (age 36)
Origin Moss Side, Manchester, England[1]
Genres Pop, R&B, soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor
Years active 2000–present
Labels Innocent Records (2005-08)
Associated acts Blue, Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee Ryan, VS

Simon Solomon Webbe (born 30 March 1978) is an English singer-songwriter, actor and music manager. He is best known as a member of the British boy band Blue, forming in 2000 before splitting in 2005 and reforming in 2009, selling over 15 million records. Webbe released two solo studio albums in 2005 and 2006, sold over 700,000 records worldwide and had five UK Top 40 singles.

History[edit]

He was born on 30 March, 1978. His parents are of Saint Kitts and Nevis descent.

2001–2005: Early career and Blue[edit]

Blue performing on tour in 2005

The band released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. Blue's second single was released in August with the chart-topping "Too Close", a cover version of Next's US number 1 hit produced by Ray Ruffin. Their second number one came in November with "If You Come Back" also produced by Ray Ruffin and co-written by Nicole Anderson aka Nicole Formescu, Lee Brennon, Ian Hope and Ray Ruffin off the album All Rise, which was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of about 1.8 million albums sold in the UK. Blue reached number six in March 2002 with their fourth single, "Fly By II" — a remix of album track "Fly By", which also went to number 30 in Portugal.

Their second studio album One Love was released in 2002. The album entered at UK number 1, where it stayed for one week. Three singles were released from the album: "One Love" (UK number 3), "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" featuring Elton John (UK number 1), and "U Make Me Wanna" (UK number 4). The group also performed the song "Flexin'" at the 2003 MTV Asia Awards with the Philippines' singer Kyla.

Guilty (the album and the single [UK number 2]) was released in late 2003. The next singles were "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours" (sung with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone) (UK number 11), "Breathe Easy" (UK number 4), and "Bubblin'" (UK number 9). The album Guilty sold more than 1 million albums in the UK.

The band decided to split after Elton John suggested that their popularity was decreasing and that they should concentrate on their solo careers. Best of Blue greatest hits compilation was released in 2004, which contained all-time hits including new tracks such as Curtain Falls, "Get Down on It" and "Only Words I Know". The album was No.2 on charts in Portugal with a double platinum certification.

2005–2006: Sanctuary[edit]

Webbe launched his post-Blue career on 22 August 2005 with his first solo single "Lay Your Hands" which peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. His follow up single "No Worries" reached No.4 in the UK, making him the only Blue member to have multiple Top 10 singles. After the release of two singles, Webbe released his debut solo album Sanctuary which debuted at number 28 on the UK Albums Chart. Despite its relatively low debut it eventually reached number 7 on the chart and has now gone double platinum. The third single from Sanctuary, "After All This Time" was released in February 2006, but it failed to do as well as his previous releases and peaked at number 16.

2006–2007: Grace and "Run"[edit]

On 30 October 2006, came the first single from Webbe's new album "Coming Around Again". When released it reached number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. His second album Grace was released on 13 November 2006, and peaked at number 11 in the UK Albums Chart. The second single "My Soul Pleads for You" was released on 19 February 2007, and reached 45 on the singles chart. On 21 May 2007, Webbe launched his first tour to support his second album Grace. The tour consisted of 18 dates through May and June, starting in Cambridge and culminating in London. In early June, it was announced that Webbe would be releasing the title track from his second studio album with the theme song from the upcoming film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The single was a double A-side release of "Grace"/"Ride the Storm". It reached number 36 in the UK. In Europe, "Seventeen" was released instead of "Grace".

During his 2007 UK Tour, Webbe previewed some songs from his third studio album, including "Run", which he claimed had been announced as the first single. He also claimed that 'Run' could possibly be the title of the album. It is thought that the album was postponed from its 2009 release date due to the reunion of Blue, and that it will be released at some point in the future.

2008–present: Current projects and Blue reunion[edit]

Since entering the music industry Webbe has extended his range of business ventures. His two most notable companies are Love 4 Music and Love 4 PR, both of which he co-runs with Jade Reuben. He managed the group VS who supported Blue on their tour. They were also signed to Innocent Records, the same label as Blue, and released three singles, "Love You Like Mad" (#7), "Call U Sexy" (#11) and "Make It Hot" (#29), plus an album, All Kinds of Trouble. The band has since broken up and member Marvin Humes is now part of boyband JLS. He also managed American/British girlband, L.A.D.E. whose video for their unreleased single "Shake It Off" featured Webbe and Blue bandmate Duncan James. In return the girls appeared in Blue's single "Bubblin'". Their current professional music status is unknown. Also in 2004, he was voted Company magazine's 62nd Sexiest Man Alive and appeared as a striker on Sky One's, The Match. In 2007 he released a series of educational DVDs for children entitled Simon's Web. The six volumes endeavoured to teach children about the internet, its history and uses. In 2008, he starred in British reality television show, I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!. On 28 April 2009, Blue announced that they had reformed and will return to the stage with a new album coming soon. Webbe featured on Ras Kwame's Spit TV rapping with fellow Manchester hip-hop artists Lyrican and Hoodman.

From 31 May to 28 August 2010, Webbe played the role of Curtis Shank in Sister Act the musical at the London Palladium. During his run, Webbe starred alongside Sheila Hancock and Whoopi Goldberg.[2]

Webbe was a guest on Big Brother 11 in August 2010, singing a new track to the housemates.

Webbe along with the other members of Blue represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Germany. The group finished 11th in the competition.

On 23 November 2011,[3] it was announced that Webbe would be taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Webbe was the first celebrity to compete (dancing the Cha Cha Cha to "Merry Christmas Everybody") – supported in the audience by fellow Blue bandmates Duncan James and Anthony Costa. His celebrity partner was Katya Virshilas. The judges placed Webbe in joint third – with a score of 36 out of 40. The Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special was broadcast on BBC One on 25 December 2011.[4]

On 24 October 2013, Webbe announced he declared himself bankrupt.[5]

Film career[edit]

In 2004 he co-starred in the romantic-comedy The Truth About Love, directed by John Hay. The film also featured Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dougray Scott and Jimi Mistry. His second acting project was a 2006 British gangster movie, Rollin' with the Nines. The film co-starred Vas Blackwood, Billy Murray, Robbie Gee and was directed by Julian Gilbey.

Personal life[edit]

He has a daughter, Alanah, born in 1997, with ex-girlfriend Nicola Jones, a shop assistant from Solihull. She is the inspiration for his 2007 single "Grace". He is reportedly a cousin of the former Sugababes singer, Keisha Buchanan.[6] His brother Duane Bryan was a contestant on the 2012 series of The Apprentice.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[8]
AUT
[9]
BEL
[10]
GER
[11]
JAP
[12]
ITA
[13]
NL
[14]
POR
[15]
SWI
[16]
Sanctuary
  • Released: 14 November 2005
  • Label: Innocent Records
  • Format: CD, LP, digital Download
7 96 142 20 19 45
Grace
  • Released: 13 November 2006
  • Label: Innocent Records
  • Format: CD, digital Download
11 35 79 13 163 14 8 19
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live
  • Released: 28 May 2007
  • Label: Innocent Records
  • Formats: CD, digital Download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[8]
AUT
[9]
BEL
[10]
GER
[11]
IRE
[18]
ITA
[13]
NL
[14]
SPA
[19]
SWI
[16]
UKN
[20]
"Lay Your Hands" 2005 4 48 36 48 21 2 94 9 51 11 Sanctuary
"No Worries" 4 49 4 59 30 11 3 27 2
"After All This Time" 2006 16 8 42 52 17 53 13
"Coming Around Again" 12 46 5 36 15 7 36 19 Grace
"My Soul Pleads for You" 2007 45 38 16
"Seventeen" 171 100
"Grace / Ride the Storm" 36 49 17
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ancestry.co.uk Entry in Birth Index for England & Wales
  2. ^ "Sister Act Confirms Closure for 1 Jan, Webbe Joins – Sister Act at London Palladium – London – News". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Strictly Come Dancing 2011: Su Pollard, Barry McGuigan, Charlie Brooks, Simon Webbe and Debra Stephenson to star in Christmas special – 3am & Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Simon Webbe determined to win Strictly special". The List. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Blue singer Simon Webbe has declared himself bankrupt". BBC News. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Simon Webbe: I'm A Celebrity Top 10 facts. Mirror.co.uk (11 November 2008). Retrieved on 22 March 2013.
  7. ^ Alice McKeegan (13 March 2012) Revealed: The Apprentice 2012 contestant Duane Bryan is have-a-go hero (and brother of Blue singer Simon Webbe). Menmedia.co.uk. Retrieved on 22 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Austrian charts". austriancharts.at. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Belgium Charts". Ultratop. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Charverfolgung" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Japan Charts - Lee Ryan: albums, DVDs and singles". Oricon. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  13. ^ a b "Italian Charts". italiancharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Dutch charts". dutchcharts.nl Mega Top. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "PORTUGUESE CHARTS". Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. 30 May 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Swiss Charts" (in German). swisscharts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  18. ^ "Irish Charts". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Spain Charts - Simon Webbe". Spanish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "Ukrainian Chart". FDR. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 

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