The Magnets

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The Magnets performing in Gifhorn, Germany in November 2013

The Magnets are a six piece British a cappella group, comprising Nicolas Doodson, Michael Welton, Callum McIntosh,[1] Andrew Frost, Stephen Trowell and Fraser Collins (real name Colin Fraser) and formerly Colin Griffiths and James Fortune. Fortune although no longer singing with the group still writes original songs for them.

The group formed while at University College London together in a production of Guys and Dolls.

They signed to EMI and released their debut album, Giving It All That, in 2001. The following few years saw them tour with Lisa Stansfield, Michael Ball, Tom Jones and Geri Halliwell, with appearances on The Michael Parkinson Show, Blue Peter and GMTV.[citation needed] In 2004, the group released Another Place, which featured nine original songs and two covers, including a rendition of Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth". Their next album, Gobsmacked, featured songs such as "Girls & Boys" originally by Blur (band), and "Sweet Dreams" by Beyoncé, as well as live favourites such as "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga and "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi.

The band has performed in five years of the last eight at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Magnets undertook a European tour in November and December 2010.

June 2011 performed in Adelaide Australia as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Following this, they toured Melbourne, Sydney and Noosa.

On the 12th of January 2014 the group will play their first U.S. date in New York City. [2]


Studio Albums[edit]

Date Title Chart positions
April 30, 2001 Giving it All That
  • Debut studio album
May 1, 2004 Another Place
  • Second studio album
2009 under the covers - Special Edition
  • Third studio album
September 20, 2010 Gobsmacked
  • Fourth studio album
2013 All This Time
  • Fifth studio album


Date Title Chart positions
2002 Young Voices
  • Debut EP
March 26, 2011 Human
  • Second EP
October 8, 2012 Homegrown
  • Third EP


Date Title Chart positions Album
November 20, 2000 "How Deep"/"She's Not There" #87 Giving It All That
April 16, 2001 "All the Wrong Reasons" #80
June 14, 2010 "Poker Face" - Gobsmacked
December 15, 2011 "Walking in the Air" - Non album single


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