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BBMAK, 2002. L-R: Christian Burns, Mark Barry and Stephen McNally
Background information
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Pop, pop rock
Years active 1997–2003
Labels Telstar
Hollywood (1998–2003)
Past members Mark Barry
Christian Burns
Stephen McNally

BBMak (Barry, Burns, McNally) were an English pop group consisting of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally. Together they sold three million albums and spawned two Top 10 and Top 40 singles worldwide between 1999 when the group was formed and 2003 when they disbanded. The band guest starred on Disney's television show Even Stevens in 2001.


Sooner or Later[edit]

In 1999, when the group's debut single "Back Here" was released, it barely made it into the Top 40 in the United Kingdom. BBMak's debut album, Sooner or Later, was released in 2000 and sold over one million copies, giving the re-release of "Back Here" more publicity and the single eventually climbed to No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and No. 1 on the US adult contemporary chart. The UK single included the group's rendition of the Extreme song "More Than Words", recorded in London with producer Darren Allison, showcasing the band's rich harmony skills.

The band's next single, "Still on Your Side", reached No. 8 in the UK and No. 54 in the US. BBMak closed that year with sold out concerts and a live performance on MTV in Times Square on New Year's Eve. In 2001, BBMak released a DVD called Sooner or Later: Our First Year in America and their third single, "Ghost of You and Me", peaked at No. 8 on the US adult contemporary chart.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

In July 2001, BBMak had the track "Miss You More" featured on the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries. Later that year in October, Christian Burns' vocals were featured along with those of 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Mandy Moore and True Vibe on the single "On the Line" for the film of the same name. The song "Don't Look Down" was also featured on the On the Line soundtrack. The "Out of Reach" track from the album Into Your Head appeared in one of the episodes of the Lizzie McGuire hit TV series season 2. The band contributed a song titled "Always Know Where You Are" to Disney's Treasure Planet soundtrack in 2002. BBMak also covered the song "Do You Believe in Magic" for Disney's Peter Pan sequel, Return to Never Land, which also had great success in North America.

Into Your Head[edit]

In August 2002, BBMak released their second album titled Into Your Head, which reintroduced the group with more emphasis on harmonies. The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard 200. The first single from it, "Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)," peaked at No. 56 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 25 on the adult contemporary chart. In 2003, their next single "Staring Into Space" was released in select countries.

Solo careers[edit]

BBMak broke up in 2003, after having released two full-length studio albums with seven singles and three live DVDs, reaching three million records sold worldwide.

Burns formed a new band called Inhaler, later renamed The Bleach Works. He has worked with DJ Tiësto and released the single "In the Dark" featuring Burns. He has also gone on to release his debut solo album called Simple Modern Answers in 2013. He is currently collaborating with musician Brian Transeau on the electronic music band All Hail the Silence, along with various other projects.

McNally joined the Liverpool rock band 10 Reasons to Live, as lead singer and rhythm guitar player. He also writes for Indemand Music UK and plays in the covers band Groove Nation. Barry is writing with his new band, Fresno, and recording demos and writing songs as a solo artist.



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
(sales threshold)
Sooner or Later 16 38
Into Your Head 25
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Adult
US Pop
1999/2000 "Back Here" 5 27 18 13 1 12 8 Sooner or Later
2001 "Still on Your Side" 8 30 54 40 14
"Ghost of You and Me" 110 8 28
"Love Is Leaving"
"If I Could Fly" Non-album single
2002 "Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)" 36 22 19 56 25 23 20 Into Your Head
2003 "Staring Into Space"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]


  • 2001 - Music in High Places: Live In Vietnam (DVD/VHS)
  • 2001 - Sooner or Later: Our First Year in America (DVD/VHS)
  • 2002 - Out of My Heart (Into Your Head) (DVD)


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