No Secrets (band)
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|Origin||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Labels||Sony Music, Jive|
|Past members||Angel Faith
No Secrets was an American-British girl group formed in 2000. The group consisted of five members: Angel Faith (Angel Marie Faith), Carly Lewis (Carly Sarah Lewis), Erin Tanner (Erin Elizabeth Kaulani Tanner), Jessica Fried (Jessica Allison Megan Fried) and Jade Ryusaki (Jade Alexis Kapololu Ryusaki-Gasper). The group debuted in the United States in 2002 with the single "Kids in America".
2000-2002: Formation, debut album and tour
No Secrets was formed by Carly's father, Adrian Gurvitz, a music producer from London. She wrote a letter to him asking to put a group together. Soon after, Jade was invited; Carly and Jade's mothers were friends. Erin, Jade's cousin, joined next. Later, the three girls found Angel in an advertisement for a singing group; she joined, bringing Jessica with her.[further explanation needed] Once the group line-up had been completed, No Secrets began recording songs for their debut album. The girls worked with a variety of producers and songwriters, including Adrian Gurvitz, Andy Goldmark and Riprock 'n' Alex G. The process took a number of months. They took a break from recording and album prep to go touring and promoting their group. In June 2001, No Secrets joined Aaron Carter in Toronto for the shooting of his video "Oh Aaron" and provided backing vocals for the song. They were also featured in another track of off his album, "Stride (Jump on the Fizzy)". In 2002, after touring with Aaron for 4 months, they filmed their first video, the home VHS and DVD release No Secrets - Get to Know Us, and resumed work on their album, which was released a few months afterwards.
Later that year, the group released their self-titled debut album, with singles of "That's What Girls Do" and "Kids in America". The latter was featured in the soundtrack for 2001 film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and its music video was included as a bonus for the film's VHS release. "That's What Girls Do" played in the end credits of The Powerpuff Girls Movie, and its music video was a bonus feature on the DVD. The song then made it to a few soundtracks for future productions for The Powerpuff Girls. They also recorded "Little Angel of Mine" for the soundtrack of Stuart Little 2.
2003-2004: Faith's departure and Friends Forever
In early 2003, No Secrets was one of the many artists who recorded a song on the album DisneyMania and its follow up DisneyMania 2. On the first album, they recorded a cover of "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid. At one point, Carly, Jade, Erin, and Jessica recorded a remake of Atomic Kitten's hit "Whole Again," excluding (and unbeknownst to) Angel. Soon after singing the majority of leads in the band, Angel left the group to pursue a solo career, releasing the album Believe in Angels... Believe in Me in 2004, just as the finishing touches were being put on No Secrets' second album, Friends Forever. They still ended up releasing the album with Angel featured in the artwork because it was to close to the release date and too far in production to make any (sudden) changes. Long after the success of "Comes Back" The four remaining members recorded and shot a video for the song "Once Upon a Dream" for Disney's 2003 re-release of Sleeping Beauty which was also on the DVD menu for the new release of the movie, reviving No Secrets' popularity.
At one point, many rumors floated about a new member joining the girl group but, no official statements were ever made. Until blog posts and other articles were created a few years later stating, Lady Gaga was confirmed to promptly replace Angel in late 2003 but after her manager backed out of the project too early, Gaga (then known as Stefani) didn't make it into the group.
2005: Cancelled movie and break-up
With No Secrets being a constant client for Disney media, writers from the Disney head-courters wrote a movie starring No Secrets entitled Summer Stage. The movie went through 5 phases of production and even began the filming process. Aaron Carter, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan all were cast as well. Aaron left the movie to go on tour and the disagreements between members of the group led to the eventual break-up of No Secrets in early 2005, which halted the production of the movie. After this, Jessica Fried took on a solo career, signing with Reprise Records under the name Jessi Malay. Erin Tanner adopted the stage name "Nicki Foxx" (sometimes just "Nicki") and began working on solo material. In a 2007 interview, Fried commented on the break, stating that the girls got along great but greedy parent actions ended up breaking the group apart.
In 2007, Angel retired from the entertainment industry and began pursuing an education. In June 2009, she graduated magna cum laude from UCLA and went on to complete a doctorate degree in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University. Carly Lewis (now Carly Fields) has gotten married since 2005, While Jade Ryusaki now resides in Hawaii as a model.
- "Kids in America"
- "That's What Girls Do"
- "Kiss the Girl" (Disneymania)
- "Whole Again"
- "Once Upon (Another) Dream"
- No Secrets (2002)
- Friends Forever (2003) - Unreleased
- Get to Know Us (released in the United States VHS/DVD format on March 19, 2002)