Jo O'Meara

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Jo O'Meara
O'Meara in 2008.
O'Meara in 2008.
Background information
Birth nameJoanne Valda O'Meara
Born (1979-04-29) 29 April 1979 (age 41)
Romford, London, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active1996–Present
LabelsSanctuary (2005–06)
Associated actsSolid Harmonie 2-4 Family, S Club 7

Joanne Valda "Jo" O'Meara (born 29 April 1979) is an English singer and songwriter. She was member of pop group S Club 7 between 1999 and 2003.[1][2] O'Meara was a member of spin-off group S Club 3 between 2008 and 2020.

Early life[edit]

O'Meara was born in Romford,[3] London, to parents Dave and Barbara. She has a brother and sister, Shane and Julie. She grew up in Collier Row, a suburban housing estate in the north of Romford in the London Borough of Havering. She was educated at Clockhouse Junior School and Bower Park School, and excelled in music, singing and dance.[3]


1999–2003: S Club 7[edit]

O'Meara was a member of S Club 7, a group who rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7, in 1999. They enjoyed considerable success during the five years they were together, including chart-topping singles in the UK and hits in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the United States.[4] In April 2003, S Club announced that they were to disband.[5]

2004–2007: Relentless and reality shows[edit]

Between 2003 and 2005 O'Meara became addicted to gambling and had some problems with her spine at that time.[citation needed] In 2004, O'Meara signed with Simon Fuller as her artist manager and began recording her debut solo album, planned to be released between September and December.[6] The album would be focused on R&B sound and Fuller described O'Meara as "the next Christina Aguilera".[6] In December 2004 she split from Fuller when the negotiations with Polydor Records failed and they disagreed over the recorded songs – he proposed that she record music from other composers, but she wanted an album with only songs written by her.[6] She returned to the studio to record a new material, focused on pop rock style and produced by Richard Carpenter, and planned to release as debut single "Taxi Cab", "Lovely" or "Don't Wanna Let You Down", featured Lee Ryan, but failed to sign with a record label and the project was postponed.[6][7]

In July 2005, O'Meara signed with Sanctuary Records and on 26 September was released her debut solo single, "What Hurts the Most", a version of Mark Wills's 2003 song. The song peaked at number 13 on the United Kingdom and 26 in Ireland.[8] On 3 October she released her debut album, Relentless, produced by Brian Rawling, Graham Stack and Bill Padley.[citation needed] The album peaked at No. 48 in UK and it was described by music critics as "polished", "well constructed" and "better than other ex boy and girl band" albums, citing the O'Meara "strong voice"[9][10] In November the label began planning the second single but executives and O'Meara disagreed over the choice – between "To Ease Your Pain", "Wish I was Over You" or "Relentless" – and she left the label.[11]

In February 2006, O'Meara took part in the BBC reality show Just the Two of Us. Her singing partner was Chris Fountain, actor on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks. The pair came third in the competition, failing to attract enough votes to make the final after their performance of "Never Had a Dream Come True". In January 2007, O'Meara appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. Along with Jade Goody and Danielle Lloyd, O'Meara was accused of racist and bullying behaviour toward fellow contestant Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, resulting in a record number of complaints to Ofcom, national and international media coverage, and condemnatory statements from the British and Indian governments.[12]

2008–2020: S Club 3[edit]

In November 2008, O'Meara, Bradley McIntosh, and Paul Cattermole formed the spin-off group S Club 3 and have been performing in nightclubs, universities and Butlins holiday camps around the United Kingdom.[13] On 12 November 2008 a bottle was thrown during their performance in Bradford. It struck O'Meara, leaving her with a cut to the head requiring hospital treatment. A 20-year-old man was arrested and it was suggested the attack was linked to her Celebrity Big Brother appearance.[14]

O'Meara featured in a cover of the Python Lee Jackson song "In a Broken Dream" on The Popes' 2012 album New Church, her first released recording in seven years. She also appeared on stage with them performing the song. In November 2014, all seven original S Club members reunited to perform a medley of some of their greatest hits on BBC Children In Need. They performed a reunion tour, Bring It All Back 2015, in May 2015.

O'Meara, McIntosh and Tina Barrett (replacing Cattermole) continue as S Club 3.[15]

Personal life[edit]

O'Meara suffered a back injury in 2002. In January 2008, O'Meara said she was "well on the way to recovery from the aftermath of the Big Brother controversy" and she had rediscovered her passion for rescuing animals and horses.[citation needed] On 12 May 2008, O'Meara gave birth by caesarean section to a 7 lb 15oz boy she named Lenny.[16]



List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak
Relentless 48
TBA 2021
  • Release: TBC


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"What Hurts the Most" 2005 13 26 19 Relentless


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Miami 7 Jo Main role
2000 L.A. 7
S Club 7 Go Wild! Herself Reality television
2001 Hollywood 7 Jo Main role
S Club Search Judge / Mentor
2002 Viva S Club Jo Main role
2006 Just the Two of Us Contestant Series 1
2007 Celebrity Big Brother Series 5
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Back to the '50s Jo Television film
Boyfriends & Birthdays
2003 Seeing Double


  1. ^ "S Club to Split". NME. 23 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2 December 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2008. Rumours of an impending split have dogged the band since member Paul Cattermole left S Club 7 last year, and recently when lead singer Jo O'Meara revealed she had a debilitating back condition.
  2. ^ "Big Brother accused of racism". The Guardian. London. 16 January 2007. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2008. Over the weekend, former beauty queen Lloyd and O'Meara, ex-lead singer of S Club 7, poked fun at Shetty's accent.
  3. ^ a b Michelle Archard and Deanne Blaylock (11 January 2007). "Essex girls battle it out in Celebrity Big Brother". Essex Chronicle. Essex Chronicle Series Ltd. p. 27. Jo, 27, was born in Romford and grew up in Collier Row. She attended Clockhouse Junior School and Bower Park School in Havering North Road.
  4. ^ "She's movin' on up". Times Online. Times Newspapers Ltd. 13 February 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2008.
  5. ^ "S Club to split up". BBC News. BBC. 21 April 2003. Archived from the original on 21 June 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  6. ^ a b c d "Jo O'Meara - News". Monrezo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  7. ^ "News Express". Monrezo. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  8. ^ "2005 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Jo O'Meara Relentless Review". BBC. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. ^ a b c "The Official Charts Company – Jo O'Meara". The Official Charts Company. 5 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Jo O'Meara solo career". Jo O'Meara Official. Archived from the original on 31 October 2018. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  12. ^ Taylor, Joel (17 January 2007). "Big Brother backlash". Metro. Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  13. ^ "S Club live on stage – The Reunion show". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  14. ^ "Former S Club Singer O'Meara Injured After Bottle Thrown". 14 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  15. ^ "S Club 7 reunite for Children in Need". BBC News. BBC. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Jo O'Meara gives birth to son". NOW. 15 May 2008. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2008.
  17. ^ "Jo Chart History". aCharts. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  18. ^ "Compilation Search: Emma Bunton" (in Ukrainian). FDR Charts. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.

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