Kavana (singer)

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Kavana
Birth name Anthony Kavanagh
Also known as Kavana, Kav
Born 4 November 1977 (age 39)
Origin Moston, Manchester, England
Genres Pop, teen pop (early)
Instruments Singing
Years active 1996–present
Labels Virgin (1996–2000)
Associated acts 5th Story
Website www.kavanaofficial.com

Kavana (born Anthony Kavanagh, 4 November 1977)[1] is a British singer and actor who scored a number of hit singles in the late 1990s. In 2014, he became part of the supergroup 5th Story, who took part in the second series of The Big Reunion. In 2015, he took part in the fifteenth series of the Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother.

Career[edit]

He released two albums Kavana (1997) and Instinct (1999) and enjoyed a number of chart singles including "I Can Make You Feel Good" (his debut UK Top 10 hit, reaching #8), "MFEO" (another No.8 hit) and "Will You Wait For Me?". Other songs included "Crazy Chance", "Thank You" and "Special Kind of Something".[2] He resided in Los Angeles, California for several years where he appeared in commercials, the MTV series Undressed, and had a publishing deal as a songwriter. In 2005, he appeared in the music video for Today, by his friend Melanie Brown, before returning to the United Kingdom.

In 2006, Kavana played a recurring role in a number of episodes of E4's Hollyoaks: In the City. He also began working with Jools Holland as a session musician and backing vocalist. He appeared as a contestant on Grease Is the Word in April 2007 and got put through to 'boot camp', where he was paired with Alison Crawford. Although Crawford was eliminated, Kavana booked a place in the final of the competition, where he was declared runner-up on 9 June 2007.

In 2008, he appeared in the theatre production The Extra Factor, a fictional on-stage musical based on the X Factor.[3]

In 2011 he toured with G*Mania, a musical show inspired by the TV series Glee.[4] The cast then recorded a Christmas single, a cover of "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey. Kavana appeared in the music video for the song.

He appeared on the 2013 series of BBC Saturday night singing show The Voice UK where he failed to progress past the audition stage.[5]

In December 2013, it was announced that Kavana, Dane Bowers, Gareth Gates, Kenzie and Adam Rickitt would join together to form a supergroup called 5th Story for series 2 of The Big Reunion.[6]

In January 2015, he took part in the Channel 5 reality series Celebrity Big Brother where he came 7th. Later that year he released a new single "Deja Vu" - his first for many years.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In February 2014, Kavana came out publicly as being gay.[8] He said his biggest regret was never telling his parents.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK[2]
Kavana 29
Instinct
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Formats: K7, CD
Special Kind of Something - The Best of Kavana
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
AUS
[10][11]
GER
[12]
NZ
[13]
1996 *"Crazy Chance" 35 79 79 Kavana
"Where Are You" 26
1997 "I Can Make You Feel Good" 8 32 71
"MFEO" 8 89
"Crazy Chance '97" 16
1998 "Special Kind of Something" 13 83 Instinct
"Funky Love" 32 91
1999 "Will You Wait For Me?" 29 65 22
2015 "Deja Vu"

Filmography[edit]

Year Show Role Notes
2001 Undressed Dr. Johnny Season 5; recurring
2006 Hollyoaks: In the City Will 3 episodes; recurring
2014 Mirrors Madonna Short film; Starring Jody Latham
2015 Celebrity Big Brother Himself/Housemate Series 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kavana - New Songs, Playlists & Latest News - BBC Music Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 297. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Photocall for 'The Extra Factor' interactive comedy musical at Salvador & Amanda Contactmusic.net. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  4. ^ Barr, Gordon (10 January 2011). "Preview: G*Mania, Theatre Royal, Newcastle". www.chroniclelive.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  5. ^ TAIT, Adam (5 March 2013) Nineties Star Kavana reveals failure at The Voice audition Gigwise.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  6. ^ Big Reunion 2014 Itv.com. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  7. ^ YouTube - Kavana official channel Youtube.com. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ BUCKLAND, Lucy (11 February 2014) Nineties pop star Kavana reveals he is gay aged 36 - and says biggest regret was never telling his parents Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  9. ^ "OCC > Kavana". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kavana Discography". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  12. ^ "GfK Entertainment Charts > Kavana". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "Kavana - Will You Wait for Me? (Song)". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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