Una Foden is one fifth of the chart topping sensation The Saturdays. The band have had worldwide success since their first release in 2008 and have achieved 13 top ten hits and 5 top ten albums.
Una’s rise to fame came from a self determination at a young age to be a musician. When she was 9 she picked up her mum’s guitar and promptly taught herself to play. It wasn’t long before she was writing her own songs, sailing through her music exams, and setting her sights firmly on a music career.
“I went out and bought a PA system and a car where I could let the seats down and get speakers in and I called up every single live music venue there was.”
Una’s self-determination saw her gigging four or five nights a week “for barely a crust” and even recording her own album of self-composed tunes, before moving first to Dublin and then over to London eager for her big break. And with The Saturdays she found it.
To date the Saturdays have sold over 4 millions records in the UK and Ireland and recently scored their first UK #1 single with ‘What About Us’ featuring Sean Paul. They have also starred in several of their own TV series’, most recently ‘Chasing the Saturdays’ which premiered on E! in January 2013 and subsequently aired in over 40 countries worldwide.
Most recently, The Saturdays’ released their 5th top ten album, a Greatest Hits collection titled ‘Finest Selection’ and completed a 12 date tour of the UK and Ireland.
Una has a busy family life with husband Ben Foden who is an International English Rugby player and her daughter Aoife Belle. Their family continues to grow when in September 2014, Foden confirmed that the couple are expecting their second child due in 2015.
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Niall Breslin, or Bressie as he is now known, first came to prominence as lead singer and guitarist with The Blizzards, one of Ireland's most up and coming rock bands. Bressie's first 2 albums with the Blizzards both went double platinum in Ireland.
However in January 2010 he decided that he needed a new challenge. Bressie moved to London and began work as a writer and producer at 19 Entertainment, owned by Simon Fuller and home to Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
His own album was launched in September 2011. Under the name Bressie, 'Colourblind Stereo' is his first solo album. His debut solo single 'Can't Stay Young Forever' was a top 20 hit and also a huge radio hit. His rockier but similarly anthemic 'Good Intentions' is out now.
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Rachel Stevens began her career as 1/7th of the Brit award winning pop group, S Club 7.
Together, they sold over 14 million records and their BBC TV series was shown in over 14 countries to over 19 million viewers and inspired a new generation of teenage TV musicals.
They recorded four studio albums, released 11 singles (including tracks for Comic Relief and as a solo artist for Sport's Relief) and even starred in their own feature movie, Seeing Double.
With two Brit Awards, Record Of The Year, various Number One releases and charity singles under their belt, the band split in 2003.
Rachel decided to embark on a solo career, supported by a legion of fans, and music legend Cathy Dennis, who penned her first hit single, Sweet Dreams My LA Ex. Two albums, further hit singles and critical acclaim followed, working with Richard X and Xenomania. The Guardian put her album in their 1,000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and she gained positive reviews as far afield as Time Out New York.
Her appeal to men, women and her younger fans made her one of the UK's most loved females and she secured (amongst other accolades) FHM's Sexiest Woman of all time 2014, was crowned Glamour Magazine's Woman Of The Year, NME's Best Female Artist, and, more recently, Rear Of The Year!
In 2008 she worked on animation film, Glendogie Bogey with Peter Capaldi before being invited to join the cast of Strictly Come Dancing in 2008 where she held the record for the most perfect 10s ever achieved in any series of the show records, coming in second place and increasing her fanbase to a whole new level. The same year she got married to her childhood sweetheart and in 2010 gave birth to their first child, Amelie.
She has been the ambassador for brands including Marks and Spencer, Pretty Polly, Gillete, Virgin Media and Schwarzkopf shampoo. Her viral film for Everyman Testicular cancer became one of the fastest viral hits globally and, after recently coming back to work post-baby, she hosted the BAFTA's red carpet on behalf Orange.
2013 saw her return to work and she secured the campaign for Next's Petite's range in over 550 stores nationwide, online and in the Next Directory; working closely with charity Water Aid she visited some of their projects in Ethiopia and features on all bottles of Belu water (who donate all profits to WaterAid) in Sainsburys stores across the UK. The nation's much loved singer, model and presenter is now back after the recent birth of her second daughter, Minnie!
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One quarter of the most successful boy band of the last decade, Kian was crowned King of the Jungle, winning 2013’s series of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here on ITV1.
2014 has so far seen the release of Kian’s debut solo album, Home, with Rhino UK part of Warner Music UK. The album features tracks from Kian’s personal playlist and debuted in the UK’s Top 10 Album Charts and went straight in at Number 2 in the Irish Album Charts after its release on 17th March.
Since returning to This Morning with a strand of films on West End Musicals and presenting a special Valentines in Vegas strand for Daybreak alongside his wife, Jodi Albert, Kian has started filming for the fourth series of The Voice of Ireland.
Kian grew up on the West Coast of Ireland and first walked on stage at the age of 4. He learnt the piano, guitar and a whole host of instruments in his younger years, whilst looking up to his older brothers and dreaming of being on stage in a band. Kian attended dance and drama school where he played parts in musicals such as Grease, Oliver, West Side Story and Annie. It was at school that he met his band mates Shane and Mark who also took part in school musicals alongside Kian and they formed the band now known as Westlife.
Westlife’s first big break came in 1998 when they opened for the Backstreet Boys’ concerts in Dublin. Their first single, Swear it Again, went straight to number one in the UK and their self-titled first album peaked at No.2 following its release in November 1999. The band’s second album, Coast to Coast, beat the Spice Girl’s Forever album and became the UK’s 4thbiggest selling album of 2000. Following the departure of their fifth member, the band continued to top the charts as a foursome and their comeback single “You Raise Me Up” was named Record of the Year in 2005. Back Home, the band’s ninth album debuted at No.1 in November 2007, however, their Back Home Tour was to be their last before a year long hiatus. During this year, Kian married long-term girlfriend Jodi Albert.
The band returned in November 2009 with their tenth musical offering, Where We Are, which peaked at No.2 in the UK charts. A year later, the band released their tenth and final studio album, Gravity, with their eleventh major concert tour following quickly afterwards.
Twelve years, twelve albums, 45 million sales, 14 UK No. 1's and 25 Top Ten Singles later, Westlife announced their greatest hits album would be their last and the band embarked on a farewell tour in Spring 2012.
Following on from Westlife, 2012 was a very exciting year for Kian; he kicked off the year as one of the coaches on RTE One’s The Voice of Ireland. Kian then went on to co-present the bootcamp episodes of The Xtra Factor with Caroline Flack and quickly secured a regular slot every Friday on ITV1’s This Morning with his own X Factor gossip segment. Kian also landed the role of roving reporter on ITVs revived version of Surprise Surprise which aired in October 2012. 2013 saw Kian film the third series of The Voice of Ireland which aired on RTE One before going on to win I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.