S Club 8, previously known as S Club Juniors, was a spin-off of the UK pop group S Club 7. The group's members, Jay Asforis, Daisy Evans, Calvin Goldspink, Stacey McClean, Aaron Renfree, Hannah Richings, Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Wiseman were all in their early teens or younger when they were chosen from thousands of hopefuls on the S Club Search (2001) television series.
The group was originally intended only as a support act at Wembley Arena on S Club 7's S Club Carnival Tour. The group also had its own documentary series, S Club Juniors: The Story.
See also: S Club Search
S Club Juniors were formed in 2001 through a reality television show. The auditions were aired on CBBC. The original concept was that the group would all be children and would perform at Wembley Arena as a support act to S Club 7 on their Carnival tour. S Club Juniors' appearances was considered a success and consequently 19 Entertainment, the management company that had created S Club 7 and auditioned S Club Juniors, decided they should perform as a support act at all of the venues on the tour.
By the end of the tour, S Club Juniors had created a following and, with the encouragement of 19, Polydor Records signed the group. Their first single was called "One Step Closer". The single was promoted by the TV series S Club Junior: The Story and was released in the UK on 22 April 2002 in a chart battle with the Sugababes who released their comeback single the same day. Although the Juniors remained number one in the midweek charts, the single dipped over the weekend and managed to sell 73,000 copies, compared to the Sugababes' 85,000. The Juniors stayed at number two for a second week selling a further 60,000 copies, compared to Holly Valance's 143,000. In excess of 250,000 copies were sold in the UK in total and they stayed in the UK top 75 for 11 weeks. The group began working on their studio album in June 2002. A second single was named "Automatic High", filmed in Spain, while S Club 7 began their fourth TV series. Released on 22 July 2002, the single reached number two in the UK charts selling 52,000 copies, and spent eight weeks inside the UK top 75 and sold in excess of 110,000 copies in the UK.
Their third single "New Direction" released on 7 October reached number two in the UK charts selling 55,000 copies in the first week. It became their third consecutive top ten hit, selling 130,000 copies in six weeks. The Juniors released their debut album Together on 21 October reaching number five in its first week of sale and selling 40,000 copies.
Their fourth single, "Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride", was released on 9 December 2002. The single debuted at number five in the UK charts, and sold 85,000 copies in the UK, spending eight weeks inside the UK Top 40.
The Juniors began work on their second album in January 2003 but Polydor wanted a complete change after high expectations for their debut album, a format with Simon Fuller wanted a massive improvement and there were even plans to axe members after negative reviews.
The band joined S Club on their S Club United tour in April 2003 where the announcement came of a name changed to S Club 8 and an upbeat fifth single, "Fool No More", which was praised by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles quoting "I hate the Juniors, but this song is good". The single released on 30 June reached number four in the UK chart, selling 26,000 copies in its first week and overall 75,000 copies in the UK. A second single, "Sundown", was released in the UK on 29 September 2003 reaching number four in the UK and became their sixth and final top ten hit and selling 37,000 copies in its first week and 80,000 altogether.
The album, Sundown, was released on 13 October 2003 to negative reviews. It reached number 13 in the UK charts falling to 40 in the second week. It sold 60,000 copies in the UK and 315,859 worldwide. A sixth single, "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", was released in the UK on 29 December 2003 and reached number 11 in the UK, becoming their first single to chart outside the top ten.
Main article: I Dream
2004: I Dream
After Sundown, 19 Management chose to send the group in a radical new direction. Consequently in 2004, S Club 8 returned as cast members in the BBC children's television show I Dream. Unlike the S Club 7 shows which focused upon the band's fictional exploits, I Dream saw S Club 8 as members of a larger ensemble cast. I Dream revolved around the summer school Avalon Heights, run by Professor Toone (played by Christopher Lloyd), where the characters tried to improve on their talents in the performing arts. The show featured many songs and dances: normally two songs per episode.
Matt Di Angelo
In the run-up to the show's airing it was marketed as an S Club 8 TV show. However it emerged that the show would actually mainly feature five additional actors, to whom S Club 8 would play second fiddle. It was in this manner that S Club 8 were rebranded "I Dream."
On 15 November 2004, the show's theme tune "Dreaming" was released as a single, sung by members Frankie and Calvin. The single flopped, charting at number 19, falling to 36 the following week, then out of the UK top 40.
On 29 November 2004 an album titled Welcome to Avalon Heights was released, containing songs from the show performed by S Club 8 members and the rest of the cast. The album debuted at number 133, having sold around 700 copies. The following week, it left the chart entirely. .
Calvin Goldspink (born 24 January 1989). At the age of 12, Goldspink auditioned for S Club Juniors. He later went on to appear in one season of Life is Wild for the CW network in 2007. As of 2009 he is in Los Angeles working on an album. Some of his performances can be seen on Youtube on his Youtube account.
Jay Perry Asforis (born 30 October 1989) did not appear at the S Club Juniors auditions, instead sending a video tape of himself to S Club 7 who allowed him through to the final auditions. He trained at The Susi Earnshaw Theatre School and attended Roding Valley High School. In 1999-2000 Asforis made his West End debut in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, Whistle Down the Wind at the Aldwych Theatre alongside Hollyoaks actress Hannah Tointon and Brittania High actor Matthew James Thomas.
Daisy Rebecca Evans (born 30 November 1989) attended Warren Junior School and starred in the UK tour of Annie.
In 2007, Evans joined the "Score Angels"; a group of football cheerleaders, sponsored and organised by the News of the World.
Since early 2007, Daisy has been a member of new five piece band, From Above. They have toured the UK, performing in more than 60 clubs. Since the start of October 2007, From Above has been the subject of several line-up changes. The group has scrapped previous material and has opted for a different musical direction. In late 2007 it was confirmed Evans was to remain an official member and the group have since recorded their debut UK single "Hummer." From Above confirmed on their MySpace in September 2008 that they are signed by Matthew Knowles and Music World Records.
Stacey McClean (born 17 February 1989) is from Blackpool, Lancashire. Stacey still sings. She was also rumoured to have been offered a place in the girlband The Saturdays. Stacey has been confirmed to have auditioned for the Sixth series of the X Factor and has made it through to the judge's homes round. Her audition appeared on the X Factor on its 100th episode. She sang a rendition of Christina Aguilera's Ain't No Other Man. She is an office worker.
Aaron Paul Renfree (born 19 December 1987) was the oldest member of S Club 8. He starred in I Dream but did not appear in every episode due to studying for his GCSEs at the time of filming. After S Club 8 split in 2004, he joined dancing company TK Spin, who work at Pineapple Dance Studios in London. He left the company a year later.
Since 2007, Renfree has been a member of dance group Jongleurs, created by Aaron and Courtney McGrath. All members of the group have had professional training at Surrey-based dance college Laine Theatre Arts, where Renfree studied. He recently played the part of Dandini in Cinderella, Assembly Halls Theatre, Tunbridge Wells. Renfree appeared in Flashdance the musical from July 2008. The cast will be touring the UK and some parts of the US during 2008 and 2009. He has also landed a role in the long going musical We Will Rock You.
Hannah Lorraine Richings (born 30 November 1990) was the youngest member of S Club 8, and also a cast member on I Dream. She was never given a distinct solo during her time in the group, but had solo parts in two unperformed songs which were recorded as b-sides for the singles Sundown and Automatic High (Richings performed on "Wherever Your Heart Beats" and "We Got You" respectively). She also had a solo in the song, "Here We Go", which was not released commercially but appeared on a free CD with a summer S Club Juniors magazine special. Richings participated in Miss Teen Queen UK in early 2007.
Since the group split, Richings is believed to have returned to school to complete her GCSEs. Richings worked in Gibraltar over the summer of 2008, and currently lives with her sister and boyfriend in London, England.
Frankie Sandford (born 14 January 1989) was the second oldest member of S Club 8 and was one of the group's more prominent singers.
In 2007 Sandford added two tracks to a MySpace music page, called Bored and Swallow. Later on that year she auditioned and got into The Saturdays, along with S Club Juniors bandmate Rochelle, and they toured with Girls Aloud in May 2008 as the support act for the Tangled Up Tour. The group's first single, "If This Is Love", was released on 28 July 2008 and reached number eight in the UK. They also released "Up", "Issues", "Just Can't Get Enough (The Saturdays song)" for comic relief and "Work" They are currently working on their second studio album which should be released sometime in 2009.
On 9 October 2008, Sandford appeared as a guest on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on Phill Jupitus' team .
Rochelle Wiseman (born 21 March 1989) was a member of S Club 8 and a cast member on I Dream. She is part Sierra Leonean. She attended Coopers Company and Coborn School in Upminster. During her time in the group, she had a stint as presenter on the BBC children's programme Smile.
In February 2007, Wiseman appeared briefly on the BBC Two quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks as part of the show's regular Identity Parade feature, where contestants guess which person out of a lineup of five was featured in an old music video played only to the audience and viewers. The team, consisting of Bill Bailey, Russell Howard and Romeo Stodart (from the band The Magic Numbers), correctly picked Wiseman from the lineup.
Wiseman modeled for Love Me Love My Clothes (LMLC). Wiseman also took part in the Miss England contest, finishing in third place. In late October 2006, it emerged Wiseman was a member of a group called The TigerLilys, who had a MySpace page displaying two tracks. The group disbanded without being signed by a label or releasing any material commercially. Wiseman is now a member of girl group The Saturdays.
All S Club 8 lyrics
- Anytime Anywhere
- Automatic High
- Big Fun
- Don't Stop Moving Till Sundown (Bimbo Jones Bootie Remix)
- Don't Tell Me You're Sorry
- Drawn To You
- Feel The Beat
- Fool No More
- I Come Alive
- I Just Came To Dance
- Love To The Limit
- New Direction
- One Fine Day
- One Step Closer
- One Thing I Know
- Only You
- Pretty Boy
- Puppy Love
- Sail On Through
- Searching For Perfection
- Tears On My Pillow
- The Day You Came
- Turn The Lights On
- Wherever You Are
- Wherever Your Heart Beats
- You Are The One
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