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Birth name: Rachel Lauren Stevens.
Born: April 9, 1978 London, England.

Rachel Stevens biography (bio):
After a successful audition Stevens became a member of the British pop group "S Club 7", selling sixteen million records worldwide four number one hit singles in the United Kingdom. The group was disbanded in 2003 for reasons undisclosed. Stevens became the first member of the band to sign a multi-million dollar recording contract and released her first solo single, "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", in late 2003, reaching number two on the UK singles chart. Her first album reached number nine on the UK albums chart and quickly disappeared.
Stevens' follow-up single "Funky Dory" also failed to gain much attention and charted at number 26. Critics began to write her off as a one-hit wonder until she came back with the song "Some Girls" (2004) which quickly became a hit in the UK, peaking at number two. This was later followed by the October release of the widely successful single "More, More, More" which acted as a close on her debut album. Stevens would then return to music in March 2005 with the single "Negotiate with Love", which appeared on her 2005 album "Come And Get It" Along with "Some Girls". The single "Negotiate With Love" became Stevens fourth Top Ten hit and was followed by "So Good", which reached number 10, and "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)", which made number 12. "Come And Get It" failed to perform well in the charts, becoming a commercial failure even though it was praised by the pop music press and other outlets, such as The New York Times.

Early life:
Stevens was born in Southgate, London of Jewish-Oriental heritage. She attended Ashmole School in Southgate, London.

From a very early age, Stevens was drawn to entertaining people. At the age of five she began taking acting lessons at a drama school near London, but as time went on she seemed to be more interested in fashion than acting. At the age of fifteen her first big break when she beat out 5000 competitors in a modelling competition sponsored by Just 17 Magazine. Following her first modelling jobs Stevens attended the London School of Fashion and after graduation worked in fashion PR, but began to lose interest and started to seek out a career in music instead.

Then, at the age of twenty, Stevens accompanied her brother to an audition in London for a new pop group, which was being put together by Simon Fuller, the one-time manager of the Spice Girls. While waiting for her brother to audition, she was approached by the judges. After many calls and auditions she was chosen as a member of the new band S Club 7, along with Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, and Hannah Spearritt.

S Club 7:
Stevens and "S Club 7" quickly rose to fame, with their debut single "Bring It All Back" reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart in June 1999. The groups follow-up, "S Club Party" was also a hit, the groups self-titled debut album also sold well. The success of their debut album landed the band their own TV show, S Club 7 in Miami. Minor success in the United States followed. Stevens probably enjoyed more success than the rest of the band members, as she received the most media attention and was a fan favorite. Despite the negative press the male members of the group had been receiving, Stevens was not affected by it and in 2000 was voted the second sexiest woman on the planet by the men's magazine FHM. Around 2002-2003, Jo the lead singer had serious back problems for a number of weeks. Rachel took over the role of the lead vocals during this period.

The group was able to release a successful film in 2003 called S Club Seeing Double but after a UK tour, the members of S Club commenced to break up.

Solo career:

Funky Dory:
After S Club broke up, Stevens signed a 1.5 million solo four-album deal with Polydor Records and re-signed with S Club manager, Simon Fuller. Breaking out on her own after success with S Club was hard for Stevens, "I think we ended up conforming to what people's perceptions was," she said about the group. "This one was the ditzy one, this one was the singer, this one was the dancer. And to come out of that and be a whole person has been a real challenge for me. I didn't have my say, really, in the group. None of us did."[3] Stevens was the first member from the group to sign a solo recording contract and expectations were high for her first release to be a success.
Her first solo single, written by Cathy Dennis (who has also written for Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue) and produced by Bloodshy & Avant, was "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", released in September 2003. The single was a hit, debuting at number two on the UK singles chart, beaten to the top spot by the Black Eyed Peas and their international hit single "Where Is The Love?. The single was also a hit worldwide peaking in the top ten in multiple countries including Ireland and Sweden.
Taking inspiration from R&B music most reminiscent of TLC and Sugababes, and adult-style pop music by Madonna, Stevens' debut solo album, Funky Dory was released later that month. The album was a minor hit, reaching number nine on the UK albums chart and quickly fading away in subsequent weeks almost without a trace. Although the album was not a huge commercial success it did gain praise from pop-critics. Jamie Gill, in a review for Yahoo! Launch, said that Stevens "eschews the cheap and cheerful approach of her old band for a slinky adult confidence and musical eclecticism."
That December, the album's title track, "Funky Dory" was released as the second single. The song was hailed as being sophisticated and sexy, like its predecessor, and featured a sample of the David Bowie song "Andy Warhol" from his album Hunky Dory.
Hopes were high that the single would be able to match the success of "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex", but like her album the single made a low showing on the charts, peaking at number twenty six and then quickly disappearing. The song was given mixed reviews by pop-critics with some calling it "musically better than "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" with a hybrid of pop, Latin and even a hint of jazz infusion" but not a good choice as a single as it lacked anything special and different, as it did not live up to Stevens' previous single.
In July 2004, Stevens released a brand new single, "Some Girls" which was produced by Richard X. After the commercial failure of both her album and previous single hopes were high for "Some Girls" to perform well on the charts, with critics calling the single her career make or break release. The single became a hit across Europe, and reached number two in the UK. All profits from the single went to the BBC Sport Relief charity. On its release HMV.co.uk called the single Stevens' "finest song to date", and Yahoo! Launch commented "she came to save her career. She ended up saving pop."
Due to the success of "Some Girls", Funky Dory was re-released to include "Some Girls" and another new track, a cover of Andrea True Connection's "More More More". At this point, Rachel stepped up promotion, inadvertently earning herself a Guinness World Record for "Most Public Appearances by a Pop Star in 24 Hours in Different Cities" (Seven on September 8-September 9, 2004).
On its single release, "More More More" peaked at number three in the UK, giving Stevens her third top ten solo single in the UK. The song was not well received by critics who called the vocals on the song weak and the fact that the song is a cover uninspiring. Stevens herself has stated that she dislikes the song. Nevertheless, the song was a hit and due to the re-release of the album, Funky Dory has sold close to 200,000 copies in the UK to date and was a minor success.
That November, Stevens was nominated for seven awards at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party. She took home two awards, Most Fanciable Female and Best Dressed Star.

Come And Get It:
In late 2004, Stevens began working on her second solo album with producers and songwriters Richard X, Alexis Strum and Xenomania. The following March she released the first single from her upcoming album, "Negotiate With Love". The song was a minor hit in the UK, reaching the top ten and received good reviews by critics for its mature and confident sound.
She sang on the Band Aid 20 single despite not being invited having turned up to the recording with Will Young who was.
"Negotiate with Love" was followed-up by the song "So Good", which was released in July and was another success when it peaked at number ten in the UK. It was hailed as a good pop song that was "tastily produced and sassily delivered."
The singles were followed by Stevens' second full-length studio album, Come And Get It in October 2005. The album was, like her previous effort, a minor success peaking at number twenty-eight in the UK. Come And Get It sold only 18,000 copies in Britain in its first 3 months, and has been deemed a commercial failure, even though the British pop magazines hailed it as a great pop album. The album was also released as a special 'Limited Edition' CD and DVD, which subsequently became a highly-priced item at online auction sites like Ebay.com
The last single released from the album was "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)", released in October 2005 the song peaked at number twelve in the UK. The single received some of the best reviews of Stevens' career with it being hailed by HMV.co.uk for its "astonishingly flawless vocal performance" and as Stevens' "most commercially accessible and quirky single since "Some Girls".
Due to the low charting of the album and its singles no further singles were released, although multiple rumours stated that "Nothing Good About This Goodbye" and the Richard X produced "Crazy Boys" were going to be released as singles. In early January 2006, rumours surfaced that Stevens was to be dropped from Polydor Records. However, a statement was released by the Polydor executives stating that she is still with Polydor.
Just before the release of Come And Get It, Stevens was featured in a documentary, Rachel: My World which was shown on Channel 4's teenage strand T4, with cameras following Stevens around for the summer, at road shows, recording her album, and doing more humble things such as eating out, and going to the gym.

Future In Music:
After the release of her second album, Stevens generally removed herself from the spotlight. Meanwhile, multiple online rumours were spread over 2006/early 2007 about her next career move. While some speculate her constant trips to L.A. in 2006 to signify an attempt in acting, a "reliable" source (the Buzzjack.com Forums) currently has Stevens on the "Coming Soon" list of releases, with new material slated. Although it has now recently been removed from the August 2007 release list, and has left many people speculating as to when it will be released. Now that Rachel is back in London (19 June 2007), we can hope to see her 3rd solo album shelved.
On June 26 'Funky Dory' and 'Come and Get It' became available to purchase on the US iTunes store.

Acting career:
While Rachel was a member of S Club 7, she appeared in all S Club 7 associated series such as Miami 7, LA 7, Hollywood 7 and Viva S Club and also the S Club 7 feature film, entitled Seeing Double.
Rachel also appeared in a movie entitled Grind, and Suzie Gold and appeared in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.
Stevens spent the first few months of 2006 in Los Angeles in preparation of launching an acting career, and has spent much of her time there ever since. According to Stevens, she is working with the William Morris Agency, one of the largest acting agencies in the world and she has been seen visiting the same acting class that Brad Pitt used to attend. Rumours suggest that Stevens was offered the role of a receptionist in the Steve Miner directed remake of George A. Romero's "Day of the Dead," which is to be released in September 2007 in the U.S; and the script for a role in a new American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja called "Devil's Road."
According to a British tabloid, on her return from Los Angeles to London in March 2007 on a Virgin Atlantic flight, Stevens was disappointed not to receive a first class upgrade, apparently uttering the immortal words: "Don't you know who I am?" Rachel then returned to LA in May 2007 leaving many to speculate as to what is happening in her acting career. She was seen holding a script for an unknown movie in June 2007 just shortly before returning to London on 19 June 2007.

Personal life:
On Valentine's Day in 2002, Stevens made headline when she became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, actor Jeremy Edwards. The engagement would not last long, though. The couple broke up in early 2004 after they had been dating for over three years. Stevens made headlines in March 2004 when she was ditched by her rumoured boyfriend, businessman Simon Brodin. The couple were rumoured to have dated for two months after Stevens broke-up with Edwards. The relationship was never confirmed by either side.
Six months later Stevens again was in the tabloids as she started dating Gavin Dein, son of Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein, the relationship would not last long with the couple splitting up in August 2005. Since then she has been linked to Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg after taking interest in him because she wanted him to star as her boyfriend in an upcoming music video. Stevens' commented on the rumours by telling Neil Sean of Sky Showbiz Gossip, "It's all top secret but my dream is to have the lovely Freddie in the video for the song as my boyfriend. I'd like that in real life too, but Ill start with the video."
She has also been spotted recently in LA in February 2006, with a mystery man who claimed to be her new boyfriend, but it has neither been confirmed nor denied. She has also been spotted with a mystery man in Barbados in the last week of April 2006.
She was also spotted in LA with Rob Mullaney, but they were quoted as saying they were just friends. She was also spotted with American-based British singer Oli Trevena (Oli T) who she is rumoured to be dating and the Daily Mirror claimed he was taking her to meet his parents. She herself claims that, for now, she enjoys the single life and "loves flirting with strangers."
Rachel has recently gotten a henna tattoo on her left shoulder which washed off days later.
In the fictional autobiography of the band Gorillaz, Rise of the Ogre, she's mentioned as dating animated band member 2D.
Rachel Stevens arrives at the red carpet of 2009 GQ Men Of The Year Awards on September 8th, 2009
Rachel Stevens arrives at the red carpet of 2009 GQ Men Of The Year Awards on September 8th, 2009
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Rachel Stevens attends the O2 Palm Pre Launch Party in London on October 12th 2009 1
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