Lisa Scott-Lee biography

Lisa Scott-Lee

Last updated: 17 November 2008

The ex-Steps singer made a valiant attempt to keep her chart career going.

Just as the individual Spice Girls never managed to recapture their all-conquering five-headed pop dominance, so it was for Steps. Despite 14 top 10 UK singles in their four years together, the nation shrugged and moved on after they announced their split on 26 December 2001.

As the only former member who forged on with a pop career (the short-lived H And Claire aside), the stakes were high for Lisa Scott-Lee. She briefly managed her brothers' group 3SL, though they were dropped by Sony after poor sales of their first two singles.

Hoping for a solo career instead, Lisa signed to Mercury. In May 2003 her debut single Lately was released, reaching number six in the charts.

Its follow-up, Too Far Gone, fared less well in November the same year, scraping to number 11. It wasn't enough, and merciless Mercury dropped her prior to her third single, a cover of Strike's U Sure Do.

With dogged determination, she refused to let such a setback keep her from destiny's calling, and in summer 2004 appeared in the video for Do You Think I'm Sexy by the Girls Of FHM.

A further single, Get It On - a collaboration between Lisa and Intenso Project - was released by Ministry Of Sound label in November 2004, but only reached number 23. Plans for another single collaboration unsurprisingly came to nothing.

With admirable resilience, Lisa agreed to the filming of Totally Scott-Lee, a fly-on-the-wall documentary series made by MTV. Its premise was simple. In addition to following the ups and downs of various family members, plus those of manager Nathan Moore and Andy Scott-Lee's girlfriend Michelle Heaton, Lisa was faced with a challenge: her next single would reach the top 10, or she would quit the music industry.

With schadenfreude building and vultures circling, she hastily signed to Concept Records and began recording. The song Electric, written by Guy Chambers and A1's Ben Adams, was the song with Lisa's career hopes pinned to it.

Electric was released in October 2005. Despite Totally Scott-Lee's high viewing figures, it only managed an unlucky number 13 chart placing.

Undeterred, she re-entered the pop fray in 2008 with her album Never Or Now.


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