Seether, Sting, Spice Girls, James Blunt

Seether

Seether is a post-grunge band, formed in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1999. It consist of Shaun Morgan, Dale Stewart, John Humphrey and Troy McLawhorn. Seether got it’s start as Saron Gas in Johannesburg Africa. As Saron Gas, the band released its first album, Fragile on Musketeer Records, in 2000 in South Africa. Upon achieving success on the South African Singles Chart, Wind-up Records took an interest in Saron Gas and signed them to the label. The band was asked to change their name due to Saron Gas being a homophone of sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent discovered (but never used in war) by Nazi Germany during World War II. The band changed its name to Seether in honor of Veruca Salt’s song titled, “Seether”. In 2002, they released their debut album, Disclaimer. “Fine Again,” “Driven Under,” and “Gasoline” were released as singles off the album . On
May 24, 2005, Seether released their sophomore album, Karma and Effect. Upon release, the album debuted in the top 10 in many countries around the world and the first single “Remedy” held the top spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. On October 23, 2007, they released Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. In support of the album, the band has toured with Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Skillet, Red, Papa Roach, Flyleaf, Econoline Crush, Nickelback, and Staind. Three singles, “Fake It”, “Rise Above This”, and “Breakdown” have been released from the album with all three being top 10 singles, the former two reaching the top position on several Billboard charts.

Sting

Sting is the stage name of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner. He was born on October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England. In January 1977, Sting moved from Newcastle to London, and soon thereafter he joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (who was soon replaced by Andy Summers) to form the New Wave band The Police. Between 1978 and 1983, they released five chart-topping albums and won six Grammy Awards. On June 1,1985 Sting released his debut The Dream of the Blue Turtles. It also includes Sting’s first hit after The Police, “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”; a jazzed-up reworking of The Police song “Shadows in the Rain”; and a song inspired by Anne Rice’s book Interview with the Vampire, “Moon over Bourbon Street”. Sting has since released seven albums which include Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner’s Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day and Songs from the Labyrinth. His albums have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and receiving an Oscar nomination for best song.

Spice Girls

The Spice Girls were an English pop girl group formed in 1994. They consist of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell and Lianne Morgan. In 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album Spice through Virgin records. In the United States the album produced three top five singles including “Say You’ll Be There” in number three and “2 Become 1” in number four, this songs topping the charts in over 53 countries. In UK it produced four numbers one singles, including a Double A Side, “Mama/Who Do You Think You Are?”. Spice was certified 10x platinum in UK, 8x Platinum in Europe and 7x Platinum in US. The album sold 23 million copies worldwide. In 1997, the Spice Girls released their sophomore album, Spiceworld. It produced 3 top twenty singles in the US, four top 2 singles in the UK, and 5 number one singles in Asia. It has sold 20 million copies worldwide. They have since released two more albums and have worldwide sales of over sixty million units. In May 1998, Geri Halliwell left the group in the middle of numerous rumours. The four remaining members released the third album, but went their separate ways in late 2000 to focus on their solo careers.

James Blunt

James Blunt was born on February 22, 1974 in Tidworth, Wiltshire, England. He was the first child born to Jane and Charles Blunt. Blunt took piano and violin lessons as a child then he was introduced to the guitar by a fellow student, and started playing guitar and writing songs at age 14. James Blunt was an officer in the Life Guards, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, and served under NATO in Kosovo during the conflict in 1999. He left the British
Army in 2002 so that he could pursue his musical career. In 2004, James Blunt released his debut album, Back to Bedlam. The album reached number one in the summer of 2005. It was on the New Zealand album charts for 32 weeks and has gone #1 with a sextuple platinum certification. In 2006, as a sequel to his debut album, James Blunt released Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions. The CD contains a live set from Ireland, while the DVD features a recorded performance at the BBC, music videos for all of the Back to Bedlam singles. In 2007, he released his sophomore album All the Lost Souls. The first single released from the album was “1973”, which started radio play on July 23, 2007. The album has so far shipped 4 million copies. Blunt’s primary residence is now on the Spanish island of Ibiza.