Mostly Credited As: All Saints
Birth Name: All Saints
Date Of Birth: 1993
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
“All Saints” is an all-girl Pop & Rock group originally formed in London, England in 1993 by “Melanie Blatt” and “Shaznay Lewis” who were both born in England. Both girls began signing back-up vocals for different artists on the London record label “ZZT” at their companies recording studio on All Saints Road in the Ladbroke Grove part of London. Melanie and Shaznay then began to compose their own music next and then added a 3rd member to their soon to be formed group by the name of “Simone Rainford” in 1994. Their first thought of using “Spice” as the group name but quickly rejected the idea because of the “Spice Girls”. They decided on the name of “All Saints 184.108.40.206.” after the address of the studio where they began working together and the year of their births. They next signed a recording contract with “ZZT” records in London.
They made their first singing appearance together on the “Touch” magazine stage during the Notting Hill Carnival in London. In February 1995 they released their first record titled “Silver Shadow”. It was released in the UK only as a CD with 6 different re-mixed versions of the song on it and as a cassette with 2 different versions on it. They made a Black & White video for this debut single with Simone as the lead singer and Melanie and Shaznay dancing and doing back-up vocals. In April 1995 they released the song “Let’s Get Started” once again as a 6 song re-mixed CD and as a 3 song cassette. Neither of their first 2 records made the charts. In the summer they began touring as a part of the “Smash Hits Tour” as the opening act for “Peter Andre”, “Boyzone” and the “Backstreet Boys”. They also recorded their 3rd single during the summer titled “If You Wanna Party” and then Simone decided to leave the group.
On 25 September 1995 their 3rd single “If You Wanna Party” was finally released as a 4 song re-mixed CD and a 2 song re-mixed cassette. Once again their record failed to make the charts and “ZZT” decided to drop the remaining 2 members from their contract. The 2 remaining girls were determined to reform the group and began auditions for new members. Melanie’s father met “Nicole Appleton” whom he had previously known from working together at the Sylvia Young Theater School in London. Shaznay asked Nicole and her sister Natalie who were both born in Canada but were schooling in London to join them in the group. Nicole joined them immediately but Natalie wanted to stay home to take care of her 2-year old baby but their parents jumped in and stated they wanted to take care of the baby for her so she could further her singing career which she finally did. They decided to rename the group to just plain “All Saints”.
In May 1996 the 4 girls met with “Karl Gordon” who was a former member of the Rap group “Outlaw Posse” and they provided him a demo tape of the song “I Know Where It’s At”. They went around from one record company to another but all the labels wanted to make the girls into a cloned version of the “Spice Girls” and they didn’t want to have any part of that. They finally met with “John Benson” of “London” records and in November they were signed to a contract. “I Know Where It’s At” was released on 18 August 1997 on the “Polygram” label which is a subsidiary of “London” records. They released 2 different CD’s with 4 different re-mixes of the song on them and a cassette with 2 re-mixed versions. This was the first of many records to finally make the charts peaking at #4 in the UK and at #2 in Canada. They next released the song “Never Ever” on the “London” record label on 10 November and it quickly raced up the charts. It peaked at #33 in Holland, at #4 in Canada and in the Netherlands both, at #2 in Ireland, at #1 in Australia and at #1 for 2 weeks in the UK. Because of the success of this single “I Know Where It’s At” was finally released in the U.S. on 13 January 1998 . It would appear on 3 different Billboard charts peaking at #36 on the Hot 100 singles chart, at #28 on the Rhythmic Top 40 chart and at #21 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart.
They recorded 2 different versions of the music video of the song “Never Ever”. The UK version had the girls in a swimming pool and then inside a house. The video was re-shot showing the girls inside a church for the U.S. version. Their next release was their debut self-titled album “All Saints” on 24 November 1997. It peaked at #10 in Canada, at #40 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200-album chart and peaked at #1 on the U.S. Heatseekers chart and at #2 in the UK. This would be their one and only album to make the charts in the U.S. Early in 1998 they released “All Saints The Video” which had both the UK and U.S. versions of the song on it. On 7 July 1998 “Never Ever” was finally released in the U.S. where it would appear on 4 different charts. It peaked at #25 on the Rhythmic chart, at #21 on the Top 40 tracks chart, at #4 on the Hot 100 singles chart and at #3 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart. It sold 1 ¼ Million copies in the UK alone and the group won 2 BRIT Awards for the song as Best single of the year and Best Video of the year. Their next release on 27 April was a 2-sided hit in “Under the Bridge” with “Lady Marmalade” on the B-side.
“Lady Marmalade” peaked at #11 on the Canadian singles chart. Both sides of the single went to #12 in Holland and was their 2nd consecutive #1 hit in the UK staying on top of the chart for 2 weeks. They would not have any more charting records, albums or singles in the U.S. but they would continue to dominate the UK charts. On 31 August they released “Booty Call” and it peaked at #5 in Holland and became their 3rd consecutive #1 in the UK. On 23 November “War of Nerves” was released and the only chart it appeared on was the UK chart where it peaked at #7. This was followed by a re-mixed version of their debut album on 29 December but it only managed to make it to #104 on the UK album chart. In 2000 they released “Pure Shores” on 26 February that peaked at #9 in Holland and spent 2 weeks at #1 in the UK. On October 14th they released their 2nd album titled “Saints & Sinners” and their newest single titled “Black Coffee” and both records peaked at #1 in the UK. On 27 January 2001 “All Hooked Up” made its’ debut peaking at #7 on the UK singles chart.
This was followed on 17 September with the release of the single titled “TwentyFourSeven”, (The Artful Dodger Featuring Melanie Blatt) and it peaked at #6 on the UK singles chart. The album titled “All Hits” was released on 5 November and it would peak at #18 in the UK. The group then split-up after the release of this album with sisters Natalie and Nicole reforming their duo titled “Appleton”. Both Melanie and Shaznay began a solo career but neither one met with very much success. Melanie released “Do Me Wong” that peaked at #18 in the UK in 2003 and “See Me” in 2005 that peaked at #78. Shaznay released one album titled “Open” on 19 July 2004 that peaked at #22 in the UK. She also had 2 solo singles on the charts in the UK in “Never Felt Like This Before” that peaked at #8 followed by “You” that peaked at #56 both in 2004. In late 2005 an official announcement was made that the group would reunite early in 2006. On 24 January 2006 they announced that they had reformed, signed a contract with “Parlophone” records and have begun recording their 3rd album due out later this year and that they are also planning a tour with a group of singing idols from the 1990’s.