Sabrina Washington Biography
Washington's career began in 1999, when she met Alesha Dixon and they joined Dance Attic (a popular dance class school in West London), and they became a duo. In 2000, when both Alesha and Sabrina were auditioning, they soon met with Su-Elise Nash, and formed a trio. Soon, they were signed to Inferno Records with the addition of a new member, Zena McNally, and they became the popular UK Garage/R&B girl band, Mis-Teeq. However, right after the release of their debut single "Why?", Zena McNally left the band to pursue her own solo career, and Mis-Teeq was signed to a higher record deal with Telstar Records.
Sabrina, Alesha, and Su-Elise released their debut album, Lickin' On Both Sides, in 2001. It featured the hits "All I Want", "One Night Stand", "B With Me" and "Roll On / This Is How We Do It". In 2003, they released their second album, Eye Candy featuring hits such as "Scandalous" (a song that rose to fame in Europe and United States), "Can't Get it Back" and "Style". Following the two albums, they toured the United States in 2004 and released their American self-titled debut album Mis-Teeq, a compilation of the two albums Lickin' On Both Sides and Eye Candy, featuring such hits as "Scandalous" and "One Night Stand".
Telstar Records soon went bankrupt and the band joined with Universal Recording Co. only to agree to release a greatest hits album and depart ways.
In 2005, they released a greatest hits compilation that contained all of the hits they released on both audio and video from Lickin' On Both Sides and Eye Candy . The last song they recorded together was "Shoo Shoo Baby", a song that was released for the Disney animated film Valiant. It was also a bonus track with the Greatest Hits album.
Sabrina has recently announced on her MySpace profile that she is currently recording songs for a new album to be released in 2009. She has been experimenting with different sounds, and has stated that her new music would be R&B, Pop, Electro and Ska. However, she has also made some Funky House songs, such as "Get Out My House" and the remix to "Take It To The Top".
Sabrina stated in an interview on BBC 1Xtra with Mistajam on Thursday, 12 February 2009, that her first single would be released in May 2009 and she is now signed to EMI Records.
In October 2008 Sabrina joined other celebrities on Celebrity Scissorhands. She got through to the finals and on 13 November, was crowned the winner of the 2008 title. Washington took part in ITV's I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!. 2009, but was voted out of the jungle on Tuesday, 1 December 2009 leaving the remaining five campmates.
2000–2002: Rise to fame and Lickin' On Both Sides
After months of recording—including sessions with producers Norwegian duo Stargate, Ed Case, Blacksmith, Rishi Rich, and Ceri Evans—Mis-Teeq finally released their debut single "Why?". Originally an R&B song co-written and produced by David Brant, a remix version by Matt "Jam" Lamont soon became a smash in the underground UK garage scene. As a result a second music video for the song was filmed and released. While "Why" became a hit on the UK singles chart, reaching the top 10 with a peak position of number 8 (despite its appearance on a number of dance compilations and an early lack of media support), Zena McNally consequently decided to leave the lineup in spring 2001.
The three remaining women went on to release their second single "All I Want" in June 2001 Co-written and originally produced by David Brant and produced and remixed by Ceri Evans a.k.a. Sunship. The song topped the success of the trio's debut single and became a number 2 hit in the UK, simultaneously entering the top 30 of the Australian singles chart. On October 27, 2001, the band finally released their debut album, Lickin' on Both Sides. The album became a double platinum success and sold more than 600,000 copies domestically. Outside the UK, however, Lickin' on Both Sides failed to chart or sell noticeably.
Nevertheless Mis-Teeq saw instant international success with their Stargate-produced third single "One Night Stand". While the song peaked at no. 5 on the UK singles chart, it also entered the top 20 in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Denmark. In 2002, the band's fourth single, "Be with Me", continued the group's remarkable sales with another top 10 entry in the UK. The last release from Lickin' on Both Sides was a double A-side of "Roll on" and the Montell Jordan cover "This Is How We Do It", the latter song being featured on the soundtrack for Ali G's 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.
Their album is featured on the popular driving game Midtown Madness.
2003: Eye Candy
Returning from a short hiatus, Mis-Teeq released their second album, Eye Candy on March 29, 2003. The album featured production by Stargate, Ed Case, Salaam Remi, singer Joe, and Jermaine Dupri and debuted at its peak position of number six on the UK albums chart, eventually receiving a platinum certification. While Eye Candy's sales failed to link on the sudden success of Lickin' on Both Sides, pre-released lead single "Scandalous" became the group's most successful single by then. It reached the top ten in the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Denmark.
In June 2003 the album's second single "Can't Get It Back" became the band's seventh and final domestic top ten single. Originally a remake of the same-titled unreleased Blaque single from 2002, Mis-Teeq and Telstar agreed not to use album version, instead releasing the alternate "Ignorants Radio Edit" as an official single version. The song also was included on a special edition of Eye Candy which was released in December of the same year and spawned a third single with "Style". However the song failed to reach the UK top 10 and eventually peaked at number 13.
"Scandalous" was released in the USA in May 2004 (under another label, Reprise Records) and reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in June, making it their only USA hit. The song was featured as the theme of the film Catwoman, starring Halle Berry, in Summer 2004.
After the announcement of their split in 2005, they released a compilation album, Greatest Hits, containing a new track, a cover of The Andrews Sisters 1940s song "Shoo Shoo Baby", and they were awarded a 2005 Soul Train Lady of Soul Nomination for Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo for their album Mis-Teeq.
A reworked version of their hit single "Scandalous" can be heard in the new Giorgio Armani commercial for their new fragrance, Armani Code.
Washington's debut album is expected to be released in 2010. The lead single from her album "OMG", is to be released on March 22. The video for the song premiered Digital Spy on February 5, 2010.
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Sabrina was in series 9 of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2009. She was voted out of the jungle on 1 December, coming 6th place overall.