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Jo O’Meara – full name, Joanne Valda O’Meara – was born 29th April 1979 in Romford Essex, near London to parents Dave and Barbara, with two siblings, brother Shane and sister Julie. She is known as being the lead singer of British pop band, S Club 7.

Rise to Fame

Before she was known as the lead vocalist in S Club 7 – Jo worked as a waitress and also in a pet store. She joined the rap-hip-hop group, 2-4 Family in 1998 after becoming friends with one of the band members, Essence Woods – and they went on to release their first single, Stay. However shortly afterwards, Jo left the band and went on to gain a place in S Club 7. Jo had been working one night and was discovered by a talent scout for 19 Management, who had heard her singing Karaoke, and asked her to audition for Simon Fuller’s label. After a successful audition, she was offered a place in S Club 7.

S Club 7 1999 – 2003

S Club 7 shot Jo to fame, as they quickly became one of the biggest pop acts in Britain – during their time together, they released 4 studio albums : S Club (1999) , 7 (2000) , Sunshine (2001) and Seeing Double (2002) as well as starring in their own TV series which helped them become well known stateside, and in other countries. They also went on to star in their very own movie, Seeing Double (2002). During their 5 years together, they had 4 number one singles, a UK number 1 album, 3 arena tours and won 2 Brit Awards. In 2002, Paul Cattermole announced that he was leaving S Club 7, and after their departure they were known as just “S Club” having dropped the 7 from their title. The band continued without Paul, before they eventually announced in 2003 that the band would be splitting.

Launching her solo career

 

Two years after S Club split, Jo announced that she was back and going solo, having signed a new recording deal with Sanctuary Records. During the summer of 2005, she performed at various summer festivals and Universities, to promote the release of her upcoming solo material. She released her first solo single, What Hurts The Most on 26th September 2005, followed by her debut solo album, Relentless on 3rd October 2005. After Sanctuary Records made the announcement that a second single from the album was on it’s way, there was some confusion after they changed the single 3 times, between To ease your PainWish I was over you and Relentless . During this confusing period, Jo eventually announced that she was parting ways with Sanctuary Records, and taking a hiatus from the music industry. For more information on Jo’s solo career, click here

 

Reality TV

Jo appeared on the fifth series of Celebrity Big Brother which started on 3rd January 2007. She made it all the way until the semi-final, being evicted along-side Cleo Rocos. The show followed 14 celebrities, living in confinement for 24 days inside the Celebrity Big Brother house, located in London. Housemates had to take part in different challenges, to win their weekly shopping budget as well as nominate fellow housemates to face the public vote for eviction. The show was hosted by Davina McCall and this series, was won by Shilpa Shetty.

 

Motherhood

 

 

In January 2008, during an interview and photoshoot with the Daily Mail – Jo announced that she was 6 months pregnant with her first child. Her son, Lenny was born on 12th May 2008. Lenny is Jo’s pride and joy and was named after her grandad.

 

S Club 3

 

In 2008, it was announced that Jo would be joining forces with her two S Club band members, Bradley Mcintosh and Paul Cattermole to perform at various shows at summer Festivals, Nightclubs and University Student Unions around the UK, under the name S Club 3, or their alternative stage name – S Club Party. There were some rumours at the beginning, that Tina Barrett was to join the line-up, making them S Club 4 – however this never happened. Jo, Bradley and Paul performed together for six years – from 2008 up until 2014, and also performed some special shows in other countries including Egypt.

S Club 7 Reunion

 

In November 2014, S Club surprised fans when all 7 members finally reunited for an exclusive performance for BBC’s Children in Need where they performed a medley of their greatest hits. A few day’s later, they announced that they would be going on their “Bring it all Back” Arena tour in May 2015. The reunion proved to be a huge success, however after the tour, the band went their separate ways again but have hinted that they would like to do something to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2019.

 

S Club 3 return with a new line up

After S Club 7 completed their reunion tour in May 2015, it was announced that the S Club 3 gigs would continue, with Tina Barrett joining the line-up – however, Paul decided that he no longer wanted to be a part of it and wanted to focus on other commitments. S Club 3 / S Club Party are currently still performing under this line-up at present day, performing shows around the UK as well as some shows in other countries. In December 2017, they released a single called “Family” with money from the sales going towards the Rainbows Trust Children’s Charity

Present Day & The Future

In early 2020, Jo announced that she would be working on her second solo studio album, 15 years after the release of her first album Relentless in 2005. She launched a YouTube channel, where she began posting videos including some of her own songs as well as covers, live from the studio along with some other fun videos such as Q&A’s and Vlogs. However, with covid-19 all of Jo’s plans were pushed back. Jo began posting videos of her performing in her living room during lockdown, and was finally able to get into the studio nearer the end of summer 2020 to start recording the new album. The album will be released in 2021, along with a solo tour.






NOTICE - Jo has now started to announce some solo shows for later in 2021.. bare in mind that this could still change in terms of how things will be later in the year with COVID-19. Jo has confirmed that she will be doing a solo Tour sometime this year. We will post the dates as soon as they are available
11th September - Milton Keynes Pride Festival
18th September - Irlam Live, Manchester
Date ? Tour Dates are coming soon
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New Album : With Love
Release Date : 27th August 2021
Info : Jo is back with her second solo album, "With Love" - 16 years after the release of her first album "Relentless"


New Single : On The Surface
Release Date : 25th June 2021
Info : Jo has released the first single taken from her brand new album "With Love"


New Single : Relentless (unplugged)
Release Date : 26th May 2021
Info : Jo has released a special newly recorded, unplugged version of her song "Relentless" - a song that featured on her debut solo album of the same title back in 2005


New Single : Don't Stop Movin' (unplugged)
Release Date : 23rd April 2021
Info : Jo has released a special unplugged version of the S Club 7 hit Don't Stop Movin' in honour of the songs 20th anniversary


Project : YouTube Channel
Status : Online Now
Info : In early 2020, Jo started her own YouTube channel. She has been posting videos of some live performances of some of her songs, and covers live from the studio or from her living room at home during the recent lockdown. She has also been posting some fun things like fan Q&A's and Vlogs.

Project : Live Tour
Tour Dates: To be announced
Info : Jo has confirmed that she will be doing a solo Tour around the UK in 2021, following the release of her brand new album

Project : Acting
Info : Jo will be making a return to acting. No word yet on what acting projects she has planned but this will be the first time Jo has acted since the release of the S Club movie Seeing Double back in 2003



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