Dane Bowers

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Dane Bowers
Birth nameDane Leon-Ben Bowers
Born (1979-11-28) 28 November 1979 (age 39)
Sutton, London, England
Origin London, England
Genres R&B, pop, UK garage
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, DJ, producer
Instruments Vocals, turntables, sampler, drum machine
Years active1997–present
Labels Conehead UK
Associated acts Another Level, True Steppers, Upper Street, 5th Story

Dane Leon Bowers (born 28 November 1979) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer. He was a part of R&B boyband Another Level between 1997 and 2000 when he performed on seven Top 10 singles, before taking up solo projects with True Steppers and Victoria Beckham. [1] [2] He has made TV appearances on Celebrity Big Brother 7 [3] and the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me . [4] and is now part of the pop supergroup 5th Story, set up for The Big Reunion .

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Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

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Early life and education

Bowers was born in Sutton, London, England. He was educated at two independent schools for boys: at Cumnor House School in the town of Croydon in South London, followed by Trinity School of John Whitgift, at Shirley Park in the London Borough of Croydon. When he was fifteen years old, after leaving school, he enrolled at a Croydon-based performing arts college, the BRIT School. [5]

London Borough of Sutton London borough in United Kingdom

The London Borough of Sutton is a London borough in South London, England and forms part of Outer London. It covers an area of 43 km2 (17 sq mi) and is the 80th largest local authority in England by population. It is one of the southernmost boroughs of London. It is south of the London Borough of Merton, west of the London Borough of Croydon and east of the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The local authority is Sutton London Borough Council. Its principal town is the eponymous Sutton.

An independent school is independent in its finances and governance. It is usually not dependent upon national or local government to finance its operations, nor reliant on taxpayer contributions, and is instead funded by a combination of tuition charges, donations, and in some cases the investment yield of a financial endowment. It is typically governed by a board of governors which is elected independently of government, and has a system of governance that ensures its independent operation.

Croydon town in South London, England

Croydon is a large town in south London, England, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) south of Charing Cross. The principal settlement in the London Borough of Croydon, it is one of the largest commercial districts outside Central London, with an extensive shopping district and night-time economy.

Music career

After leaving the BRIT School, Bowers joined British boy-band Another Level, where he performed as a part of the group for three years, between 1997 and 2000, with fellow members Mark Baron, Wayne Williams and Bobak Kianoush.

Another Level gained seven Top 10 singles in two years in the United Kingdom, including 1998's UK No. 1 "Freak Me"; and a platinum-selling self-titled debut album. Their follow-up album, Nexus , released in 1999, achieved gold-selling status, and was followed by a Brit Award nomination for Best British Newcomer [6] in 1999.

Freak Me single by Silk

"Freak Me" is a song by American R&B group Silk. It was released in February 1993 as the second single from their debut album, Lose Control. It was co-written and co-produced by Keith Sweat, for whom Silk was a touring opening act. Tim Cameron, Jimmy Gates and Gary "Lil G" Jenkins sing lead on the song. The song was the group's highest charting hit, reaching number-one on both the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, and the U.S. Hot R&B Singles chart for eight weeks. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 1.3 million copies domestically.

<i>Another Level</i> (Another Level album) 1998 studio album by Another Level

Another Level is the self-titled debut album by English boy band Another Level, released on 9 November 1998 in the United Kingdom by Northwestside Records. It includes the number one single "Freak Me", originally sung by Silk, as well as the singles "Be Alone No More", "Guess I Was a Fool", "I Want You for Myself" and the double A-side release "Be Alone No More '99" and "Holding Back the Years". The album peaked at number thirteen in the United Kingdom, where it was certified Platinum on 9 April 1999.

<i>Nexus</i> (Another Level album) 1999 studio album by Another Level

Nexus is the second and final studio album by English boyband Another Level, released on 13 September 1999 in the United Kingdom by Northwestside records. The album includes the theme from Notting Hill, "From the Heart", released by the band in May 1999. The album includes the singles "Summertime" and "Bomb Diggy", which became the band's final single. The album peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. A limited edition version of the album with a bonus disc was made available on the day of release.

Another Level also performed as the supporting act on the European leg of Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope World Tour in 1998. [7]

Janet Jackson American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer.

Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. A prominent figure in popular culture, she is known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows.

After Another Level split in 2000, [8] Bowers wrote and fronted two UK Top 10 hits for the UK garage act True Steppers in 2000: "Buggin" and "Out of Your Mind". "Buggin" reached No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart in April 2000. The latter featured the first solo recording of Spice Girl Victoria Beckham, and reached No. 2; it was beaten to the number one spot by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor with "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in August 2000. [2] [9]

UK garage is a genre of electronic music originating from England in the early 1990s. The genre emerged from styles such as garage house, R&B, jungle, and dance-pop, and usually features a distinctive 4/4 percussive rhythm with syncopated hi-hats, cymbals and snares, and sometimes includes irregular kick drum patterns. Garage tracks also commonly feature 'chopped up' and time-stretched or pitch-shifted vocal samples complementing the underlying rhythmic structure at a tempo usually around 130 BPM. UK garage gave rise to subgenres such as speed garage and 2-step, and was then largely subsumed into other styles of music and production in the mid-2000s, including bassline, grime and dubstep. The decline of UK garage during the mid-2000s saw the birth of UK funky, which is closely related.

True Steppers were an English UK garage production duo, consisting of Jonny Lisners and Andy Lysandrou.

"Buggin" is a song by UK garage duo True Steppers, released in 2000 and featuring singer Dane Bowers of Another Level. A Top 10 hit, the song reached #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2001, two solo singles released under the moniker of 'Dane', "Shut Up... and Forget About It" (allegedly written about his relationship with Jordan) [10] and "Another Lover", both reached No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart, [11] and an album, Facing the Crowd remained unreleased.

Bowers subsequently went on to focus on behind the scenes work, writing and producing, including a collaboration for Victoria Beckham's debut solo album in autumn that year.

In 2010, Bowers returned to making music and signed with independent record label Conehead UK to record a pop album, with the first single, "All She Needs", written by Jamie Scott, released in July 2010. [12]

On 27 August 2013, Another Level were on the verge of signing up for the ITV2 documentary The Big Reunion , [13] but Williams announced that he would not take part. In an interview with MTV UK, he said: "I decided not to participate in The Big Reunion because it wouldn't feel right to me...I'm in a totally different space in my life and I don't feel any need to look back." [14] Also, Baron, who now works for Alan Sugar's company Amsprop, had been forced to pull out due to Sugar not allowing him time off work. Bowers told the Daily Star , "Another Level were supposed to do it but then Mark said he couldn't because of work. He's married to Alan Sugar's daughter and works for him. You don't say no to Alan Sugar. So Alan Sugar stopped Another Level taking part in The Big Reunion. I was a bit annoyed because he pulled out right at the end. Surely he would have known earlier. But his loss is my gain." [15] Bowers instead joined The Big Reunion supergroup 5th Story, along with Kenzie from Blazin' Squad and former soloists Adam Rickitt, Kavana and Gareth Gates.

Television

Bowers began television presenting in 2002, co-hosting Popstars: The Rivals "Extra" show with the former Pop Idol contestant Hayley Evetts. [16]

In 2004, Bowers wrote and starred in a TV sitcom pilot called Bow to the Bowers. It was a satirical look at the music industry, casting Bowers as an egotistical, vain version of himself. It also starred former Steps member Lee Latchford-Evans and ex-Brother Beyond star Nathan Moore, though it never made it to mainstream TV. [17]

Bowers appeared in the follow-up TV show to Totally Scott-Lee , called Totally Boyband , in which five boyband members from past groups were modelled into a new singing act called Upper Street. [18] [19] The group featured him alongside Lee Latchford-Evans of Steps, Jimmy Constable of 911, New Kids on the Block's Danny Wood, and S Club's Bradley McIntosh. The series commenced on MTV in the UK in September 2006, but their first single only charted at No. 35 and the group subsequently disbanded. [20]

In 2009, Bowers appeared in an episode of Celebrity Come Dine With Me alongside Bobby Davro, Laila Morse, and Dani Behr, [4] where he served langoustines, beef tenderloin, and bread and butter pudding. Bowers' theme for the evening was 'funky, cool and fashionable'. [21]

In 2010, Bowers made TV appearances on Loose Women on ITV1 and Live from Studio Five . [22]

Celebrity Big Brother 7

On 3 January 2010, Bowers was the seventh contestant to enter Channel 4's seventh and final series of Celebrity Big Brother . He made it to the final on 29 January 2010, but finished as runner-up to Alex Reid. [3]

Personal life

Bowers lives in Coulsdon, London. [23]

In June 2012, Bowers was accused of racially aggravated assault and harassment in connection with an incident in Norwich on 2 June 2012. [23] In December 2012, Bowers admitted one count of assault and one of threatening behaviour during a drunken fight. He denied making racist remarks. The judge accepted his guilty plea, saying "It seems highly unlikely that you, given your background, would have made racist remarks." Bowers was sentenced to unpaid community work. [24]

In October 2012, Bowers began playing football for the 3rd team of Cwmbran Celtic which plays in the Newport and District League. He made his match debut in a 3–1 home defeat to Marshfield AFC. The chairman of Cwmbran Celtic said he "hopefully will enjoy his stay with us. He’s a nice lad." [25]

On 21 April 2013, Bowers was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by beating after a confrontation at Butlins Bognor Regis. The charges were later reduced to "using threatening or abusive behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress", to which Bowers pleaded guilty, and was given a conditional discharge. [26]

Discography

Singles

DateSingleChart position
UK
17 April 2000"Buggin" (with True Steppers) [27] 6
14 August 2000"Out of Your Mind" (featuring Victoria Beckham) [27] 2
19 February 2001"Shut Up... and Forget About It" [27] 9
25 June 2001"Another Lover" [27] 9
11 July 2010"All She Needs"

(with Upper Street)

DateSingleChart position
UK
16 October 2006"The One" [28] 35

Facing the Crowd

Facing the Crowd
Studio album by
Dane Bowers
ReleasedUnreleased
Recorded2001
Genre R&B, UK garage
Length35:13
Label Arista Records, Northwestside
Producer Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis • Dallas Austin • The Underdogs • Scott Whitman • Nathan Thomas • Wyclef Jean • Dow & Young • Michael Harwood • Cutfather & Joe • Karl Bartos • Mark Sheehan • Dyme • John Themis
Singles from Facing the Crowd
  1. "Shut Up... and Forget About It"
    Released: 19 February 2001
  2. "Another Lover"
    Released: 25 June 2001

Facing the Crowd is the unreleased debut album under the moniker of 'Dane'. The album was due for release in 2001, but remains commercially unreleased after he was subsequently dropped by his record label. A small number of physical copies pressed for distribution to media and radio stations were made available before the album's release was cancelled. [29] The album spawned two UK Singles Chart top ten singles, "Shut Up... and Forget About It" and "Another Lover".

Background

After Another Level split in 2000, [30] Bowers wrote and fronted two UK Singles Chart top ten singles for the UK garage act True Steppers in 2000, where he was billed as "Dane Bowers from Another Level". "Buggin" entered the charts at No. 6 in April 2000, and "Out of Your Mind", featuring the first solo recording of Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham, which reached No. 2, as it was beaten to the number one spot by "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)" in August 2000 by Spiller featuring Sophie Ellis-Bextor. His subsequent chart success lead to a solo record deal, and in February 2001, Bowers released "Shut Up... and Forget About It", a song allegedly written about his relationship with Katie Price. [31] The song peaked at No. 9 on the UK Singles Chart. Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis and Wyclef Jean-produced "Another Lover" was released as the album's second single in June 2001, but this again stalled at number nine. Bowers was subsequently dropped from his label, and Facing the Crowd remained unreleased. Bowers subsequently went on to focus on behind the scenes work, writing and producing, including a collaboration for Victoria Beckham's debut solo album in autumn that year.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Shut Up... and Forget About It"Dane Bowers • Harvey Mason Jr • Damon ThomasThe Underdogs3:09
2."Bump"Bowers • Hagen Hammond • Michael HarwoodMichael Harwood4:03
3."Another Lover"Bowers • Scott Whitman • Nathan ThomasJerry 'Wonda' Duplessis • Wyclef Jean 4:13
4."She's Gettin' It Somewhere Else"Bowers • Whitman • ThomasWhitman • Thomas3:31
5."She's Lying"Bowers • Joe Belmaati • Mich HansenCutfather & Joe3:54
6."Girl Ain't Mine" (featuring Dallas Austin)Dallas Austin • Terence Daly • Danny O'DonoghueMark Sheehan Dallas Austin • Mark Sheehan 4:00
7."Hey Say, She Say" (featuring Dyme)Bowers • Campbell • Hassan • Gordon • SkinnerDyme3:39
8."We All Know"Bowers • Brian Dow • Bradley YoungDow & Young3:45
9."A Man"Karl Bartos • Yasmine Hamdan • Ralf HuetterKarl Bartos3:36
10."Will I Ever Need to Love Again"Bowers • Whitman • ThomasJohn Themis3:33
11."Feels So Natural"Bowers • Belmaati • HansenCutfather & Joe3:37

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