Danny Foster (musician)

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Danny Foster
Born (1979-05-03) 3 May 1979 (age 39)
Hackney, England, United Kingdom
GenresPop, dance
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000-present
Labels MCA Music, Polydor
Associated acts Boom!, Hear'Say

Danny Foster (born 3 May 1979) is an English pop/soul singer and television personality, who appeared in the inaugural series of the British television talent-show Popstars , going on to become a founder member of the pop group Hear'say.

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Early life and career

Born to a Barbadian father and white mother,[ citation needed ] Foster attended the Central Foundation Boys' School. [1] Before his appearance in the Popstars television series, he had worked as a cleaner and trained as a youth worker.

Barbadian British people, Bajan Brits or British Barbadians, are citizens or residents of the United Kingdom whose ethnic origins lie fully or partially in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The UK is home to the second largest Barbadian-born migrant population out of all the OECD countries, with the 2001 Census recording 21,601 UK residents born on the Caribbean island, compared to the 53,785 Barbadian-born residents of the United States.

Central Foundation Boys School

Central Foundation Boys' School is a voluntary-aided comprehensive secondary school in the London Borough of Islington. It was founded at a meeting 1865 and opened the following year in Bath Street, before moving to its current location on Cowper Street in 1869. Originally named The Middle Class School of London, it was renamed in 1890 after the establishment of its trust body, the Central Foundation Schools Trust. Its sister school is Central Foundation Girls' School in Tower Hamlets. Both schools are beneficiaries of the charity Central Foundation Schools of London, which in turn is a beneficiary of The Dulwich Estate, successor to the historic Alleyn's College charity.

Foster first came to public attention in 2001, after his appearance as an aspiring pop singer in the first series of the television talent series Popstars, which aired on ITV1. Impressing the judges of the series (which included Nigel Lythgoe and Nicki Chapman), Foster was selected as a founder member of the pop group Hear'say, alongside Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw and Noel Sullivan.

Nigel Lythgoe Executive producer and television director

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Nicki Chapman English television presenter

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After the formation of the group, Hear'say went on to enjoy international success, selling nearly three million records worldwide. The group's debut single "Pure and Simple" became the fastest selling number one single of the UK Singles Chart at the time. [2] The group released another UK number one single and a number one album, as well as performing a sell out arena tour across the UK and Ireland. However, the group's second album was not a success, and Hear'say split eighteen months after their formation.

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In 2005, Foster competed in the third series of Channel 4 sports-based reality show The Games . Foster joined the series halfway through as a replacement for injured actor Jonathon Morris, and competed against celebrities including Craig Charles and Chesney Hawkes.

Channel 4 British public-service television broadcaster

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The Games is a British reality sports game show that ran on Channel 4 for four series, in which 10 celebrities competed against each other, by doing Olympic-style events, such as weight lifting, gymnastics and diving. At the end of the series, the contestants with the most points from each round were awarded either a gold, silver or bronze medal. The show was mainly filmed in Sheffield, at the Sheffield Arena, Don Valley Stadium and Ponds Forge. In later series, the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, iceSheffield and in series 4 the National Watersports Centre in Nottingham were used for the first time.

Jonathon Morris is an English actor and former television presenter.

In 2006, Foster appeared as a celebrity contestant in Five's Trust Me – I'm A Beauty Therapist , appearing alongside celebrities including Suzi Quatro, Stan Boardman and Michelle Marsh. [3]

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Recent career

Currently, Foster performs as part of his own group, "Danny Foster & The Big Soul Corporation". The act consists of live performances of mainly soul & Motown songs, with Foster performing as lead singer. [4] He auditioned for The Voice UK in 2013 with his own soul version of the Spice Girls hit "Wannabe", but wasn't chosen by any of the judges. [5]

References and notes

  1. "Alumni". Central Foundation Boys' School. 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. NME (1 October 2002). "HEAR'SAY SPLIT - THE PURE & SIMPLE TRUTH". NME. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. "Danny Foster". IMDb. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. "DANNY FOSTER - THE OFFICIAL SITE". DANNY FOSTER - THE OFFICIAL SITE. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. Fletcher, Alex (3 May 2013). "Hear'Say Danny on 'The Voice' - watch". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 March 2019.

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