Tony Lundon

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Tony Lundon
Birth nameAnthony William James Lundon
Born (1979-04-13) 13 April 1979 (age 39)
Galway, Ireland
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, dancer
InstrumentsVocals
Associated acts Liberty X, Hear'Say
Website www.tonylundon.com

Anthony William James "Tony" Lundon (born 13 April 1979, in Galway) is an Irish singer, dancer, cinematographer, director, producer, writer, presenter plus actor. He is best known as a member of the pop group Liberty X.

Galway City in Connacht, Ireland

Galway is a city in the West of Ireland, in the province of Connacht.

Liberty X British-Irish music group

Liberty X were a British-Irish group consisting of Michelle Heaton, Tony Lundon, Kevin Simm, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young.

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Liberty X enjoyed success worldwide, before splitting up in 2006. After Liberty X split, Lundon presented a quiz series called TOAST on The Den on RTÉ Two on Saturday mornings and also produced and promoted an Irish music and sport live event series in London known as The Big Shindigs. In 2010 he moved to New York City to study film and returned to the UK in 2012 to establish a film, TV and music production company, The Cell Productions. With the Cell, Lundon produced and directed a short film for The Scout Association which has become their most watched worldwide and has since aired across the Discovery Channel channels in the UK.

Liberty X reformed in 2012 for the ITV2 series The Big Reunion , followed by a one-off performance at the Hammersmith Apollo alongside other pop acts such as Five, Atomic Kitten and B*Witched. Due to the success of the show, Liberty X and the other acts from the show are currently embarking on an arena tour around the UK and Ireland, followed by a "Christmas party" tour in December 2013.

ITV2 television channel in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands

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<i>The Big Reunion</i> television series

The Big Reunion was a British reality-documentary series that began airing on ITV2 on 31 January 2013. The show featured chart-topping bands who were big in the UK pop music scene between the 1990s and early 2000s, and the programme followed them as they reunited for the first time in a decade and went through their two weeks of intensive rehearsals before finally stepping back on stage for a comeback performance.

Hammersmith Apollo music and entertainment venue in Hammersmith, London, England

The Hammersmith Apollo is an entertainment venue and a Grade II* listed building located in Hammersmith, London.

Singing career

2001: Popstars

In 2001, Lundon auditioned for the ITV reality television talent competition Popstars , a show intended to form a new group from individual contestants. Lundon made it down to the final ten, alongside Danny Foster, Michelle Heaton, Myleene Klass, Kym Marsh, Suzanne Shaw, Kevin Simm, Noel Sullivan, Jessica Taylor and Kelli Young. Ultimately, Foster, Klass, Marsh, Shaw and Sullivan were chosen to be in the group Hear'Say, and Lundon, Heaton, Taylor, Simm and Young were dubbed "Flopstars" by the media.

ITV (TV network) TV network in the United Kingdom

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Danny Foster 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.

Michelle Heaton British singer

Michelle Christine Heaton is an English pop singer, actress, television personality and personal trainer. Heaton was a member of the pop group Liberty X from 2001 until they announced their split in 2007: they reformed one year later for a small gig. In October 2012 it was confirmed the group would reform for a one-off appearance at the Hammersmith Apollo and feature in the ITV2 series The Big Reunion with other pop groups Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Five, 911 and Honeyz.

2001–2006: Liberty X

While the five winning contestants of Popstars formed Hear'Say, the five runner-up contestants formed the group Liberty. The name Liberty was chosen to reflect the freedom the members experienced following their participation in Popstars. Amidst pejorative media commentary (including the term "Flopstars"), the act proceeded to sign a multimillion-pound record contract with Richard Branson's independent record label, V2 records. Shortly after forming, Liberty received a legal challenge in the UK High Court from a funk R&B band, also called "Liberty", who achieved success in the 1990s, including being awarded Capital Radio Band of the Year, playing at Wembley Arena, touring around Europe and the release of albums in the UK, the US and Europe. The original Liberty claimed that the newly formed Liberty was taking advantage of the goodwill that had been created by the former's success (known in English law as the "tort of passing off"). The final judgment was in favour of the funk R&B band and the ex-Popstars then asked readers of UK tabloid newspaper, The Sun to suggest a new name. The winning name was "X Liberty",[ citation needed ] but the group used the entry as the basis for the official title, "Liberty X".

Richard Branson English business magnate, investor and philanthropist

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V2 Records Record label

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Wembley Arena sports arena

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Liberty X enjoyed seven Top 10 singles from 2001 to 2005. Their biggest hit, "Just a Little", reached number one in May 2002. "Thinking It Over", "Got to Have Your Love", "Song 4 Lovers", and "Holding on for You" all reached the top 5 in the UK Singles Chart. Their debut album, Thinking It Over , reached number three in the UK Albums Chart June 2002. Liberty X released another 2 albums, Being Somebody and X, which reached number 12 and number 27, respectively. Liberty X won two Brit Awards: for Best British Single and Best British Breakthrough Artist. They split up in 2006 after selling over 3 million records worldwide.

Just a Little (Liberty X song) 2002 single by Liberty X

"Just a Little" is a song recorded by English-Irish pop group Liberty X. Written by singer Michelle Escoffery and produced by The BigPockets, it was released on 13 May 2002 as the third single from the group's debut studio album, Thinking It Over. The song proved to be Liberty X's breakthrough to mainstream and critical success, in the process overtaking fellow Popstars alumni Hear'Say in terms of success. During Celebrity Big Brother 6, Michelle Heaton, who performed a version of the song wearing a tight PVC catsuit for a Big Brother task, revealed that she did not contribute vocals to "Just a Little" because she "wasn't good enough to cut it". A music video was also made for the song, featuring the group as a gang of professional burglars who steal a diamond from a building in London.

Thinking It Over (song) 2001 single by Liberty X

"Thinking It Over" is the debut single released by English-Irish pop group Liberty X, known at the time as Liberty. The 2-step-influenced song was produced by Pete Devereux and The Wideboys. It was co-written by band members Kelli Young and Tony Lundon. In the United Kingdom, the single was a hit, making it to number five, but was not as successful internationally, peaking at number 29 in Ireland and number 81 in Australia.

Song 4 Lovers 2005 single by Joseph "Reverend Run" Simmons and Liberty X

"Song 4 Lovers" is a song by English-Irish pop band Liberty X, released as the lead single from their third studio album, X. The single was released on 26 September 2005. The song features uncredited vocals from American rapper and member of Run-D.M.C., Rev Run. It was the band's first and only gospel-orientated song, and was produced by band member Tony Lundon. The single peaked at No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's highest charting single from the album.

2006–2012: Solo projects

After Liberty X split, Lundon presented a quiz series called TOAST on The Den on RTÉ Two on Saturday mornings and also produced and promoted an Irish music and sport live event series in London known as The Big Shindigs. In 2010 he moved to New York City to study film and returned to the UK in 2012 to establish a film, TV and music production company, The Cell Productions. With the Cell, Lundon produced and directed a short film for The Scout Association which has become their most watched worldwide and has since aired across the Discovery Network channels in the UK. [1]

2012–present: Comeback with Liberty X, The Big Reunion and touring

On 18 October 2012, it was announced that Liberty X, along with five other pop groups of their time – B*Witched, Honeyz, 911, Five and Atomic Kitten – would reunite for an ITV2 series called The Big Reunion , in which they would reveal about their individual stories about their life in the band before reforming for a gig at the Hammersmith Apollo, singing their greatest hits. [2] [3] [4] [5] The show, which aired from 31 January to 28 March 2013, followed the groups rehearsing for two weeks ahead of one major comeback performance at the London Hammersmith Apollo on 26 February.[ citation needed ]

On 29 January, the group revealed on their official Twitter account that they would be interviewed for the first time in over five years as a band on Lorraine on 31 January.[ citation needed ]

Tickets for the Hammersmith Apollo reunion gig went on sale shortly after the premiere of the first episode of The Big Reunion and sold out in less than five minutes. Due to this, it was confirmed that a full UK tour was in the works, later confirmed again by Heaton on her Twitter account. [6] On 11 February, it was confirmed that, due to high demands for tickets and the popularity of the show, an arena tour around the UK would be taking place from 3–12 May 2013. [7] On 27 March 2013 it was announced that the bands would perform a mini Christmas tour in December 2013. [8]

On 29 March 2013, Heaton confirmed that Liberty X would yet again disband following the concerts, saying: "We talked about it, and we thought we've got so many children between us and quite a few things individually going on that we didn't want the pressure to be successful again. We just wanted to have fun. I know some of the other bands are planning to release new material but Liberty X, we are not planning to do that. We are just enjoying it for what it is. We're going to enjoy the gigs, all the performing and have fun and not take it too seriously – and know at the end, we go back to being mums and dads to our children. That's how it's different." [9] Liberty X will perform their final gig together on 15 December 2013.

Personal life

Tony married his long-term girlfriend Kelly Ann Leatham in December 2010 at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo. They have three children – Leo, born in April 2012, and twins Rioghan and Max, born in February 2013. Kelly Ann went into labour with Rioghan and Max during rehearsals for The Big Reunion concert at the Hammersmith Apollo. Tony missed some rehearsal time due to this, but made it back for the concert. [10]

Filmography

Actor and presenter

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2001 Popstars Himself/contestant Series 1; 2nd place
2002
2003
Bo' Selecta! Various roleEpisode 1; Series 1
Episode 6; Series 2
2006 Pop the Question Co-presenter
2009—2010 Toast Presenter
2013 The Big Reunion Himself
Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997 Lord of the Dance The Lord of the DanceDocumentary; TV movie

Cinematographer, director and producer

YearTitleDirectorProducerCinematographerWriterEditorSound designElectric design
2011 Hit & Miss
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2011 The Basis of All Good Relationships
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2012 12:26 – 12:31
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2012 Second round
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