imagei5 (which means International 5) was a pop girl group from the early 2000s.

The group consisted of Andi Murphy (from England), Christina Rumbley (from the United States), Gaby Equiz (from Mexico), Kate Macalino (from the Philippines) and Tal Hajek (from Israel).

They were formed by their record label Giant Records who held auditions for members that would be international in order to appeal to a larger fan base.

In the spring of 2000, i5 was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Center Stage” with the song “First Kiss.” By the summer of that same year, they began touring with Nickelodeon’s “All That Music and More” tour where they promoted their debut single “Distracted.”
image“Distracted” was released as a single, but didn’t appear to make any Billboard charts.
imageIn September of 2000, the group released their self-titled debut album which also didn’t appear to make any music charts at all.

After Giant Records folded, it left i5 without a record label and after they were unable to find a new one, they disbanded in 2001.

Christina Rumbley (now Christina Rumbley Stratton) did voice-over work and wrote songs for artists such as LeAnn Rimes, No Angels and L5. These days, she resides in Asheville, North Carolina where she owns & operates a day spa called Spa Theology. She also has a daughter.

These days, Kate Macelino (now Geri Kate Pierce) resides in Orange County, California, is married, a mother and has worked with various fundraisers.

Gaby Equiz (now Gaby Equiz-Basso) was a television host in California, but in 2004, she returned to Tijuana, Mexico where she opened a dance studio called Alma Latina in 2006 along with her husband Sergio Basso.

Gaby and her husband are ranked among the top ten best dancers in the world.

These days, Andi Murphy (now Andi McCormack) is the owner and artistic director of the Penny Lane Dance Academy.

Taj Hajek worked as a VJ for MTV. She formed a rock band called Public Recipe (with her husband & friends) which disbanded in 2004. As of 2014, she is the CEO of beauty academy MVA.LA in Los Angeles, California.

To see a fan-made video for “Distracted,” go to:

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