Mis-Teeq were a British UK garage\pop\R&B girl group that consisted of lead singer Sabrina Washington (born Sabrina Fredrica Washington on October 27, 1978 in Harlesden, London, England), rapper\singer-songwriter Alesha Dixon (born on October 7, 1978 in in Welwyn Garden City, England) and backing singer Su-Elise Nash (born Su-Elise Michelle Nash on May 22, 1981 in Dulwich, London, England).
Based in London, the group formed in 1996 when Alesha and Sabrina first met at a dance studio in Fulham, London. The two of them worked together for a couple of years before they signed with a production company to help develop their sound.
Sabrina and Alesha were later joined by Tina Barrett (born Tina Ann Barrett on September 16, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England) to form a trio that sang & danced. Originally, the trio was called Face2Face and at the time, they were unsigned to a record label and were still working day jobs.
Tina would later leave the trio to join pop band S Club 7. After answering an audition call, she was replaced by Su-Elise and Zena McNally (born on March 8, 1984 in Birmingham, England).
The girls were later introduced by their then-producer David Brant via DJ Darren Stokes to Inferno Records by A&R man Pat Travers, who would sign them to Telstar Records and the group’s name was changed to Mis-Teeq.
After months of recording sessions, Mis-Teeq released their debut single “Why?” in January of 2001. The song peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart and a garage music remix of the song became successful in the underground UK garage music scene.
In the spring of 2001, Zena left the group because she felt unhappy about “an unbalance in the group” which left Sabrina, Su-Elise and Alesha as the only members of Mis-Teeq.
In June of that same year, Mis-Teeq released their follow-up single “All I Want” which became a hit, peaking at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart and even charting in the top 30 on the music charts in Australia.
On October 27, 2001, Mis-Teeq released their debut album “Lickin’ on Both Sides” which peaked at #3 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified Platinum. It also charted in Australia, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Scotland.
The third single from the album “One Night Stand” peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart. It also managed to chart in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Norway.
Mis-Teeq’s fourth single “B with Me” peaked at #5 on the U.K. Singles chart and also charted in the Netherlands, Australia and Ireland.
The last single released from the album, a double A-single featuring the tracks “Roll On” and a cover version of Montell Jordan’s song “This is How We Do It” peaked at #7 on the U.K. Singles chart and also charted in Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland.
In 2002, Mis-Teeq supported reggae singer Shaggy on his tour in the United Kingdom.
On March 29, 2003 (after a brief hiatus), the group released their sophomore album “Eye Candy” which peaked at #6 on the U.K. Albums chart and was certified Gold. It also charted in Switzerland, France, New Zealand, Scotland and Australia. Despite that, the album’s sales failed to match the success of Mis-Teeq’s debut album.
The lead single from the album “Scandalous” became a hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #2 on the U.K. Singles chart and becoming moderately successful in countries such as Italy, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.
Their second single “Can’t Get It Back” (originally sung by R&B group Blaque) peaked at #8 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single released from the album “Style” peaked at #13 on the U.K. Singles chart, becoming their last chart appearance on the U.K. Singles chart.
In May of 2004, “Scandalous” was released as a single in the United States under Reprise Records. It peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100, #11 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 chart and #33 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Songs chart, becoming Mis-Teeq’s only charting song in the United States. It was featured as the theme song in the 2004 Halle Berry film “Catwoman.”
On July 13, 2004, Mis-Teeq’s self-titled compliation album was released in the United States & Canada. It contained a selection of songs from the group’s two previous albums (including “Scandalous”). It was also nominated for a Soul Train Lady of Soul award for “Best R&B/Soul Album – Group, Band or Duo.”
The album managed to peak at #125 on the Billboard 200, #81 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. During that same year, Mis-Teeq began touring in the United States, appearing on TV shows such as “Pepsi Smash,” Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel.
In 2005, Mis-Teeq’s record label, Telestar went bankrupt and shut down, leaving the group in limbo. During that same year, the group announced they would be breaking up. Their greatest hits album was released in that same year & peaked at #28 on the U.K. Albums chart.
In 2011, it was reported that Mis-Teeq was in talks to reform for a comeback tour, but Alesha Dixon denied the rumor although two years later, she stated that she would never rule out a reunion.
Since then, Sabrina, Alesha and Su-Elise went on to pursue separate careers in the entertainment industry.
In 2009, Sabrina Washington began her solo career, releasing the single “OMG (Oh My Gosh)” which fared well in Europe, but didn’t chart in the United Kingdom. She also appeared on the TV series “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!”
Since then, she has started her own record label, Swash Music and (as of 2013), she is signed with Shakir Entertainment Management and is working on her yet-to-be released debut album.
Su-Elise Nash focused on her education, later earning her teaching qualifications.
Since then, she has stayed out of the public eye and in 2006, she opened her own school called the Su-Elise Stage School (located in Gravesend, Kent, England. In 2009, it was reported that she was working on a solo album, but it’s unknown if those plans ever materialized.
Alesha Dixon went on to have a successful solo music career, releasing 4 solo albums. Along with her music career, she is also a television presenter, starring as a judge on reality TV shows such as “Britain’s Got Talent” and “Strictly Come Dancing”.
Alesha also had her own competition show called “Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.” Since 2012, she has been in a relationship with Azuka Ononye and they have a daughter named Azura Sienna.
Former member Zena McNally released two solo singles in 2003 and worked as a radio presenter, co-presenting BBC Radio 1Xtra. In 2008, she married American soccer player Cory Gibbs, but in 2014, they divorced.
Currently, Zena resides in the United States where she works as a director of a property investment company & also works in Entertainment Management & Artist Branding in Los Angeles, California.
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