The New Album
Released Apr 21
CD / Vinyl / Download on the Official Steps Store
Claire Richards started her pop career in 1995, signing a short but sweet record deal with the girl band TSD. After two singles, the band decided to call it a day, but Claire was determined to keep heading for the stars. After answering the advert for a pop-group audition, Claire made the cut and joined H, Lee, Lisa and Faye to become one of the biggest selling British pop groups of all time.
In early 2000 Claire went side by side with band mate H to present the young talent show Steps To The Stars. She was also the first female guest presenter on SM:tv/CD:uk filling in for Cat whilst she was on holiday. Other presenting credits include Smash Hits Poll Winners party, Electric Circus, MTV Select, Stars and Their Doubles 2001 with Des O’Connor.
2002 saw H and Claire join forces to record and release the album 'Another You Another Me' which spawned 3 top ten hits. During this time they also went on to present SMTV for most of the year.
After years out of the spotlight, Claire returned in 2007, announcing in OK! magazine that she was expecting her first child with her fiancé Reece. Claire and Reece welcomed Charlie to the world on May 8th 2007. Claire then made her first tv appearance in many years on Celebrity Masterchef in 2008. Throughout 2008 Claire also took on the mammoth task of losing the best part of 6 stone in time for her wedding to Reece in November 2008. Her journey was documented by the production company Spun Gold for a BBC3 documentary “Claire Richards: My big fat wedding.” The doc received fantastic ratings and was one of the highest rated digital shows of 2009.
In April 2009 Claire fell pregnant with her second child and gave birth to Daisy in December of the same year. She then undertook the task of losing the weight she had gained during her pregnancy, but vowing to do it the right way and in her own time.
So in 2011 Claire revealed her successful weight loss and started filming again with Spun Gold for the 3 part documentary 'Slave to Food' which was a massive success for Sky Living a channel which seems to have become her home.
June saw Claire take part in the ITV 1 series Popstar to Operastar which was a great confidence boost and instrumental in reigniting her passion and love of singing.
At just the right time it seems as in late September we saw the arrival of Steps Reunion on Sky Living, prompting their highest rated shows of the year, a number one album and a sell out arena tour for the band. Not bad for a girl from Middlesex….