Source: Alesha’s website
n 2000, the female vocal group (with members Alesha Dixon, Su-Elise Nash, Zena McNally and Sabrina Washington) known as Mis-teeq took Britain by storm with their debut single, “Why?” The single was originally an R&B-style tune, but with the aid of garage exponent Matt “Jam” Lamont, a remix was born which became a smash in the underground garage scene and huge radio hit. Mis-Teeq had made their mark with a unique bend of R&B, garage, and rap. Mis-Teeq christened their style “U.K. Urban.”
Alesha and Sabrina met at a dance school in South West London and had formed a duo. They met Su-Elise while she was auditioning for another group. They ended up signed by the same production company, and after spending time together, decided to become a group, with the addition of a fourth member, Zena who was consequently pushed out of the lineup for the sake of “harmony and balance”. Zena left after the re-release of ‘Why?’ and the 3 piece became known as the UK’s best Garage/RnB girl group. ‘Why?’ became a hit despite its appearance on a number of dance compilations, and an early lack of media support. They followed “Why” with the international hits “All I Want” and “One Night Stand.” which both went straight into the Top 10 in the UK and a few other European countries. Tracks following: ‘All I Want’, ‘One Night Stand’, ‘B With Me’, ‘Roll On / This Is How We Do It’ (Album: Lickin’ On Both Sides) and ‘Scandalous’, Can’t Get It Back’, and ‘Style’ (Album: Eye Candy) also all hit the UK chart top 10. Their final single ‘Style’ just missed he top 10 entering at number 13.
Su-Elise, Alesha and Sabrina began touring the USA in 2004, after conquering the rest of the globe. After appearing on well known shows such as Jimmy Kimmel, Pepsi Smash and Carson Daly, the girls has built up a fanbase pulling them to the top of the charts. Unfortunately, in January 2005 the demise of their record label Telstar put Mis-Teeq into a situation where they were unsure of where to go or what to do next. Press releases confirmed the group split with quotes such as “Mis-Teeq were on the verge of signing a huge deal in America, but they couldn’t face relocating there. It’s a shame, but that’s what they wanted. They had noticed the inroads and amicably decided to call it a day.’