|Born:||April 10, 1981|
Elizabeth "Liz" Margaret McClarnon (born 10 April 1981 in Liverpool) is an English pop singer and member of the band Atomic Kitten. She is now also a celebrity cook and presenter.
Her music teacher in secondary school arranged for her to take part in an audition with Andy McCluskey, who wanted to set up a girl band. In 1997, McClarnon became one of the original members of Atomic Kitten - she went on to co-write many of the group's songs. She is the only original member remaining in Atomic Kitten following the departure of the two other original members; Heidi Range was replaced by Natasha Hamilton in 1998, and Kerry Katona was replaced by Jenny Frost in 2001. Atomic Kitten have sold over 8 million albums and singles around the world.
Woman in love/I get the sweetest feeling
After Atomic Kitten took a break, McClarnon was signed to All Around the World records.
McClarnon released her first solo single, a cover of Barbra Streisand's 1980 hit Woman in Love, on 13 February 2006. The track was produced by Graham Stack and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who also wrote the original version and whom she accompanied on his 2005 tour.
A video was released to promote the song featuring McClarnon in a Manhattan apartment, but it was actually filmed in McClarnon's home town of Liverpool. It was decided to release the single as a double A-side with Jackie Wilson's I Get the Sweetest Feeling. The single peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart and after more than half a year in release it peaked at #16 in the Spanish charts on 22 October 2006. Also prior to her solo release she appeared in the video for Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? with the FHM Hot 100, which charted at #10 in the UK.
Since her first release, McClarnon has gone onto release one more single called 'Don't It Make You Happy' as part as a bid to go to the Eurovision song contest. Although failing to win the ticket, she released the single as a download and it reached number 15 on the download chart.
Since then Liz has been recording her debut album and keeping it under close wraps. McClarnon parted ways with her old management company in April 2008, and is now managed by her ex-marketing manager Scott Richardson at Belta CM. 2009 has been confirmed the year she will release her debut album. Lil recently told DigitalSpy that she's been influenced by The Saturdays for her album, and that it will sound like the Kittens as she wanted to stick with a pop sound.
Before that, she recorded her new single Lately with friend Jaime Jay. The single is part of the GlobalOne Music Project, and the song has been recorded in different languages by different artists all around the world. Liz also recorded the song in French and Spanish. The single is released May 18. As of May 2009 Liz and Jaime have been promoting the single, and Liz has been invited to radio shows and invited to other events including the Baftas and racing cars shows.
On 25 July 2008, McClarnon was named 'Celebrity Masterchef Champion'. Since then she has gone onto hold a regular position on Market Kitchen on UKTV Food, commenting on recent cookery books. She also appeared on four episodes of LK Today teaching a new and simple recipe on each episode as well as being interviewed on the show.
Liz also created a pasta dish for Pizza Hut which came out in January, as well as confirming she is completing a cooking book.
In August 2003 McClarnon presented a programme the BBC about pensioners being forced out of their homes. On 29 October 2008 Liz debuted as a presenter on the National Lottery. Liz was also at the 2009 Brit Award nominations event, at hand to update viewers.
Liz has revealed that she has two shows in pre-production that she will be presenting later this year.
In 2008 it was confirmed that Liz has been writing a book about being in a girl band. Publishers have expressed interest but deals are yet to be confirmed. This is due for release Christmas 2009.
In 2005, she appeared in the ITV reality TV show, Celebrity Love Island, coming second and performed some modelling assignments. She supports Everton F.C. and has modelled the club's kit in the past. McClarnon is an ambassador for the charity Youth Music.
On 17 March 2007 McClarnon competed for the chance of becoming the UK's Eurovision entry in the fourth edition of Making Your Mind Up. She competed against Big Brovaz, Brian Harvey (East 17), Hawkins & Brown, Cyndi Almouzni and Scooch with the self-penned song Happy. McClarnon did not make it into the top two and was eliminated after the first round of voting.
On 12 February 2009, it was revealed that Liz was taking part on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, where she was participating on Ant's team for the whole of the series. Liz proved to be a great Team member and certainly gained herself a lot more fans along the way.
Liz lives in London but still visits her Mum and Brother in Liverpool regularly. She still remains good friends with Atomic Kitten members Natasha Hamilton and Jenny Frost and they get together from time to time for big one off gigs overseas. She has dated Bristol City centre forward Lee Trundle, Blue lead singer Lee Ryan and Westlife singer Kian Egan. Liz succeeded in remaining her love life private, and she is now dating a man named Rob.
- Official biography of Liz McClarnon (Accessed 1 August 2006)
- Gibb songs - projects (2005-) (Accessed 2 January 2006)
- Biography of Liz McClarnon at PremierModelManagement (Accessed July 28, 2006)
- Cadena.es, Chart for 15 October 2006 (Accessed: 22 October 2006)
- http://www.youthmusic.org.uk YouthMusic.org.uk
- thesun.co.uk. "Liz: Being a WAG is lonely", June 26, 2008.