Virginia - First Bite
Virginia began in 1998 when Louise Miller, Lee Winnick and Alison Wheeler met and formed a band. Influenced by American close harmony bands, the girls set about to become the new Crosby, Stills and Nash but with better legs and no facial hair!
In 2000 Lee left and was replaced by Laura Matthews. Over the next 3 years, the girls recorded their debut album 'First Bite', played over 90 gigs around London and made frequent appearaces at The Kashmir Klub, Cobden Club, 12 Bar, Borderline and The Hope and Anchor in Islington, Cambridge Folk Club and London Mardi Gras festival.
In addition the girls sang live on BBC Radio London, LBC, Janice Long's Radio 2 show and appeared singing live on 'The Kelly Show', Ulster Tv's prime time Friday night chat show.
In 2003, having been largely snubbed by the record industry in London, the girls released their single 'Carry Me Home' in the USA on the Warmfuzz internet label and got to number 20 on the FMQB chart, getting around 1350 spins a week across the US, as well as reaching No.1 on the Garageband Pop chart. This gained them a feature in Billboard as the first band to chart on FMQB on an Internet label.
In 2004, the band was put on hold when Alison joined The Beautiful South and Laura had a baby then another one and so did Alison....but interest in the band continued as copies of the 'Carry Me Home' single change hands on Ebay and the track was licensed by a computer software company as musical backing for one of their products. The girls are about to go back into the studio to complete their long overdue 2nd album and may even play a few gigs...who knows where that may take them?
'They look good and sound great'
'The trio of Laura Matthews, Louise Miller and Alison Wheeler, ply their acoustic melodies with the conviction of the terminally disappointed who hope there's something better around the corner. On this evidence there deserves to be.'
'Typical - you wait ages for one smart, beautiful singer-songwriter to turn up and then three come along at once.'
'Thankfully Virginia is a breath of fresh air when compared to the glut of manufactured pop bands constantly spewing from the record studios of London.'
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Virginia look good and sound great, but they've been around a bit!
Take Laura. Born in Italy, raised in Paris and fluent in three languages, she was once described as 'bright, blonde and busty' by Italian Playboy.
With a life dedicated to passing her driving test, she enjoys fast living, fast men and fast bicycles!
Alison was a karaoke queen in Tokyo, but had to flee the country after a scandal with a Japanese Cabinet Minister.
Louise, meanwhile, has been an air stewardess, a New York club singer and an actress - she's even been in a Bond Film!
All sound implausible? As they've been compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash - but with better legs - we'll give them the benefit of the doubt!
'4 o'clock In The Morning'.
Photograph: Jeff Kagan