Scouting for Girls
Scouting for Girls burst onto the pop scene in 2005 when childhood friends Roy Stride (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Greg Churchouse (bass guitar) and Peter Ellard (percussion) formed Scouting For Girls when they were in their early teens.
The trio started their pop career by playing in local pubs in North West London and came together to create Scouting for Girls, while they began to establish themselves in the music business by building up their fan-base via social networking sites MySpace and Pulse Rated.
Scouting for Girls were quickly picked up by Epic Records A&R executive Nick Raphael who heard one of their demos and they were immediately signed to the label. The band had already got a large selection of material already written, and was able to go straight into the studio where the trio struck gold with their debut EP It's Not About You which was released in 2007. The album sold nearly one million copies just in the UK, and was a massive success for the band, spawning the hit single “She’s So Lovely”, “Heartbeat” and “Elvis Ain’t Dead”.
The band’s eponymous album went straight to #1 and this was followed up with a heavy tour schedule which saw Roy Stride, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard selling out venues across the UK in 2007 and 2008, including the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London for two consecutive nights and one night at the O2 Academy Brixton.
With the success of their first album, Scouting for Girls followed it up with their second offering Everybody Wants To Be On TV (2010), which reached #2 UK Album Chart and was another big success, reaching radio stations as far as Australia. By this time, Scouting for Girls were establishing themselves as a major band, and were asked to perform on the set for long-standing British soap Emmerdale, cementing the boys as new pop superstars.
Throughout the late 2000s, Scouting for Girls continued to keep themselves busy by touring the UK and also participated in a charity bike ride for WellChild, an organisation which helps sick children.
Scouting for Girls went on to receive a number of high-profile music award nominations including three BRIT Awards between 2009-11, an MTV music award in 2008 and an Ivor Novello in 2011.