Steps are the brainchild of collaboration between manager Tim Byrne and writers Steve Crosby and Barry Upton. The group consists of Lee Latchford-Evans, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee, Faye Tozer, and Ian "H" Watkins and are known for their euro-pop sound, fashioned on the likes of ‘70s disco prodigies ABBA.
Formed on 6 May 1997, the band went on to become one of the most successful pop bands of the 20th century with over 10 million records sold and 2 million concert tickets worldwide as well being nominated for a BRIT in 1999 for Best Newcomer.
In April 1998 Steps covered Bananarama's "Last Thing on My Mind", which became their first UK top ten peaking at number 6, and then in August further success with their next single “One for Sorrow” reached number 2 and was the beginning of 14 staggering consecutive Top 5 hits on the UK Chart as well as their debut album “Step One” which went five times platinum for 50 weeks in the Top 20. Another cover of the hit by the Bee Gees “Tragedy” and new track “Heartbeat” and “Better Best Forgotten” pushed Steps into international stardom.
In the late ‘90s Steps produced their next album “Steptacular” and an album for North America “Step One” which had the hits "Say You'll Be Mine / Better the Devil You Know" and "Deeper Shade of Blue." In 2001, the group parted ways but decided to reunite in October 2011 after appearing in the series Steps Reunion which aired on Sky Living.