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28 June
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We’re very excited for ‘Gentleman’ to come out on Sunday

Hello everyone,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I see lots of you enjoyed the last one, thanks for all of your lovely tweets, I really appreciate them.

The Sats have been busy promoting the new single Gentleman this week. It’s out on Sunday and it’ll be exciting to see how it does. It’s nice not to have the pressure and everyone telling you “This could be your number one” anymore but of course we still want everyone to enjoy it and we’re hoping for the best!una-blog

There’s no real way of telling how a single will do but as I’ve said before it’s one on my favourites – I love the cheeky lyrics – and I just hope you all like it as much as we do.

Ben and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary this weekend – it’s hard to believe how fast time has gone. We won’t be going far because I’m busy with the Sats but I’m hoping we can squeeze in a nice romantic dinner or maybe even go to London and see a show. I’ll let you know if he comes up trumps!

Have a great weekend.

Love from Una xxx

10 June
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Dressing room demands and famous faces at the Capital FM Summertime Ball

Hi everyone,

I’m off to Ireland today after a really hectic but incredibly exciting week. We had two days of rehearsals leading up the Capital Summertime Ball which took place on Sunday.

The tour rehearsals can be very intense – you’re literally singing and dancing all day. I always sing in dance practice because you have to know that you’re going to be able to do both when you’re up there on stage and not sound breathless. It’s a great opportunity to rehearse your vocals too.

 

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Rehearsing before the performance – I always use the time to practise my vocals too

 

I always treat our dance rehearsals as a workout – I dress in my gym clothes and use it as my gym substitute!

The actual ball was so much fun from beginning to end. I think we had the smallest dressing room going and there were about 20 of us – hair, makeup, styling, people from our record label, and the dancers – all crammed in there and although it was a bit claustrophobic, I think it’s more fun that way. Will.I.Am and Taylor Swift’s dressing rooms were just next door to us!

 

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Outside our tiny dressing room

 

We’re not very diva-ish in our dressing room demands – in fact, we’re probably a bit boring! We always share a dressing room – our staples are water, energy drinks, some soft drinks, cheese and biscuits, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant and face wipes.

 

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The Sats hanging out with DJ Marv

 

The show was great – hearing 80,000 people singing What About Us back to us was brilliant – it is one of those moments you need to soak up because they don’t happen all the time!

I bumped into Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field in the corridor and they introduced me to their little girl Teddy (Theodora Rose). We had a great chat about our children – when you’ve got kids you instantly have a bond with other parents and lots to talk about.

 

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Early morning soundcheck ahead of the concert

 

I managed to see a few of the performances – Justin Timberlake was a favourite. His acoustic set was so impressive – I’m a big fan and he is unbelievably talented.

 

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I couldn’t resist photobombing Mollie’s pic at the Newmarket races on Saturday

 

So now for some rest and relaxation in Ireland – I haven’t had any time off since Christmas so it’s going to be a blissful week.

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxx

06 June
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The Sats rehearse for an exciting weekend…

Hi everyone,

una-rehearsals-bThe Sats are getting excited for the weekend! We’ve got a couple of big performances coming up – we’re playing at the Newmarket races on Saturday and the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley on Sunday – and we’re hoping the weather stays lovely.

We had rehearsals for the ball on Wednesday and Thursday and here’s a photo of me in the studio.

On Friday night I’m covering for Rochelle on Sweat The Small Stuff  so tune in and let me know what you think of the show – it should be lots of fun.

Speak to you all soon.

Love from Una xxx

 

 

28 May
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Radio One’s Big Weekend was very special for me

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Hope you had a lovely bank holiday and made the most of the sunshine while it lasted.

The Sats were performing at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Derry-Londonderry in Northern Ireland at the  weekend.

It was a particularly special performance for me because I performed at the BBC sessions in Belfast ten years ago when I was trying to break into the music industry. I remember hearing that they were looking for unsigned artists to perform. There was no fee involved or anything but I was just grateful for the opportunity and the exposure.

The contrast between the two performances ten years apart is just amazing. You never know what will happen and being up there on the main stage is something I always dreamed of. It’s a totally different experience performing solo compared to with the girls. It can be quite lonely as a solo artist but having the girls means the experience is shared and that’s one of my favourite things about being a Saturday.

Our show went so well, we did an exclusive performance of our new single Gentleman. Because it was the first time we’d done it and we’d only learnt the routine a few days before, we did it early on in the set. We wanted to be as fresh as possible and give it our best and we were really pleased with how it went!

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Did any of you manage to catch the performance on BBC3? I’d love to know what you thought.

Love from Una xxx


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12 May
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Learning the dance for our new single ‘Gentleman’

Hi everyone,

Hope you’ve managed to hear our new single Gentleman. We’ve had some great feedback so far and think it’s going to be a really fun tune for the summer. Has anyone managed to learn the lyrics yet? They’re pretty speedy!

It was announced last week that the Sats would be playing at Radio One’s big weekend in Derry-Londonderry and we’re really excited to be performing there. We’re opening the main stage on the Saturday and I think it’ll be the first time we perform Gentleman.

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We’ve got to learn a new dance routine for it next week. We work with a choreographer named Paul who we’ve worked with for ages. He’s worked with everyone in the business from Five to Liberty X so we’re very lucky have him in charge. If Paul is booked up we work with a guy called Aaron who used to be in S Club Juniors so he knows Frankie and Rochelle well.

The Sats can normally learn a new routine in one day but it takes a couple of days to get it into your head properly. In the early days, I struggled with the dances. I didn’t have a dancing background so I found them harder to pick up than the others but learning the routines is something you get better at. I’m not an amazing dancer but as my confidence has grown I’ve found that the routines sink in quicker.

My previous experience was quite limited to sitting on a stool with a guitar so I had to learn quite fast. But the truth is that our routines are actually quite simple and people can do copy them at home quite easily.

I’d love to hear what you think of our new track – you can leave your comments here and i’ll make sure I read them.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love from Una xxx

 

09 May
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The Sats’ new single ‘Gentleman’ is my favourite so far

sats-gentlemanHi everyone,

It’s a really exciting day for the Sats today because our single Gentleman premiered on Capital FM.  Hope you managed to hear it — if not you can hear it here. It’s set for release on 30 June.

I’ve got a lot of love for this track, I’d have to say it’s my favourite ever Sats song and I’m really proud of it.

It’s great that What About Us is still current and I think it’ll be thsatse perfect summer tune but Gentleman brings something else. We think it’s really catchy and that it’s the kind of track that will make you want to know all the lyrics, they’re really cool lyrics.

We were over the moon when What About Us went to number one. There was always a pressure to get the first number one in the bag and I’m so glad we achieved that, it was quite a relief after having had so many successful singles that just never quite made it to the top. But we did prove that you can be good without having topped the charts.

Of course we’d love another number one, we’ve got a taste for it now! I don’t think there’s a strict formula for a chart-topping single but I would say it has to appeal to not just your fan base but to others too. I think that’s part of the reason why What About Us did so well.

On Friday I will be back in the studio with Ed Drewett putting the finishing touches to the song that we were writing last week. It’s a really fun tune so it’ll be great to complete it and eventually share it with our fans.

Please let me know what you think of Gentleman — leave your comments here and I’ll be sure to read them.

Lots of love from Una xx

01 May
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The Sats in Ireland and my advice for budding musicians

una-30may-3 una-30may-4 Hello lovely readers,

I want to tell you about what the Sats were up to last weekend in Ireland. After a mad dash from Scotland where I’d been for my cousin’s wedding, I flew to Dublin to join the girls where we were performing on the Irish version of The Voice.

The girl I did a duet with, Kelly, was due to have a baby any minute so it was touch and go as to whether she was going to be able to come but she made it. She was an absolutely fantastic singer and I think she’s got lots of potential. We sang Pink’s Perfect together and she came second in the end. As a group, we performed our first-ever number one single What About Us and Issues. The entire performance was live which always brings extra pressure but it comes with a special buzz too.

My parents were sat in the audience and it was brilliant to have them both there. I’m very lucky in that they’ve always supported me in everything I do. Music runs in the family. My uncle, Declan Nerney, is a well-known country singer back in Ireland. He taught me a lot and was a great source of inspiration for me when I was growing up and he still is now.

My advice to anyone wanting a career in the music industry is that you have be persistent. If you’re auditioning for TV shows like The Voice or The X Factor and you’re not getting through the rounds, it is possible to still have a successful career — I’m living proof of that. I did a couple of auditions for TV shows when I was younger and although I made it through the first few rounds, I never made it onto the live shows. It didn’t put me off though, I guess it just wasn’t my time and decided that everything happens for a reason.

It’s very important to get as much experience as you possibly can because you just never know where a little gig in a pub might lead you. When I was starting out, I took my guitar and played all over the country. I did lots of cover gigs and introduced a few of my own tracks too. I performed anywhere that would have me. They weren’t very glamorous venues, often they’d be in pubs or hotel bars. But when I auditioned for the Sats, the confidence that I’d gained from live experience really paid off.

So follow your dreams! I wish you lots of luck.

Love fruna-30may-1om Una xxuna-30may-2

22 April
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The Sats in the studio

una-healy-studioHi everyone,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

This week the Saturdays have got some time in the studio for some recording and writing. Hopefully we’ll get to do some writing with Sandy Vee who produced Rihanna’s Only Girl in the World and has worked with Katy Perry and David Guetta. He’s a brilliant producer and we’re all really enthusiastic about spending a couple of hours writing songs with him.

We want to try and finish the new album that we started while we were out filming Chasing The Saturdays in LA. A couple of really brilliant new tracks have come in and we’re really keen to record them. The tracks might be for our next album or they could just be for the future.

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I really love song-writing, I used to write a lot before I joined the Sats so if there’s any opportunity for song-writing, I’m there like a shot. I’ve got a lot of melodies running around my head and if some says something catchy, I’ll write it down and try and incorporate into the lyrics somehow. I’m much better at melodies than I am at lyrics. I can pick up the guitar and just make a song up on the spot but I’m slower with lyrics. I still get there, it just takes me a bit longer.

When the Sats are writing, we tend to break off into twos or threes because that’s how we work best. Mollie and I in particular work well together on heartfelt ballads. Rochelle and Vanessa bring a more upbeat, R and B sound. Frankie is fantastic at coming up with clever lyrics. We adapt the way work depending on what we are working on but we never write together as a five.

We’re always writing music as we go along. That’s the nature of the pop industry, you can’t really afford to stop. We don’t do it for fixed periods of time, it’s more of an impromptu thing, like when there’s a good writer around. If I have time off I like to write songs then too, I absolutely love doing it and it doesn’t feel like work to me.

The next Sats single is out in the summer. We haven’t seen the final edit yet but it’s definitely my favourite one of all the ones we’ve ever recorded. Now that we’ve had our first number one with What About Us, the sky’s the limit!

Thanks for reading — I’m really enjoying reading your comments so please keep them coming!

Love from Una x

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