About All Saints
All Saints were one of the biggest UK girl groups of the ’90s. From 1997 to 2001, they amassed eight Top 10 UK hits—five of which reached No. 1.
• The group formed in 1993 when Melanie Blatt, Shaznay Lewis and Simone Rainford came together at Metamorphosis Studios at 18 All Saints Road in the Notting Hill section of London. Their original moniker, All Saints 22.214.171.124, honoured both their surroundings and the year in which all three were born.
• In 1994, the trio released their debut single, “Silver Shadow”. Rainford left the group a year later.
• Sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton joined in 1996. Their self-titled 1997 debut album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and spawned three consecutive No. 1 singles: “Never Ever”, “Under the Bridge/Lady Marmalade” and “Bootie Call”.
• All Saints’ 2000 sophomore album, Saints & Sinners, topped the UK albums chart and yielded two more No. 1 UK hits: “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee”. The group announced a hiatus in 2001.
• Blatt was the first to go solo, collaborating with UK garage duo Artful Dodger on 2001’s “TwentyFourSeven”, which peaked at No. 6 in the UK.
• In 2002, the Appleton sisters formed the duo Appleton and scored a Top 10 hit with their debut album, Everything's Eventual, the following year.
• All Saints reunited in 2006 for their third album, Studio 1. Three years later, Blatt announced the group had disbanded once again.
• The group came together again for 2016’s Red Flag, released three years after original member Rainford died from kidney cancer.