Francesca "Frankie" Sandford (born 14 January 1989) is an English pop and R&B singer-songwriter and currently a member of girl group The Saturdays, signed to the record labels of Fascination Records and Polydor Records. The group has had huge success, releasing twelve singles of which ten have reached the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart. In addition, the group has had three Top 10 albums on the UK Album Charts, which have all gained a certification from the British Phonographic Industry. Sandford has previously been a member in band S Club 8 and released six singles and five of them charting in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. She also appeared in the children's television programme I Dream with them before they disbanded.
Sandford released a solo song with Calvin Goldspink, Dreaming, which was a hit. She later featured on Kids in Glass Houses song Undercover Lover. Sandford later went on The Dirt Tour with them. Glamour Magazine regularly publishes "Get Frankie's Look" showing how to get Sandford's style.
Sandford's personal life has been a staple of the tabloids especially her relationship with McFly's Dougie Poynter. When the pair split up, she received death threats from his fans. She also began dating footballer Wayne Bridge in December 2010. In 2011, Sandford walked away from the Glamour Woman of the Year Awards with three awards from four nominations. She won Inspiration and Best Dressed and she went on to win Band of the Year with The Saturdays. She has been heavily involved with charities including taking part in The Door. Sandford has had a number of sponsorship deals including Veet, Impulse and Nintendo 3DS game, Nintendogs + Cats.
S Club Juniors were formed in 2001 through a reality television show, known as S Club Search. The auditions were aired on CBBC. S Club Juniors' appearances was considered a success and consequently 19 Entertainment, the management company that had created S Club 7 and auditioned S Club Juniors, decided they should perform as a support act at all of the venues on the tour. The band released their first single "One Step Closer" where it charted at number two in the UK, selling roughly 52,000 copies in its first week. "Automatic High" was released as the second single from the band's first studio album, where it also debuted at number two. Sandford was the only member of the band to get a solo in every chorus of the song. A third single was released from the album, "New Direction" where, again charted at number two in the UK. The Juniors released their debut album Together on 21 October reaching number five in its first week of sale and selling 40,000 copies. Fourth single, "Puppy Love/Sleigh Ride", was released on 9 December 2002.
In early 2003, the Juniors began working on their second studio album, Sundown The second single released, the album title track, also reached number 4 in the UK. A third and final single was released, "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry", which charted at number 9.
The group split in early 2004, but they still went on to I Dream for 19 Entertainment. Unlike the S Club 7 shows which focused upon the band's fictional exploits, I Dream saw S Club 8 as members of a larger ensemble cast. I Dream revolved around the summer school Avalon Heights, run by Professor Toone (played by Christopher Lloyd), where the characters tried to improve on their talents in the performing arts. The show prominently featured songs and dances, with normally two songs per episode.
2007 - PRESENT
Since 2007 Sandford has been a member of the girl group The Saturdays. The band has enjoyed eight Top 10 hits, and three Top 10 album hits. The girl groupreleased their debut single "If This Is Love" in July 2008, and it peaked at number eight in the UK The band released a second single "Up" which charted at number five in the UK and later the song was given a Silver Disc in the United Kingdom. In late October 2008, the group released their first studio album Chasing Lights. It charted at number nine in the UK, and went platinum according to the BPI. The band released a third single from the album, Issues, which also went silver.[ The Saturdays released a cover of Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode. The song debuted at number two in the UK, behind Flo Rida's "Right Round". The fifth and final single from the album was "Work", which was the first single by the band to fail to reach the top 20. The group later went on a tour titled The Work Tour.
In October 2009, the band released a second studio album, Wordshaker, which charted at number nine and was given a silver certification by the BPI. The first single, "Forever Is Over", charted at number two in the UK. The Saturdays appeared in advertisements for several products including a brand of deodorant, tampons, mobile phones, an operating system, and hair removal products. But in early 2010, the band released a second and final single from their second debut album, "Ego", which charted at number nine. Although the song became the second lowest single to chart by the band, it became one of their highest selling singles, after getting a certification of silver by the BPI.
In summer 2010, the band released their first mini album (their third album overall) Headlines!, which charted at number 3 in the UK and number 10 in Ireland. The band released their eighth single, "Missing You", which charted at number three in the UK and number six in Ireland. Rochelle Wiseman confirmed that the second single from the album would be "Higher" After Flo Rida beat the group to number one for the second time, the American rapper offered to do a collaboration with the band. It was later confirmed, by the band's official website that Flo Rida had recorded vocals for "Higher". On Your Radarwas the band third studio album, with top-ten hits, "All Fired Up" and "Notorious" as well as single, "My Heart Takes Over". In December 2011, Sandford and the other The Saturdays members went on their first headlining arena tour, All Fired Up Tour.