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    1Sweet 'N' Sassy lyrics
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    4Best Friend lyrics
    5Cinderella lyrics
    First Kiss lyrics
    7Distracted lyrics
    8If I Ever See Heaven Again lyrics
    9Scream Shout lyrics
    10(They Say) That's What Love Will Do lyrics

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    1i5 [2000]


    i5 was a US American-based girl group whose named stood for International Five.

    In 2000, Giant Records a mainly dance music label, sought to create a girl group to rival other such groups of the time, such as Dream, 3LW and Eden's Crush. The label's hook for this new group would be that its members would be international to appeal to a larger fan base. Auditions were held, and the five members selected represented five distinct nationalities.

    Kate Macalino, from the Philippines, had worked as a model in her home country. Tal B. Hajek, from Israel, was a devout Jew who moved to the USA in 1997 and admired rock singers. Christina Rumbley, from the United States, had moved from Florida to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. Andi Murphy M. was from the UK and had a passion for dancing. Gaby Equiz, from Mexico, dreamed of fame. Together, these girls became the International 5, more commonly referred to as i5.

    In the spring of 2000, i5 was featured on the soundtrack to the dance film Center Stage with their song "First Kiss". By the summer of 2000, the girls had almost completed their debut album and began touring with Nickelodeon's All That Music and More tour. On this tour, i5 promoted its single "Distracted", which was written by Steve Kipner, who had previously written hits for Christina Aguilera ("Genie In A Bottle") and Dream ("He Loves U Not").

    On September 12th, 2000, Giant Records released i5's self-titled CD. However, the label was not able to release any more singles or significantly promote the album due to its imminent folding. Once Giant Records folded, Warner Bros. Records, its parent absorbed it, and i5 no longer had a label.

    Though the members of i5 initially sought a new record label, they failed to find one, and Tal, Gaby, Christina, Kate and Andi parted ways in 2001.

    After i5
    Kate Macalino is pursing acting, songwriting, dance while attending college; and is currently working for a video game company. She has been doing lots of acting from stage to film, mostly lots of musical theater stuff including the shows A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Pirates of Penzance, some student plays, student films, and some dance concerts. In terms of music, she has been writing some songs and collaborating with other songwriters, for future projects as well as her own solo project.

    Tal B. Hajek, along with her husband and friends, formed a rock band called Public Recipe, which performed around Los Angeles in the early 2000s and disbanded in 2004. Since then, Tal has worked on solo material, including a fusion of her native Israeli and Hebrew music with rock music. She also apparently had a stint as a VJ and TV host.

    Christina Rumbley eloped in 2000 when i5 served as the opening act for boy band 'N Sync. She has since had a daughter and a career in songwriting and voice-overs. Most notably, she is credited for writing LeAnn Rimes' hit "Tic Toc". Since then, she left the LA scene and moved to Asheville, NC, where she owns and operates a day spa called Spa Theology.

    Andi Murphy M. owns a dance studio in Los Angeles, called Penny Lane Dance Academy, and is developing a children's television program.

    Gaby Equiz had a stint as a television host in California for such programs as TMT and U4Ria. Though Gaby had previously been romantically connected to Ricky of boy band No Authority, they have since broken up. As of 2005, Gaby now lives in Mexico. She currently owns her own dance studio, Alma Latina, and became a profesional salsa dancer. She recently won the San Diego Salsa Competition of 2006.

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