Artist / The Fizz
The Fizz are a British pop music group formed as a spin-off from the original group, Bucks Fizz. The core of the group consists of Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston, who are all former members of Bucks Fizz and Bobby McVay making the group a quartet until he left in 2018 to leave them as a trio. To date, the group have released 2 albums, both of which have charted in the Official UK Albums Chart. Their 2017 album The F-Z of Pop reached No.25, becoming the highest-charting Bucks Fizz related album in 33 years, while Christmas With The Fizz made No.93 in 2018.
Former members of Bucks Fizz had gone through many formations and names until Baker, Aston, Nolan and McVay re-branded themselves The Fizz in 2016 for a celebration gig at the London Hippodrome Theatre to mark 35 years of Bucks Fizz winning Eurovision. Through a fan the group started a collaboration with producer Mike Stock and the first release was a re-recording of Bucks Fizz's biggest hit, "The Land of Make Believe", produced by Mike Stock and his son. The limited edition CD sold out on pre-release. This was followed by a digital download version.
The group released an album The F-Z of Pop via Pledge Music in September 2017. The album, also produced by Mike Stock, contains three re-imagined Bucks Fizz tracks and eight original songs, some co-written by the band,one written by band member Cheryl's daughter. The album entered the charts at No.25, their highest chart position for 31 years. The group also performed a third tour throughout 2017 and released three singles during the year.
In February 2018, McVay departed from the group as, living in Italy, he found it challenging to be constantly travelling between the UK and Italy. Baker, Nolan and Aston decided to continue to perform as a trio.
In June 2018, Aston was diagnosed with mouth cancer and was to undergo surgery in July to have part of her tongue replaced. By November she had returned to performing with the group. Before her surgery she completed her vocals for the group's next album Christmas with the Fizz. Consisting of Christmas standards and original tracks with a festive theme, this was released in November 2018 and entered the UK albums chart at No.93.
Following Aston's brief departure following her surgery, Baker and Nolan performed as a duo, assisted by backing singers Lance Ellington and Zoe Nicholas.
In 2019, the group recorded a third studio album, "Smoke & Mirrors" which went on to give them another Top 30 album when released in 2020.