CLAIRE RICHARDS is best known as one-fifth of STEPS, one of the UK’s all-time most successful pop groups. The band have sold over 20 million records with 14 top five singles, 4 number one albums, hits including 5,6,7,8, Chain Reaction, One for Sorrow, #1’s Tragedy and Heartbeat, and many more. 2011 saw the band achieve another #1 album with their ‘The Ultimate Collection’ release, followed by a Sky 1 documentary series ‘Steps Reunion’ - the highest rated original programme on Sky that year.
In 2017, the band marked their 20th anniversary and released their first single in over 6 years, ‘Scared Of The Dark’, followed by their gold certified album ‘Tears On The Dancefloor’ both of which went straight to #1 on iTunes, with the latter also #1 on the UK sales chart. The year ended on a high for the band, as they embarked on their 22 date sold out ‘Party On The Dancefloor’ Arena Tour in the UK & Ireland selling over 300,000 tickets - making it one of pop’s biggest tours of the year.
In 2019 Claire released her first ever solo album ‘My Wildest Dreams’ on Sony UK which reached #1 on iTunes and #9 on the official UK chart it also featured three Radio 2 playlisted singles including the hit On My Own. Claire embarked on a sold-out UK tour in support of the album and was the special guest for Celine Dion’s performance at British Summertime, playing to 65,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.
Since then, Steps have continued to tour arenas and to release new music including the Sia-penned ‘What The Future Holds’ in 2020 and the Michelle Visage duet ‘Heartbreak In This City’ in 2021, They scored a further two #2 charting UK albums with ‘What The Future Holds’ and ‘What The Future Holds Pt 2’ then in 2022 released the #1 album ‘Platinum Collection’ joining ABBA, Rolling Stones and Stereophonics as the only groups in UK history to score #1 albums in four consecutive decades.