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Bellefire

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Bellefire is an Irish girl group, best known for their 2002 cover of the U2 song “All I Want is You”. They originally consisted of Kelly Kilfeather (born 23 March 1979), Tara Lee (born 25 July 1982), Cathy Newell (born 14 July 1982) and Ciara Newell (born 7 July 1983). Currently, only Kilfeather and the Newells remain in the group (Tara is pursuing a career in fashion and television). They mostly perform pop and adult contemporary music. Outside Southeast Asia and their native Ireland, they have received minimal recognition, although they did experience minor success in the United Kingdom with their singles.

They first formed in 1999, backstage at an audition for a boy-girl band in which Louis Walsh was a judge. According to the Irish Independent, Walsh was disappointed with the standard of male entrants and opted to sign a girl group instead. The intention was to aim towards a “a more mature niche in the pop market” than what was becoming the norm for vocal groups at the time.

After recording their debut album After the Rain, they released two singles, both of which were top 20 hits in the UK. The second of these “All I Want is You” received a lot of airplay and got them an appearance on Top of the Pops. However, just as the album and another single were due for release, their record company Virgin unexpectedly dropped them and the album was never released, except in Japan, due to a new boss at Virgin who decided to do away with artists that weren’t instant money makers.

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