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PERHAPS Sugababes and Girls Aloud won't be having sleepless nights just yet, but they might want to keep an eye on Cinderella Theory, the hot new all-girl group from London.The three-piece, who come to Cabaret Voltaire on Wednesday to play Showcase:LIVE, are currently signed to Vybrant Music, a production company run by David Brant (Mis-Teeq, Nate James, Liberty X) and Errol Reid (Tom Jones, The Bee Gees), whose years of production experience in the industry are helping shape the Cinderella Theory sound.
The girls (Jayne Shakeshaft, Corrine Parry, and Jade Cunningham-Cox) met just 18 months ago, and describe their music as "edgy, funky and fresh", taking the very best from funk, rock and R&B and making it their own.
They have been working recently with R&B/hip-hop producer Funkiipapa on a new track called Never Had It Better, "giving an urban but pop crossover flavour for a fresh girl band sound".
This song was co-written by Sony Music writer Sarah Ozelle, and they've also recorded a cover of Alexander O'Neal's monster hit from the Eighties, Criticise.
Joining Cinderella Theory at Cab Vol are Andy Knox, Eddy Collins, MyIQ, Rubylux and Tracey Braithwaite – all of whom have been handpicked for Showcase:LIVE, which aims to give a sneak peak at the stars of tomorrow.
After weeks of rehearsals and countless days locked in a recording studio in their native London, the girls say they are champing at the bit to get out on the road.
"We've been preparing for this tour for weeks," smiles Shakeshaft, adding that the girls are extremely excited about getting up to Edinburgh to perform live and show what they are capable of doing. "We've been rehearsing new songs and dance routines for ages, getting everything just perfect, and now we just can't wait to do it for real, in front of live audiences," she adds.
The girls have also been busy in the studio writing new material with Brant and Reid.
"A couple of those tracks we're really excited about," says a confident Cunningham-Co
"I do think we have the songs to make an impact on the charts," she says. "The album's only about three-quarters finished but we're all really thrilled with the way that it's sounding.
"We're writing new songs all the time and the tunes are just getting better and better," she adds.
Keen to play down comparisons with other all-girl groups ("We get the Sugababes all the time," shrugs Shakeshaft), the girls are nevertheless very ambitious and make no bones about their hopes for commercial stardom.
"By this time next year we hope to have made a very big impact and sold a lot of records," says the sassy Parry. "We've got the talent to get to where we want to be, and we aim to use this tour to show that."
• Showacse:LIVE, Cabaret Voltaire, Blair Street, Wednesday, 7pm, £6, 0131-220 6176
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