Cleo wants big reunion with sisters after The Voice success

07.06.2013 06:04

Former Cleopatra singer Cleo
Higgins says the 90s girl band
could be Comin’ Atcha! once again
if her career is kick-started after
she qualified for the live finals of
The Voice.
At first the Manchester mum-of-
two decided to take part in the
BBC1 talent show to help showcase
herself as a solo artist.
But after enjoying success on The
Voice Cleo wants her sisters to
share the limelight by putting out a
second album and go on their first
headline tour.
She told us: “When I started on the
show I wasn’t in it to win it, I was
in it for the showreel and to
provide evidence to the music
industry that I could do it.
“But then the coaches turned
around in their chairs for me and I
thought ‘I’ve got to be in it now’.
“I actually believe that this is my
time now. I am tired of doing one
gig here and there.
“My sisters are up for a reunion
because we never accomplished
what we set out to do. We went on
the Smash Hits tours but never did
our own tour.”
Cleo, 31, and her younger sisters
Yonah, and Zainam, who grew up in
Moss Side , Whalley Range and
Crumpsall , racked up four top 10
hits in the late 90s, including
Cleopatra’s Theme, before parting
ways with their record label 12
years ago.
Since then Cleo says she has had
‘doors slammed shut’ in her
attempts to launch a solo career
and she trained to become a pastry
chef while performing the
occasional gig. Yonah now teaches
dance in schools and Zainam works
as a songwriter.
Cleo, who was chosen for Team’s final three, said: “At one
point I broke down and said I am
not meant to do this.
“But this has been a reminder of
what I can do.”
The sisters were invited to take
part in ITV2’s The Big Reunion,
alongside Five, Atomic Kitten,
Liberty X and Blue. But Cleo had
already signed up for The Voice.
Cleo, who will sing her first ballad
of the show on Friday on BBC1,
added: “We all still have the drive
to perform and if I do well as a
solo artist Cleopatra will come
“I’ve been fighting my whole life
and I hope that regardless of what
happens this won’t be the end.”