Francesca “Frankie” Sandford was born on January 14, 1989. She rose to fame in 2002 when she auditioned and was selected to be in S Club Juniors, a group founded by S Club 7 members as a mini-me group for a tour they were headlining later that year. After the tour concluded 19 Entertainment in association with Polydor decided to throw the group out to the public due to the positive reviews form tour. The group released “One Step Closer”, which was followed by “Automatic High”, “New Direction”, “Puppy Love”, and the album “Together”. After the promotion for the album was finished the group began working on a second album, and even headlined their own tour with S Club, this time called “S Club United”.
At the end of the tour, S Club announced they were splitting and the Juniors would now be known as S Club 8. They released “Fool No More” as their debut single with a more mature look, followed by “Sundown” and “Don’t Tell Me You’re Sorry”, and a album by the title “Sundown”. Unfortunately the groups last single didn’t chart and sell as well as planned and the album was considered a failure in the eyes of the record company compared to that of their first. The group went quiet and months went by without a word. Finally some exciting news, S Club 8 would star in what was believed to be their own television show. Instead, the management decided 8 members in a band just weren’t enough. Five more members were added to the group, and the name of the band was changed once again this time to “I Dream”.
The television show (Entitled ‘I Dream’), failed to generate much interest and the soundtrack (Entitled ‘Welcome To Avalon Heights’) didn’t either. However the single from the group “Dreaming” didn’t fare as bad coming in at #19 in the charts, but fell a week later. After the show ended the group once again went quiet. No official statement was ever released but within months of the bands disappearance the members were seen attempting to sprout solo careers, The domain “www.frankiesandfordofficial.com” was registered by 19, and Frankie was believed to be signed by the management company for a short while.
Between the years of 2005-2007 it’s not known exactly what Frankie had her hands in. But what we do know is that she wanted to continue on in music. She launched an official MySpace which featured demo songs. It’s unclear weather Sandford had a helping hand in writing the songs but did contribute her raw vocals. The tracks were “Bored” and “Swallow”. Frankie at this point was not signed to a lable but it was believed she was shopping for one. She got her big break in 2007 when The Saturdays were formed. The band consisted of 3 new girls, and a fimiliar face, That of former S Club 8 bandmate Rochelle Wiseman.