b. Anthony Kavanagh, 4 November 1977, Manchester, England. A pop protÃ©gÃ© developed by well-known entrepreneur Nigel Martin-Smith, who originally pieced together Take That, Kavana made his debut for Martin-Smithâ€™s Virgin Records -affiliated Nemesis label in 1996. His debut single, â€˜Crazy Chanceâ€™, was written by former Take That member Howard Donald, though his second release and all bar one track of his subsequent debut album were self-penned. The smooth soul pop of â€˜Where Are Youâ€™ provided typical boy-pop fare, with a quotient of street hipness lent by the production work of Joey Negro on the b-side, â€˜For The Very First Timeâ€™. The a-side was produced by Phil Green, previously a collaborator with Carleen Anderson and the Brand New Heavies, who also worked on Kavanaâ€™s album debut. Throughout 1996 Kavana built his profile by appearing on a number of British youth television shows and touring with Boyzone, and achieved UK Top 10 success the following year with a slick cover version of Shalamarâ€™s â€˜I Can Make You Feel Goodâ€™ and â€˜MFEOâ€™. He was voted Best Male Singer at 1997â€™s Smash Hits Poll Winnersâ€™ Party, before jetting off to Italy to record his second album with producers Absolute. â€˜Special Kind Of Somethingâ€™ debuted at number 13 in September 1998, but the Philly soul-styled â€˜Funky Loveâ€™ stalled at number 32 in December.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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