11th April 2016

The self-proclaimed First Lady of the U.K. garage scene, MC/vocalist Lisa Maffia put the tabloid controversy surrounding So Solid Crew behind her to became its most successful solo member.Born in South London, Maffia grew up on a Brixton housing estate with her sister and Italian mother.

Learning to perform at an early age, she trained in Latino ballroom, tap, and modern dancing, and secured a Prince’s Trust grant to provide funding for her singing lessons. But after becoming pregnant with daughter Chelsea at the age of 17, everything in life was put on hold.

Two years later, she made her first recordings, as the only female in the uk garage production collective So Solid Crew. After signing to Relentless Records, they released debut single “Oh No, sentimental things” featuring Maffia on lead vocals, and scored a number one hit with “21 Seconds.” One of the most controversial groups of the decade they was forced to split their ways for solo careers in 2003 after four Top Five hits and a number three album. The same year, Maffia signed a solo record deal with Independiente Records, and debut single “All Over” charted at number two, just 400 copies behind No1, but still higher than any other solo single from her former bandmates. Second single “In Love” reached number 13, she also was support act on tours with Christina Aguilera, Ja rule and a MOBO Award for Best U.K. Garage Act, both her debut album First Lady and third single “Women of the World” entered uk charts.After parting company with Independiente, she set her up own label, Maffia Recordz and signed the likes of Northstar Ent, Flirta D, and Youngstarz. In 2007, she returned to the charts when she provided vocals for the Dave Spoon dance track “Bad Girl at Night.” No9 in Uk Dance charts.

Maffia has also carved out a career as a model and a TV personality, finishing third in the third series of Channel 4’s The Games and appearing as an air stewardess in ITV’s CelebAir,Sky One – A League of Their Own and most recently featured on a documentary for channel 5 titled Celeb Botched Bodies.

Lisa Maffia is now a fashion designer with her own label House Of Maffia set to launch later this year.

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