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I hadn’t considered being a popstar, but I sang the lyrics and recorded the vocals anyway, and didn’t think much of it.” That track went on to become So Solid Crew’s first single, ‘Oh No (That’s The Word)’, after a chance performance from the group in Cyprus led to them being approached by a record label.“After I did the vocals, some of the So Solid boys went to Aiya Napa and played the track, and Glyn Aikins, who’s now responsible for A&R at Virgin Records, heard it.He was part of Relentless Records at the time, loved the record and told the boys, ‘When you get back to England, make sure you give us a call. “From there, I was pretty much catapulted into fame and success instantly.“My stylist at the time really wanted me to be girly, though, and when I didn’t like any of the clothes she brought [to the video shoot], she said to me, ‘OK, design something’.So I designed my own dress for the ’21 Seconds’ video – the first dress I’d worn since I was a small kid.They gave me the courage and confidence to become an artist when it didn’t come naturally to me.They knew that, too - I was always in tracksuits and never wore heels or skirts; I was such a tomboy.
I haven’t even proposed enough material for them to sign someone like me’. I knew that if I sat back and relaxed, I would lose everything.”In the years that followed So Solid’s rise to fame, not everyone put their energies into business ventures and several members made the front page of the tabloids.In October 2005, Carl Morgan was sentenced to 30 years for the murder of 24-year-old Colin Scarlett, the partner of his ex-girlfriend. I was affiliated with the wrong people, in the wrong place at the wrong time.I became a prominent figure in So Solid Crew – I was no longer a ‘feature’ or a side part - I had my own verse, my own stylist, my own trailer for the video shoot.”On that video shoot, Lisa realised what being the only girl in the group meant: she was quickly being advised on everything from what to wear, why she should ditch the trainers and who she should (or shouldn’t) be dating.“Being the only girl did mean I was put on a pedestal by the boys - they really pushed me to the front, and they treated me like a 24 carat diamond.
I had the typical haters and wanted to respond to them by saying 'but I won't hesitate'.