Rogue Traders are a pop/rock/dance influenced act from Australia.
They are made up of James Ash, Tim Henwood, Peter Marin and new vocalist Mindi Jackson. The group’s original members (James Ash, Steve Davis) met in London in 1989. Before forming Rogue Traders, Ash and Davis worked together on many projects, most notably as dance act Union State. Former members of the Rogue Traders include Cameron McGlinchey and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
In 2003, Rogue Traders (James Ash, Steve Davis) released their debut album We Know What You’re Up To In Australia. Their first single "Give In To Me", was a minor Australian ARIAnet top 100 chart single. Their second single was a lot more successful. They remixed INXS’s "I Need You Tonight", renaming it "One Of My Kind", peaking at #10 in Australia. A third single, "Stay?", gave them another minor top 100 chart single. "Give In To Me" won them an ARIA for best dance track.
In Australia they returned in 2005, with their album Here Come The Drums, along with new band member Neighbours’ Natalie Bassingthwaighte. The first single "Voodoo Child", reached number #4 in Australia, and #7 in New Zealand (their biggest hit yet) and made the band a household name. The second single from the album "Way to Go" reached #7 in Australia, and the third single from their album was "Watching You" which was their second single to reach the top 5, peaking at #5 in Australia.
"Here Come The Drums" reached #2 in Australia, going 4x Platinum. A further 2 singles were released from the album, "We’re Coming Home" peaking at #16 and the radio only release "In Love Again".
After massive success in their native Australia the Rogue Traders set their sights on the United Kingdom. In July 2006 the band released Voodoo Child in the UK which resulted in a huge Number 3 Summer chart smash which is still played on UK radio nearly 2 years later, most notably on Radio 1 (one of the UK’s top stations).
After repeating their huge success in the UK with Voodoo Child hopes were high for the 2nd UK single release Watching You. Unfortunately, the track didnt do too well and only managed to limp into the Top 40 at Number 33. Due to bad promotion and choosing the wrong singles, when Way To Go! was released as Single Number 3 it faded without trace, even with a support slot on the Girls Aloud Arena Tour of Spring 2007.
With so much success in Australia it was always going to be a challenge following up such a successful album The bands 3rd album Better in the Dark was released at the end of 2007 in Australia. Lead single "Don’t You Wanna Feel" had a lot of initial promise but didnt match the success of Voodoo Child, despite the single and album being considered better by fans of the band. More singles have followed in Australia 2nd release I Never Liked You and another Single What You’re On.
On June 25, 2008, it was announced that lead singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte had quit the band to focus on acting and a solo career. In July 2008 it was reported that Bassingthwaighte’s bandmate and boyfriend Cameron McGlinchey has also left the band.
On 13 August, 2009, Ash revealed that Tim Henwood had returned to the band and Danny Spencer had left the band.
On 14 November 2009, Mindi Jackson was revealed as the new lead singer to replace Natalie Bassingthwaighte.
The Rogue Traders fourth album is expected to be released in March 2010.
For more Information check out the official website or http://www.myspace.com/roguetraders
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