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Kimberley Gail "Kym" Lomas (née Marsh; formerly Ryder, born 13 June 1976) is an English actress and former singer. She currently stars as Michelle Connor in Coronation Street, and enjoyed chart success as both a member of Hear'Say and a solo artist.


Early lifeEdit

Marsh was born in WhistonMerseyside and raised in Garswood, in the Metropolitan Borough of St HelensMerseyside. She first came into the public eye in 2001 after appearing as a contestant on ITV's talent show Popstars where she made the final line-up for the band Hear'Say along with four others. Marsh left the group in 2002 and had a brief but successful solo career. She now plays Michelle Connor in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street.


Music careerEdit

[edit]Solo singing careerEdit

Prior to her time in Hearsay, Kym had provided session vocals for a number of artists including Matt Darey DJ having recorded several songs, Hemstock & Jennings. She sang in Norwegian for their track 'Arctic' which caught the attention of Paul van Dyk and was remixed and re-recorded with additional vocals from Jan Johnston. The track was released in the UK via Positiva and reached #14 in the UK charts Kym and Jan were only credited to the track on the inner sleeve notes.

After a while out of the spotlight, Marsh emerged again, signing a solo record deal with Island Records. Her first single, "Cry", went to number two in the UK Singles Chart, whilst her second single "Come on Over" made number 10.

In July 2003, Marsh released her debut solo album, Standing Tall, which contained three solo singles and twelve other tracks. Marsh's make-or-break third single, "Sentimental", stalled at number 35 resulting in her being dropped by herrecord label.

[edit]EurovisionEdit

In a surprise move in early 2006, she entered Making Your Mind Up, the UK show to pick a singer and song for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song called "Whisper to Me". Marsh came fourth in the contest, losing out to winner Daz Sampson.

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