Jump5 was an American dance-pop/contemporary Christian music group.
Siblings Brandon Hargest and Brittany Hargest had competed on the same dance team as Lesley Moore, and were familiar with Chris Fedun and Libby Hodges through the competitive dance circuit. The mother of Hodges held an open casting call to find additional members to form a new pop group with her daughter, and the Hargest siblings along with Fedun and Moore were selected. The group was originally known as Jump Start, but the name was changed to Jump5 due to trademark conflicts. Norman Miller, the group's would-be manager, went to see the group perform and immediately referred them to Sparrow Records. Jump5 became the only teen act signed to the label to date.
Early years (2001-2003):
Jump5 released their self-titled debut album on August 14, 2001. The album was re-released twice, first with an additional bonus track, then with a cover of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" after the events of September 11. Over the following two years they released three more albums: All the Time in the World, All the Joy in the World and Accelerate.
Jump5 toured with Aaron Carter, Play, A-Teens, Baha Men, ZOEgirl, No Secrets, Nobody's Angel, Dream Street, ATC, Youngstown, and Radio Disney Live, and had a string of popular hits on Radio Disney.
Hodges' departure and Quartet line-up (2004):
In January 2004, Hodges decided to leave the group as she wanted to "take a deep breath and see what exactly God wants me to do at this point in my life." In April, the group released a remix CD titled Mix It Up. That spring it was revealed via the group's official fanclub that Natasha Noack had joined the group as Jump5's fifth member. She participated in the Radio Disney Spring Thing Tour, and took part in recording a cover of the J. Geils Band's "Freeze Frame" for the Sleepover soundtrack. In June, it was revealed that Noack was only in the group on a "trial basis" and it was mutually decided that she not continue with Jump5.
On September 21, 2004, the group released Dreaming in Color, their first release as a quartet.
Unreleased Radio The World and independent career (2005-2007):
In 2005, a new studio album with the working title of Radio The World was set to be released, but the project was scrapped. Instead, a greatest hits compilation album titled The Very Best of Jump5 was released on March 15, 2005. The group subsequently parted ways with Sparrow Records and released their next album, Rock This Christmas, independently, under Nevaeh Records.
"Both To Blame" was released for online streaming only on November 30, 2006. It was never made available for download or purchase.
On October 9, 2007 Jump5 released a final album entitled Hello & Goodbye with Slanted Records. It included the titular song, "Hello Goodbye", which was recorded with former Jump5 member Libby Hodges. Jump5 also embarked on a final headlining tour coinciding with the album. The tour lasted 25 dates and they played to over 45,000 people during the tour. The tour ended in Nashville, Tennessee on December 16, 2007 at Rocketown.
Jump5 released a new Christmas album Christmas Like This exclusively through major digital outlets on November 20, 2007. The album featured songs from the group's 2005 indie release Rock This Christmas, but all the tracks had been re-recorded and remixed.
Jump5 officially disbanded on Sunday, December 16, 2007.
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