Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee has revealed that she now runs a performing arts school in Dubai with 600 students.
The star, 45, took the job after moving to the UAE permanently in 2011 with husband Johnny Shentall, 42, and their two children Jaden, 13, and Star Lily, 11, in 2011.
The couple launched the Dubai Performing Arts Academy in 2014, which Lisa runs and continues to work with the band ahead of the release of their seventh album.
Teacher: Steps singer Lisa Scott-Lee has revealed she now runs a performing arts school in Dubai with 600 students
She said The mirror: ‘Walking is my life. It has been my life for the past 24 years, but my day job is to be the principal of the school.
‘I can never turn off. Even when I’m at Steps, rehearsing or recording a video, I work on my laptop. It’s become a bit of a running joke. I have to switch between my Steps hat and head hat, which can be very difficult and stressful at times.
“I get on the plane as principal Lisa and get off the plane as pop star Lisa.”
Project: The star, 45, took the job after moving to the UAE permanently with husband Johnny Shentall, 42, (pictured in 2014) and their two children Jaden, 13, and Star Lily, 11, in 2011
The center caters to children aged three to 18 and offers students the opportunity to earn a BTEC qualification in Performing Arts.
Lisa told the publication that she is not ‘tanning herself’ in Dubai, but that she works six days a week to make sure the day-to-day running of the school runs smoothly.
She added that although she is mainly ‘office-oriented’, she still teaches singing and dancing now and is ‘really proud’ when she tells people she is a teacher.
Lisa and her husband Johnny, a star of Hear’Say, moved to Dubai in 2011 and she says some people still recognize her from Steps at times.
Priorities: The couple launched the Dubai Performing Arts Academy in 2014, which Lisa runs and continues to work with the band (pictured in 1998)
She explained that sometimes people sing their hit song Tragedy to her, but she’s usually just ‘Miss Lisa’.
Lisa flew back to the UK in October to promote Steps’ new studio album, What the Future Holds, along with band members Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans, Faye Tozer and Ian ‘H’ Watkins.
But she has not been able to return since then, as Dubai has been placed on the red travel list.
Talented: Lisa told The Mirror, ‘Steps is my life. It’s been my life for the past 24 years, but it’s my day job as principal of the school ‘
Lisa said: “It was really hard to see the group perform without me, but I will definitely be back for the new album and our arena tour later this year.”
It comes after Steps announced the release of their seventh studio album early last month.
Featuring ten brand new, unheard songs, the 15-track record – scheduled for release in September 2021 – will also feature the vocals of RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage.
The iconic group made the news in a YouTube video and also released the video for the song Heartbreak In This City, featuring Michelle.
Wow! It comes after Steps announced the release of their seventh studio album early last month
The new album is a follow-up to 2020’s What The Future Holds Pt 1 and will feature new songs alongside five acoustic versions of recent hits.
Heartbreak in the This City music video sees former Strictly star Michelle, 52, take on the role of ‘special agent’. The star is tasked with tracking down anyone with a broken heart.
Steps’ new music video was choreographed by Mark Jennings and shot primarily in Manchester in accordance with pandemic restrictions.
Lisa – filming her scenes in Dubai – said of the new release: ‘We couldn’t have been more pleased with the response to our What The Future Holds album last November, and the continued love from fans for all of our single and video. releases since. ‘
Faye Tozer, 45, added: ‘While lockdown was very difficult, we were lucky enough to use the time to record a bunch of brand new songs for all of you!
‘What originally started as a deluxe version of the album has now become a completely new record.’
Ian ‘H’ Watkins, 44, called one of the group’s upcoming songs ‘an electronic anthem’.
Speaking of his favorite songs, the singer said, ‘Some of our favorites include Take Me For A Ride with a true 80s vibe and A Hundred Years of Winter, an icy electronic anthem written by our friend, the brilliant songwriter Darren Hayes of Savage Garden. ‘
Exciting: The new album features ten brand new, unheard tracks and the 15 track record is scheduled for release in September 2021
Steps split in 2001 after achieving fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, selling over 20 million records and reaching number one with three albums and three singles.
They are BRIT awarded and hold the record for the most consecutive sold-out nights at Wembley.
After a brief reunion in 2011, they embarked on a sold-out 12-date arena tour and released their fourth album, before moving on.
Steps dominated the charts in the 90s and early 00s with hits such as 5,6,7,8, Tragedy, Better The Devil You Know and Love’s Got A Hold Of My Heart.
They were due to tour with their new album What the Future Holds Pt 1, but had to postpone it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Live performance has always been our favorite part of Steps. We had the most fun of our touring career, ‘the band told Daily Mail Australia in September.
Stars: Steps split in 2001 after fourteen consecutive top 5 singles, sold over 20 million records and reached number one with three albums and three singles (pictured in 1998)