HOLLY Johnson’s mum was less than impressed the first time she saw her daughter’s new pop video.
As one quarter of new (“soon-to-be-massive”) girl band Miss Millionaire the former Sheffield High School pupil has been creating something of a stir of late.
It’s just mother didn’t quite realise what sort of a stir.
“It was a bit... raunchy for her,” laughs the 23-year-old. “My dad loved it because there’s three other girls dancing in their underwear but my mum was less... convinced. She thought it was a bit risqué.
“I felt kind of bad because she actually remortgaged her house to send me to drama school but we’re not little girls. Without being big-headed this band is about us being sexy, and we know we are. And, yeah, I think mum has got used to it now. She loves the song. She’s always humming it.”
Welcome to the world of Miss Millionaire.
You might have seen them on TV at the Brits (“It was hilarious watching ourselves on the red carpet because we didn’t even have a song out”) or you might have seen them at the UK Children’s Champions Awards (“We sat next to Simon Cowell – it was so hard not begging him for a £1 million contract”) or, yeah, you might have seen them in that video – it’s gone viral on YouTube and secured them more than their fair share of tabloid coverage.
Or, on the other hand, you might have seen Holly – who once dated Sheffield United star Darius Henderson – on stage, aged 13, at The Boardwalk, Snig Hill, belting her little heart out.
Back then she would sing with Sheffield band Acoustic Angels, and she knew, even at that tender age, music was in her blood.
She left school at 16, attended Arts Educational School in London (as paid by her mum), and then did a degree in performing arts at the University of Northumbria.
While there, she won her first major role in a professional production, starring as Cinderella at Sheffield’s very own Lyceum.
“I’ve done so much stuff with Miss Millionaire since I joined the group in December but that was probably still one of the best moments of my life,” says Holly, who grew up in Dore but is now based in London.
“Playing Cinderella was definitely a bit different to what I’m doing now, though.”
After completing her degree, she signed to Sony as a solo singer.
The deal fell through without a song ever being released and Holly swore off music for life. Until, that is, she met Casey, Sophia and Madison, the three founding members of Miss Millionaire, who were looking for a fourth member.
It’s been a whirl ever since.
They recorded that video for single She’s A Freak – written by Dane Bowers – last month and have now been signed to Neon, the management company behind The Only Way Is Essex.
“I’m the kind of girl who just likes to stay in and watch Coronation Street but the others are totally rock and roll.
“We’re not The Saturdays anyway.”