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Vega 4 Biography


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Birth Place: London, England
Years Active: 1999–2008
Genres: Rock, Alternative Rock, Britpop


Vega4 was a four-piece band formed in London. Johnny McDaid was the band's lead vocalist and songwriter, joined on guitar by Bruce Gainsford. Gavin Fox was the band's bassist and Bryan McLellan the drummer.

McDaid is from Northern Ireland and Fox is from Ireland, McLellan is from Canada and Gainsford is from New Zealand. Vega4 was signed to Columbia Records in the UK, Epic Records in the USA, and produced two albums, ''You and Others'' produced by Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party) and "Satellites" produced by Ron Aniello. The band played at the 2007 SXSW festival.

Gavin Fox, formerly of the band Idlewild, joined Vega4 in December 2006 when bassist Simon Walker left.

Vega4 premiered in the United States when its single "Life is Beautiful" was featured on the November 2, 2006 episode of Grey's Anatomy and on the One Tree Hill (TV series) episode 'Prom Night At Hater High.'

Vega4's song "You and Me" was used by RTÉ 2fm to re-launch the station's new look and lineup. The band completed its first U.S. tour on April 14, 2007 in San Diego, California. Vega4 had been touring with Augustana for the previous several weeks. The band received much media attention in the U.S. with major radio support for "Life Is Beautiful" and the rumors of Gainsford's on-again, off-again romance with Scarlett Johansson.

"Life is Beautiful" also featured in the Brit hit movie Streetdance released in 2010 as well as the teen comedy, "Sex Drive" released in 2008.